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Sat Aug 13, 2022 8:16 pm
Overthinking. Pump until hard. Too soft is easy to tell: kite or wing will lose shape. Too hard is past that, so keep it in the middle. It helps that with most pumps by the time you get to 6 psi or so it takes about 75 lbs to push the pump, so right about when it gets difficult to pump you can stop.
For what it is worth, I pump my 12m Dice (6psi recommendation) to about 8 psi. Kite has been fine for years. Don’t sweat it.
Disagree hugely here.
Yes, for kites they "just" need to be sufficiently firm to not lose shape during hard loads or jumps or turns, roughly.
Relatively easy when one got some experience.
But for wings, no way it is sufficient to feel whether it is soft or not.
So many of the new wings needs a lot of pressure to perform max.
They are also extremely different in the leading edge "feel", as some are Aluula, others are like Duotone SLS, and others are like our old kite leading edges - they feel extremely different.
For a wing, stiffness is key in order to pump a wingfoil up in the low end.
And some other wings will almost explode if you pump to the pressure some wings can handle to be maxed in performance.
Those having tried wing'ing with a wing with even the smallest puncture, so it gets a tad soft, not much, know that it is IMPOSSIBLE to get up foiling now.
A huge difference.
Whereas with a kite, as long as it holds its shape okay, it delivers the same power.