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Kite sizes

Postby Mickdip » Sat Mar 03, 2018 2:15 pm

Hi guys,

I am looking for some advise and opinions and kite sizes.
Currently I have an 8m, 11m, 14m Switchblade and a 17m Contra and
looking into upgrading the 11m and not sure if I should
go with 11 or 10 or 12.
The 8m I am only using for snow kiting since I am a big
guy (6’5” and 250lbs) 11 and 14 are my most used ones.
Thanks for any advise.

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Re: Kite sizes

Postby PullStrings » Sat Mar 03, 2018 2:45 pm

Since you are keeping the 14 i'd go for an 11 again

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Re: Kite sizes

Postby FLandOBX » Sat Mar 03, 2018 4:07 pm

I agree. I'd go with another 11 m if you're getting a lot of use out of your current 11 and 14 combination. IMO, 12 and 14 overlap quite a bit.

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Re: Kite sizes

Postby knotwindy » Sat Mar 03, 2018 5:04 pm

You say your 11 & 14 are the most used so the question is how often are you overpowered/underpowered on each? Or are they comfortable most of the time? If you are overpowered in the 14 a lot, a 12 will get you off of it sooner. The same with the 11, if you are underpowered a lot 12 would obviously be better. The reverse is also true. If you are overpowered a lot on the 11, 10 is better. Where are you most comfortable most of the time?

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Re: Kite sizes

Postby plummet » Sat Mar 03, 2018 6:38 pm

I think there is little point having a 14 when you have a 17. I've go 17, 12,10,8.

But as knotwindy states. It depends entirely on your style and average winds. and how you feel on each kite.

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Re: Kite sizes

Postby badgb21 » Sat Mar 03, 2018 8:56 pm

Hope this helps:

My Kite sizes:
116Kg (255lbs) - UK Late spring/summer/early Fall winds, (winter winds may reduce the speeds slightly);


2016 Cabrinha Velocity 16m 14 to 19mph
2016 Cabrinha Velocity 14m 17 to 23mph
2016 Cabrinha S/B 12m 20 to 25mph
2015 Ozone Edge 11m 22 to 27mph
2017 Cabrinha S/B 10m 24 to 30mph+

The table is not the full range of the kite at my weight, just a starting wind range to rig.

As said above, it depends on your local conditions. All I can say is I kept my 11m Edge for boosting and it gets a lot more use than the 10m SB!

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Re: Kite sizes

Postby Mickdip » Sat Mar 03, 2018 11:23 pm

Thanks everyone for the feedback!

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Re: Kite sizes

Postby dejavu » Sat Mar 03, 2018 11:50 pm

Really subjective. You can get away with another 11 or 12 as you can vary board sizes or knots on the lines to adjust power required. I had a 14M Switch but now love the 15 contra.


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