Grizwald wrote:Could someone please explain the major advances in kite technology over the last eight years that would justify the purchase of a new kite for a beginner.
I have three kites 8, 10, 12 meter but all of them are about 8 years old.
I have a background in aviation so feel free to discuss cord, leading edge configuration, etc. if you know of any wind tunnel studies I would love to read them.
I also understand that an advanced kiter could fly a picnic table and make it look easy. I'm interested in easy of water launch, forgivable nature and why the changes are making this better. I am really not interested in the argument that the world champions use this or that kite because they can get into low earth orbit in the breeze generated by a black bean fart.
The problem with seeking this type of information is that every instructor I have ever met is a dealer for some type of kite. The other problem is that most advanced kiters will have forgotten the problems they experienced or their natural ability will have allowed them to pass over these hurdles without difficulty.
Thank you in advance for your thoughts,
If they are from 2006, they could be SLE (or Bow) kites ?
If so, you wont get any more "safety" with never SLE kites, but they will turn and handle way better.
If they are "C" kites, well, then you miss the huge depower, and easy relaunch by pulling one rear line only (or reverse launch on land in light wind).
But if that is not an issue, and you are fine by launching with the 5th line, then the C kites from 2006 were VERY refined, and almost on top of its evolution.
So IMO you dont get that much by changing to new ones
If you go the 4 line SLE direction, then it is another issue...
They came in 2005, and has evolved a lot the first 3-4 years and some "dogs" came in between in the start.
But around 2010 and forward, not much change.
Eventhough I would love to talk about aerodynamics, it does not make sense.
Because the major evolution has been in terms of handling and balance.
They dont "fly" (perform) better than earlier IMO.