WndRdr wrote:I agree with the others that open cell foil is the safe bet. Flysurfer's closed cell foils are the next.
The sizes and the number of the kites depends on how much weight you can take on top of the must have equipment and food. Another thing is if you plan to use mainly kites or if you plan to ski some parts of the travel.
There have been expeditions with mainly kites and they have had up to five different sizes. Others have had one or two sizes and if the weather was not suitable for those they have skied those days.
You also need backup bars and lines. The more you rely only to kites the more important the number of backup is. One important thing is to have different length of lines so that way you can tune the kites more and use double or longer lines on low winds. If you break bigger kite you can get close to that with smaller with longer lines or other way around with shorter lines.
At least one team I know used HIT Ultima Thule -sled. That is designed to be strong but light weight for this purpose.
You really should try to find people who have made similar expedition and have a chat with them about equipment and challenges there are. Personally I know a team in Finland but there are many teams around the world.
skydive wrote:Could someone explain why open cells are better then closed?
edt wrote:skydive wrote:Could someone explain why open cells are better then closed?
Sky how much have you snow kited?
When you crash a kite with closed cells it is possible for the closed cell to burst on impact. If you have an open cell kite when you crash it on land, it is less likely to tear. On water, if you crash an open cell kite it will sink like a wet napkin, but you can relaunch a closed cell kite.
I've seen plenty of closed cell kites crashed on land, so it's not like the first time you smash your closed kite while doing a kiteloop on the snow it will rip, it's just the open cell kite is more durable. I really think if you kited much on the snow you would already know this.
I'm not saying lack of experience is any detriment, go for it! Just that if you have never done a long haul before, you might want to schedule a warmup, maybe do a 3 day trip back and forth across a frozen lake, putting up your tent, making camp all the good stuff, just to shake things out.
Whatever you do don't let your friends get married, wives are sure fire killer for these types of expeditions
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