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Kites! Kites! Kites! => Beginners Corner => Topic started by: JohnE on June 30, 2010, 11:53 AM

Title: Advice on next kite
Post by: JohnE on June 30, 2010, 11:53 AM
Hi there. Another "newbie". I'm John from near Stockport (south Manchester) in the UK.

My introduction to kiting was a birthday present of a Flexifoil Stacker 6 which I've had for a while, but found this awkward to take away on holidays (the spars won't fit in the suitcase !), so was given for a birthday present a Prism Nexus, which I fly at home and take on my fairly frequent holidays. The latest birthday present was the Prism Freestyle Pilot DVD. I now realise that the Nexus is a bit limited in its abilities. So I'm looking for the next kite to move on to, trying to learn the tricks off the DVD.

Looking through the forum, their are lots of recommendations for an Exile, Nirvana, Widowmaker, Talon, Deep Space, ... Are these really the sort of kites suitable for somebody learning these tricks. Are they robust enough to handle the undoubted hits with terra firma ?

Alternatively, would I be better off staying within the Prism umbrella and going for something like the Hypnotist which is advertised as being very robust and has special shock absorbers built in.

Other considerations :-
  1) Money is not really an issue.
  2) U.K weather - so winds are very variable - I intend just going for a "standard" with as wide a wind range as possible.
  3) Available in the UK, with a UK dealer for replacement parts (having said that, I've not broken anything on the Nexus ...yet !)

Any guidance would be greatly appreciated. Thanks (in anticipation) for any advice.

Title: Re: Advice on next kite
Post by: chilese on June 30, 2010, 12:03 PM
You have 2 kitemakers right there in England.

Benson Kites


Jest Of Eve

Perhaps a trip could get you a face to face with 2 of the highly respected sport kite builders.

If you want a standard with a wide wind range, I would suggest a Blue Moon Kite.

There are links to Jest Of Eve and Blue Moon Kites on the right hand side of this Forum.

Welcome.  :)

Title: Re: Advice on next kite
Post by: fidelio on June 30, 2010, 12:06 PM
the talon and deep space are both designed and built in the U.K. and are exceptional kites. they're not 'beginner' kites but the longer you fly a beginner kite the longer you'll stay a beginner.

Title: Re: Advice on next kite
Post by: jaydub on June 30, 2010, 12:44 PM

I live up the road from you (in Marple) and usually fly at Lyme Park.

The good news is that I have both the Deep Space and Talon, which you are welcome to try out (as long as you are beyond the lawn dart stage).

The bad news is that flying time is a bit limited at the moment and you might need to be flexible around my availability (usually late on Saturday afternoons).

Both kites meet your requirement 3) and spare parts are available directly from the maker (Tim Benson or Mark Clements).  Wind range is different for both kites.  The DS is best in 4-8 mph, the Talon 6-12.

If you are interested, ping me a PM, either here or on Fractured Axel.


Title: Re: Advice on next kite
Post by: the*real*stoney on July 01, 2010, 07:29 AM
When I started flying, I was like everyone else - bought everything in sight. I still have a ton of kites - some are new, some are junk,           but many of them are just piled in the corner. If I had it to do again, I would buy something good (expensive), learn all I could, sell or trade for a different kite and keep moving. You might love the kite but it doesn't love you back. Stoney