Having used a new flat LEI in the last couple weeks on snow, my response
is a definite yes for snow (assuming that all flat LEIs are somewhat
So far, there are almost no negative things about the flat LEI kite I used.
The positive things are:
- Depower: boy, can these flat kite ever DEpower. I've never had to
use the safety leash and wonder whether you need it. There was a time I
crash landed and the bar got off my hand, the kite lost control and shot
across the wind window. I was not dragged around at all for that.
- Relaunch on snow: even better than foil. You just let go off the
bar and the kite will slowly drop and hover at the window edge waiting
for relaunch. When you relaunch, it goes up slowly and not dragging you
around like foil.
- Less kite to carry around: A single 9m feels like a 8m/10m combo
(or even a 7m/11m combo). Two kite quiver is now possible. For me
probably a 9 and a 15 flat LEI.
Jumping is very good and hang time is excellent. The condition have
never been ideal so I did not have a chance to "take it to the limit";
however, I would think its "take it to the limit" jumping and hang time
performance would be better if not the same as the traditional LEIs.
I will know more about it on water in spring.
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