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lindseym
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The trim threshold

Postby lindseym » Tue Oct 08, 2013 11:20 pm

Yesterday it was blowing about 25, maybe gusting a bit over. I was on my 11m Cab Velocity and I weight 160 lb (about 72 Kilo). I was pretty overpowered so I trimmed the kite a decent amount. However, whenever I depower I've noticed that the kite loops really slow and performs very sluggish. In fact, on some occasions I could not even get the kite to loop around, and I was pulling really hard. I also experienced this back when i had a switchblade 14m. In my mind, it seems like there is a trim threshold, a point at which applying any more trim will dramatically impact the tricks you want to do because the kite simply performs too sluggish.

All that being said, my questions are:
Has anyone else found it difficult to loop big kites when they are really de-powered ? More specifically, at point do you decide to go with a smaller kite simply because you have it trimmed too much ?

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Re: The trim threshold

Postby Toby » Tue Oct 08, 2013 11:59 pm

When you depower all the way, your front lines will have most of the pressure, but the back lines are the steering lines. So of course, with less pressure on the steering lines the kite will be less responsive to steering.

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Re: The trim threshold

Postby lindseym » Sat Oct 12, 2013 4:17 am

Makes perfect sense. Thanks Toby.
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