C Johnson wrote:I used to have several flysurfers...
this isn't really a foil vs SLE issue. its a high aspect vs low aspect issue. low aspect kites are generally more stable then high aspect kites. it is more complicated then that but the aspect ratio of the kite seems to play a more significant role in my experience in stability then the canopy rigidity does...
toyletbowl wrote:Done for now...let the bashing begin.
The fact is that ram airs become progressively less rideable and more dangerous as the wind picks up. Because they lack internal rigidity, they have the following problems in high winds:
1) Tendency to collapse asymmetrically in gusty conditions, often leading to explosive openings in the middle of the wind window.
2) Tendency to surge to the edge of the window, luff, and collapse.
3) Tendency to sit deeper in the window, making them harder to depower and use edging to control power.
duloid wrote:hey Bobby..
1st I agree foil collapse same as tube ..
2nd wind drop day 10 to 20 kn. means ... wind picks up and dies ... the clever ones got it .. I didn't say generally wind range 10 - 20 kn.
will go over my old videos when was day like that and friend of mine was re-launching, self rescuing him self several times, while my kite didn't touch the water....If I'm lucky I still have them ... if not you have to trust me as I trust you that you and your friends were riding in 55 knots wind
3rd I'm not talking only about kiteboading, compere the performance of kites on land and snow too.. not only water ... backcountry snowkiting, high mountain snowkiting ... etc.
crash&burn wrote:foils, arcs, whatever
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