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Kites! Kites! Kites! => Sport Kites => Topic started by: chilese on June 21, 2013, 10:26 AM



Title: Pretty Kites Only
Post by: chilese on June 21, 2013, 10:26 AM
Based on another thread.....

List sport kites you find attractive

based on shape, panel layout, whatever.

Here is my list. It may change over time.

Mamba (the most versatile panel layout ever)
TrickTail UL
Masque series
Opium
Vanishing Point
Widow Maker
Paradox
Vapor
Talon (thanks jaydub)

Paradox shown:
(https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-4COiYJAPR-M/S1tHbxyGq7I/AAAAAAAA1T0/CtduySmD6gc/s640/4%2520Fades%2520Paradox.jpg) (https://picasaweb.google.com/chilesej/2009Kites#5430012318270794674)

The list of kites I find truly ugly is very long.
Although all Revs, sadly, are on the list.
Not the art on some of them, just the kite itself.


Title: Re: Pretty Kites Only
Post by: coop on June 21, 2013, 10:28 AM
Mamba
MEFM
NSR
Mantis
Passion


Title: Re: Pretty Kites Only
Post by: jaydub on June 21, 2013, 10:44 AM
Talon
Nirvana
Opium
Gemini

We all (quite validly) have differing opinions.  The WM wouldn't even make an exceedingly long short list of mine. ;)


Title: Re: Pretty Kites Only
Post by: chilese on June 21, 2013, 11:09 AM
Oooh Talon, good call.

Got to go add it to my list.

Thanks  :)


Title: Re: Pretty Kites Only
Post by: tpatter on June 21, 2013, 11:12 AM
These are some of my favorites that I've owned



(https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-pFfHAJz-eBE/SUiPx18UhzI/AAAAAAAABvc/R06uHitDX14/s800/IMG_4222.JPG)

(https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-kIO9ffP2mZc/TwT4QR334VI/AAAAAAAADA0/8P0EaBRtsvg/s800/photo.JPG)

(https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-_D3o_ddXvoA/Tx9QrOLS_HI/AAAAAAAADEQ/8pwlzTTB_1o/s800/Screen%2520shot%25202011-08-02%2520at%25202.25.07%2520PM.png)

(https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-wOFpyI0cfFc/SJfpMAeWMnI/AAAAAAAABE0/CjJHJRqkhjM/s800/IMG_3698.jpg)

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-uPI_T_Tr8Fo/SJfo8Mg7mZI/AAAAAAAABEs/ehO0En25SmU/s800/IMG_3689.jpg)

(https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-l-yiPdOslN0/Tx9BmRHH7lI/AAAAAAAADEA/iclt986K-Us/s800/photo.JPG)

(https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/--adJbJd2KF4/T84hzhbfVZI/AAAAAAAADRg/CZ5ScSkGs9M/s800/photo.JPG)

(https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-Bn7YfDFKMoE/UA8Qdi9C9sI/AAAAAAAADho/7GOCeyO896g/s800/photo.JPG)


Title: Re: Pretty Kites Only
Post by: thief on June 21, 2013, 11:42 AM
LOVE the simplicity of the Aziza....
(https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-M9KwBw8SAIc/R19PiJKgR7I/AAAAAAAAEug/sxyWI4Fx3zw/s640/Chris%2520Matheson%2520AzizA%2520390.JPG)
and well....a Matheson MIDI (This one is a mini MIdi) is always nice:
(https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-s2kQK3he7a0/R19PRJKgR4I/AAAAAAAAEuI/Z-bCuYXv7DM/s128/Chris%20Matheson%20Mini%20Midi%20Sandpiper.JPG)

and one of my all time favorites:
Kites Unlimited Isis designed Pierre Marzin (only two pieces of Icarex in this beast! 9' span.....but two pieces connected at the spine....
(https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-FEDbegQuk94/RtTJ8Q8DiMI/AAAAAAAACi4/Lddp6AaPU3I/s640/isis%2520big%2520shot.jpg)


Title: Re: Pretty Kites Only
Post by: adx1592 on June 21, 2013, 12:47 PM
Mine are all the oldies essentially haha.

Tramontana 2000
Midi
Firebird
TICA- love it.
Pro Dancer SUL
Passion
Eclipse/Total Eclipse
Stranger and Psycho
Ozone (older one)

Moving newer...
Akujii
Cosmic Ghost
E2


Title: Re: Pretty Kites Only
Post by: boomertype on June 21, 2013, 12:53 PM
The Mamba is so versatile, here are two examples. . .

(http://l6.yimg.com/so/7252/7659677224_bdb4e79318_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jimfielder/7659677224/)

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8160/7553781842_a936117744_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jimfielder/7553781842/)


Title: Re: Pretty Kites Only
Post by: Steve Hall on June 21, 2013, 01:30 PM
(http://www.gwtwforum.com/netimages/btwarrior.jpg)
(btw ... there is a chance that this kite may be up for sale soon)


Title: Re: Pretty Kites Only
Post by: chilese on June 21, 2013, 01:43 PM
You're such a kite-teaser.  ???


