Kevin Brooker wrote: ↑
Sat Dec 02, 2017 1:24 pm
Ski gear matters for your fun and safety. I use tele gear which makes it easier to move around in the finicky winds of New England. There are not many fields near where I live so lakes are the prime riding area. When kite skiing you are essentially turning (skis on edge)the entire time. Too light of gear will make your feet and ankles tired. If the skis are fishscale they will be different aggressive and the double camber isn't designed to handle very well. The skis are designed to be mostly ridden flat. There is also limited torsional ridgidity so holding an edge will be challenging. In variable conditions the skis may become frustrating.
As for the kite 3 meters will be too small you might move but plan on using the x/c skis to move back up wind. On hardpack styrosnow 5 to 7 is really fun. Fast but very controllable. I like foils but LEIs work fine. Deeper snow you will need more kite and wider skis to stay on top of the powder. In variable lake conditions ( windswept ice, drifts, slab, sastrugi, snowmachine chop, etc.) good depowering is key to staying upright crashing sucks but in chop the lines get snagged and relaunching is a nightmare. The variable conditions will highlight the limits of your ski setup.
I tried going cheap and it ultimately cost me more. Find a consignment shop or ski swap and the are always inexpensive older setups for gear. Older non shape skis are best and can usually be hadfor under $50. No shop will touch the bindings so you are on your own there but new bindings can be had for around $100 or buy some old rental gear. Not to be alarmist or buzzkillbut a trinto the ED and time lost at work is much more expensive then $250 for decent ski gear.
In spite of my..respectable age, I am not familiar with Telemark gear. Does it entail a different type of ski and binding, I presume? It might be more expensive though, as all specialized gear is. Then maybe a 2nd hand snow board is cheaper. Are snowboards better than skis for snowkiting?
Can a snowboard be used with regular x/country boots? Can it be used for kiteboarding on the water?
On a different note, at the time of my previous post I was thinking only of snowkiting . Now, after searching the Internet I was thrilled by the possibility of kiteboarding on the water with a SUP (I have a Bic WindSup).
There might be drawbacks, as in anything, but it might have the advantage of doing away with the additional weight of the rig and the hassle of rigging ,tuning and uphauling, without counting the more power I'd get from the kite up in the air, especially in our summer low wind conditions.
Actually, after many years of sailing( or trying to..) regular shortboards, even the larger ones, I turned to a windsup out of despair because even the longer shortboards don't move in less than than 15 knts winds, let alone planing. I was wasting my time. Now I am perfectly happy with my Bic Windsup, I can sail it with the lightest breeze. Better moving slow than not moving at all! If a kite can help, so much the better!
Initially I was thinking of an open cell foil ( less expensive) to use both on the snow and on the water, with my SUP , but then I realized open cells fill up with water and are difficult, if not impossible to relaunch from the water. I would have to keep the wing in the air all the time, which I am afraid won't happen, at least at my stage.. In this case I'll have to go for an inflatable kite.
I'd like to know what is your take( or anybodyelse's) about all this, especially about kitesurfing on a SUP and/or using snowboards for snowkiting.