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Blog 09 February 2015

Force 2015 Water Testing

The crucial part before launching of the Force kite is testing on various surfaces. The goal was that the kite must perform well in all conditions and all surfaces.

 It needs to eat gusts well, it must have good performance on the water and it needs to be well built to sustain all the beating from the crashes. In my previous post you were able to see how well it performs in variable winds on land. With the help of dynamic bridle it nicely drops back in the wind window when the wind drops and center of the kite "breathes" when gust came, giving you a smooth ride.

 

We tested several bridles (6 to be exact with some variants of each), to see the behaviour of the kite in real time situations and to be able to choose the most suitable one. With the bridle a kite designer can tune the feel and behaviour of the kite. While the kite may work fine on many bridles, the designer need to choose one which fits the kite most for the kite's segment. I choose a simple 2-Y bridle, with pulleys. Pulleys, in contrast to a static (pulley-less) bridle gives kite more windrange (better changes in AoA eg. self positioning), easier gust eating, better relaunch and a smoother ride. On the other end, kite will have a bit less direct feel and slightly less solid canopy. At the end it is all about compromises...

 

For the last couple of months the kite was well tested in various conditions on several locations in Italy and Egypt, from flat to small waves. Here's a small 1st person view clip from our testing in our "local" spot Grado/Italy, just over the Slovenian border. The wind was ranging from 16 to 30 knots over the 2 days, giving perfect conditions to test both low and high wind range of 7m and 10m kite.

Force 2015 Bar Sample

You may notice that we used several bar settings along with the kite testing. The Force Bar was actually tested together with the kite. We used various setups, like bar grip, depower lines, straps, safety setups, lines... The goal behind was to make a clean & simple bar, "one size fits all", with as much "standard" parts as possible. It also needs to be done in a way that there will be minimal wear and most of all, safe. More details will be known soon, I think you will be surprised on the setup... ;)

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