Title: Re: Pretty Kites Only
Post by: lylenc on June 21, 2013, 02:07 PM
Jim B's Masquerade.

PS: Yes, the one posted below. Thanks


Title: Re: Pretty Kites Only
Post by: chilese on June 21, 2013, 02:36 PM
This one?

(https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-UVyQ5PvK1_E/S1kE1_JJ-eI/AAAAAAAAAMY/YkBSAV-Mm0Y/s400/124%2520masquerade%2520byrne.JPG) (https://picasaweb.google.com/chilesej/FavoritesKites#5429376151301257698)


Title: Re: Pretty Kites Only
Post by: inewham on June 21, 2013, 03:23 PM
and well....a Matheson MIDI (This one is a mini MIdi) is always nice:
([url]https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-s2kQK3he7a0/R19PRJKgR4I/AAAAAAAAEuI/Z-bCuYXv7DM/s128/Chris%20Matheson%20Mini%20Midi%20Sandpiper.JPG[/url])


Long shot but was that once Dave Lindgren's kite?
The day we made our Minis Chris had run out of the darkest blue so I remember Dave going for  a black panel on the left, and I went for white.
(http://www.iannewham.com/images/mini.jpg)
Odd the things you remember nearly 15 years later  :D

That Midi 98 panel layout is one of my favourites
(http://www.iannewham.com/images/midi_98.jpg)

Back on topic, not a great photo but my Blue Ridge Kites Cathedral looks lovely when the evening sun shines through it
(http://www.iannewham.com/images/mcath.jpg)


Title: Re: Pretty Kites Only
Post by: MtnFlyer on June 21, 2013, 03:47 PM
My number one, and only lacking one line...
Ichiban  ;)

Mamba
Steve's Warrior
Exile slice version
Moonie series
Classic Illy
SoA Paradox


Title: Re: Pretty Kites Only
Post by: Michael on June 21, 2013, 05:13 PM
Flying Wings Utopia


Title: Re: Pretty Kites Only
Post by: tcope on June 21, 2013, 07:09 PM
Gotta go with my current fav... Flying Wings Silver Fox.

(https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-ByOTO6duZRM/UcUGhMB3LKI/AAAAAAAAEBQ/H2kkevBVlc4/s640/20120921_154015.jpg)


Title: Re: Pretty Kites Only
Post by: sugarbaker on June 21, 2013, 07:49 PM
aesthetically... I really like the simplicity of the Sixth Sense.

(https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-0JVBmg-tOo4/URQndBY4CbI/AAAAAAAABYY/sP_-j4i9n_8/s800/IMG_0003.jpg)


Title: Re: Pretty Kites Only
Post by: jimstl on June 21, 2013, 09:43 PM
Some that I like,


(http://www.windpowersports.com/pictures/stunt-kites/prism-prophecy.jpg)



(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_vL_ZGB_fSbY/SOFQOMrwmbI/AAAAAAAABJg/aD1WD_qfEj8/s400/XTS+STD.jpg)



(http://lh5.ggpht.com/_x2gx_3xDVZ8/SzJpe_VjoJI/AAAAAAAAAEE/FIjWY_ZKlew/s512/vmasque0161.jpg)




(http://astunit.com/kites/mykites/akujisult.jpg)


(http://thumbs4.ebaystatic.com/d/l225/m/msM9R-XCvgcQafvG82Or6yQ.jpg)


(http://images1.hellotrade.com/data2/PH/BY/HELLOTD-1847364/mamba_snow2-250x250.jpg)


(http://www.foreverflying.com/mamba-redpurp1.jpg)



(http://www.airdynamics.co.uk/pics/kites/xe_gyb_450.jpg)





(http://www.airdynamics.co.uk/pics/kites/t2sologot450.jpg)




(http://www.coolumkitefestival.com/content_imgs/6_%7BD1813A7D-C21C-4973-84B6-AF8A03A72161%7D.jpg)





(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8151/7671390262_4a0322f273_z.jpg)



(http://www.harmonycentral.com/t5/image/serverpage/image-id/48675i065DD56049D62E22/image-size/original?v=mpbl-1&px=-1)




(http://kiteking.x10.mx/images/g23.jpg)

&


(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3142/2606671515_c287ca3f58_b.jpg)


(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3282/2618727367_f2c53fd85a_m.jpg)


Title: Re: Pretty Kites Only
Post by: kiteking on June 22, 2013, 12:48 AM
Some that I like,


([url]http://kiteking.x10.mx/images/g23.jpg[/url])



Hey, thats my kite.. I kept looking at the pic and thought, I have one just like it

some additional, clickable

(http://kiteking.x10.mx/images/t_g12.jpg) (http://kiteking.x10.mx/images/g12.jpg)
(http://kiteking.x10.mx/images/t_g17.jpg) (http://kiteking.x10.mx/images/g17.jpg)
(http://kiteking.x10.mx/images/t_g19.jpg) (http://kiteking.x10.mx/images/g19.jpg)
(http://kiteking.x10.mx/images/t_g35.jpg) (http://kiteking.x10.mx/images/g35.jpg)










Title: Re: Pretty Kites Only
Post by: thief on June 22, 2013, 06:46 AM
and well....a Matheson MIDI (This one is a mini MIdi) is always nice:
(https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-s2kQK3he7a0/R19PRJKgR4I/AAAAAAAAEuI/Z-bCuYXv7DM/s128/Chris%20Matheson%20Mini%20Midi%20Sandpiper.JPG)

Long shot but was that once Dave Lindgren's kite?
Actually Nigel's.......he lovingly passed it along to me!!!!


