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14m Rally vs 13m Turbine

 
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WindSki

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PostSat Dec 16, 17 10:28 am    14m Rally vs 13m Turbine Reply with quote

14m Rally vs 13m Turbine
What is the bar pressure difference, does anyone know?
Any general thoughts also?

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Nak

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PostMon Dec 18, 17 3:47 pm     Reply with quote

This is about the 2017 13m Turbine. I see for 2018 SS eliminated Turbines smaller than 13m. I don't know if they changed the design of the 13m. the 13m and smaller Turbines were a different design than the 15m and larger.

To compare the 13m Turbine and 14m Rally: Totally different kites. I can't remember much about the bar pressure on the 13m Turbine. That said: The 14m Rally is an outstanding light wind kite, the 13m Turbine needs more wind to fly and relaunch but is incredibly powerful and rips you off the water more like a C kite of old.

the 13m Turbine is NOT a beginner kite. Relaunch is difficult below 12 knots but if you want to boost to the moon in 13 - 15 knots it is your kite, especially if you're 200+ pounds. I did not like it with a foil. It is not a good lightwind kite. With a twin tip though, it will put an ear to ear grin on your face if you have 13 knots or better. I loved the feel of it just ripping you off the water and going up like a jet fighter. Very forgiving of technique for boosting; just send it and fly. Very stable, tends to stay where you put it. I would love to see a three strut 13m Turbine with the same design as the 2012 17m Turbine. THAT would be an incredible lightwind foil kite.

The 14m Rally relaunches exceptionally well with even 8 or 9 knots of wind. Very smooth and predictable. Very nice for foiling once you are getting the hang of foiling. As a rank beginner, it's a bit of a hand full foiling because it doesn't stay where you put it without supervision. It starts to fall to one side or the other as soon as you stop paying attention to it. I never noticed this with a twin tip, because I had plenty of concentration to spare. As a beginner foiler it was annoying because it would slide off to the side while I was putting 100% of my attention trying to get up on the foil. Once I got better foiling, it stopped being an issue. My last ride on the 14m rally and my foil was outstanding. About 10 knots in Kailua bay. The wind was fan steady and it was just phenomenal.

I know you didn't ask, but the 12m SST was outstanding when I rode it in about 12 knots with a foil. Put it at 12, let go of the bar, and it just stays there while you dink with whatever. Drifts downwind superbly. Stays in the air in very light lulls. When the lull is just too deep, it gently drops to the side and relaunches like a dream. I haven't been able to ride it in anything lighter than about 12; I've been on the injured list since the beginning of August.

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PostTue Dec 19, 17 7:12 pm     Reply with quote

Thanks for the info.
I might buy the 13Turbine and compare it to my 14m. Then sell the kite I don't like. I go from the SST in 6,8 and 10m directly to the 14m Rally. I have no problem with this spread, excepted the 14m when overpowered has more bar pressure then I like. The 12m SST is interesting, but I'd like to have a larger gap in size from my 10m. (The SST kite are 100% rock on) Last year I had the 15m Turbine, really good kite but was not an up wind kite. I should just shut up and buy the 13m and try it out. Nothing like first hand experience compared to reading reviews. Thanks for the info.

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PostWed Dec 20, 17 2:02 am     Reply with quote

I have a 12m SST and a 14m Rally, and I had a 13m Turbine. The 12m SST will definitely give you a better spread than the 13m Turbine; the SST will have a better bottom end than the Turbine, unless they changed the design of the 13m for 2018. It really doesn't even matter what you weigh, the 13m Turbine just doesn't fly well at or below 10 knots, the 12m SST does. On the other hand, if you're looking for boosting performance in the mid teens you'll want the Turbine. It rapidly gains power above 11 knots.

Have you moved the rear pigtails to the farthest aft position on your Rally?

Edited to add: I wonder if the 2018 13m Turbine has the same design as the bigger Turbines now? If it does it would be a whole different story...

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