OR crew pretty quiet on this one - either no-one else cares much about a light-wind, or maybe Ross is working on it.
Any know how much a 14m Rise weighs, and windspeed required to water relaunch it ?
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Medium and high-wind kites get a lot of of attention, but maybe there’s some interest in improvements for low-wind performance.
Here’s a question I would like Ross H. to comment on - Are there low-wind performance benefits, particularly for bigger kites, that out-weigh ( pun - details below ) the convenience benefits of One-pump ?
When I compare the low-wind stability of my ‘06 12m One to my friend’s ‘07 12m One ( with one-pump ), in lulls and with the kites sheeted out, the ‘07 One seems noticeably more prone to nose-dive / Hindenburg, or forward stall.
Could this difference be due to the added weight and forward shift of the ‘07’s kites centre of gravity from the One-pump parts ? Does One-pump reduce the stability of a kite in lulls ?
How much weight, as a % of the kite’s weight, does One-pump add, and how far does that weight move the c-o-g forward ?
I will likely replace my 12 One ( and 15m Flysurfer Titan ) with a 14m Rise, but wonder if light-wind design improvements are in the works. With 5 struts, the One-pump parts ( and now neoprene covers too ) should have less effect than on the 7-strut One, but would there be noticeable benefits ( stability in lulls, lower minimum wind-speed water relaunch, faster turning from reducing the second moment of inertia ) if the One-pump was removed ?
Any plans on a light-wind version of the Rise 14, without One-pump, or other light-wind design improvements ?
What does the OR Crew want ? Anyone else out there thinking about this ?