Flysurfer Peak 3

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On 2/27/2017 at 0:34 PM, andy666 said:

Wow, that kite looks rock solid stable. They have come a long way from the peak 1

I owned the 6m and 12m P3s for a short period and then unloaded them. I had previously owned and really liked an entire quiver of P2s (4, 6, 9, and 12m) flying them primarily in a buggy on both small grass fields and large playas. I've never flown a P1. While it is completely true that the P3s are more refined, crisper turning, lesser bridling, much tighter in the air (decreased flapping) etc., it came at the price of hugely increased bar pressure. The part not mentioned so far in this thread is that Flysurfer elected to decrease the number of DP pulleys per side from 2 to 1. As such, while more "direct", the pilot also lost a lot of mechanical advantage over the kite. 

My only flying with the P3s was in a buggy on Lake Ivanpah, an immense dry lake bed on the border of CA and NV in the Southwestern US. You can go for many miles on this playa without turning. I got very sore and uncomfortable with the high bar pressure coming from the side with the P3s and really didn't enjoy flying them in this setting. I suspect they would be great from atop a land board where you face the kite, and further would be completely fine flown on a smaller surface necessitating many turns.

Bottom line, I sold the P3s and stocked up on a quiver of Born-Kite LongStar-2s. The LS2s are most certainly in the same lane as the Peaks but have two DP pulleys per side and great bar feel and pressure and are also rock solid in the air. DP can be throttled off more completely with the Peaks than the LS2s, but the LS2s DP plenty. 

I'm not trying to bash the P3s unduly. There could easily be other pilots out there saying "Thank God they finally got rid of those extra pulleys and gave us some more direct control through the bar" or some such. Most certainly to each his or her own, but I thought XK users should know about this as it is a highly noticeable change if you are used to the P2 bar feel. 

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