Ive a lively setup, which is the Fluente 2017, but it is much harder to learn jibes, tacks or really anything else on it, besides turns, 360s, and carves. So im now sticking to a more stable setup until i can master most of the "non jumping" stuff.Peter_Frank wrote: ↑Tue Jul 18, 2017 12:29 pmYou are spot on, higher AR gives a lot more glide and also more low end
But when you have ridden a lively low AR wing you will love these for turning and waves, no comparison
Thus I switch from high AR to faster low AR wing when windy, from 12 knots usually (8 m2 and smaller kites) - but of course depending on other things too.
Would it have better lightwind capabilities ? Ive seen a video of the takuma and the ride is REALLY slow, which would be great for waves yes, but maybe not so good for lightwind.gmb13 wrote: ↑Tue Jul 18, 2017 5:50 pmIn theory higher AR will have more glide, however that is assuming same surface area and profiles. It is pointless comparing foils that are so inherently different just based on AR.
A super low AR Surf foil like the Takuma way more glide that my super high AR Banga. Why is has about 3 times the surface area.
Im surprised no one made yet a high AR wing with lots of area.Peter_Frank wrote: ↑Wed Jul 19, 2017 8:58 pmA higher AR wing has somewhat better low end and way better glide, everything else being equal, as simple as that
Of course one can not compare if different area and profile.
A really slow and lifting wing like the Takuma will work great for light wind, eventhough less apparent wind yes, but it is more than counterbalanced by its huge lift
That is really complicated problem.
Well the market is flooded with so much useless stuff, at least would be nice to try and experience it.Peter_Frank wrote: ↑Wed Jul 19, 2017 9:54 pmI know, but WHY would you do this ?
To be able to ride in really low wind is the obvious answer yes, but it will turn lousy....
So more fun with a lower AR wing that turns well and starts quite early, or a higher AR faster wing that starts a tad later but can ride in the same lowend when first up to speed and turns okay.
IMO it is simply because it is not fun anymore when too big, no matter if we talk area or span
Also, at too low speeds, too narrow chord is not good and will give you less performance at some point, besides having a more abrupt stall of course - but this can be learned, no biggie.