Supa - When I went from my Rev 13m to the Zephyr 17m I picked up that range from 9-12 knots. The Rev starts at about 12 knots and goes on up. I always thought if I wanted to pick up that 7-10 knot range I would get the FS Speed Deluxe 21m. However I have seen the big FS in action (17m Speed) and it's got it's foil issues that I'm not sure if I would like. Positives are:
1. Floats straight overhead without need for "moving" the kite in the lightest of winds
2. Easy to put down at self landing
1. Kind of requires a buddy to "loof" up the canopy to catch the air (lightest winds)in the foils at launch
2. Takes up a huge chunk of the beach
3. Lines and bridle can get tangled and be harder to "figure" out than the typical 4 line tube kite
Thinking of your 19m I definitely would appreciate maybe another knot on the low end, some quicker turns and easier self landing. It would have to replace the Zephyr, I don't think anything would add a new "dimension" to light wind kitesurfing except the FS 21m...
Thanks for good comments
At our weights of 75 kg yes you could pick up the 7 knots low end
The 21M (because of it's size only and nothin else) permits that low end
Steady 8 miles per hour is not much wind but it does belong to the 21 and that's ok by me
I know the 21 very well.....surely went out over 100 times on it in extra light winds (7-8-9MPH)
The 21 does add a "new dimension to LW but it is short lived" for most of us
As soon as the wind hits 8 knots (9.3mph) many LW kites work supa well (especially theXR2 19)
If it is really 7-10 knots (average 8.5 knots) and the wind "only occasionally" goes low to 7 knots...
...IMO at our light average body weights the 21 is "not a must have"
I have not yet missed (the 21) or missed a LW session (9-10-11mph) on my XR2LW 19 in waves
Definitely a different story if you are 91kg(200lbs) and over
The 21 is definitely for their weights a LW session saver for sure
I have a friend who is 109kg (240lbs) and the 21 is a must have to have any fun in LW
By the way the XR2LW 19 (10.75lbs incl.bridle) will "float' straight overhead in 6knots (7mph)
Without having to move to kite at all to keep it up...zero hindenberg or backstall
Negative of the 21: only has 2 velcro air exit valves.It is not enough to deflate/pack down fast
Positive of the 21: pre-inflate leeward 1/2 of kite & launches at edge of wind window supa fast