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windstruck last won the day on September 20

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About windstruck

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    feel the Rage
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    Park City, UT, USA
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    Kiting of course! Skiing too and of course my wonderful family.
  1. What's everyone's go to kite in patchy light wind.

    The two posts so far seem to directly reflect my experience as well. My original low wind "Session Saver" was also the 12m FS P2. Later I had successful low wind sessions in the buggy with the 12.5m Born-Kite LS2. I found that kite to be a bit of a slow turner and a bit too barge like for my optimal preference. I recently acquired a Born-Kite RaceStar quiver which includes an 11m size. It proved to be a faster and more responsive kite in super low winds than the 12.5m LS2. In head to head long beach runs I could almost, but not quite, keep up with two other riders both flying 12m P2s when using my 11m RS. I've watched friends have great sessions in ultra low wind with various Chrono sizes. That seems to be an amazing low wind engine in the larger sizes!
  2. Nasa Star 4

    Good point! Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery after all. Maybe something along the lines of the Shaman with it's wingtip closed cells: https://www.ginkites.com/product/shaman-2/
  3. Nasa Star 4

    Steffen just let me know that Born-Kite is soon coming out with V-4 of his venerable Nasa kites, the NS4. The NS4s will feature better BODAPRE bridle lines, and as you can see below, a new color design. These bridle lines are the same material he introduced with the RaceStars. I own a complete quiver of RaceStars and really like this new bridle material and find it a vast improvement over his legacy bridle line material. More expensive per meter, and worth every Euro IMHO. According to Steffen, the NS4s will have a new profile, less bridling, new bridle material as mentioned above, and a new color scheme as seen below. I haven't seen it, but he told me that the new NS4 bar will have a "depower bungee" allowing the NS4s to be flown with a harness or by hand. I suspect he is working in some design features as a type of crossover from his StreetStars. The NS4s are said to work on 20m lines (standard configuration), on shorter lines, or directly from the bar, so they should work well for all of our various styles of kiting. The NS3s were my original SSs and sort of a "first love" for me. Nowadays I mostly use DP SS in the buggy and reserve my NS3 flying for nice static sessions when my family takes beach vacations. My plan out of the gate is to get hold of a 2.5m NS4 when available but hold onto my custom 1.5m NS3 and my custom 3.2m NS3 that I won in the lottery here on XK (doh!). I know I gush on and on about Born-Kites and likely seem like some sort of pimp for them. In fact, I have honestly greatly enjoyed getting to know Steffen over recent years via email and greatly admire his spirit of innovation and willingness to forge a place in the market with so many "big boys" taking most of the spotlight. I root for the underdog consistently in sports too. The world has too few Steffens IMO, and I appreciate his spirit and support it. The fact that he makes darn good products that fit my needs makes it all come together. Nuff said.
  4. Wildwood Buggy Bash

    Yeah baby yeah
  5. Re Peter Lynn

    What do you want to use this kite for? Buggy engine, static flying, something else? Depending on your intended use and skill level there could be a few ways to go. A whole other way to go is the Born-Kite NasaStar-3, a series of single-skin NPW style kites that get as large as 12.5 sqm. The NS3 line tends to be less "lifty" but I doubt the big Hornets have much lift either. Lift in a large FB kite can be a dangerous thing which is why I bring it up. Depending on conditions, large FB kites will pull like tug boats; slow movers but able to pull stumps out of the ground. One nice thing about the NS3s is that being single skins they are a little easier to get aloft than kites with more fabric and thus more static weight. Again, not knowing your desired use this may not be relevant.
  6. Born-Kite RaceStar

    THIS JUST IN Already in production and to be commercially released in October is the RaceStar+, a matching 5.0, 7.0, 9.0, and 11.0m quiver to the original RaceStar. A forthcoming video will explain the nuances, but the principle difference as Steffen explained it to me is the addition of some flexible vertical spars in the trailing edge to keep the shape of the kite more complete during jibe turns. Gotsta love how Steffen keeps on innovating in the SS DP world! I'm really loving the RSs and now have a complete quiver. For my needs the RS+ is overkill but I can see how this refinement could be important in racing and other maximum performance conditions. A small weight and packing penalty, but these SS DP 6:1 AR kites still come in way lighter and pack more compactly than comparable race kites with their (unnecessary) second skins.
  7. Born-Kite RaceStar

