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What kite for really gusty conditions?

Postby lejonklou » Thu Jan 24, 2008 11:19 pm

Hi all!

As it's in between seasons here right now (cold but no snow), I am mostly reading reviews and thinking of what kite to buy next. There is, however, one thing I often miss in reviews of new equipment: The performance in gusty and crappy conditions.

The reality where I normally kite is that one day out of four will have smooth winds. The other three will be quite gusty, making launches scary and riding a challenge. I really need a kite that behaves well, even when conditions are less than ideal.

What are your experiences and recommendations?

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Re: What kite for really gusty conditions?

Postby mv » Thu Jan 24, 2008 11:27 pm

The new Flysurfer Pulse 2 is a very stable kite, very forgiving, and super easy relaunch. We get gutsy conditions here all the time and they work great.

I have also used the Royal Era 12m and 10m and they work well in gusty conditions as well.

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Re: What kite for really gusty conditions?

Postby kitegrommet » Thu Jan 24, 2008 11:47 pm

I'll give you a completely honest un-biased answer.

Last year, I was in Tenerife for 4 months, I haven't been to many places with winds that are as gusty as El Medano. Yes, Tarifa gets gusty wind, but you can find good wind up and down the Costa Sur.

In El Medano, it's friggin windy as hell, and part of each day, gusty as hell.

I don't ride them, but the Switchblade 3's handled the gusts far better than the kite I had, and any other kite on the water.

I haven't seen or tried Mark's new kites, but since he is a Medano local, I bet they may be gust busters as well.

Just my humble opinion,,,

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Re: What kite for really gusty conditions?

Postby groundclown » Fri Jan 25, 2008 2:37 am

Try Windwing's Rampage2. no pulleys and no 5th line. We do most our testing in the Columbia River Gorge in some "less than ideal" conditions. Gorge bred, Gorge Tough.
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Re: What kite for really gusty conditions?

Postby Eduardo » Fri Jan 25, 2008 4:06 am

what are you riding now? what wind ranges are you trying to handle with one kite? what's your skill level? more details will help you get better answers.

kitegrommet: not to get off topic, but what time of year were you in Tenerife? I've been there once in June and it was kind of light. I still loved it due to meeting a beautiful Spanish woman but hadn't planned to go back to kite. Was I unlucky with wind? How often did you kite?

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Re: What kite for really gusty conditions?

Postby pebbles » Fri Jan 25, 2008 4:11 am

GK Sonic can handle gusts very well. Super easy to relaunch and built tough.

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Re: What kite for really gusty conditions?

Postby uka » Fri Jan 25, 2008 5:05 am

sounds like your kiting in Utah in the summer, or the Gorge. I dont have any experience with other kites, but you cant go wrong with a waroo or bularoo

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Re: What kite for really gusty conditions?

Postby Coolstr85 » Fri Jan 25, 2008 7:28 am

GK Sonic.....ive never flown one and honestly dont know much about the company. but some good kiters on Lake Lanier in north Georgia fly them. that lake is one of the gustyist places ive ever seen and they seem to handle it with those kites.

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Re: What kite for really gusty conditions?

Postby justsomekitingdude » Fri Jan 25, 2008 7:40 am

I fly Shockwaves ... sure they are a little old now but they handle gusts really well. They are prone to flying to/past the edge of the window if I am am stationary but when I'm moving they are the bomb. In Jan I was flying my 9m in 25k with 10k gusts and it was fully sick ... lol

MV .... how does the flysurfer cope with rain ?

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Re: What kite for really gusty conditions?

Postby tungsten222 » Fri Jan 25, 2008 8:03 am

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