I am going to buy and I am wondering about KAPfoil 1.6
and KAPfoil 3.0.
The discussions usually comes to kap1.6 and I feel it's great. My area has magnetic wind bft2 to bft4 both kites may be stable?
I see inside kap3.0 there is this grid detail
Does kap1.6 have this detail or not?
I like kite sure like that!
I want to choose a small kite because some places are quite narrow (there are often trees and rivers). A kite that stays up straight and does not wobble will be great. These places use delta kites as well but with large kites and long tails will be difficult.
But the narrow place is not a big deal, my problem is the need for a stable kite. I had a pilot from China but it always fell when the wind exceeded bft2.
I also only lifted some windsock, not too heavy as the camera.
In the end, it is all a compromise, since there is no one perfect kite. I hope you find something you are happy with and that does the job for you.
Can you show me some pictures of the texture inside the kapfoil 3.0? I want to see the stitch (stitches)
Everything is very meticulous, I will choose this kite. The delivery process may take half a month. After flying test I will continue to comment on this kite here. Hopefully this will be someone's question like me, and they can find answers like me.
Comparison with the Didak Explorer '16' shows it to be a stronger lifter with a steeper flying angle. It keeps a much better line than the Explorer.
Depending on what I want to do I find the power of the KAPfoil a bit intimidating, I never fly it without being positive I can anchor it to a solid fence post!
How much traction of kap 1.6 in bft6? I see you assess it can pull a bike. I think traction is about 10kg.
My FF16 lifts all my rigs (including the heaviest - my Hover rig with a Canon EOS M) in winds over 12mph (Bft 4) and can lift my lighter rigs at the upper end of BFT 3.
I think the KAPfoil is trimmed for a fairly aggressive AOA. I have 2 'miniature' custom 'PL Lifter' (2.3 and 1.8 m2 ) foils by Peter Blackmore with a near zero AOA and they, despite similar size to the KAPFoil, have nowhere near the pull. They can take patience to launch and lift less load but are much easier on the arm!
In lull, if the load is not excessive, the foil will 'parachute' provided line tension is maintained. I have seen my rig keep line tension enough to keep a foil flying but never the KAPfoil, I believe the heavy fabric weighs against it in lull.
Where possible my KAP requires slack line, with the KAPfoil I achieve this by walking down wind with it. It likes to fly with a very tight line otherwise.
I often miss the narrow window & manoeuvrability of a delta but the foils win hands down for bike based KAP operations.
If there is plenty of elbow room the foils work a treat, this montage was shot from a 2.3m foil.
I don't think it has that mesh vent.