Since the price of a kite increases so much according to size, 10.5 m "12m" kites are dishonestly marketed.McAbe wrote:Looks like someone (SS) has been cutting some corners in the research & development process.
I think its important that we can trust the kite company's in this matter, so that we don't necessarily need to try and compare every single kite before buying one.
And that the cut/design of the canopy of each size fits in-between the one below and the one above to give an incremental decrease or increase in performance. Some clever designers change the shape and AR of kites through their range of sizes in order to maintain the feel of that model.H53Driver wrote:
But what is more important is that the size jumps between a specific model should be proportional.
With the exception that the chart states 'meters' and it does not seem that the 12 is even close to 12 meters. And what does the double asterix imply? (all values are aproximate I assume)dyyylan wrote:Here's their 2011 windrange chart. Looks about right:
the problem, I think, is that the other sizes seem to have bottom end on par with other kites.GraemeF wrote:My first question is why would anyone buy the entire size range when it's not necessary and sizes are aimed at rider weight as a guide.
My second question would be have you actually measured the kite, stretched it and taken into account foil depth?
Final question and you'll have to excuse my scepticism, but did it not occur that perhaps the ten is actually understated? Given its aimed at a certain range of rider as their main kite.
These kites get used in quivers of two, maximum three, the 12 is the biggest selling kite, ridden satisfactorily for three seasons, no complaints other than low end, then it's a 'windy' kite, never has been billed a light wind performer, so successful every brand has tried to emulate it.
There is also a nine in the line came in as a late arrival as a better downsize for the twelve which was very popular, they didn't bring in the thirteen which would be its counterpart for those who want to ride odd sizes.
I shall have an actual measure tomorrow if we still have any in stock, I don't disbelieve they are close, but I'm sure there's no untoward malpractice intended here, worse case scenario some Typical Chinese scalping, but then no one buys every size, it doesn't actually happen in real life, now does it? Why would you? Sounds like Slinger need to produce a thirteen if folk are that keen.
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