skyseer wrote:the FS official upper limit for the Speed17 is 24 knots !!my upper limit (im 72kgs)seems to be 16-17knots (max depower)
Doesn't help.Gusty as hell
16-17kts average (with gusts above that), or max gusts of 16-17kts? Sounds like I'm splitting hairs but I can usually handle gusts a couple kts above the average windspeed - i.e.: my Contra 16.5m is maxed out in 19kts avg, gusts 22kts.mark van haze wrote:i had one shit day, gusty as hell (a stormfront passed by so we got wind). I was on my small board loose, heavy drug and my upper limit (im 72kgs)seems to be 16-17knots (max depower).
the range would be fine if you compare it with tubes, I know.8-16kts is a pretty wide range for such a big kite - I don't think there's any other kite on the market that can match that. It's not as much as I had hoped, but seems a bit more realistic
I totally agree - I have been very suspicious of the "overpowered" claims on the FS website, but they might be possible using 12m or 9m (or 3m) lines... And the low-end claims can't be reality either - "normally powered" on a 7m foil in 12kts? Maybe if you use a cargo ship as your board...skyseer wrote:the range would be fine if you compare it with tubes, I know.8-16kts is a pretty wide range for such a big kite - I don't think there's any other kite on the market that can match that. It's not as much as I had hoped, but seems a bit more realistic
What I don't like are unrealistic claims.
I could actually hold my Titan15.5 up to 24 Kn. (official top end) in gusts (84 kg), and I am a beginner and had no real highwind board. The declared low end, on the other side, was ridiculous: 6 knots !!! (normal powered).
Mark van Haze is what you would call a very good rider. If he feels overpowered in 17 knots then the 24 knots claim is BS at Best level.
Yes, many thanks to Mark - at least we're getting something close to reality there, much better than the Best "evangelicals" we keep hearing.skyseer wrote:Again, thanks Mark for the unbiased and hypefree reviews
Around the end of this month, maybe sometime the week of the 25-29 (i.e.: 2-3 weeks). I'm a little busy that week, and it could take several days to get suitable conditions, but hopefully I will get a chance to compare it back-to-back with my Contra 23.5m in early August.skyseer wrote:@Tom183
looking forward to your first impressions with the 17. When it is supposed to arrive
too late ! It would be difficult to change the ranges now, but I admit they are trying:Even so, I think the reality still beats any LEI - although I would prefer to see somewhat more accurate numbers on the website.
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