Jollydriver wrote:I was looking back through this thread, and I don't seem to see anyone mention Kitech kites out of Hungary. Not super high aspect, so not for racing. I haven't flown one...can anyone else comment on their performance?
As a matter of fact, i received the fly4 9m to demo last week. Had two sessions on it so far with the Alpinefoil access and xlp wing. Awesome kite, especially for foiling. I also own a speed4 lotus 10m so i can compare it to that kite to give you an idea of how it performs. The Sp4 definitely has better low end although its 1m bigger but the real distinction there is the apparent wind generation in light air. The speed continues to generate power through apparent wind while the fly4 does not and must be worked to generate power. The fly4 is extremely stable and easy to use and the power through kiteloops is really great so for water starting i found it to work better than the speed as it holds its shape and pulls much harder through the loops. But once up and foiling the speed will generate more power through apparent wind.
Fly4 is a great jumping kite! Got some huge air in 18-20kts on the 9m. Easier to boost and more fun than the speed in this regard probably owing to the faster steering of the fly4 so better to redirect and pop out of the water.
Fly4 drifts well, far better than the speed and this is the reason i wanted to try it. I am looking for a good freeride foiling kite that will drift, boost, and hang in the air in light wind. This kite ticks all those boxes. Probably the speed4 lotus will stay aloft in less wind but not by much. During the lulls the wind would drop into the 5-8 kt range and i had no issues keeping the kite in the air. On the occasions that the kite hit the water and folded, it sorted itself out well and relaunched easily.
Downwind speed runs were good, not as good as my ozone edge but fast enough to get my attention.
I am very likely buying one as my next kite. My foiling improved in the two sessions i had on this kite. Just a very smooth, easy to use, solid performing kite that you can forget about and focus on foiling.