My regular spot ranges between 10 to 20 mph (bout 9 to 18 knots), I ride ocean with minimal wave action. I am 180 lbs with gear (81 kg.)
Fat lady claims wind range at 8 to 20 knots
North Rebel 2014 14m 10 to 24 knots
If Rebel is really that close in the lower range it seems like an ideal kite, being smaller I would guess the kite to be quick and I could perhaps learn to hang on passed 20 knts. ?? or is this unrealistic for my size on a TT 136 cm?
The Fat Lady is tempting if it can stay in the air at 8 knots and can a kite that big keep me in the water to 20 knots?
Also, can the Rebel stay up at 10 knots? One of the reviews was that this kite is a bit heavier in the air compared to some of its peers, so just wondering...
Just looking for input from those of you that ride these kites to see if low end and upper range is realistic.
for years i don´t read wind speed but advise caution with those low numbers, maybe with the right board and within the right conditions u could go as low, don´t think you will with your regular TT board or if conditions are less than right
it´s a very light weight kite and mosquito fast for it´s size, i like to pair it with a skimboard on light winds, think it´s a good mix
some people say it´s as fast at the expense of some upwind as it does not fly much at the edge of the window. for me it goes up-wind fine, it´s just not a "up-wind machine"
on the upper end i don´t believe you will have much fun at 20knts. i ride boots which give me a huge leverage and i´m used to ride powered & don´t believe i would. in any case the LE will warp all over the place on those wind numbers, so best is to just switch/rig a lower kite
don´t get me wrong - it´s 1 of my favorites kites, huge fun.
just setting your expectations right...
Last edited by Tiago1973 on Fri Oct 11, 2013 8:06 am, edited 1 time in total.
Have experience with the 14m and 16m Rebels(2010 and before) as well as the Fat Lady Gen 1 & 2. The Fat Lady will have more lowend than the 14m Rebel(about 3 knots). The Fat lady will also fly through the lulls better and turn slightly faster than the Rebel. The 14m Rebel may have better high end however. Hope this helps.
Go with the fat lady .... no question about it . Im 95kgs and been struggling with 14s in Hong Kong for the last few years . On a decent day wind is 8-12 knts , i can now keep upwind with a few tricks here and there on a 135 TT without much rocker .... Can even throw back roll kite loop transistions with this thing ...... Amazingly fast for its size !
Second generation fat lades are better behaved at the top end, both kites will work in the wind ranges you describe, the Fatty will be more powerful and faster turning the rebel will be slightly better up wind. If you like mowing the lawn and general hooked in stuff then the rebel works, if you like this and unhooked and looped tricks, then go fat lady.