Loon wrote:I live in Michigan where "gusty" is a way of life.
If gusty is a way of life stay far away from the foils. They are ok for 5-10mph spreads but after that they are a trash bag prone to bowties and explosive relaunch.
Which I've seen every idea on the market to prevent a bowtie with nothing that works. A baby bowtie you can be beat on the ground with the bar or pump the bar and get them out, but if its a perfect center bowtie that is tied in a knot you will not get it out without a hike or a friendly partner.
not pumping cause its cold outside sounds like its time to head south for warm water and bikini babes.
Get a compressor I carried one around for years let the kite pump itself while I sat in the car warming up. Then I figured out that pumping the kite was a better way for warming up after the hour ride in the car to the kitespot.
Trees are another thing to consider if you put a foil in a tree good luck getting it out without taking the tree down. branches are like velcro to bridles. doesnt happen often but out here you cut through the trees to get to the next big powder stash.
foils used to be 50-70% on the snow around here. hardly ever see them anymore maybe 5-10% I think the performance difference and having one set of kites for year round kiting makes more sense for the majority.
but hey don't listen to anyone but yourself. Go try before you buy. Someone local problably has one and would be more then willing to let you have a spin.
Let It snow