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Posted: 02 August 2009 12:59 PM   [ Ignore ]
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I have a sizing issue which I hope someone could offer some assistance with. I’m 175 lbs and ride a lot of the
time in winds of not much more than 15 knots. My preference is for the 140 x 40 but wonder If I’m expecting too
much to be full powered on a 13m kite with this windspeed…...should I instead go for the 150?
TIA

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Posted: 04 August 2009 06:00 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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windybrit - 02 August 2009 12:59 PM

I have a sizing issue which I hope someone could offer some assistance with. I’m 175 lbs and ride a lot of the
time in winds of not much more than 15 knots. My preference is for the 140 x 40 but wonder If I’m expecting too
much to be full powered on a 13m kite with this windspeed…...should I instead go for the 150?
TIA

I weigh the same, have the 150 Wide and kite in conditions similar to yours in 15 knots. I checked with my friend who just got the 140 Wide. He has ridden my board extensively and I asked him before writing my recommendation. I think you should go for the 140. In our experience, 15 knots and a Mako Wide of any type should be no problem. The 140 has nearly the same low end as the 150. You might start to experience upwind issues if you are under 12 knots. I would say you are fine with the 140. Or to put it another way, the number of days where you could use the low end difference between the two boards (maybe 2 knots) will be few. The 140 is noticeably lighter and easier to travel with.

If the 140 Wide was available in 2007 I would have probably bought it instead of the two I have now (Mako Classic and Mako Wide 150).

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Posted: 04 August 2009 06:16 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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This confirms much of what I was thinking, many thanks for taking the time to reply.

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Posted: 04 August 2009 10:26 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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windybrit - 04 August 2009 06:16 PM

This confirms much of what I was thinking, many thanks for taking the time to reply.

150 150 150!!! Best board of 2009!

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Posted: 04 August 2009 11:03 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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I agree with Kirk, I weigh 195 have the 140 and can use it pretty well most of the time.  I seem to be able to stay upwind and keep up to the other guys who are already out on their big boards, I only take my big board out in very marginal conditions as I prefer to be on the Mako.  It took me a while to get used to the board and to figure out how to stay upwind in lighter conditions. I find for me if I keep the board flat, my weight centered, stay very light on the edge and let the concave do the work I can stay upwind really well. l I think that you just need to practice and see what works for you as the technique is a bit different than riding traditional boards.

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Posted: 05 August 2009 05:08 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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windybrit - 04 August 2009 06:16 PM

This confirms much of what I was thinking, many thanks for taking the time to reply.

150 150 150!!! Best board of 2009!

Ben

Don’t get me wrong Ben. I love both of my boards, my Mako Classic and my Mako Wide 150. They are both great boards. If I had to choose one board then it would probably be the 140.

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Posted: 05 August 2009 06:43 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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I had a 150 last year, changed to a 140.
There is a lot written about both boards. I like ‘m both a lot but with the 140 you can do tricks aswell wich is more difficult with the 150. The 150 is a bit better in the waves, you can use the drive of the wave better.
Get the 140.. and a King later .. wink
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Posted: 05 August 2009 08:15 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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How about I throw the new mini 130 into the equation too?

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Posted: 05 August 2009 02:46 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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I think it depends on whether you want a 1 or 2 board quiver.  If you want just 1 board, then the 140 is the best all rounder and will hold more power down.  However, if you’ve already got a board for freestyle that you want to keep, and you’re looking for something to play in the waves a little as well as give the opportunity for some freestyle, then the 150 has it.

For me, the 150 makes an excellent companion to the 129 Zen.

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Posted: 06 August 2009 04:57 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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Ah the 150….more board to love, more rail to lay down, more Mako for your money.

That said, don’t think the low end is particularly better than the 140, I could be wrong though. 

150 wide is my my high wind stick in 30 knots with an 8 or 6 - pure chop negating, wave carving, big air macking bliss.

Can’t wait for the King.

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