Hardwater Kiter wrote:
Glued construction, is this right? If so I have mixed feelings about this. On one hand it seems very cool as the kite must hold air for days. I have clothing that is made this way and I was skeptical when I first started using it but most of it has helped up really well. As well or better than anything stitched. But when things do come undone, how do you repairs it? I've had kites that were glued but they were also stitched.
"Unlike some other company, we are not assembling the panels with glued seams. The kite is not 100% airproof..."
So its not glued construction. PL arcs are glued and stiched and they keep the pressure longer than for example FS kites, I don't know if this is so beneficial. But when kite becomes old it is better to have also glue, I have seen some Speed 3's which seams are not tight any more. Of course the fabric itself leaks too.
When you launch a foil kite from 45 degrees you must have some experience and be cautious. There is always a risk kite (not fully inflated) goes back in the wind window and then hot launches. How uncomfortable or even dangerous this is depends of course how strong is the wind. Some use QR, it is the safest option but then you start it all over again.
If wind is 30kn or above I prefer small LEI and a helper. On ice or firm snow these are very strong wind speeds because friction is so slow.. Two years ago I was lofted (or jumped unintentionally) with 4m LEI, fortunately not higher than perhaps 7 feet. It was very uncomfortable feeling, so fast up and down I didn't have time to react at all. That day highest readings on the mountains were 70kn, I guess where I kited it was about 30kn, worst gusts perhaps 50kn.