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snowkiter
post Dec 3 2005, 03:25 PM
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I am thinking of purchasing an Ozone foil for this winter season. Is this going to be a better option than my current 12m Naish boxer? I do not have a 5th line on my kite. I hear there are advantages to using foils, especially Ozone on the snow. Any real world feedback would be apreciated.


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post Dec 7 2005, 09:44 AM
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I am no Expert, but I have a lot of kites, so this should count for something. I bought three foils (3M, 5M, 8M) for Winter and Land Kiting about a month ago and love them.

Here is my reasoning:

I am a novice so I drop my kite a lot. I would hate to see what happens to my inflatables after being pounded on the ice, snow or dirt. I had enough repairs to my bladders over the summer from just smacking the water.

Re-launching a foil (3 or 5 line) on land or water is much easier than inflatables. I have heard if it’s windy an inflatables kite just slides across the ice/snow because there is no friction. The foils launch in the power zone and inflatables are to the side of the window.

My foils are so much lighter and take up less room in my vehicle. I can have my snowboard, 3 foils and the rest of my gear in a trunk.

The setup and take down time for foils is 1/2 the time of inflatables. More time to kite, less time on rigging!

Now I would consult a professional on the jumping and speed aspect of foils vs. inflatables. I can't speak for these areas because I have not yet reached the point of a controlled jump. My foils are 3 lines and it seems to me to be much less to tangle than my inflatables 5 line kites.

Get a helmet, elbow & knee pads along with snowboarding tailbone protectors. I thought I was TO COOL to wear pads the first time out, well my elbow is still black and blue after 2 weeks. I have been told I am much sexier with a one piece skull, no large purple marks all over my body and being able to go to the restroom without assistance. But I could be wrong, chicks could dig guys that Snow Kiteboard without any protection (Bad boys, Bad Boys, what you gunna do?).

I have heard Ozone is a real good brand and Kyle from Detroit Kiteboarding is a rep for them. Kyle's number is under the shops section of our website www.KiteMI.com.

I go out most every windy day to land or snow kite in Metro Detroit. If you want to join me my cell is (586) 201-4603. Friday looks like a SWEET day, just need to find a good spot with snow to board, but if not I will pull out the land boards.

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snowkiter   Foil or Inflatable for the snow?   Dec 3 2005, 03:25 PM
Turtle   I am no Expert   Dec 7 2005, 09:44 AM
mlanthie   Foils are for Snow   Dec 8 2005, 12:52 PM
DrewCiora   Is the cost of a foil kite similar to inflatable? ...   Dec 8 2005, 02:50 PM
Turtle   Cost   Dec 8 2005, 05:15 PM


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