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Title: Favorite sportkite under 200 bucks?
Post by: DaveH on April 21, 2010, 10:03 AM
Just curious what everyone's likin' these days.  I've always been fond of the Widow, but am currently favoring the 2010 E3 upgrade.  What about you?

OK... I simply couldn't let sporkite in the thread title go any longer - zippy8
thanks Mike ;) I need to learn to type


Title: Re: favorite sporkite under 200 bucks?
Post by: adx1592 on April 21, 2010, 10:06 AM
I have a few.
The Widow and the Magnum are great.

If the Skyburner's Ocius comes out being under 200 dollars then that'll take the top hands down.


Title: Re: favorite sporkite under 200 bucks?
Post by: dagnabbit on April 21, 2010, 10:45 AM
I'm assuming you're talking new- because there's lots of great used kites out there.  Me, being the cheapskate, often goes in this direction.  Except for my Widow Maker.  But it's more than $200.

New, under $200.... hmmmmm.  Premier Widow for sure.  You want more trick or precision, or something that's a little of everything?  (The Widow fits into that category).



Title: Re: favorite sporkite under 200 bucks?
Post by: Dolphinboy on April 21, 2010, 11:04 AM
Currently available under $200:

Eolo Over

No longer made, at less than $200 anyway:

Mohawk XS


Title: Re: favorite sporkite under 200 bucks?
Post by: rxburner on April 21, 2010, 11:26 AM
Life is to Short to Fly Cheap Kites!
Rx


Title: Re: favorite sporkite under 200 bucks?
Post by: zippy8 on April 21, 2010, 11:40 AM
Just curious what everyone's likin' these days.
If I was price point shopping at $200 I'd be looking second hand. Find something that the owner "doesn't connect with" ::) and reap the benefits.

I'd rather pay what it costs for a kite I truly want than settle for just anything because it happened to fall under a certain arbitrary price. YMMV

Mike.


Title: Re: favorite sporkite under 200 bucks?
Post by: cids on April 21, 2010, 12:22 PM
Tempest's second hand Nirvana is a great buy at US$190(ADD US$20 for shipping to your address). Why buy a brand new lower performance kite when you can buy a used world class kite at the same price.  :D :D :D


Title: Re: favorite sporkite under 200 bucks?
Post by: chilese on April 21, 2010, 01:19 PM
New: Shadow UL (very tricky, horrible precision)
Flies almost like an SUL in low wind, but will fly in winds up to about 8 mph.
I sent mine to my son when he asked for a low wind trick kite.
(http://lh6.ggpht.com/_3waCPW86CRA/S2Dk9FuZsrI/AAAAAAAAELA/13Mz7Vhp3Kk/s400/21402%20Shadow.jpg) (http://picasaweb.google.com/chilesej/2006Kites#5431592888768770738)


Title: Re: favorite sporkite under 200 bucks?
Post by: Allen Carter on April 21, 2010, 01:50 PM
For new, modern, kites I think the Silver Fox lineup all come in well under $200. I've only owned a 2.5, but it's a hell of a nice kite for the price. A lot of bang for the buck.

But if I had $200 burning a hole in my pocket I'd consider stretching it out into a new Blue Moon kite. They are in the mid $200s and are world class.


Title: Re: favorite sporkite under 200 bucks?
Post by: DaveH on April 21, 2010, 03:22 PM
I've got about a dozen hand made, high end kites.  No wait, make that eleven.. I got rid of my Deep Space a month ago. Just didn't click with it.
But I also find value in/appreciate the flying qualities of many of these less expensive and usually mass produced kites.  I poked a hole in one of my E3's a couple of weeks ago.  If that had happened to my Nirvana std I would have been an inconsolable wreck.  As it was, I just got a little ticked and pulled out the other E3. Interesting and relevant to this discussion, had that happened to my Exile I probably could have sent it to Ken for a spiffy repair.

I agree, the Silver Fox line flies very well.  Another I've been enjoying lately is the Insync.  Does everything right for about $125

Thanks for the repies and insight.  Would enjoy reading more  ;)


Title: Re: favorite sporkite under 200 bucks?
Post by: Beachbum on April 21, 2010, 03:29 PM
Just curious what everyone's likin' these days.
If I was price point shopping at $200 I'd be looking second hand. Find something that the owner "doesn't connect with" ::) and reap the benefits.

Thanks for putting us "Buy before Try" folks in the spotlight jerk!

I agree with Zipster here.  There are quite a few of us that decide to pull the trigger on buying a high end kite here and there and not liking ("Connecting with") it.


Title: Re: favorite sporkite under 200 bucks?
Post by: xuzme720 on April 21, 2010, 05:06 PM
There are quite a few of us that decide to pull the trigger on buying a high end kite here and there and not liking ("Connecting with") it.
I resemble that remark! ;D


Title: Re: favorite sporkite under 200 bucks?
Post by: tpatter on April 21, 2010, 08:08 PM
For new, modern, kites I think the Silver Fox lineup all come in well under $200. I've only owned a 2.5, but it's a hell of a nice kite for the price. A lot of bang for the buck.

