Re: [ksurfschool] Flat Inflatable?
- I don't know what the differences are as I've never
taken the opportunity to examine them.
As far as using a flat inflatable versus a standard
inflatable there are three factors I would consider.
1. Wind range. It appears that a flat inflatable
would have a lower wind range/requirement compared
with a standard inflatable. i.e. a 12 m flat would be
comparable with a 15m standard? Is this true? Or is
the difference not that great?
2. Cost. If #1 is true you could purchase a smaller
kite for the wind conditions in your area.
3. Depowerability. Is the depowerability greater for
Just my 2 knots worth.
--- Hung Vu <hungvu2000@...> wrote:
> So what are the differences between this type of__________________________________________________
> http://www.globekites.com/gksonic and the other
> "flat inflatable" kites?
> Would you use the flat inflatable kites or the
> standard inflatables and why?
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- According to the claims:
>1. Wind range. It appears that a flat inflatableThis should be similar to foil vs inflatable
>would have a lower wind range/requirement compared
>with a standard inflatable. i.e. a 12 m flat would be
>comparable with a 15m standard? Is this true? Or is
>the difference not that great?
>2. Cost. If #1 is true you could purchase a smallerThis should be similar to foil vs inflatable
>kite for the wind conditions in your area.
>3. Depowerability. Is the depowerability greater forThis seem to be the case for flat inflatable due to the front bridle
(I, and Steve ?, have done some experiment with this simple front
bridle for a standard inflatable a few years back with some positive
The bar pressure on most flat inflatables is higher than standard
inflatables. It is very interesting that GK has flat inflatable with
P.S., The idea of simple front bridle is not new and again it was
"invented" on this group first by some of us a few years back. Flat
inflatable is not new either, it is "borrowed" from Seasmik or
Flexifoil Nesus. However the combination of flat inflatable and simple
front bridle (with no internal bridle) is new.