joriws wrote:Flight Time, you are not probably interested in 1m/s wind kiting. But I do it sometimes and it means moving with skis over 30km/h over ice. Or if you are 3km away from rigging place and wind dies because of inversion what do you do? I fly an entertaining circle and kite home, you pack the gear and WALK 3km home. That is the difference of real light wind kite and wanna-be-light wind kite.
No, no, no, you have it wrong! If I'm 3km away from my rigging place and the wind dies because of inversion, I SWIM
Or at least self-rescue 3km home...
But this happens all the time, and that's why we have different kites for different conditions. The question for me is, if I'm out on my 14 meter, and the wind dies, is it worth rigging another kite to squeeze blood from a turnip, or it it time to pack it in and go do something else, because I wouldn't enjoy shlogging back and forth fighting just to stay upwind? For me, it's the latter. If I can't jump, or if I have to fight for two reaches to gain back the ground I lost from one tiny hop, I'm done. I'd rather stand around with the other kiters standing on the beach, and bitch about the lousy wind.
If there was a kite that would let me ride from 2-4 knots, and boost 20 feet while doing it, then hell yeah I'd rig another kite. I have had the V3 in hand in 5 knots, and there is no way I'd get going on a twin, but it is stable in the air at those speeds. I have seen D ride on a SUP board in 5 knots. The kite won't stay in the air for extended periods with only 2 knots, but it will stay in the air through a short 2 knot lull, and averaging 4 knots it will be fine.