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post #7 of (permalink) Old 12-13-2010, 06:36 PM
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[QUOTE=true_richard;62245]A symmetrical twin tip makes a good snowkite board.

Actually, they make about the only kind of suitable snowkite board.

If you plan on doing any snowkiting & you're riding anything that isn't symmetrical from the center outwards, you're going to have a heck of a time coming back to where you started. This is because you ride almost exclusively on your heelside edge because if you ride toeside and a gust of wind blasts your kite behind you, you're likely going to get ripped backwards and smash your noggin - technically speaking.

If you ride out across the wind regular foot, things are all good on virtually any board... but then when you try to come back goofy on a directional or semi-directional board, the sidecut radius and stance are going to make it a real challenge. You end up having to make a lot more tacks across the wind than if you had a board that was a true twin tip and was as maneuverable in reverse as it is in forward gear. Plus all that tacking can be exhausting on top of annoying....QUOTE]

Good advice...fully symetrical twin with bindings equally duck at 12 to 15 degrees out seems to be best for most snowkiters. If you want a board that you can use for both gravity AND kite pull, the best boards are fully sym, pretty stiff, with a large radius (less sidecut). If you kite enough to consider a kite specific board, then you can actually looked out rockered boards with a positive sidecut (actually looking somewhat like a wakeboard). Twisted has a kite specific board, and Lib-Tech has the Banana Hammock which is a rockered board with positive sidecut designed for powder only riding, designed to have more of an "on the water feeling".

Having said that, you can make just about anything work if you are just trying the sport out.


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