STF wrote:I weigh 140lbs..
I am looking for a kite to fly in 15knts to 25 or so.
rapture 12m or 15m.....Dr lightwind? arent you like a buck60 too?
I currently have a 21m Nemi and an 8m Nemi so need to fill the gap..
Can i get away with just a 12m....or mabey should go for the 15m>?
Yes, my weight is 60kg (130lbs)
If you'd like to be more powered-up in the mid range and your local condition is providing light to medium wind more often,
than probably the 15m Rapture is the right size for your weight,
but if your local spot is providing more medium to high wind, you could get away with just the 12m with your weight.
The right selection is very important to fill the gap.
#1 the 15m can easily take over and well powered-up from where you were overpowered on your 21m Nemi
and take you up to 20knts to satisfy the mid range maybe more which is the starting range of your 8m Nemi and switch over earlier.
#2 the 12m has the advantage to give you a wider window to fill the gap to the top end of 27knts and where you left off with your 21m Nemi.
You would be fine from 15knts on a 12m with your weight but you might need a wider board to start-out to be well powered-up
and swap the board to a smaller one at 20knts.
Personally I would go with the 12m size, but you have to decide which range is more important for you and where to give-up mid or high.
You can get the same 11 to 30 knots if we "deal only with numbers" on the Rapture 12m with only 4 lines with reverse relaunch in that low end I guarantee.
It's easy to quote those claims, but the high end is only with the extra lines.
I bet you if a 75 to 100kg rider would try to plane on the Takoon in 11 knots they wouldn't be able to hold ground, but could make it to 30 knots.
Same token, I would be able to hold ground in 11 knots by sining the kite like crazy with my 60kg weight,
but wouldn't be able to peak out at 30 knots.
As you see those claimed low and top end numbers are just general and irrelevant when it comes to application.
People are playing games with theese numbers, so don't believe to the hype. At least Windwing was honest about the ranges.
Those ranges I gave for the Raptures are honest none biased when I compared them with other brand's ranges.
Other flyers also noticed the differences and they brought it up,
so if I'm not truthfull about theese findings here, sooner or later it would come -up anyway.
This way at least riders can decide to get the proper sizes of Ruptures for their weight, skill and conditions IMO.
What I mean also when riders are on a 9 to 10m kites you will be still fine on a 12m Rapture,
and when riders are on 12m kites you will be still fine on a Rapture 15m without switching and overpowered.
The range is the best so far so you don't need that many kites, no sweat!