[ksurf] Re: kitesurf shop should know the power of the kites theypropose !
- With all the discussion about projected area, do all manufacturers
calculate this the same way? I'm sure it could be calculated with a
kite design software package or it may be done using some more physical
method such as atest rig or similar. And what about the differences
between Arcs and inflatables, is there any difference in the way
projected area is calculated between them?
If there was a method of calculating projected area that was uniform
but only adhered to by some manufacturers it would probably be better
to have the total area from which the customer/shop could calculate the
projected area. After all the total area is measurable by mere mortals
with a tape measure and calculator.
By the way Mel have you measured physically your AR5 7.5 compared to
the 630 Arc. I'd be interested to know the difference as it seems only
the projected areas are similar not the total areas!!!
Have fun, Dave (Dr Surf)
--- In kitesurf@y..., "CC - Steve" <kite_head@y...> wrote:
> Test flight and demo kites are definitely great - assuming you can demo on a
> day when the wind is right - but the absolutely best objective data to give
> one a way to predict pull is from PROJECTED AREA.
> I won't buy any kite unless I know this figure. With PROJECTED AREA and
> other relevant info such as kite design and Aspect Ratio I can make some
> educated guesses. Without knowing the PROJECTED AREA I am left completely
> in the dark and will simply NOT BUY.
> Especisally since in the area I and many other kiters live we can't get to a
> shop to demo kites without major travel and many kite shops don''t have it
> together to do demos when we get there.
> I have driven 6 hours after arranging to demo a kite gotten there and then
> had the shop owner change his mind. You can bet I'll never buy from him.
> And since I didn't get to demo that kite I ended up buying a different brand
> because I knew the PROJECTED AREA.
> Carson City, Nevada USA
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Mel" <kitebord@p...>
> To: <kitesurf@y...>
> Sent: Sunday, March 04, 2001 2:56 PM
> Subject: Re: [ksurf] Re: kitesurf shop should know the power of the kites
> theypropose !
> > Greg Walsh <gregwal@e...> wrote:
> > > The ultimate solution to this is for shops to have a demo kite or two
> > > in stock.
> > Yes, although liability may be an issue. Using the same reasoning, I
> > manufacturers/distributors should have demo kites & boards for us shops to
> > try. Now that I think of it, sailboard companies don't offer that
> > Slingshot says they'll help out in that regard, but I had to buy an RRD to
> > test it (same for kite & board).
> > *They try to do demos at the annual fall shows, but there's rarely enough
> > time in the right conditions. The magazines do extensive testing, and
> > brands (like Ezzy & HiFly) have money-back guarantees. Both of those
> > factors help a lot.
> > Mel
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