Well, it's that time of year again. Time for a wrap-up and analysis of the failures of ram air kites in 2017.
Despite a multitude of ridiculous over-the-top CLAIMS from ram lovers, ram airs cRaSHeD.
It's interesting to note that NO ram airs..... no NOT ONE (!)…. feature anywhere near the top of the World Kite Tour in ANY discipline http://www.worldkitetour.com/
Ram airs crashed in Freestyle, Wave, and Speed disciplines.
The same ol’ problems keep recurring: the low-end of large rams is 7-8 knots at best. Ram airs are INFERIOR on downwind legs (collapsing, bow tying, etc). Ram airs really suck in gusty conditions and downwind of obstacles. They are positively lethal in cross-offshore conditions. Relaunch is a NIGHTMARE. Ram airs suffer rapid obsolescence through stretching, bridle deformation, and by being superseded by newer models.
Ignore the LIES and exaggerations. Ram airs are grossly inferior compared to inflatables.