Anonymous wrote:Hi guys,
I'm a novice in kiting and weigh around 80kilos. I need a kite that I can get going in even under 10knots, but which can handle gusts of even 20knots? Is BT 17m2 2003 then what I'm looking for?
Hearing that Blacktips should have nice depower system or is it?
How's the stability and how's the kite's jumping abilities meaning is it easy to crash the kite when jumping (I mean from the novice point of view)?
Is the kite too fast to handle, currently I'm kiting with cquad 4.2m2 and snowboard?
how's the quality of Blacktips, I heard that they haven't been the most durable ones before???
Any comments much appreciated.
I weigh about 80 kg and my BT 17m2 2003 just arrived about ten minutes ago. The wind forecast is actually a bit stronger than best for this kite. I was told that for a guy that weighs about 70 kg and who rides at an expert level that he uses his on shorter boards in about 10 kts. up to around 17 kts.
For us heavier guys, we might be able to make 20 kt. gusts, maybe. Of course you could always rig 20 m lines and even ride a smaller board to squeeze out more upper end.I should have some time on it as well in the next several days and will report back. As a new kiter taking anything as large as a 17 m out in anything close to 20 kts. is ill advised and to be avoided.
As an aside, I went out for the third time with the BT 12m2 2003 last weekend, in what I thought would be underpowered conditions. After five hours of great jumping, I am not quite sure what the wind range is of this relatively small kite, particularly on 30 m lines and with a long directional. These BTs do love to jump though!
The kite is quite stable and has a "light" feel in the air. It is also fast but not overwhelmingly fast in my estimation. I understand the 2003 17 m is fast as well considering its larger size. Normally I would never advise a new kiter to start with a four line LEI. I feel that there is a wealth of knowledge, skill and precaution to be gathered from spending time with a two line setup first. That is my view on this but others see nothing at all wrong with putting a new kiter out with a four line kite. In either case adequate professional instruction is indicated.