cglazier wrote: ↑
Thu Jun 22, 2017 3:43 am
My experiences with strutless kites (the Cloud) were not very positive. ... Luckily I never had to relaunch a Cloud but my friends say can be done eventually with skill.. unless it's in waves. I don't want to offend the Cloud cult following but strutless kites are not what I would recommend. Even Naish has now discontinued it's strutless kite.
hi Chris . . .
I always enjoy reading your posts and generally agree but not fully with this one.
Admittedly, I have only flown the 3.5 and 5.5 C5 generation kites (not in waves but in rough ocean swell) and never had any issues with relaunch. Maybe it is different with the bigger sizes and lighter winds.
Also, I have a 9m Gong Strutless and it has to be one of the best relaunching kites I have ever owned . . . pull a rear line and that is it. (again, not used in waves). Both can be made to fly backwards easily so reverse launch easy as . . . but I have only done this on land.
Any assumption that all strut-less kites fly basically the same is silly. I have not used the Naish Trip yet ( a friend has just bought a 10m) but I know from the Clouds and the Gong, that there is less in common that you would think . . . each have their own strengths, just in different areas.
I would suggest that the instant depower that I get with the Cloud is not a given with all strutless kites and probably not as easily obtained once struts are added.
I have not flown the latest D clouds so can only really comment with what i have read from others so I will leave it.
I do agree that strutless kites are not for everyone but the small Clouds do make an awesome match with my Zeeko Alu and carver wing