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by Faceplant » Tue Sep 04, 2018 9:31 am

Thinking of getting a kite for lighter winds. 14-17 meter
Any suggestions?
I like have North kites, but I don't think there larger kites are very popular.
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by Roxstock » Tue Sep 04, 2018 9:36 am

This is a great deal. Don’t know if they have any left though.
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by lucas » Tue Sep 04, 2018 11:00 am

I've had an Ocean rodeo 17m for a few years now, can easily water launch in 10 kts and assisted launch well into the single digits. Turns well for a big kite. Pretty impressed with the durability for what I've put it through
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by Smitty » Fri Sep 07, 2018 9:49 am

You should definitely check out the Airush Ultra. I had an Ocean Rodeo Flite 17M, and I could get going mowing the lawn in 11-13 knots, albeit a little slow and not that nimble.

I actually switched down to a 15M Ultra and get just as good low wind days + I get much better handling and performance. 10 foot jumps are possible in 12 knots on the Ultra because the kite is so light - apparently 30% lighter than most kites.

By buddy and I did a side-by-side low wind comparison of the Ultra and 17M flite, and the Ultra won hands down. Even though it is smaller, it hung in the sky better than the flite in sub 11 knots.
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by spinmaster3000 » Sat Sep 08, 2018 1:03 am

Naish Boxer is a good single-strut design that is quite popular in lighter winds. A popular foil-kite.
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by tweegster » Sat Sep 08, 2018 9:18 am

Darren at Feral has been ordering 19m ozone edges for the WR light wind crowd. I have not tried yet, but our very experienced light wind kiters claim it is the cats meow. I trust them.

I love my best 2014 TS 15m and have not found a LW kite I prefer, but it certainly has quirks as it is more freestyle oriented (pop and slack). But It goes upwind when the 17s can go upwind, with much less leg pressure. It has an amazing top end which allows me to rig big, IMO this saves more “fun sessions” than getting an extra 1/2-1 knot of bottom end. In my experience, kites that adverise “pulls like a truck” or “grunty” means you can slog downwind better in sub 8knots, that’s not part of my kite selection criteria.

Best has crazy deals on right now, you could get a 14m & 16m for 1099 USD for BOTH! Wish I was in a position to buy one (or two). I have not tried either size.
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