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Author Topic: World lightest fullsize kite - The Wraith  (Read 998 times)
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« Reply #15 on: December 29, 2013, 04:58 PM »

Thanks for the pictures!

Few people appreciate how hard it is to make stuff really really really light.  Huh
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« Reply #16 on: December 29, 2013, 07:01 PM »

Pretty darn amazing to see a kite that big being that light.  The best I can do with a typical 7.5' sport kite using Icarex and standard framing and components is 5.9 oz.  I thought that was pretty good.  Of course that kite will fly outside and should last a long time...

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« Reply #17 on: December 29, 2013, 07:05 PM »

My lightest outdoor kite is 98" wingspan with 2.32 ounces, it survived close to 2 years by now, and shows no sign of stopping.
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« Reply #18 on: December 29, 2013, 07:30 PM »

 Huh Similar sail fabric and framing as the Wraith? 

I didn't try exceedingly hard to be light with the 5.9 oz but did use light sail reinforcements, framing and components.  Using one standoff per panel instead of two, dropping the nose nylon, spine Velcro, and skimping in some other areas might get the kite down to 5oz or a bit less. At that point I'd need different materials to approach your weights.

Again good job  Smiley

My lightest outdoor kite is 98" wingspan with 2.32 ounces, it survived close to 2 years by now, and shows no sign of stopping.
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« Reply #19 on: December 29, 2013, 07:46 PM »

Same sail material yes, but different frame and different workmanship on the sail.
the cuben is very very strong for its weight and when handled correctly in the building of the kite.

The sail is glued on the outdoor model and the frame is stronger, buy about 1g per spare.
While the indoor frame is using the lightest material and sanded down to remove the extra weight
from the wrapping, the outdoor frame is using stronger carbon and is not sanded down, making the frame
more sturdy.
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