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Title: low wind, inland kite
Post by: Retro Rally on September 20, 2010, 02:11 PM
Hi Everyone,

went to the Chester kite festival with my 14 stunt kite, and while it flew great on holiday on a beech with strong off shore winds, at the kite festival, while i could launch the kite, i could not keep it in the air  :(  so what i really need is something i can fly in low wind that we get in land (as I'm based near Manchester). I've looked on line and people are recommending the Prism 4D but its 90 and for someone who's just starting out that sounds like a 90 accident waiting to happen. Are there any kites which would work in low winds really well at a lower budget (have looked at a HQ tango II for 45  but that seems to start at 3mph wind speed) or am i going to have to bite the bullet and buy the 4D?

thanks for your help


Title: Re: low wind, inland kite
Post by: Gamelord on September 20, 2010, 03:59 PM
Buy the 4D.  Once you fly a good quality professionally made kite you will understand why they cost more than your big box store kites.  For the price, the 4D is awesome and well worth every penny.

Title: Re: low wind, inland kite
Post by: Bob D on October 04, 2010, 07:24 AM
My first low wind kite was the Prism Flashlight and it was worth it. Parts are cheap and readily available and I broke a few leading edges learning to cart wheel it. A good kite flies SO much better than the cheapies.

Title: Re: low wind, inland kite
Post by: Hadge on October 04, 2010, 09:58 AM
The 4D would be a great kite to add to an existing kitebag, but I wouldn't want it as my Only kite. I think you would probably find yourself looking for another kite very soon and I'm not sure how much you would learn from it.  Better to look for a decent secondhand standard kite - which should fly down to 4mph ish- and would take you much further.

The Tango 2, if it's like the original Tango I had, is a good little kite but won't fly that much lower than a decent standard ( if at all) and it's a small kite. As I said on 'The other place' the original Jive would be a good cheapish alternative.

It may pay you to look around for other flying sites if lack of wind is a problem.  I have 3 or 4 different places to go depending on the wind direction and can usually get out apart from the calmest days.