TomW wrote: ↑
Wed Sep 27, 2017 3:55 pm
I just find small kites so fast I have to be concentrating on kite input too much.
I only fly small kites infrequently, and am not used to them.
The Mono 7 is actually the first 7m kite I like since my old Waroo 7 back in 2005-6. I sold it and then had a Switch Method 7 which was too aggressive.
I'm looking for a forgiving small kite. I'd be happy if I could find a 5 m kite that behaves like the Mono 7.
If you like your Mono 7, why don't you just get the 3.5M or 5M Mono?
If you want to tune the steering speed of a kite, be sure to use the proper size bar.
If you want a 5M to be more responsive than your 7M, use the same size bar.
If you want to tune the steering speed of a 5M kite, to be similar to a 7M, use a smaller size bar.
The problem is "small" bars are 17"/45 cm, which can feel big for a 5M kite. For e.x. Hein uses a 14" (37 cm) bar for a 5M Fuel.
Another thing to consider with 5M kites is line length. To make a 5M feel similar to a 7M, you will most likely find a preference for shorter line lengths, to give the feel of the same size wind window.
Another thing to consider with small kites, is front versus back line pressure. A kite that can be flown "fixed" removes the variable of front versus back line pressure. Examples of fixed bars are Pulley bar, Rooster Ring (Top Hat) bar. Flying a kite fixed makes a kite behave more predictable. Not all kites ride well fixed. Warning: riding fixed is very addictive.
As far as small kite recommendations, it is hard to find a bad kite smaller than 8M. 5M is a sweet size. I have tried the 5M BRM, Wainman 5M, Fuel 5M, Generator 5.5, FS Speed 5M and they are all good kites with a foil. If using a chicken loop, the BRM felt the safest to me. IMO a particular hydrofoil is best matched with a kite with a similar aspect ratio.