MissionMan wrote:I think this is how Naish got around the patent because their SLE has the bridle but lacks the concave trailing edge. What impact this has on the kite exactly I am not sure, but nova seems to follow the non-bow principle as it doesn't seem to have the concave trailing edge but it still has the range.
There is some time that I think about replying all the false information that circulates but I was lacking time...
About this topic:
The Nova is a bow kite and Takoon IS a licensee of the bow kite patent. since end of September.
Check at the pic, you will see that the Trailing Edge is concave.
I don't yet know if the Shockwave is a bow kite as I haven't yet seen one.
If someone can make the same kind of picture, with the rear part of the profile well tightened, and post it, we'll then know.
It is possible to turn around a patent but not around aerodynamics. A kite with a straight or convex TE will have a shape closer to a C-shape kite than to a "flat" kite.
I strongly believe that the kites will be flatter and flatter in the future and I don't mind about the kites with convex TE and bridled LE as long as it makes the sport safer.
My challenge now is to make the bow kites flatter and even more efficient.