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Re: Kite choices for foiling in high winds ?

Postby cwood » Wed Dec 20, 2017 4:44 am

Bunch of us around here have gone to Flysurfer speed 5 6m. Wicked little kite, very well behaved in nasty stuff.

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Re: Kite choices for foiling in high winds ?

Postby neilhapgood » Wed Dec 20, 2017 10:39 am

any thought on how a north buzz 5.5m would fare for foiling?

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Re: Kite choices for foiling in high winds ?

Postby nothing2seehere » Wed Dec 20, 2017 11:02 am

North Buzz should be fine for foiling in good winds. Short sheeting range, slow turning and not too fast for a small kite. Just make sure its not worn out. I bought a Buzz from a kite school and it was pretty so worn out so it didn't fly well ( I think the bridles were massively stretched and the cost to replace was more than the value of the kite so I gave it away for a few beers to someone who wanted a project).

Not so good for light winds as its the heaviest construction I have ever seen in a kite

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Re: Kite choices for foiling in high winds ?

Postby jasontsai » Thu Dec 21, 2017 9:48 pm

I have a feeling that majority of freeride kitefoilers should have a go with small kites; they're nimble, fun, and more importantly less canopy makes it safer in strong gusts and in wave crashes, too. North Neo 4 was the biggest kite I have used in 34 sessions during the last two months with hydrofoils and surf boards. The two other kites were Mono 3.5 and Neo 3. The single-strut Mono likes to be flown a bit higher/slower to avoid canopy flutter when going fast across the wind window at the high end of the kite's wind range, while the 3-strut Neos don't have this issue. It would be super nice if North would make a Neo 3.5 to fill the gap between 3 & 4. Overall, I'm very happy with these small kites for our conditions.

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Re: Kite choices for foiling in high winds ?

Postby Ramkiter » Thu Dec 21, 2017 10:34 pm

jasontsai wrote:
Thu Dec 21, 2017 9:48 pm
I have a feeling that majority of freeride kitefoilers should have a go with small kites; they're nimble, fun, and more importantly less canopy makes it safer in strong gusts and in wave crashes, too. North Neo 4 was the biggest kite I have used in 34 sessions during the last two months with hydrofoils and surf boards. The two other kites were Mono 3.5 and Neo 3. The single-strut Mono likes to be flown a bit higher/slower to avoid canopy flutter when going fast across the wind window at the high end of the kite's wind range, while the 3-strut Neos don't have this issue. It would be super nice if North would make a Neo 3.5 to fill the gap between 3 & 4. Overall, I'm very happy with these small kites for our conditions.
Just got myself a 3.5m North Buzz, will be interesting to see how I get on with it when my 5m Best Cabo is powered!
nothing2seehere wrote:
Wed Dec 20, 2017 11:02 am
North Buzz should be fine for foiling in good winds. Short sheeting range, slow turning and not too fast for a small kite. Just make sure its not worn out. I bought a Buzz from a kite school and it was pretty so worn out so it didn't fly well ( I think the bridles were massively stretched and the cost to replace was more than the value of the kite so I gave it away for a few beers to someone who wanted a project).

Not so good for light winds as its the heaviest construction I have ever seen in a kite

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Re: Kite choices for foiling in high winds ?

Postby Frank Rosin » Thu Dec 21, 2017 10:46 pm

5m Ozone Hyperlink it is for me.
(before it was Ozone Enduro 4m and Edge V9 5m, still got both but do not use them anymore since I got the Hyperlink)

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Re: Kite choices for foiling in high winds ?

Postby Rolavi2 » Fri Dec 22, 2017 1:59 am

I am digging my Neo 4m.
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Re: Kite choices for foiling in high winds ?

Postby TomW » Fri Dec 22, 2017 10:58 pm

I have a new/used Reo 5 that I have yet to use...

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Re: Kite choices for foiling in high winds ?

Postby mikesids » Sat Dec 23, 2017 8:47 am

@TomW - great choice ! I love my Reo's so much for foiling . I have a 5m and recently got a 7m. So fast, so depowerable , amazing drift and control, and pain free loops. Make sure you use your 5m on a shorter bar though ( not more than 45cm width) as it is crazy fast. Enjoy !

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Re: Kite choices for foiling in high winds ?

Postby Flag53 » Sat Dec 23, 2017 5:56 pm

Lovin my Reo V4's

5-7-9-12 covers me from 12-40 mph

Awesome kites for foiling 👍


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