I agree. LEI marketing departments would have already marketed this years Speed as Speed6 2013.The Captain wrote:Now is a great time. New bar, CE. All good. Could be quite a while until something new comes out because FS has stated they will not release a new model unless it is a significant improvement over previous models. That is why their kites are not updated annually, like most other brands.
And if later next year a new model comes out, you can always sell for what will surely be a good price, and upgrade.
I am thinking of getting a speed 3, and just wanted to know peoples opinions on what size would be good. My other kites are a 5m and a 9m so it would be a light wind kite, but I would like to be able to use it in higher winds too. I weigh 100 lbs (still growing) and would be using it on snow as well as water. Most of the time I would be on large inland lakes. It seems like it has a very large wind range so it would be nice if it could be my go-to kite in most conditions.
FredBGG, this is a really interesting comment. I've been considering a 12m speed 3 as a low wind to use with a surfboard. I've heard lots of people comparing a 12m speed 3 with a 14-16 lei, but hadn't come across this idea of it only being better than a similarly sized LEI when using a twin tip. How does it act like a larger-than-12-meter-LEI when used with a twin-tip, but not with a surfboard. What would you call the 12m speed 3's low end with a surfboard?FredBGG wrote:
Regarding comparrisons with a LEI it's not as straight forward as you might expect.
With a surfboard the 12m Speed is equivalent to a 12m LEI give or take a bit.
With a less efficient twin tip (not a light wind door) the Speed will give you a bit more.
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