Okay - here we go again...
There are the two fundamental sizing methods only:
1. Size, like specified in the patent.
Size = flat area / 1.36
2. Flat area.
Except for Airush who did a mistake by trying to set an "equivalent size for the kite power" on their sizing 2002, so they have no system in their sizing what-so-ever (and no patent license either - still in court), EVERYONE uses these sizings.
Then some brands can't measure their kites correctly - so they can be slightly bigger or smaller than printed - but there are ONLY these 2 size systems !
Real projected area has only been used once - on the 2000 Naish AR5, the projected area = true shadow area, was written in small prints under the surface area.
But apart from that very model - true projected or shadow area is not used.
"Sizing" used by:
Wipika, Takoon, Cabrinha and Naish
"Flat area" used by:
North, Naish, Wipika, Takoon, Gastra, RRD, Liquid Force, F-ONE, Peter Lynn, Slingshot
Note that Naish, Wipika and Takoon is listed under both - because they write both sizes on their kites (2001 and 2002).
Very clever, and very easy for us "users".
Now for the GOOD news !
In 2003 Wipika, Takoon, Cabrinha and Airush has changed their sizing to Flat Area - so now all kites, from all brands, are sized exactly the same way.
Yahoooooooo, at last !!!
This goes for inflatables.
I don't know about all foil brands, but Flysurfer are using flat area, and have the true shadow area shown too.
This makes sense.
Kindly - Peter Frank
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