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Postby Toby » Sat Apr 20, 2002 3:10 pm

Just read Jürgens question for the Hydro 13 as a light wind kite.
Then it came to my mind, which kite type would be better for light winds?
A high performance kite is faster, therefore you can achieve more power by flying it uo and down. But an intermediate kite has a deeper profile and catches more wind but isn't as fast as the high performer.

So, which one creates more power?

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Postby SKIBUMNCO » Tue Apr 23, 2002 9:55 pm

WELL YOU STUMPED THEM ALL WITH THAT ONE !!
WICH CAME 1ST THE KITE OR THE LINE?

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Postby prankster » Tue Apr 23, 2002 11:04 pm

The main difference between a kite that pulls like a train and a kite which needs to be worked to generate power is: wind range. A fast kite with a thinner profile will get you going in the same wind than a slightly bigger and slower, deeper profile kite. But if the wind picks up, the fast, thinner profiled kite will hold stronger winds and gusts much better than the other. i.e. please compare a Naish ARX 15.5 with an F One 15.1 or a Takoon 14.3. Same low end if you work the F One and the Takoon, ok. But these last two kites will let you stay in the water way after you are maxed out with the Naish.

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Postby jamisdiablo » Wed Apr 24, 2002 12:27 am

What about the newer, '02 wedged Arcs? 1120 and f-arcs?
feelings on those as intermediate kites?

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Postby windprayer » Wed Apr 24, 2002 9:22 am

OK Prankster, your theory sounds right to me. But on the other hand, if the wind drops even more down, you have the advantage of moving the slower kite when more movements of the faster one is not possible anymore.

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Postby prankster » Wed Apr 24, 2002 4:21 pm

well, the fact is that the newest kites will fly in less wind tahn any other. I mean, The North Rhino 16, Takoon Skoop 14.3 will stay stable overhead in just 4-5 steady knots. So you will always be able to work them hard, even if there's very little wind.

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Postby prankster » Wed Apr 24, 2002 4:21 pm

well, the fact is that the newest kites will fly in less wind tahn any other. I mean, The North Rhino 16, Takoon Skoop 14.3 will stay stable overhead in just 4-5 steady knots. So you will always be able to work them hard, even if there's very little wind.

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Postby murdoc » Thu Apr 25, 2002 4:14 pm

well, if we're talking about low-end performance, we should get to foils :wink:

for example:
a stack of 1410 and 840 ARC (both wedged)
creates incredible power.

the big flysurfer kites (mastair 16m or warrior 20m) will leave the ground well before a tubekite will, because they are lighter.


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