voodoospirit wrote:just use your LEI , just avoid to crash/rip it on ice, trees, barbwires, that s all. should be all fine.
on snow/water:i used PL kites ( 4 lines C-shape water foils), i use flysurfer for snow/water, one kite for everything ( same QR, same kite behaviour)
and did a bunch of self rescue with LEI, PL kites, and LEI , LEI remains my worst and exhausting experience in self rescue.....never again.....neeeveeerrrrrrrrrrr..... (but if u need a floating device in self rescue, it has its use)
What are water foils? Did you mean Peter Lynn closed cell arc type kites?
How on earth self rescuing a massive piece of wet cloth with bridles is easier than LEI? Especially in deep water?
yes, PL and flysurfer ( despites FS have those bridles)
u fold the PL in half (tip to tip), roll up the lines ( 4 lines; ,no bridles) and u have a massive buoy that float OVER the water (like an inflatable mattress) and u can push like when u use the things when u learn swimming , and not half over , half in like the LEIs ( the form they have when u pick/hold before launching)
flysurfer are like the PL ones but u need to be more cautious to pack the lines but can be re inflated and relauched in deep water if wind is coming back slowly( already did with a 7 knots wind, too low for PL and LEI to be relaunched)
LEI have a massive drag when swimming to shore, and hopefully, it has a LE so u can rest because that drag is exhausting but LEI better as a rescue boat ( shore too far, spending the nite in water) as it keeps its pressure unlike foils that lose slowly it and u roll up to keep the pressure.
went back to shore with all the 3 types from 300+m, easiest is the PL ones. LEI allow to rest ( thxfully), FS have those bridles and need attention when folding but can be re-inflated and relaunched in marginal winds ( deluxe version)..
if i had to cross seas/huge water, i d pick a LEI in case, otherwise...too many drawbacks with those kites for my region/use/handling
i m fine with my foils so far, when LEIs will improve in the areas i need, i will probably buy them again