markchatwin wrote:SendIt - can you provide brief reviews for the 3 kites the OP is deciding between? I can't speak for the FL or the NRG but the 2013 Zephyr is very widely regarded as 1st rate for a lightwind/freeride kite. You seem to put a lot into "riding in 7mph" but what if the Zephyr starts at 9m but smokes the pants off the others in the 10-15mph category for quickness, jumps and waves? And what if the Zephyr is the best one for higher than that?
Is your definition of the best light wind kite the lowest bottom end it can achieve?
Sorry markchatwin, that was actually me posting, Sendit is one of my instructors and was still logged on, didn't notice.
Haven't flown the newest NRG's, but experience with LF is that they are well built kites, which usually weigh more, and affects the flying in light winds.
Also haven't flown the Blade Fat Lady, but have had them on the beach, and when they are self rescuing we are riding up to them to make sure they are alright on our Turbines.
I have flown the 2013 Zepher, and it does not have the low end that these other kites have. I have no complaints about the Zepher, but I found it did nothing spectacular. Now I haven't ridden it in overpowered conditions, and I have been told it has very good high end, and that's great, but I can ride any of these kites in overpowered conditions.
Yes mostly when you define a light wind kite, it would be one that flies the best in light wind. I don't believe many people buy a light wind kite for average or heavy winds. There are a few things we put into this, mainly power, relaunch, and stability in light winds.
Very few kites would get you riding a 7mph and then fall flat at 10-15mph, so that would be nitpicking. If a kite is fast at 7 mph it will still be fast at 15mph. The question was what is the best lightwind kite, not the best surfing (Probably a Core, Infinity, Or Blade FL, don't do much surfing with big kites so can't really comment) or jumping kite (Cabrinha Velocity, Ozone Edge, or any other higher aspect kite) in average wind. We have some of the lightest wind conditions here, so we have plenty of experience flying lightwind kites. The Turbine has been the Champ for years, and we are finally getting some other kites close, namely the OR Flite 2 and I would put the Contra there for right now, still testing that one as we have said.
I have been standing on the beach with a wind gauge in my hand and have watched SentIt, who weighs 220lbs, ride a Turbine in 7mph, and seen him do a backroll on the OR Flite 2 in 8mph.