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12 or 13m Helium in the works?

Posted: Mon May 15, 2017 6:55 pm
by icedub
I'm a 125lb (57kg) intermediate rider from Vermont looking for a light wind kite. I think the 15.5m helium would be way too much kite for me and am hoping for something closer to 12 or 13m with light wind charactaristics: Easy to go upwind, stays in the air during lulls, easy to relaunch. Makes me wonder whether switch might be working on a smaller helium, similar to what Ocean Rodeo did with the Flite (it's a light wind kite that they make in a range of sizes from 8m up).

I currently have a quiver of elements v4-5, v497, v3-9. Do I just go with a 13m element? 12m nitro?

Re: 12 or 13m Helium in the works?

Posted: Mon May 15, 2017 10:06 pm
by Faxie
icedub wrote:I'm a 125lb (57kg) intermediate rider from Vermont looking for a light wind kite. I think the 15.5m helium would be way too much kite for me and am hoping for something closer to 12 or 13m with light wind charactaristics: Easy to go upwind, stays in the air during lulls, easy to relaunch. Makes me wonder whether switch might be working on a smaller helium, similar to what Ocean Rodeo did with the Flite (it's a light wind kite that they make in a range of sizes from 8m up).

I currently have a quiver of elements v4-5, v497, v3-9. Do I just go with a 13m element? 12m nitro?
Element would be the better lightwind choice, because in light winds the weight of the kite is the limiting factor, and Element is lighter than the Nitro.

But there is a onestrut in the works, so maybe its better to wait for that one. Bill said something about a 7-9-12 quiver.

Re: 12 or 13m Helium in the works?

Posted: Tue May 16, 2017 3:28 am
by Brett
Yes, last we heard they were prototyping one strut 7-9-12m foil orientated kites. So a 12m one strut when it comes out would be your best option.

Re: 12 or 13m Helium in the works?

Posted: Tue May 16, 2017 6:49 pm
by icedub
Brett wrote:Yes, last we heard they were prototyping one strut 7-9-12m foil orientated kites. So a 12m one strut when it comes out would be your best option.
I saw that thread and am excited to see it. My understanding was that the one-strut would be intended for foiling only. I'd be riding it in light wind with a twin tip. My biggest concern with the 1 strut kites is the relaunch...

Re: 12 or 13m Helium in the works?

Posted: Wed May 17, 2017 6:53 pm
by borist
Relaunch of one strut kite is generally no issue. If such kite has a problem with it, it would be an issue with bridle design rather than one strut specific. Strut keeps plenty of fabric out of water in light wind.