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Title: Kensei Hata good first kite?
Post by: glen871 on March 30, 2012, 07:19 AM
I just purchased my first hobby grade single line kite.  A Kensei Hata.  I  mainly got it because I liked the graphics and it's supposed to be an easy flier.  I know it's a small kite but I didn't want to go overboard and don't have a lot of money to spend.  Did I make the right choice? 


Title: Re: Kensei Hata good first kite?
Post by: mikenchico on March 30, 2012, 09:10 AM
I've never flown one but I've always thought it was a nice design. Does it fly well as a diamond with the tail?  Being able to remove the tail and play with it as a fighter is a bonus, I wouldn't expect that design to be too radically quick as a fighter so it should be a good introduction to that type of flying. And learning some fighter skills opens the door to the new no wind SLK's that have become so popular. I think it's a great choice and expect you'll enjoy it.

When you're looking to step up the soon to be released Prism Switch  (http://www.gwtwforum.com/index.php?topic=6902.0)might be a logical choice. It will also fly as a single line kite like your current model and does double duty as an introduction to dual line flying without breaking the bank.

Another soon to be released Prism kite the Zero G  (http://www.gwtwforum.com/index.php?topic=6901.0) will fullfill you needs for a low wind / no wind kite. I've yet to see one in person but I'm wondering if by adding a tail it might transition into a low wind SLK too that you could stake out and have a picnic.

It really is a good time to be a beginning kite flyer, these 3 models open the door to 4 different aspects of kiting without breaking the bank and if you progress on up they'll stay in your bag for years to just put a little color in the sky while flying other kites or for a casual day in the park or on the beach.






Title: Re: Kensei Hata good first kite?
Post by: glen871 on March 30, 2012, 12:18 PM
Thanks for the info mikenchico.  The prism switch has some pretty sweet graphics. 


Title: Re: Kensei Hata good first kite?
Post by: Wayner on March 30, 2012, 03:04 PM
I just purchased my first hobby grade single line kite.  A Kensei Hata.  I  mainly got it because I liked the graphics and it's supposed to be an easy flier.  I know it's a small kite but I didn't want to go overboard and don't have a lot of money to spend.  Did I make the right choice? 


Sounds like you make a great choice.

My rule for buying a kite. LIKE a design on the ground and you'll LOVE it in the air.  8)

Sure this will be the start of a large kite collection  ;D



Title: Re: Kensei Hata good first kite?
Post by: thief on March 30, 2012, 05:47 PM
My rule for buying a kite. LIKE a design on the ground and you'll LOVE it in the air.  8)


Very well put!


Title: Re: Kensei Hata good first kite?
Post by: Desertflier on March 30, 2012, 11:10 PM
I have one and like it very much.  ;D
It goes right up and stays up easy. Good broad wind range.
I fly it with the tail and stake it to the ground while I fly a dual line kite or something else.
It looks a lot bigger in the air than it actually is because the colors stand out real well.
I think you'll be happy with it.


Title: Re: Kensei Hata good first kite?
Post by: glen871 on April 06, 2012, 12:31 PM
Took it out for it's maiden voyage today.  It flies beautifully.  :)  It does look bigger than it actually is when it's in the air, especially when the sun hits it.  It handles wind gusts with no problem.     


Title: Re: Kensei Hata good first kite?
Post by: Wayner on April 06, 2012, 02:16 PM
Yahoo   :)