tautologies wrote:...if I feel the kite stalling, I lenghten them.
STALLING? HOW DO YOU SEE THAT?
Many of the newer kite, you can't see very well until after you've ridden them for a short while if the kite is oversheeted. BUT HOW DO YOU SEE IT WHEN YOU SEE IT?
I don;t think there are any rules for when and how the knots should be, it is different from company to company.... I KNOW, THAT'S WHY IT IS A BIT CONFUSING WITH THE TRIM
Stalling, some kites will fall a little back in the window...some kites will only loose of their power...that you can only feel. Sometimes it is fairly subtle too. Might require some training, but if you are know what you are looking for it might be easier
Oversheeting..on older kites you would see the wingtips bend in a little, on bows and SLE this is not as prevalent, and way more subtle, but there usually is a slightly different shape on the canopy. If you oversheet, the kite will in anycase loose power.
I think especially on newer kites it is a function of feeling and vision.
Try taking the kite out, in as steady wind, and relatively low wind..so you can without problems sheet in fully. Ride you board straight, and try to to find the point where the kite pulls the most. Sheet in gradually, hold...sheet in...give the kite a few seconds on each setting...you'll feel it. Also look at the kite while you are riding like this to see if it surges in the window...if it falls back a little and you feel like you are loosing power you might be slightly oversheeted...the more pronounced these effects become the more adjustment you should try.
If the kite is way oversheeted you definitely notice it.
I know some of the Helixes came with a "wrong" setting on the backlines causing the kite to loose a little power if you sheet in fully making it slightly oversheeted..in light winds this effects is more pronounced. I like it when it is fully powered an inch from the bar, and I've almost always ridden my bar like that...it gives you the option to use oversheeting while riding...there is another thread for that...