Backstall and walk under it. If you backstall and plant your feet, the kite will come down very quickly; do this to initiate the downward motion, then walk towards the kite so that it still continues to come down but at a much slower rate. This way, you can not only control the kite with sheeting/oversheeting, you can control how much apparent wind there is in the kite by walking as well.
Agreed. A beginner kite with a lot of hype and marketing. Certainly a good choice as a first foil kite. Excellent water re-launch and stays in the air very well in super light wind but that's it! Bar pressure and feeling is terrible and I get better performance out of my inflatable kites on a hydrofoil (GPS tracks).downunder wrote: ↑Thu Oct 18, 2018 2:37 pmI didn't really like it, but can't fault it since below is very personal feeling.
Here is why:
- quite high bar pressure
- quite slow, well not quite, sloooow. 12m, 15-17kn
- doesn't pivot (like I would expect from a Sonic and R1 background)*
- feels like a truck pulling me
- upwind on TT is average )*
- it really feels like a beginner kite
- it really needs a helper for landing
- the profile is huge, that thing will take enormous amount of water, trust me. I could not take out of water 11m R1 and Sonic 9m myself, after 45min swim. And they are way way thinner.
On that note, there are people who will buy it with no knowledge what so ever how to even fly a kite. Any kite.
Let me demonstrate:
- I looped the kite. A few times each side on the land. The guys approached and asking "How did you do that?" - did what?
"Yeah, how did you do that? What did you pull?" - my blank face
After purchasing a 15m Soul, he is asking which line did I pull? God save/help him, he'll need it.
Other than that, it is a great kite, just not for me at this stage.
Slow moving through the window. How to make it faster? Use the short lines. Yeah, right. We know what that means, do we?
No. I compare the bar pressure with Edge. As you said, a personal feeling. I also dislike a truck feeling, if it feels like truck, it is a truck.andylc wrote: If you consider bar pressure to be too high on the Soul, it's presumably because you are used to that spongey way too light feel of a lot of other foil kites, which I personally dislike. Much prefer having some obvious bar feedback.
That's funny, for free riding...And just above isfernmanus wrote: ↑Fri Oct 19, 2018 4:09 amThe Soul is the best kite Flysurfer has ever designed for free riding. I have been kiting for 18 years. I have flown and owned every kite Flysurfer has produced and most Ozone kites.
Call the FS Soul a beginner kite if you like, but as an experienced kiter, I would recommend the FS Soul to every kiter, beginner or expert.
. Make a decision please.james wrote: Well a 15m soul just won a speed comp ...
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