Post subject: No Strut vs Strutted Light Wind Kites
Posted: Wed Dec 18, 2013 11:45 pm
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As many of you will already have heard our new Flite Light Wind Kite is 30% lighter than previous light wind kites and is really making an impression on the light wind riders who have tried it. We've just released a small promo video for the kite that I thought I'd share with you here. In it our head of design, Ross Harrington explains why his light wind design performs better than the much hyped "no strut" options.
I'm sure this will raise a round of questions so feel free to post them here! I also threw in a link to XL Kite's review of the new Flite in order to add a somewhat impartial 2nd opinion - they tested every light wind kite available and chose to sell the Flite over all other options for this coming season.
My 2014 Airush Lithium Zero18m is 3.42kg, the 2012 Switchblade 16m is 4.58kg. I'm surprised no one ever posts actual weights here. Coming from a biking background, the forums are nothing but real weight of components on scales.
Post subject: Re: No Strut vs Strutted Light Wind Kites
Posted: Thu Dec 19, 2013 9:02 pm
Joined: Fri Dec 12, 2008 2:46 am Posts: 108 Location: San Diego
The Cloud 17M (strutless) is 3.2 kg or 7 bl. Fast kite for being a 17M, drift great, lot of power, goes upwind with no problem, very stable, great for the waves, no problems relaunching but I do feel I get overpowered after 14 mph. I use it with a 6' surfboard.
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