the thing that intrigued me at first is the history of alpine foil, following damien and his son hugo and the team as they started making foils and improving them. Watching videos of the machines he would buy to further enhance his operations. It became obvious to me that damien does things to his foils , little things, that maybe are not absolutely necessary but little by little add up to make a sublime experience! And set his foils apart from other manufactures, who are trying to make cost effective foils.
i also watched many videos of people riding foils from various manufactures, and could see the stability and smoothness that people were riding on the alpine, i just did not see this in videos of other foils.
Physically i attributed this to the long fuselage and the xlp wing.
I also found the xlp wing is awsome for ultra light wind.....but has a top speed of 26-28 kts......which is great to have in a light wind wing. I have not found a wing with that much surface area that would go that fast
also the shape of the wing adds to its stability, it was more engineered than other wings i found.
i was looking for one wing that could give me speed and ultralight ability without compromise, i felt this wing would do it.
also from my research i found the boards he makes have wood stringers encased in carbon fibre to make a very stiff Kf box. most of the boards here are foam only. Again not necessary, but it all adds up.
the titanium fuselage , well i could.......its the thinnest on the market.....another little difference that adds up, and a thousand years from now can be dug up intact as an artifact! The strength of titanium anti fatigue of the material, anti corrosion, and its strength in all directions, made me think why not.
again there are many ways to skin a cat and ride a foil and cheaper, but the Alpinefoil has just every little option you can think of and thus rides like it (i am guessing, but others who tried it thought it was incredible), you get what you pay for. having said that Alpinefoil makes affordable rides with the same wings.
since my life is short and who knows how long your gonna ride before life throws you a curveball, so alpinefoil was my choice. Damien is as passionate about his stuff as i am and that gives me good idea about what he puts into his foils and boards, and i was comfortable with that.
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