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Tone
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james wrote:But I don't want a foil?
I want power, a fast rate of turn and the ability to turn the power off quickly

Have you flown it, a Cloud, yet tone?
hehe, oh how times have changed, eh James?
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Thanks Tony. Hopefully he'll chip in and say what they're like.
Yes Tone, I did permit myself a wry smile at that post from James since I regularly see him zooming around the Solent at high Mach number. Those Sonic FRs look incredible. But I'm very wary that they don't have the leading edge lifejacket of the Cloud! I'm not convinced I have the prerequisite kite & foil skills to handle one at present.
Pricewise, there's a deal on the Clouds before Aug 16th, so $350 saving if you buy two. Thus a 17m and 12m kites plus bar and lines with shipping to UK works out at same price as a Sonic FR 15m with bar and lines.
In light winds (sub 10kts) when foiling, my Zephyr struggles to stay in the air even on 30m lines, so prime aim was to find something lighter that doesn't drop back into the water. Hence the 17m Cloud 2 seemed to be an option. On the flip side, it's a lot of money to spend on something that might not get that much use.
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Baxter, I'd be interested to see how you get on with the lithium zero. It would give you the clout to get going in 10 knots and it'll still stay in the sky fairly well even if it drops off a bit. Mind you, drop anything in less than 10 knots and it's going to be a mission to relaunch. SUP does have a place in light wind.... It's great for rescuing people with ;)
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Fortunately I'm only on 'Strike one' with your SUP rescue service! It was much appreciated that night the Zephyr crashed after my attempted down loop start.
I'm happy to try the Zero if there's one on demo Dan. I'm also keen to research other options. My concerns about the Zero is a reported narrow wind range and ability to depower, whereas for Cloud (and Foil) kites, people are generally extolling their wide wind and power range.
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Not quite as bang up to date as the GTS3 or XR4 lightwind wonders, but there's an ex demo XR3-17 on closeout presently at a half decent price...

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james
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I laughed when I saw what I wrote too!

Fully converted member of the foil kite club now, the eye opener was the performance of the 18m sonic fr at the edge cup, utterly ridiculous!

Since then I got the 15 and have ridden it from genuine 8 kts ( it will go lower) up to enough wind for guys to be on 9s

Solid stable utterly massive wind range and for me it just works so much better on the hydrofoil than my previous kites

Yep I have been rescued cos I was a twat and did the wrong thing when I crashed but then I have been on the 9 m in lots of wind thrown it in the piss three times in one session turned it inside out and relaunched it perfectly each time

They are a bit different but they are perfect for what I want to do, given that I only have a hydrofoil now they are the ideal comliment
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