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2003 low wind kites - are the differences significant

Postby hidive » Sat Mar 08, 2003 7:00 pm

Are the differences significant between 2002 and 2003 for low wind kites such as F-one 18m, wipika 16.4 , slingshot 16, cab blacktip 15.5 and their 2003 counterparts. Just a general question

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Postby Peter_Frank » Sat Mar 08, 2003 7:36 pm

No !

The most significant difference is the better turning ability of the big mama's.

And this is extremely important, as noone wants a good low end, but poor turning kite.
So one always chooses a kite which is relatively lively, as ones biggest kite.

Thus your personal "big kite size" increases every year.

The Airblast f.ex is a bad comparison, as it has the worst low end of all kites, but the way biggest wind range.
And it is unchanged for 2003 (the Airblast).
Then, if you want low end, they have made the AMP for that !

If you are speaking about real low end - where you sinus the kite - then it has increased hugely since 2002, because of the better turning of the big ones.

But the sheer low end grunt (power) is IMO not changed from 2002 to 3 (of the ones seen and tested).

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Postby Dwight » Sat Mar 08, 2003 8:59 pm

The 2003 20m Rhino2 works in less wind than the 2002 Rhino 22.5m.

I think it's because the R2 makes more apparent wind. Whatever it is, it pulls in less wind, and goes upwind in less wind.

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Postby blizzard » Sat Mar 08, 2003 9:21 pm

The answer is yes. Many are saying in the same wind you can use a size lower than the previous years model.

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Postby Guest » Sun Mar 09, 2003 7:22 pm

Dwight wrote:The 2003 20m Rhino2 works in less wind than the 2002 Rhino 22.5m.

I think it's because the R2 makes more apparent wind. Whatever it is, it pulls in less wind, and goes upwind in less wind.
I think this is true of the 2003 BT20 as opposed to the 2002 BT 15.5(21.8) as well

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Postby dixon » Sun Mar 09, 2003 8:57 pm

What about 2001? I have 2001 BT15.5, does it worth it to try and modify it (add battens and move attachment points) or 2003 is going to be way better anyway?

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Postby Guest » Sun Mar 09, 2003 9:08 pm

dixon wrote:What about 2001? I have 2001 BT15.5, does it worth it to try and modify it (add battens and move attachment points) or 2003 is going to be way better anyway?
It's not just the wingtips that are different. The performance of the 2003 BT 20 in inherent to it's design, the foil shape, materials, rigid construction. It think the teteron trailing edge is a big deal. It keeps the profile more correct and make the kite more rigid.

I'm not one of these guys that sit around and analyze the kites to death. All I know is the that the 2003 BTs are better many times over than the previous years.

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BT 03

Postby Guest » Mon Mar 10, 2003 4:28 am

I have a 9.4 2001 BT modified with battens and I used the 03 CO2 12m for a week.

It was WAAY better! Turned at least twice as quickly and boosted 50% higher. I improved tons from a couple sessions on the 03. I imagine the difference will be more significant in larger sizes.

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