kazi wrote:Yeah, I'm sure something is wrong with my technique.
BTW the kite I use most is my 15m Envy and occasionally the 12m. I can keep up with most everyone going upwind while ridding it's just when trolling for sharks that I seem to get nowhere.
As I've been mulling it over and thinking about my technique I've had a couple of realizations.
I’ve been using exclusively my board short (seat) harness with a Dynabar. Previously when I body dragged I could feel the pressure on my arms and legs especially when body dragging. With my current setup the attachment pivot point is lower and I feel almost no pressure on my legs. A matter of fact straightening my legs does nothing; I feel no pressure at all. I think Peter had it right in that perhaps I'm over pointing the window and just dragging downwind. This setup has been great for my back and I thought that since I could flatten my body out (more in a swimming position) when body dragging that it would help. Perhaps it does but if my technique is fail because I'm over pointing and flattening out prevents leverage then I can't exactly blame the Envy anymore now can I?
edt wrote:yeah I agree delta isn't a real useful word. I think there are a few other things which explain kite performance better
The envy is a well balanced all around kite, it actually sits pretty far up in the wind window so it pulls upwind like a champ, but it is a pretty fat kite. It's not a kite designed for kite loops, it doesn't like to pull back up to the top of the window as well as other kites, and it does have a tendency to hindenberg if you quit flying the kite. It jumps fairly well, and is predictable, and like most of the liquid force lineup has a ton of depower, however even with all that depower it is not really that much of a gust eater, it tends to buck when it hits a gust. It is above average in durability. like most bridled kites it does not perform well unhooked.
So yeah, envy is a decent kite, I have had kites which perform worse and kites which perform better, but one thing I know for sure it has plenty of upwind pull.
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