Blackrat wrote:I've tried foiling with an old fs3 15m , was just too big, got hauled off the front of the board with small gusts , if I was your weight I would prolly also choose the 11m
A feedback fo a back-to-back test interests me a lot as well, thanks for he topic.
My personnal feedback with 62 kg on speed3; I did know it well in large TT and directional board; but I disliked it on a hydrofoil: too heavy for very light winds, too difficult to work the kite properly (large and heavy when kite has to go upward), too power full when foiling, hard to turn when depowered; I swaped to Speed4 10m Lotus which I loved but it was a bit too weak under 8 knots ; then Pulsion 12m which is very polyvalent , fun and my prefered; then in view of its unbeatable ability to fly in almost no wind I completed with another 15m Pulsion, which I liked (one session) from about 4 knots (enough to go fast) up to 9-10 knots (too powerful then) , so but wind range is limited with my light weight; however you should not encounter the same limit with a 15m if it is a "good" model. If you target marginal winds below 6 knots, the kite shall be as light as possible (chrono2 UL, Pelican, Pulsion, Navy2, diablo if you want to high aspect ratio to optimize speed vs polyvalence, Sonic2 a bit heavier) ; and maybe assume the relative fragility...; For a beginner in foil kite I would focus on moderate Aspect Ratios to limit the probability of "problems" due to pilot errors combined to learning hydrofoils and increase relaunch abilities.
Above 6-7 knots, the light weight becomes more a comfort ( which I love including my LEI's) including relaunching from water, but you can do good sessions with "heavier" foils.