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What is the best light wind kite?

Postby droffats » Sat Jan 05, 2008 5:52 pm

I travel and can only fit a smaller board in my stealth bag. And I'm not always going primarily for kiting -- sometimes for work, with my wife, other sports, etc. So I want the smallest possible kite to ride lighter winds. That way, at least I'll get some riding in even if it isn't honkin'. Doesn't matter if it is a c, bow, foil.


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Postby Dr_Rosen » Sat Jan 05, 2008 6:01 pm

Royal Era is a good bet !!

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Postby Carlos_C » Sat Jan 05, 2008 6:14 pm

depends on how light you want to go - Flysurfer silver arrow in 19 or if you are around 70 kg go for the 15 will get you going in next to nothing and weigh lighter than anything else out there - and no bladders to worry about

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Postby PAFF » Sat Jan 05, 2008 6:32 pm

I try alot of kites..

The Contra 14 is the best "all round" light wind kite i have tried.

The FS silver 19 is the earliest starting one, but IMHO not fun.

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Postby overboard » Sat Jan 05, 2008 6:37 pm

I did a fair bit of travelling last year taking a Flysurfer Speed 2 10m and a 130x39 travel board which covered me from about 14kts up. I weigh about 77kilo. This year I shall be taking the travel board with a 10m Flysurfer kite plus a 19m Silver Arrow as I find that combination covers me from about 9kts to about 30kts comfortably and with all my kit plus clothes weighs in at under 20 kilo.

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Postby jrobson » Sat Jan 05, 2008 7:11 pm

Define first what lightwind is to you, then think about what you want to do in light winds, how much you weigh though?

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Postby pingo » Sat Jan 05, 2008 7:46 pm

North Rhino 05-20 or 06-20. Saved me a lot of days.
And all unhooked tricks are possible with 10-12 knots

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Postby panchito » Sat Jan 05, 2008 8:13 pm

Board size ?
Weight ?
wind rage ?
level ?

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Postby surfingwithkites » Sat Jan 05, 2008 8:22 pm

the best light wind kite ever made is the airush reactor 2007 9m flown on fixed lines with a surfboard

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Postby Wind Breaker » Sat Jan 05, 2008 8:41 pm

I'm 170 lbs, and my light wind kite is a Flysurfer Speed 13m. Definitely much better low end than the 17m C that used to be my light wind kite. But it does take some getting used to and turns slowly. Not the same feel as an LEI, but gets me out kiting in 12 mph winds on my standard twin tip. I've seen people that ride them more frequently do anything and everything that you can do on an LEI, but I'm more comfortable riding an LEI when there's enough wind. Packs down way smaller than an LEI. And low energy set-up is nice when you're not quite sure if there's going to be enough wind anyway.

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