Any Single Strut kite news?

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Fri Mar 17, 2017 10:46 pm

queneseb wrote:I think we dont need especially a single or strutless kite in strong wind, we just need a smaller one !
Absolutely agree!

less struts = lighter, poorer shape control, poorer depower. Look for a lot of leading edge attachment points on the new Switch mono strut to combat this(like the Nitro)

More struts=heavier, great shape control, excellent depower.

When you are out in 30 knot wind, you want a strong kite with good shape control.
Unsupported regions are going to be subject to fluttering and high wear rates when the bar is out or depower pulled.
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Sat Mar 18, 2017 2:45 am

Looks like Naish just released a single strut too that simply looks like the old Trip with a strut. Retail is $1600 for the 12m. Unbelievable. I can't wait until Switch releases theirs, but I'm willing to wait to ensure it's well tested and dialed in. I think the spider bridle will make a huge difference in the performance of maintaining the shape of the airframe as other no strut/single strut kites I've ridden fold at the wingtips when a hard turn or powered kiteloop is initiated.
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Sun Mar 19, 2017 6:08 am

Do you really think 5 struts are beneficial or necessary on a 3.5m2 kite? I'd rather have a more nimble kite that responds more like a stunt kite and the brm 3.5m2 without struts performs beautifully in their videos for foiling. Though I'm holding out to see what switch can do as I think a single strut will enhance relaunch, depower, and other performance without weighing down the design too much.
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Sun Mar 19, 2017 9:30 am


People have been using 2.5-3.5m single strut trainer kites for affordable highwind. I don't think a heavy 3 or 5 strut small kite design would be beneficial. Hopefully switch can make a purpose built kite that will perform well in smaller sizes and not just light wind foiling.
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Mon Mar 20, 2017 1:39 pm

5 strut not especially necessary, 3 strut can do the job too..

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Thu Mar 23, 2017 7:06 am

I can't wait to see some one strut Switch kites to go with my new foil.
Put me down for a 5 and 12 (or equivalent) that should be all I need to give me a huge range on a hydrofoil especially with some different length lines.
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Wed Mar 29, 2017 2:25 am

Airush Ultra is yet another addition to one strut kites. Field is getting crowded.
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Wed Mar 29, 2017 2:58 am

The dyneema skeleton sounds pretty interesting.
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Wed Mar 29, 2017 6:50 am

Just my two cents, I don't care how many struts it has. I just want a small kite. I will trust Bill and the team to get it right.

I just came in from a session on the foil with the 5m Element. It was joyous. Pure fun. Small kites rock, especially on a foil.

A single strut small kite makes sense to me because the unsupported area of a small kite is tiny. You don't need a lot of struts when the gaps between are small. The leading edge would be proportionally large and the sweep of the tips would form a lot of the shape. As long as there's enough strut/s to assist relaunch and keep the canopy off the ground then I'm happy.

I don't want a no strut kite. They're ugly. The canopy sits on the ground and gets dirty.
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Wed Mar 29, 2017 12:34 pm

huili88 wrote:The dyneema skeleton sounds pretty interesting.
Will give a ballooning effect eventually, not to mention that repairs will be hell. It's never a good idea to mix materials with different stretch properties. A completely hmwpe woven cloth would work a lot better. Problem is, that stuff is very expensive.

I see Airush kites on one of my homespots regularly, and they flutter just as much as other kites.
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