just in case some of you are into "streetkiting" (using a kite on short or no lines in tight spots on longboard or inline skates): recently i tested if the peak2 works for that.
why test? well you never know. for example, my peter lynn twister simply does NOT work on short lines. shooting forward, collapsing, uncontrollable.
what is known to work perfectly are nasawings. with their low glide ratio they sit fat and deep in the wind-window and are easy to handle. yet, they suffer the dreaded backflying behaviour if flown with a bar in two-line mode.
so i wondered if the much better performance of the peak2 might be a contradiction for streetkiting.
i took out the peak2 on a very special spot - a small meadow on top of a castle. (the only place i could convince my girlfriend to join me on a sunday afternoon) here, one has to face quite turbulent wind conditions because the wind has first to go over the steep castle wall. further the spot was smaller than i thought, so i could not use 3 meter lines but had to put the kite directly on handles: zero line length.
first of all, despite the much higher performance compared to nasawings, the peak2 is very well controllable and and i was able to keep the kite open and flying despite the strong turbulences. It should be a joy to use with inline skates, snowblades or longboards.
second, "bar pressure" was low enough to use the kite with handles: i could use the full depower range of the 6 sqm peak2 just by tilting my wrists.
a short video (please remember that wind conditions were extremely turbulent, hence some tip collapses are unavoidable. will be different in smoother winds) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6yBYjqs_C6o