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Title: Looking for a low wind kite
Post by: aaron j. on June 07, 2011, 06:25 PM
Hello my name is Aaron and I am a kite addict. lol
As stated in my subject I am looking for a low wind kite. In the last two weeks I have bought two kites, a Prism Nexus and Hypnotist. I would like to stay in the Prism line for now. I am new to kiting but not to hobbies, I have been racing RC cars for 15 years and I can fly RC helicopters and airplanes, so I have pretty good hand eye coordination.

 What would YOU recommend? I am looking at either a 4D or a Zephyr.
Has anybody owned both a 4D and Zephyr that could help me make this decision?

                                                                                          Thanks,
                                                                                              Aaron


Title: Re: Looking for a low wind kite
Post by: tpatter on June 07, 2011, 06:47 PM
Check out the SUL mongoose in the swap.


Title: Re: Looking for a low wind kite
Post by: chilese on June 07, 2011, 06:53 PM
The 4D is a good low wind kite, but it is very small in comparison to most sport kites.

Most fliers tend to enjoy kites in the 7 to 8 foot region (2.1 to 2.5 meters).

The Zephyr is not really a low wind kite.

You don't really say the wind range you are looking for.

The SUL Mongoose posted above would be a kite much more suited to low wind flying.

You might also let us know what your present kite skills are.

And, welcome to the Forum.  :)


Title: Re: Looking for a low wind kite
Post by: aaron j. on June 07, 2011, 07:02 PM
Thanks for the fast replys! Im looking for low wind I guess 1-4mph. I have a great flying field right off a big river 15 mins from my apartment. I was let down yesterday and was not able to fly my existing 2 Prisms. My skills so far are the basics, I trying to pace myself. I can land, do push and pull turns and some ugly backspins. I am getting Dodd Gross's flight school tonight from a friend and plan on watching it over and over again. Should I stay with Prism kites or try other kites too?


Title: Re: Looking for a low wind kite
Post by: cgregurich73 on June 07, 2011, 07:13 PM
Try other kites aaron I started. With prism. Since you have my hypnotist you know that. But I went into skyburner and other brands. I have a sul called a hq baby tana 2002 it's. A smaller kite you can have if u want.



(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5223/5552209022_626c40633d_z.jpg)


Title: Re: Looking for a low wind kite
Post by: DWayne on June 07, 2011, 07:15 PM
Prism makes a good "entry level" kite.
A BMK like the SUL Mongoose mentioned is an large step up the quality ladder.  ;)

Denny


Title: Re: Looking for a low wind kite
Post by: aaron j. on June 07, 2011, 07:18 PM
Thank you Denny,
I looked at the mongoose for sale but I am a little scared of the rip in the sail, would the kite turn into a money pit?


Title: Re: Looking for a low wind kite
Post by: cgregurich73 on June 07, 2011, 07:37 PM
ripps can be a common thing in kiting if they are fixed correctly you will
 have a problem with it.


Title: Re: Looking for a low wind kite
Post by: aaron j. on June 07, 2011, 07:54 PM
Thank you Chris for the replys also. I really enjoy having two kites that fly so different. The hypnotist I bought from you is a lot more tame than my smaller nexus, I can only imagine how a small kite like the micron would zip around. ;D 


Title: Re: Looking for a low wind kite
Post by: cgregurich73 on June 07, 2011, 08:00 PM
microns are wicked fast but fun as hell to fly i know last week at the weekly fly i try to go to they were flying them because of thirty five mph gust.


Title: Re: Looking for a low wind kite
Post by: adx1592 on June 07, 2011, 08:03 PM
Yes we were. One gust was so big it took the lower spreader clear off the kite. :D hhahaahha

Aaron, the Mongoose rip isn't on the 'sail'-- it's on a reinforcement. If you aren't doing roll-ups, you aren't going to have a problem. And if you want to do them eventually, then if you put a black patch over it, you'll be set to go. I've done it on a few of my kites, and they're just fine.


Welcome to kiting!


Title: Re: Looking for a low wind kite
Post by: aaron j. on June 07, 2011, 08:28 PM
Sorry about that adx1952, hope I did not offend you with my mixed up terms. It is a very nice looking kite. I have to watch how much I spend cause my gf's birthday is coming up in a week, don't want to make her any madder than she already is over my kite buying spree.


Title: Re: Looking for a low wind kite
Post by: Ca Ike on June 07, 2011, 09:06 PM
WEll if you want to stick with prism then go for the 4D first.  It will do you a lot better in the 0-4 range but it is a small kite.   Comparable to the nexus in size.  The Zephyr is not a true UL but it will fly and trick in 2-3 once you get use to it.  Light wind flying is a different aspect of kiting than your used to so it will be a new learning curve.  YOur Hypnotist will fly in as low as 3 mph with the right lines and bridle adjustments but its a bit of work to keep it up.  IF your expecting to get a kite that will fly in 1-3 without any footwork then your options are limited.


Title: Re: Looking for a low wind kite
Post by: Hadge on June 08, 2011, 05:13 AM
HQ Shadow?   It'll certainly cover 1 (ish) - 4 mph easily enough.

(http://www.skyhighkites.co.uk/product_images/l_1301_2.jpg)



Title: Re: Looking for a low wind kite
Post by: DWayne on June 08, 2011, 12:23 PM
Thank you Denny,
I looked at the mongoose for sale but I am a little scared of the rip in the sail, would the kite turn into a money pit?

I wouldn't worry about that repair Aaron. Its not likely to cause you any problems.

Denny


Title: Re: Looking for a low wind kite
Post by: Gamelord on June 08, 2011, 12:33 PM
I agree, the repair in the Mongoose is so minor it is not really worth worrying about.  I have some kites that have damage much more sever than that and they still fly perfectly fine (once the repair work was done).  The Mongoose, just stick a little bit of dacron tape over the leading edge and your done, nice thing is that the repair will be nearly invisible unless you know what you are looking for.

I also agree that the Shadow is a great kite that will fly perfectly in your wind range, and it is a kite that won't break the bank.  With a little bridle tweeking it will fly nice in those winds with very little work/effort and will also do some very nice tricks.  If you want to spend a little more, the nicest UL kite that I have right now is the Widow Maker UL.  It will fly in the 1-8 mph range no problem and it tricks like a monster in the 2-5 mph range with very little work.  For me, it is the best UL kite I have flown.

Hope that helps.


Title: Re: Looking for a low wind kite
Post by: Danno419 on June 08, 2011, 12:45 PM
I have a Zephyr and 4D -
The Z will fly in 5km/h (3.1mph) - fairly easily, with footwork and is quite trick capable in that range, for me.
My 4D only comes out when not much else will fly - its not very tricky either. I'm sure someone with more skill than me could get more than axles/540's/slides. But its indeed fun.
Are you looking for a low wind kite with full on trick capabilities? - or a low wind kite that will get you flying in next to no wind with less tricking ability?

The mongoose mentioned above over in the swap is a good deal - if you want a full sized UL trickster.
good luck!!  8)