I agree with the SF - for the $, it is far better than most others I've tried in the less than $200 range.  Both the 2.5 and 2.3 are pretty sweet at way less than $200.

I also agree with Rx, life is too short my friend!  Once you get used to flying high-end kites, you get spoiled pretty quickly!

My personal favorite for was the third-hand Nirvana that I used to own. 


Title: Re: favorite sporkite under 200 bucks?
Post by: Kantaxel on April 21, 2010, 09:03 PM
New: Shadow UL (very tricky, horrible precision)
Flies almost like an SUL in low wind, but will fly in winds up to about 8 mph.
I sent mine to my son when he asked for a low wind trick kite.
([url]http://lh6.ggpht.com/_3waCPW86CRA/S2Dk9FuZsrI/AAAAAAAAELA/13Mz7Vhp3Kk/s400/21402%20Shadow.jpg[/url]) ([url]http://picasaweb.google.com/chilesej/2006Kites#5431592888768770738[/url])



Gotta agree with John......if you're ever gonna have a back-up under two hundred dollar kite, it oughta be the Shadow.

Fun kite, for sure.


Title: Re: Favourite sportkite under 200 bucks?
Post by: Allen Carter on April 21, 2010, 09:25 PM


OK... I simply couldn't let sporkite in the thread title go any longer - zippy8


there's a guy selling sporkites on ebay. It's a spoon and a fork and a kite!

Probably go good with that styrofoam tray kite.


Title: Re: Favourite sportkite under 200 bucks?
Post by: tempest on April 22, 2010, 05:23 AM
+2   :)     for the Silver Foxes   :D . :D


Title: Re: Favourite sportkite under 200 bucks?
Post by: Craig on April 22, 2010, 05:38 AM
Life's too short to fly cheap kites  8)


Title: Re: Favourite sportkite under 200 bucks?
Post by: Jared on April 22, 2010, 06:26 AM
Favorite sport kite under $200?

The Echo (http://focuskites.com/echo/default.asp) by Focus Kites.

I love mine; on 13' lines, I can fly it in front of my house or in my back yard just about every day after work.  It flies from 0mph up to 6 or 7mph (after that, it's moving too fast and the frame gets a little springy) and can be flown in small or indoor spaces.

I actually leave mine assembled in my living room so I can grab it and go fly at a moment's notice.


Title: Re: Favourite sportkite under 200 bucks?
Post by: DaveH on April 22, 2010, 06:31 AM
That vid was really nice, Jared  ;)
looks like a great kite.


Title: Re: Favourite sportkite under 200 bucks?
Post by: DaveH on April 22, 2010, 06:32 AM
Life's too short to fly cheap kites  8)

Life is too cheap to fly short kites.  :D


Title: Re: Favourite sportkite under 200 bucks?
Post by: kitechick on April 22, 2010, 04:00 PM
Another vote for SF, especially considering my skill (or lack thereof). I actually started with a high end kite (Widow Maker) and sold it to someone else who was much happier with it. The SF is better for me.

Laura


Title: Re: Favourite sportkite under 200 bucks?
Post by: reddobie on April 23, 2010, 12:43 AM
The Echo ([url]http://focuskites.com/echo/default.asp[/url]) by Focus Kites.

I love mine; on 13' lines, I can fly it in front of my house or in my back yard just about every day after work.  It flies from 0mph up to 6 or 7mph (after that, it's moving too fast and the frame gets a little springy) and can be flown in small or indoor spaces.


I love my Echo by Focus, I can fly it at the Silver Bowl when no other kites are flying.  I need to get some really short lines. 


Title: Re: Favorite sportkite under 200 bucks?
Post by: nosedive on April 28, 2010, 07:23 AM
I dont' have one, but for under $200, the standard Freestlylist is a big-time winner!

Also, ...depending on where JTs new Ocius comes in....that's possible too! :)


Title: Re: Favorite sportkite under 200 bucks?
Post by: mikenchico on April 28, 2010, 11:14 AM
+1 on the Skyburner Freestylist, top line components, APA's & Skyshark's, Skyburner quality, sails by Heads Up with their reputation for outstanding workmanship. It's a $250 kite at a $160 price, just a tad smaller with off the shelf colors only. Still enjoying mine after 4 years.

Also from Jon's stable there's the Nighthawk at $130, it had a loyal following although there's not much buzz today, it's still a capable kite of good quality. Then there's the Wolf at $99, a surprisingly precise flying smaller kite that is pretty tricky too, but mostly just fun to fly, give it a yank and it'll do something totally cool and usually finds it's way out of whatever mess you got it into. Huge grin factor at 5-6 mph and above.

 



Title: Re: Favorite sportkite under 200 bucks?
Post by: oldflyer on April 28, 2010, 01:22 PM
My vote would definitely be for the Silver Fox 2.3 Standard. It's a superb kite and I enjoy it almost as much as my top end kites.


