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Foils vs. Tube Kites
Foil Kite experience? Have you ever flown a foil kite
Foil Trainer kite (kites less than 3m) [ 19 ] ** [35.19%]
2 or 4 line fixed bridal foils (>3m) [ 13 ] ** [24.07%]
Depowerable Open Cell (ie Snowkites like Ozone Frenzy) [ 11 ] ** [20.37%]
Depowerable Closed Cell (ie Flysurfer) [ 11 ] ** [20.37%]
All Foil Kite Owners are Engineers?
True [ 10 ] ** [41.67%]
False [ 14 ] ** [58.33%]
What would you rather use for snow kiting?
Foil Kite and leave the pump at home [ 16 ] ** [66.67%]
Tube Kite and hump the pump as a warmup [ 8 ] ** [33.33%]
Total Votes: 24
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post Nov 9 2007, 12:58 PM
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This is my first post in the boxing ring, but this is a topic that will lead to some punches being thrown.

The age old debate. Foil kite or Tube kite?
Foils were some of the original kites and have had a cult following over the years.
It seems that only engineers fly foils, are they on to something?
or are foils just for nerds?

Basically there are two major groups the open cell guys and the closed cell foils. Here is a simple primer for the those who don't know. Open celled foils are used only for land kiting and snow kiting or kitesurfing if your good enough to NEVER drop your kite in the water. Closed cell foils have a one way valve on the leading edge of the kite and the air can fill the cells but can't easily escape back out. This allows them to be used on the water, since they will float for a long time.

Foil kites are like a religion, ones riders are converted thats all they want to fly. There are the crazy guys who follow the profit Peter (Lynn) and the creations from New Zealand. Peter Lynn foils may look like flying maxi pads, but they do work and are definitely unique. Then there is the German Flysurfer, these guys have spent way too much time engineering these kites. The company is owned by a paraglider firm and the kites look like wings (they even have a kite that can also be used as a trainer glider). Flysurfer is known for making the best light wind gear available but what about everyday kite sizes?

OK thats enough background on foils. lets start the debate.
- DC

Dave Clark
H2O Kiteboarding
Traverse City, MI
New Web Site -- http://www.H2OKiteboarding.com
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