robinsonpr wrote: ↑
Wed Dec 20, 2017 8:07 am
Wahay great answer captain exactly what I was looking for! Just gotta find one now!!
No worries. They also added more sizes to the line-up each year. So if you are looking for an odd size, you may need to look to a 2017/2018
I can confirm, wave SST 2016 are great sails to use with directional board. I bought the complete quiver 12-10-8-6. The great pro of this sails are: excellent drift, low bar pressure (for my taste), well built, short bridle, great relaunch, tight loop without to much pressure. What I don’t like of this sails: They can’t stand on the beach without sand on them, the leading edge tend to stay up (issue fixed on 2017-18 version), poor upwind ability (I don’t care a lot about it because using directional surf board I never found this problem to be too annoying) poor hang time and jumping ability (These sails are designed for surf so I used only one time with TT , for TT you can find better sails).
Good info, Fab, I'd agree with most of that.
That said, I don't really notice any issues going upwind, but like you I'm usually on a directional. Maybe I'd phrase it as - there are kites that sit more forward in the wind window and pull you up easier, but I don't think the SST is lacking. I haven't ridden any of the race kites, though, that I believe are very forward position flyers (for best progress on upwind tacks). Have you noticed the effect of SST's bridle bungee that is there to change position when you sheet out? You can actually watch it kick back in the window. I think the idea being that when you are on a wave you can park it so it doesn't yank you. So, for going upwind when I sheet in all the way you can see it nudge further forward in the wind window. Logosz said something about that bungee changing the balance point I think.
I did not know that they adjusted the leading edge lift (when laying flat in the sand). I'll have to take a closer look at my 2018s. When I flew them I still noticed that they nose up a bit so I made sure to sand them as usual. Is it less pronounced? In any case, it was a problem on the snow due to the extra slippery surface.
I do really like them for twin tip riding also because they are just so stable in gusty high wind conditions. But, I miss the long gliding jumps of my Rallys.