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Sonic 6

Postby foilholio » Tue Feb 09, 2016 3:30 am

Looks good
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Re: Sonic 6

Postby borist » Tue Feb 09, 2016 3:42 am

Lovely

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Re: Sonic 6

Postby Strekke » Tue Feb 09, 2016 8:30 am

a sonic small enough to kiteloop :thumb:
wonder what its low end will be :D

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Re: Sonic 6

Postby foilholio » Tue Feb 09, 2016 11:09 am

I would guess on a hydrofoil 12-15knots. Looks like if it has been hand tuned with a unique AR it could be a very special kite.

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Re: Sonic 6

Postby Adventure Logs » Tue Feb 09, 2016 4:22 pm

Looks fantastic. I wonder what the top end will be since the 9 tops out at 42 on paper. So nice!

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Re: Sonic 6

Postby kitexpert » Tue Feb 09, 2016 7:37 pm

Hmm. I would rather take some 7-9m2 LEI which loops better and is much easier to handle.

High winds are usually gusty and have lulls and turbulences. I don't think Sonic is a good kite for that kind of conditions. I prefer wave kites if wind is above 30kn, they are stable and suck gusts. Reliability and safety are then much more important than high performance.

Perhaps snowkite speed record hunt might be for that kite? Last weeks best result was however achieved with 6m DNA, quite opposite to Sonic as a kite.

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Re: Sonic 6

Postby plummet » Tue Feb 09, 2016 9:47 pm

I have flown a 6m ozone R1 in a 25-30 something squall in the kite buggy.

Goddamn thats a fantastic speed engine. It was suprizingly controllable in those silly conditions. But you did need to keep speed in check because gusts god translated into speed instantly!... If you want speed thats a good thing.

Then I flew it in 15 knots and expected to be bored shitless. But man did it build some power with apparent wind!..

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Re: Sonic 6

Postby foilholio » Wed Feb 10, 2016 12:01 am

It's a conundrum, which is safer in high winds. Inflatables feel safer and a foil feels more like it's going to kill you but is it true? I have seen some horrible things with inflatables death looping it high winds. When I tell people I have basically exclusively self launched and landed in the 40knot range they always give me looks of disbelief. Fifth lines more so but even FLS are very reliably on foils even if the kite is tangled somewhat.

An interesting trick to take a lot of the punch out of strong winds is 10-12 meter lines.

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Re: Sonic 6

Postby plummet » Wed Feb 10, 2016 1:13 am

foilholio wrote:It's a conundrum, which is safer in high winds. Inflatables feel safer and a foil feels more like it's going to kill you but is it true? I have seen some horrible things with inflatables death looping it high winds. When I tell people I have basically exclusively self launched and landed in the 40knot range they always give me looks of disbelief. Fifth lines more so but even FLS are very reliably on foils even if the kite is tangled somewhat.

An interesting trick to take a lot of the punch out of strong winds is 10-12 meter lines.
It is an interesting question. There is no doubt that a low aspect wave lie is way easier to fly and control in 30+ knots that any other foil i have flown.

So. You are more likely to loose control and be punished on a high aspect foil in those winds.

But as you state the likely hood of a powered deathloop is a lot lower.

Overall i thing the change of death loop is lower than the chance of loosing control. So i'm calling the low aspect lei as the safer tool to use in high winds.

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Re: Sonic 6

Postby davesails7 » Mon Feb 15, 2016 1:34 am

Is it even available? I saw the pro racers had the 6m sonics for a while. I think they had them at the San Francisco Gold Cup? Still not listed on the flysurfer website though. Can you special order them?


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