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Re: Small kite 3-4m2 that does not deform under load.

Postby geokite » Mon Oct 18, 2021 3:23 pm

I have most of the Kitech kites, and can recommend the 4m for foiling in winds from 18-30+mph. Very well mannered, stable, and is not a speed demon. Check with Kitech, the price may have come down (or he is taking off the VAT for those outside the EU).

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Re: Small kite 3-4m2 that does not deform under load.

Postby drone » Mon Oct 18, 2021 3:41 pm

elguapo wrote:
Mon Oct 18, 2021 1:13 pm
if your "load" is coming from waves breaking on the kite...
Load is when i trying get out of the water, on the board.

Foils kite are fine, i had them, but when it get eaten by wave, it's become a anchor, instead of floating device.
In cold water its not a option.

I like idea about thicker leading edge, but difficult to compare.
Another idea are more c type shape...

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Re: Small kite 3-4m2 that does not deform under load.

Postby jakemoore » Mon Oct 18, 2021 4:53 pm

In addition to a thicker LE tube I would look at kites that have more arch and less flat shape or low aspect foil kites with a well supported bridle.

Small Boxers and Pivots seem to do well in my observations. UFO and Clouds also a good option as well but I have seen inversions when washed with a wave. Boxers are probably the most commonly seen small kite here. I would pump any of these kites up hard. Skin tension is a square of the diameter of the tube vs PSI so a small kite should be able to handle a higher pressure on the seams.

Concept Air Waves (foil kite) also not a bad choice. I need about 25 knots for my 3m. Turning is slowish but in a small kite it is not bad. Relaunch is automatic and they pretty much stay out of the water even if you ride strait into them recklessly.

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Re: Small kite 3-4m2 that does not deform under load.

Postby Flyboy » Tue Oct 19, 2021 4:58 pm

I have a 4m Peak for winds up to around 20 knots. Then I bought a 3.5 Boxer. I've been on it a couple of times in somewhat underpowered conditions. It is shockingly prone to back stalling. Of course, it's not so much a problem when you're up & riding, but water starting is really tricky - any backline tension & it ferociously backstalls. I keep lengthening the back lines to try & counter this, but haven't found the sweet spot yet. It may be that it just needs a LOT of wind to work.

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Re: Small kite 3-4m2 that does not deform under load

Postby edt » Tue Oct 19, 2021 5:48 pm

drone wrote:
Mon Oct 18, 2021 7:06 am
Hi. I'm looking for a small kite 3-4m2, for foiling, that does not deform under load.
I­`m heavy guy(100+kg/220+lbs) and when i'm waterstart, my current kite deforms heavily. Someday it will explode and i dont like long swims in 20+knot wind.
Any sugestions, ideas?
Great question. I can't think of any kite to replace your current one. There are a lot of 5 strut kites that won't deform as much but they all start at smallest 5 or 6 meters.

To be honest I would just stay on your current kite. I've had so many swims over the years and when I'm on a long swim from shore I always tell myself swimming is great exercise.

Let us know if you find something better than your current kite.

There just aren't that many options for a tube kite at 3 or 4 meters. Once you get to 5 or 6 meters suddenly you can have anything you want.

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Re: Small kite 3-4m2 that does not deform under load

Postby tilmann » Tue Oct 19, 2021 9:34 pm

4 m Rally


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