    @BigTone just posted a nice review of the 5.0m RaceStar: I had missed this and I bet others did to. Thanks for taking the time to do this Tony!
  8. Born-Kite Racestar 5.0M

    Very nice review Tony. I'm off tomorrow to the coast of Oregon for Fall SOBB and will have an opportunity to fly the 7, 9, and 11m RSs conditions permitting. I'll look to add perspective to your review after this week.
  9. Born-Kite RaceStar

    'Bout time!
  10. Born-Kite RaceStar

    An outstanding notion! I'm in the process of selling my 9.5m and 12.5m LongStar2s and upgrading to 9.0 and 11.0 RaceStars. The vast majority of my flying is on a rock hard, low rolling resistance playa surface (Lake Ivanpah) and when these big kites are the right selection the wind is extremely light. I've found in those conditions that the LS2s (and previously when I owned 9 and 12m Peak2s) were slower to react to pilot input than I cared for and didn't have all that good upwind performance. The big RSs in light wind still behave pretty responsively (much more so than big Peaks or LongStars) and are fun to fly in those conditions. I flew the 5m RS on Ivanpah in higher winds and I got spooked; in those higher wind conditions the lower AR LongStars suited me better.
  11. Born-Kite RaceStar

    LEIs? We don't need no stinkin LEIs! Could be a whole other story of course if you drop a tip in the water. Doh!
  12. Born-Kite RaceStar

    I've decided to evolve my Born-Kite quiver on the large end. While providing ample grunt in low wind conditions, my 9.5 and 12.5m LS2s just turned too slow for my liking. I got some short use of the 5.0 and 9.0m RSs recently and found them to be far more maneuverable. I decided to sell my 9.5 and 12.5m LS2s and pick up 9.0 and 11.0m RSs to take their place as my low wind "Session Savers". I cant wait to unfold the 11m; with it's 6:1 AR it will be over 8m long. Yikes! Now just to endur the endless wait for DHL packages to make their way across the Atlantic and get ridden out to Utah by Pony Express.
  13. Born-Kite RaceStar

    The RS kites have a lot more nose support stiffeners and sections that need sewing for comparable sized kites across the RS vs LS2 lines. Steffen also let me know that the bridle material used in the RSs costs about twice that of the simple nylon string used on the LS2s. So, I suspect labor and material cost both play into his cost structure to a greater extent than a supposed premium markup.
  14. Born-Kite LongStar 2

    Time for some good old fashion Born-Porn. Two pictures from IBX 2018 earlier this month on Lake Ivanpah outside of Las Vegas, NV, USA.
  15. IBX 2018 Born-Kite Style!

    @Tiger37 Thank you kindly sir! IBX is truly a fun event. My rookie video hardly does it justice. The whole LS2 versus RS thing is certainly a matter of personal preference. The newer RS kites have some nice new bridling using a line material exclusive to Born-Kites. It is a little bit stiffer and somewhat less prone to tangling. In some back and forth with Steffen he mentioned that this bridle line material would likely make its way into his entire line of DP kites eventually. Hard to know when that might be (if ever) as that would likely mean advancing the line numbers (LS2 to LS3, etc.). There is a cost factor in play here which can affect things. You'll see of course that the RSs are size for size more expensive than the LS2s which may certainly factor in. One thing to think about is that in light wind conditions the 9.5m and especially the 12.5m LS2s are quite slow turners. Tons of grunt but sort of like turning barges. The 9.0m RS turns on a dime. It pulls hard in light wind and could well be a contender in your book. Rolling surface makes a big difference here. The Ivanpah playa has extremely low rolling resistance and it is possible to get going pretty fast quickly with the big kites. If the wind picks up with one of the big ladies in the air that is a whole lot to contend with. A higher rolling resistance surface like sand or grass would allow you to run the larger kites in more wind and get more response out of them. It is sort of tricky on Ivanpah with these big kites. Most of the times I've been there for multiple days the wind has either been blowing far too hard to even dream of putting up my big ladies or it is light and variable. Not seen in the video I showed was huge amounts of time with these big girls sitting on the ground in complete lulls. You'll notice during the big kite shots how few people are out; they were smarter than me! I'd give the 9.0m RS a good look if you truly need to replace your 9.0m P1. Vroom!