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Postby hwenn » Mon Sep 23, 2002 12:44 am

Hi
I've been using a 9.4 Black tip and a 16.4 wipika for quite some time with a 171 picklefork. I just sold the 16.4, the kite was too slow and big to do me any good.

Any advice for a new light wind kite? Everybody keeps talking about foils for light air, but after having terrible experiences with the F-one STW 700 I am a bit distrustful.

I'm thinking a 12.5 takoon or 18 x2.... Are these sizes too big just like the 2001 wipika? The foils seem to have poor upwind and jumping capabilities.

Or, is range increased more effectively with a directional?

Any thoughts would be GREATLY appreciated

Thanks for your replies

Henrik

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Postby BLOWN AWAY » Mon Sep 23, 2002 5:34 am

Directionals are FAR FAR better for light winds....

I use a 20m AERO with my 6ft underground directional and can cruise upwind in 8 knots.

Directionals go quite fast and this gives you great apparant wind effect....

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Postby kGreg » Mon Sep 23, 2002 11:05 am

Hi BlownAway,

I am thinking about the same setup. How much do you weigh?

Regards,

kGreg

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Postby BLOWN AWAY » Mon Sep 23, 2002 2:51 pm

I'm 75kgs...

I'm not saying that the AERO 20 is the best lightwind kite around but it's pretty good and doesn't need to be flown fast to pull hard... VERY handy in winds where nothing goes very fast...

However flysurfer and other foil brands make very good lightwind kites..... very very big and powerful...

It's just that i can't get them in NZ so they are out of the question for me...

And i'm not interested in inporting them either...

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Postby aklbob » Thu Sep 26, 2002 12:31 am

damn good bargain for a kite that you don't use that often, probably quicker to pump up that a high aspect kite too..

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Postby murdoc » Thu Sep 26, 2002 12:55 am

flysurfer reinvented the foil.

their kites are much better than most other softkite-brands .. . .

the psycho 15.5 will be a lightwind-weapon and a hangtime-machine!

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Postby BLOWN AWAY » Thu Sep 26, 2002 9:50 pm

Waiting for an independant review.....

But since no inflatable flies well in lulls and if the psycho has that depower and hangtime... it'll be hard to beat in that sub 10 knot bracket....

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