Title: Re: Favorite sportkite under 200 bucks?
Post by: DaveH on April 29, 2010, 06:57 AM
+1 on the Skyburner Freestylist, top line components, APA's & Skyshark's, Skyburner quality, sails by Heads Up with their reputation for outstanding workmanship. It's a $250 kite at a $160 price, just a tad smaller with off the shelf colors only. Still enjoying mine after 4 years.

Also from Jon's stable there's the Nighthawk at $130, it had a loyal following although there's not much buzz today, it's still a capable kite of good quality. Then there's the Wolf at $99, a surprisingly precise flying smaller kite that is pretty tricky too, but mostly just fun to fly, give it a yank and it'll do something totally cool and usually finds it's way out of whatever mess you got it into. Huge grin factor at 5-6 mph and above.

 



From the same line as the Wolf, don't forget Jon's design produced by Premiere, the Widow.  Tough enough to take a beating and flies wonderfully.  Mine's getting kind of ragged from constant abuse but for a long time it was first out of the bag. Smooth, forgiving and seriously trickable.  One of my all time favorites at any price.


Title: Re: Favorite sportkite under 200 bucks?
Post by: Fast EDDY on May 03, 2010, 05:34 PM
 My Vote is for the H Q  Scorpion.

  It is at 179.00 bucks. Comes with about 15 Gr weight. Has full sail tentioners in the keel. and it is a Trick monster in the right hands.

  I have enjoyed flying mine and it will be at the next Baskle event with me.  :o

  Fast Eddy


Title: Re: Favourite sportkite under 200 bucks?
Post by: DWayne on May 03, 2010, 08:08 PM
Life's too short to fly cheap kites  8)

+1  ;)

Denny


Title: Re: favorite sporkite under 200 bucks?
Post by: JayDee on May 07, 2010, 12:34 AM
New, under $200.... hmmmmm.  Premier Widow for sure.  You want more trick or precision, or something that's a little of everything?  (The Widow fits into that category).

Slap on a Widow Maker turbo bridle, and the Widow gets an immediate two-class upgrade in the precision department.  Still keeps it way under 200 bucks and makes it one sweet kite as long as the wind does not drop too low.


Title: Re: Favorite sportkite under 200 bucks?
Post by: JayDee on May 07, 2010, 12:51 AM
[...] don't forget Jon's design produced by Premiere, the Widow.  Tough enough to take a beating and flies wonderfully.  Mine's getting kind of ragged from constant abuse but for a long time it was first out of the bag. Smooth, forgiving and seriously trickable.  One of my all time favorites at any price.

+1 on that statement.


Title: Re: Favorite sportkite under 200 bucks?
Post by: obijuankenobe on May 07, 2010, 01:55 AM
I'd go 2nd hand and try to get what you imagine to be the one you want NOW.

Put a 'wanted' ad up for what you want, and be patient.  There are loads of guys (including this one) with more kites than they need.  Folks get lucky all the time around here.

obi


Title: Insync
Post by: dihongshao2000 on October 15, 2010, 12:29 PM
David,

I am getting my Insync and I would like to get some help on the setting as it seems you know how to enjoy flying it.  The reviews are mixed especially on its setting.  Thanks

David posts back in April of 2010"
...Another I've been enjoying lately is the Insync.  Does everything right for about $125


Title: Re: Favorite sportkite under 200 bucks?
Post by: Steve Hall on October 15, 2010, 12:41 PM
Fly the kite that you are getting as it comes.  It is set up in what I believe to be its optimal trick setting.  Get some real time on it before you fiddle with the settings.  I am sure people will chime in with recommendations and once you have a few hours on it you might want to try them out,
My advice is to make notes on its current settings in case you change them and then need to go back to them. 


Title: Re: Favorite sportkite under 200 bucks?
Post by: dihongshao2000 on October 15, 2010, 12:56 PM
Thanks Steve.  I appreciate your comments.  I am sure the kite will arrive with the optimum setting.  I will not try to change anything until I know what I am doing first.


Title: Re: Favorite sportkite under 200 bucks?
Post by: JimB on October 16, 2010, 12:14 AM
Quite frankly, there is nothing to change with the Insync.

It comes set up on the "precision" settings.

The "trick" settings add nothing to this kite.

You are better off just leaving it set up that way, only making adjustments for wind at the upper leading edge knots IMO.

The only other thing I would do is to add an extra 5gm of weight in higher winds.


Title: Re: favorite sporkite under 200 bucks?
Post by: Francois on October 16, 2010, 05:14 AM
Just curious what everyone's likin' these days.
If I was price point shopping at $200 I'd be looking second hand. Find something that the owner "doesn't connect with" ::) and reap the benefits.

I'd rather pay what it costs for a kite I truly want than settle for just anything because it happened to fall under a certain arbitrary price. YMMV

Mike.

+1 :)