marlboroughman wrote:First of all in conditions where the kites fall out of the sky you can't really tell anything about either so why even bother. I am a die hard five line hybrid fanatic and I am not going four lines anytime soon. I do ride waves but I never drop it there and I do not know how people do it unless they try tricks between them, if you fall you just keep it up there until you collect yourself. Advantages for me: self land tube first in the water or on land if you know what you are doing, stability second to none; bridled kites tend to jellyfish in the middle, safety; there is no bridle or pulley to brake, kiteloops; nice predictable pivotal tight turning again courtesy of fifth line, versatility; with quick adjustment of the relationship between front and fifth line you can change the style of your kite, you can make fly more upwind for freestyle or you can make it to fly back in the window for waves. I probably forgot about something but if you are a beginner a bow kite is probably better choice for you but if you doing tricks, kite loops, ride waves move on to five line hybrid. I find that there are a lot of beginners giving out opinions about the equipment that shouldn't. One of them is discovery of four line bow like they discovered uranium.
Why should anyone use a 5 line hybrid ?
When you can have a 4 line hybrid, exactly the same performance ?
Just one line less, and no 5th to "wrap".
Regarding waveriding - well, if you never drop your kite, you are either too "boring/not pushing the limits" out there, or the waves are too small
Honestly, even if you are an excellent kiteflyer - you CAN easily drop your kite, when you get hammered under a big wave when going for a wild off the lip or tube (or anything similar which is exiting and pushing you), and getting tumbled over and over and dont know what is up and down no more
So 4 lines, whether its a C or SLE, works great, and is my preference for both kite types, when possible (but not many new C kites can....).
Kindly, Peter Frank