Anonymous wrote:What is so good about being able to inflate a kite thru the one hole? It is an ADVANTAGE to have completely separate bladders for LE and struts. Imagine if you had a leak in one of your struts and you were trying to inflate the whole kite thru the leading edge.... FRUSTRATION. Completely separate bladders makes repairs a lot easier. If you are like the majority of riders, you leave your struts up anyway.
But you can. There is a switch between the LE and rib so you can open or close the LE - rib valve (I think from what I have heard) so pump up the whole kite, flick the valves to closed and pump the ribs up rock hard.
This is speculation though...
Real progress in the next year or so is going to involve smaller, tougher leading edges and struts, possibly using high inflation pressures and kevlar.
But small diameter LE tubes does not make for a better kite. Two half diameter LE tubes next to each other (for better ridigity and smaller diameter) have been tried. If they were better we'd see them in most kites, not just on prototypes.
The aerodynamic profile of all kites will improve; turbulence at the tips will be minimised, kite stability AND speed will increase.
Hm, like adding a lower skin. This sounds familiar... like I may have seen one of these and it had the words 'peter lynn' on it
Whats up with Slingshot? How come you don't like them?