Pump me up wrote:There is a bit of debate at the moment about the best light wind inflatable for 2011.
What are you talking about PMU ?
Light wind is under 8 knots and everybody knows it's impossible to ride under that limit!
Unless you have another definition of light wind (say 12-15 knots?), there is no point of pimping tube kites that wouldn't do the job by your own beliefs.
BTW what is your definition of light wind?
Are you still maintaining that 8 knots is the minimum required for sustained riding?
I've been magnanimous this time and abstained from the adjoining the
smily to your nick, so please refrain from ending up cut and pasting your usual stuff, which I suspect is the ultimate goal of this thread. That I know, there hasn't been a single thread where you intervened where you managed to control your heinous impulse.
Is PMU 2011 redeemed?
PS: there are very obvious reasons why tube manufacturers don't bother with oversized kites.
Hint: a light wind kite is one which launches and stay up in light wind, and this can only be achieved by reducing the kite weight vs area ratio. Increasing size in increasing weight, so the extra power you might get doesn't help much if the kite won't get off the ground (or relaunch for that matter).
PS2: The ability to ride in very light winds depends more on the board that on the kite. A 12 m cab with a raceboard in the right hands is likely to fare better than a FS Speed 19 with a door, especially if it is in the wrong hands. As someone said in this thread, skill is undoubtedly the most important factor to keep riding in marginal conditions.