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by gl
Sat Aug 12, 2017 1:40 pm
Forum: Foil Kites
Topic: Concept Air Smart Wave 6.5 & 4.5 & 3
Replies: 64
Views: 6259

Re: Concept Air Smart Wave 6.5 & 4.5 & 3

Horst I still have 4 different sizes of the Concept Air Wave that I pull out sometimes in the winter. I bought my first water relaunchable foil from Ben in 1999 and still use it to teach friends on the snow in winter. When I bought my first kite from them I could only find 3 manufacturers: Concept A...
by gl
Tue May 23, 2017 12:25 pm
Forum: Foil Kites
Topic: Kitemare on my Diablo
Replies: 15
Views: 2761

Re: Kitemare on my Diablo

When I think I will not be able to relaunch my foils I do not wait long and start by winding a couple of loops of the rear lines on the bar then wind the rest up until I reach the kite. I do not pull on the lines but rather swim to the Kite. I then flip one tip onto the kite and then start rolling t...
by gl
Sat Oct 29, 2016 1:03 pm
Forum: Foil Kites
Topic: Concept Air Smart Wave 6.5 & 4.5 & 3
Replies: 64
Views: 6259

Re: Concept Air Smart Wave 6.5

Thanks for the reply Stef. The new version sounds like a improvement on an already nice kite. I would be very interested in hearing on how you like it in stronger gusty conditions once you have a chance, as that is what tend to kite in. I am about 82 kg. And use the 8.5 in the conditions you use the...
by gl
Sat Oct 29, 2016 12:09 pm
Forum: Foil Kites
Topic: Concept Air Smart Wave 6.5 & 4.5 & 3
Replies: 64
Views: 6259

Re: Concept Air Smart Wave 6.5

Stef sorry I did not realize Ben had a new version of the Smart Wave out. Could you expand on how the tips handle differently when getting overpowered. On my version they tend to get to close together when very overpowered. Not a big problem and does not happen on my open cell smarts.
by gl
Sat Oct 29, 2016 2:42 am
Forum: Foil Kites
Topic: Concept Air Smart Wave 6.5 & 4.5 & 3
Replies: 64
Views: 6259

Re: Concept Air Smart Wave 6.5

I also have the 6.5 and 8.5 Smart Wave kites. I replaced my Flysurfer pulse kites with them. I liked the Flysurfer but love the Smart kites. Especially for strapless surfboards. The pull is very controlled and almost never pulls me off the boards. They just make everything seem easier. They handle t...
by gl
Mon Jun 13, 2016 1:19 pm
Forum: Foil Kites
Topic: 6m suggestions
Replies: 25
Views: 2326

Re: 6m suggestions

I do not know if the water smart is still being produced, I thought but was not sure that they were only produced in limited numbers, unlike the open cell versions that I have. The most important trait of the smart kite for me is the stability and gust resistance. Where I kite when the winds are str...
by gl
Mon Jun 13, 2016 2:22 am
Forum: Foil Kites
Topic: 6m suggestions
Replies: 25
Views: 2326

Re: 6m suggestions

I really like my conceptair water smart 6.5. I used it this week on a windy gusty day on a strapless surfboard. It has a large depower and is great at handling the gusts. I really like that it turns quickly but does not develop the power spikes like my flysurfer pulse 5 that might pull me off the bo...
by gl
Fri Aug 07, 2015 3:16 am
Forum: Snow / Land
Topic: Flysurfer Peak2 vs Lotus Speed 4
Replies: 4
Views: 1663

Re: Flysurfer Peak2 vs Lotus Speed 4

I kite in Ontario in summer and winter. I use Flysurfers in summer and Conceptair Smart kites in winter. I prefer the Conceptairs in winter because of their much better gust handling behaviour in the gusty winter winds. They turn quickly but move slower across the wind window and have less lift and ...
by gl
Fri Feb 06, 2015 7:09 pm
Forum: Snow / Land
Topic: Moderate/High Wind Kite - Concept Air 4.5 Smart Kite
Replies: 0
Views: 1166

Moderate/High Wind Kite - Concept Air 4.5 Smart Kite

I have used the Concept Air 4.5 Smart Kite quite a bit over the last couple of winters. I like it so much I thought others might be interested. Where I kite is on a frozen lake and while it is snow covered most of the time it is very exposed to the wind and do not get a lot of deep powder. Most of t...
by gl
Tue Feb 03, 2015 2:36 pm
Forum: Snow / Land
Topic: Just three recommendations?
Replies: 8
Views: 2268

Re: Just three recommendations?

I really like the Concept Air 8.5 Smart Kite as a medium wind snow kite. It is open cell, has a huge amount of depower and is really easy to launch and land in higher winds. I also live in Ontario and find we get a lot of gusty winds. This is where the kite really excells as there is very little sig...

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