Windtools Booster - take 2
- My replacement 12m and 8.6m Windtools Boosters arrived this week.
The first shipment had a stitching/seam issue that Windtools was quick to
address after it became aware of it.
The kites are sligthly different from the first ones - the 12m has a new
chamber adjuster on the leading edge end of the battens, this now has a
strap going to the top of the leading edge to stiffen the frame and help
prevent inverting. Both kites have stiffer material in the leading edge and
the wing tips and all the velcro has been up-rated.
Got out on both kites last night in a dying/gust southerly, performance
seems the same as my first versions - which is on par with ALL the current
One thing I did play around with last night was the chamber adjustment on
the 8.6m, when I first went out it was set up tight - which flattens the
profile out and speeds the kite up. The kite was ALL over the sky, would get
way out on the edge but wouldn't produce a lot of power unless I was really
moving. I came in dropped the tension off the adjusters and went back out -
it was like flying a completely different kite, slower, more power, and a
good steady pull. Pretty cool that I can have different kites for different
conditions with just a small adjustment. On flat water I would set the kite
slow and powerful and for waves the better up wind and fast handling of a
flater kite would be the go!