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by SimonP
Mon Jan 28, 2019 11:40 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Switch Element V6
Replies: 238
Views: 69656

Re: Switch Element V6

I am getting more used to the 7m each time I use it. I took it out yesterday when I could have been on the 5m, and found that I was keeping the kite higher and more depowered. It is interesting though how a one strut kite seems to be "softer" when a gust hits, i.e. it seems to absorb some of the gus...
by SimonP
Thu Jan 24, 2019 12:16 am
Forum: General
Topic: Switch Element V6
Replies: 238
Views: 69656

Re: Switch Element V6

I am loving the one strut 5m Element V6 for foiling. Power can be turned off and on on demand, it's zippy but predictable, and it's so mellow and forgiving. The wind range for me is 20-30 knots. If I was regularly going to kite in 30+ knots, the 4m would be better, it is after all a 20% decrease in ...
by SimonP
Tue Jan 08, 2019 9:01 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Helium 3
Replies: 133
Views: 35802

Re: Helium 3

I have a 12m as well but haven't pushed the top end. It is a light wind foiling and wave riding kite for me. It does flutter quite a bit when you let the bar out and the turning speed is typical for a 12m. I was impressed with how well the 10m worked in strong wind but the wind range is noticeably s...
by SimonP
Thu May 24, 2018 6:01 am
Forum: General
Topic: Helium 3
Replies: 133
Views: 35802

Re: Helium 3

Yeah, that's what I'm thinking too as I like my current 9m wave kite. However, I have yet to find a 12m+ kite that I like in waves, they don't react quite fast enough for the situations I find myself in. Hopefully the Helium is different. I flew Slingshot RPMs for many years and the 10m was awesome ...
by SimonP
Wed May 23, 2018 11:47 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Helium 3
Replies: 133
Views: 35802

Re: Helium 3

I can't decide either, I'd like to have a go on a 12m to see how fast it is and how well it depowers. The Airush foil I am riding will not foil until I reach a critical speed, which is probably around 10 knots. I suspect the answer for me is going to be 12m will be easier to get on to the foil but t...
by SimonP
Mon May 21, 2018 5:06 am
Forum: General
Topic: Helium 3
Replies: 133
Views: 35802

Re: Helium 3

Day #5. 17-25 knots so a chance to try the 10m out on a twin-tip. Wind range is huge, gusts seem to get absorbed and the depower is very linear. Jumps are not huge but they are very floaty. It's a very predictable kite. Unhooked is OK, but it's a bit more sensitive to trim than a C kite. You don't g...
by SimonP
Sun May 20, 2018 10:35 am
Forum: General
Topic: Helium 3
Replies: 133
Views: 35802

Re: Helium 3

Day #4. Once again 8 knots with the occasional 15 knot gust. I don't know why but the wind tends to be a bit more northerly this autumn, which is making things more flukey. I am now flying the kite one handed without looking much better now. I think the lower bar pressure meant that I wasn't initial...
by SimonP
Sat May 19, 2018 7:01 am
Forum: General
Topic: Helium 3
Replies: 133
Views: 35802

Re: Helium 3

I did a 10km downwinder today on the 10m Helium on the surfboard in waist high waves. The beach as a bit of curvature so the first part was cross-off with no wind on the inside. Great waves to bash but the wind was really flukey. I dropped the kite twice with no damage done though I did have to stop...
by SimonP
Fri May 18, 2018 6:08 am
Forum: General
Topic: Helium 3
Replies: 133
Views: 35802

Re: Helium 3

Cheers Felix, I moved the top knot up a couple of cm and that seemed perfect. The kite did back-stall a couple of times today but that was because the wind was stupidly variable, everything between 8 and 20 knots. The kite felt controllable in the gusts, the depower is quite linear. I was hitting so...
by SimonP
Thu May 17, 2018 7:52 am
Forum: General
Topic: Helium 3
Replies: 133
Views: 35802

Re: Helium 3

I have a Helium 10m on loan and a week of wind coming up to test it with. It's higher aspect than I expected and the struts are quite close to the tips. Today was 8-15 knots with a wind direction that meant the wind was coming over a hill. Rubbish basically, I wouldn't have gone out if I didn't have...