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Prototype close to finished – “The Ultimate Kite Pulk”

Puulken

Does you want to be the second team trying out the pulks? Please contact Nils Arne Ro

Read more on “The Ultimate Kite Pulk Project” page

Longdistancekiting.com aims at facilitating new gear development so that you can have the best possible experience on your endless kiting trips. We are therefore proud to present  the co development project with Norpulken, a Norwegian manufacturer of pulks located at Torpomoen in Gudbrandsdalen.

Please also share your own ideas on the pulk desing in the forum discussion

 

Update – “The Ultimate Kite Pulk Project”

An initial design has been suggested. Have a look here,  and comment if you have suggestions for improvement.

Longdistancekiting.com aims at facilitating new gear development so that you can have the best possible experience on your endless kiting trips. We are therefore proud to present  the co development project with Norpulken, a Norwegian manufacturer of pulks located at Torpomoen in Gudbrandsdalen.

Read more on “The Ultimate Kite Pulk Project” page

Please share your own ideas in the forum discussion

 

Exiting times for Race Kites

Among the “formula 1″ kites there are currently only two manufacturers Ozone (Chrono) and Elf (Joker 5). However, rumors has it that Flysurfer, StarKite and North will be providing dedicated race kites in the not to distant future. How distant?, we have no clue.

And the Big Question, will any of them beat the FS Speed in Vake, where wind range and ease of rigging are major factors?

Source

Speed 8 and 10 with Lotus Cloth!

From Flysurfer: “They’re here! The SPEED4 Lotus kites in sizes 8.0 and 10.0m. After seeing the high demand for our larger sizes and numerous requests from stoked end-customers, our R&D team went back to the drawing table to further extend the SPEED4 Lotus size option. We are happy to now introduce these two new ram-air kites to the line, just in time for the autumn storms and the snowkite season.”

Lotus speed 4

See the video here

Cloth meets Science

Yes, flysurfer has introduced the Lotus cloth. It is light, strong and supposedly you can not write with a marker on it. Flysurfer, that is not enough information! We want to know more!

So does Prof. Klemet Store who took the matter into his own hands and tested flysurfers three different materials in his advanced cloth lab. (Translate partially by google translate so don’t blame Klemet for the bad English)

cloth 1

“A small test of tear strength and abrasion resistance of standard, deluxe and Lotus.
It was relatively easy to tear the standard cloth and somewhat more difficult to tear the edge of deluxe. It was fun to see that the Lotus was not possible to tear even after several decent attempts. Only slightly deformed material in the Lotus.
Wear test was performed with wet steel wool with 200 rubs  on each piece of cloth. The 50 rubs with dry steel woll See image above for the results.

The Standard cloth seemed to wear fine, but had more spotty wear than deluxe. Deluxe had a smoother surface wear, but no major difference from standard. The lotus had the worst wear resistance.

I still think the tear strength is the most important for a typical speed-kiter, since the wear is minimal during normal use.  I’m most concerned about traumatic incidents like flying the kite into a tree rather than long term. The latter will probably be more relevant for kites used in kite courses. “