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Re: Low AR foil kite

Postby Hansen Design » Sun Oct 08, 2017 5:59 pm

Hello Stef: AFAIK, Switch has no plans to add ram-foils to the product mix other than the Trainer foils already offered.

Hello Kitexpert: No kite is perfect in every way so there is always room for further development.

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Re: Low AR foil kite

Postby kitexpert » Mon Oct 09, 2017 11:27 am

Yes, kites have so many parameters to adjust. Idea of "perfect kite" is not very sensible at all.

With this low AR kite I'm now balancing between many things: AR/cell count (cell shape), lower camber/higher camber, thick airfoil/thin airfoil, much bridles/no internal supports - less bridles/more internal parts, less canopy curve and more PA - more canopy curve less PA, less PA more powered turns - more PA more pivotal turns, more A to the wingtips or center, three line rows/four line rows, more or less coning, more or less skin tension, more or less tow point separation, using or not using miniribs, LE stiffeners...

In genaral I'm balancing with simplicity to good enough performance and also the amount of the work for what I can except to achieve. But I must say counting hours with kite making is not worth it :)

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Re: Low AR foil kite

Postby kitexpert » Mon Oct 09, 2017 3:44 pm

Very different bridle options:

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