Inflatables and foils
- Having used both inflatables and foils side-by-side in the last few
months here are my impressions:
1- Inflatables' wind range are still slightly higher than foils (unless
you have the sled/foil bridle)
2- Foils are much more durable than inflatables (a foil can last as long
as 2-3 generations of inflatables)
3- Foils are so fast that you can use 40 m line and still retain the
same timing as inflatable on 30m line (what this mean is that you can
increase the lower wind range of a foil)
4- It takes more time to relaunch an inflatable but it is more reliable
5- Foils are so easy to relaunch but don't leave them on the water for
6- Foils require so little maintenance that it would make some
kitesurfers avoid inflatables.
7- Foils jump higher but require more precise timing
8- Inflatables jump easier.
9- Foils are great for light wind with large directional boards
10- Low AR inflatables are great in heavy wind with wakeboard.
11- If you need more than 1 kites for kitesurfing then use both
inflatables and foils; otherwise, you don't know what you are missing.
- I'd like to insert a few comments about the ARC
Hung Vu <hungvu@...> wrote:
> 1- Inflatables' wind range are still slightly higher than foils (unlessARC's wind range is equal to inflatable's.
> you have the sled/foil bridle)
> 2- Foils are much more durable than inflatables (a foil can last as longThe same should be true for ARCs (basically the same construction, but I
> as 2-3 generations of inflatables)
haven't had mine long enough to test long term durability).
> 3- Foils are so fast that you can use 40 m line and still retain theARCs are only slightly faster than inflatables, so that would be one
> same timing as inflatable on 30m line (what this mean is that you can
> increase the lower wind range of a foil)
favorable foil characteristic the ARC does NOT share.
All the following are pretty much the same for ARCs as for foils...
> 4- It takes more time to relaunch an inflatable but it is more reliable...but I must admit that none of my inflatables required much maintenance.
> 5- Foils are so easy to relaunch but don't leave them on the water for
> so long.
> 6- Foils require so little maintenance that it would make some
> kitesurfers avoid inflatables.
> 7- Foils jump higher but require more precise timing
Other differences between ARCs & inflatables are:
- Lighter to carry, and even smaller to transport & store (compared to an
inflatable with full ribs)
- Self-inflating (while you unwind the lines): - No pump to wear or lose.
- No bladders to leak or burst.
- No valves to fail.
- Easy to safely launch & land solo (even straight downwind) on water OR
land (like a 4-line foil, but with NO bridles to tangle).
- STABLE at zenith.
(Eyes & BOTH hands available for any other task)
- VERY light bar load: - NO harness lines needed.
(not even bungees!)
- Nearly no adjustment needed over full windrange
(comfortable to ride even fully sheeted in)
- Bar can be thin, light, & cheap,
and no boomgrip is even needed!
- Virtually NO load once released to the leash, in ANY wind speed, on water