Having recently snagged Andy Phelp's old Next Team Light
) I'd like to discuss the two paths that kites seem to be able to take in performing a Yoyo. Dunno if I actually have a point
with this but it's been something that's been bothering me all week.
Exhibit A is the original Next
, standard wind range:
It rotates about a point close to the kite itself and the whole kite spins about. It's quick, tight and the lines hook up to the stoppers reliably.
Exhibit B is the Team
version, for light winds:
Try as I might (and I have
been trying) all I get out of it is a wholly different experience. The centre of rotation is waaaaay distant from the kite and the trajectory is a wide arc that it glides around. It takes a good long time, takes plenty of room and is an absolute pig to reliably hit the stoppers as the lines have plenty of room and time to get lost.
The same sort of thing can be seen with the QPro
- fitted with no weight it's solidly in Group B, slap in the (optional) weight kit and it joins in with the far preferable Group A. Of course other stuff gets messed up in the process but that's why it's an option. Is it merely a question of overall mass ? Mass distribution (the Team Light
is tail weighted) ? Pixies ?