Just like the AR ratio was such a big deal back in the day, but now most
kite (except maybe some specialized kite) have a medium aspect ration. They
found a good happy medium between performance and ease of use.
It will be similar with the flatness of the kite. They'll find a happy
medium that doesn't sacrifice too much performance and still be easy to use.
This time, they should find that perfect flatness fairly quickly, because of
the design experience most company have by now. We already see the 2007
kites being much better at both performing and keeping it nice and easy to
] On Behalf
Sent: Wednesday, July 26, 2006 5:35 AM
Subject: [ksurf] Too flat versus too C
Everyone involved with kitesurfing in the early days knows about the
foil .vs. inflatable battle.
Foils are too flat and inflatables are too C.
Foils are more efficient and inflatables are more stable and there is
this "sled boosting" effect.
Now with flat LEIs, there may be similar battle between too flat flat
LEIs (e.g. Bows) and too C flat LEIs (e.g. SLEs)
I have flown a couple flat LEIs and found that for a too flat LEI, the
kite is efficient but at the same time very slow turning (similar to
foil) unless you have a longer bar or a pulley bar
Of course, too C flat LEI is not as efficient but it has similar effects
as a classic LEI.
Wondering which type of flat LEI will win eventually....
P.S., Personally, I think flatter, more efficient kites (like foil) are
more for high speed, advanced kiters who want to juice as much power
from the kite and stable, "sled boosting" kites are more for everyone
else who simply want to have fun, boosting high and tricks.
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