Title: Re: Pretty Kites Only
Post by: RobB on June 22, 2013, 07:05 AM
Love it or hate it...

(http://ferob.com/kites/P1070875.jpg)

More Prismatex...

(http://ferob.com/kites/P1070969800600.jpg)

Or my favorite Prism kite...

(http://ferob.com/kites/P1080319.jpg)

Or sometimes simple is better ?

(http://ferob.com/kites/P1090165.jpg)

 ;D


Title: Re: Pretty Kites Only
Post by: ae on June 22, 2013, 10:49 AM
I rather like this one:

(http://www.gods-inc.de/ae/colibri_7.jpg)


Title: Re: Pretty Kites Only
Post by: hawkerhunter on June 22, 2013, 01:49 PM
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8091/8375946549_466d9d50eb_n.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/88824763@N07/8375946549/)
talon 009 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/88824763@N07/8375946549/#) by hawkerhunter (http://www.flickr.com/people/88824763@N07/), on Flickr

My Talons by Mark Clements. Perfection.


Title: Re: Pretty Kites Only
Post by: hottuna on June 22, 2013, 03:09 PM
My first post here  :) Post it for 2 reasons.
One is that I think my old Benson Outer Space is a beauty, and second to give a thanks to Tim Benson who gave me excellent personal support through e-mail when I needed spare parts for this kite.

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-h-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/378863_434096550008635_907357241_n.jpg)


Title: Re: Pretty Kites Only
Post by: reddobie on June 22, 2013, 03:26 PM
Some that I like,

([url]http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8151/7671390262_4a0322f273_z.jpg[/url])



I also like this one, as it is in my bag.

Some others;
(https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-ORj-j-08Uuc/UWCza1QZHnI/AAAAAAAAAM0/M76GIjitfZg/s640/Prophecy%252C%2520Prism%25202.jpg)

(https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-Z1nJ6kzYDf0/UWCzgfco_VI/AAAAAAAAAM0/oiVmyTFOWqo/s800/Talon%2520Vented.jpg)

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-Mb0JKEofDq0/UWCzl9DXWBI/AAAAAAAAAM0/USzXY4dqLdE/s640/Vapor%252C%2520Prism.JPG)

(https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-PU3csISxjyI/UWCyvLURIOI/AAAAAAAAAM0/j9dRgnlwi94/s640/Atelier%252C%2520V%2520Masque%25202.JPG)

(https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-V8kX6z9axDg/UWCzJzX10bI/AAAAAAAAAM0/8Eih2wURI3A/s640/Jinx%252C%2520Focus%25204.jpg)

(https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-yZjpOPaaL8Q/UWCzXEipwII/AAAAAAAAAM0/4Wfp2SO8YsI/s640/Mongoose%252C%2520Blue%2520Moon.jpg)


Title: Re: Pretty Kites Only
Post by: sugarbaker on June 22, 2013, 03:57 PM
not a sport kite... but one of my favorite designs.  Good job Doug Stout!

(https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-P9llcSt3FHM/UcYf69jZohI/AAAAAAAABmg/aZbmHR_RY6c/w601-h801-no/Rapere+in+flight)


Title: Re: Pretty Kites Only
Post by: indigo_wolf on June 22, 2013, 06:25 PM
Airdynamics Dharma
(http://www.airdynamics.co.uk/pics/kites/dharma_sr.jpg)

Eliot Slide
(http://www.elliot.de/hp_e/images/slidegelb2_450.jpg)

Eliot Slide Competition
(http://www.elliot.de/hp_e/images/slidecompetitiongr_450.jpg)

Thor's Hammer
(http://www.drachenwiki.de/images/2/27/Thorshammer.jpg)

Space Kites: Topas 4.5 (middle kite)
(https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/_YYcISo77-Jw/TatHYd2Q65I/AAAAAAAAFF0/sIWLIOicaZs/s912/Riesen.png)

Aerostar Sano SS
(http://images.yuku.com/image/jpeg/5c526991a4ad5b73edbec7b2b5342110db28cd9b.jpg)

That'll do for now, rabbit.

ATB,
Sam


Title: Re: Pretty Kites Only
Post by: boomertype on June 22, 2013, 08:24 PM
Minus a line, but just gotta run it again.
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3749/9030936806_a2c506f231_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jimfielder/9030936806/)


Title: Re: Pretty Kites Only
Post by: kiteking on June 22, 2013, 10:48 PM
So far I haven't seen one I don't like... some more than others


Title: Re: Pretty Kites Only
Post by: Doc Z on June 23, 2013, 08:30 AM
I think the best looking kite I've seen is Sluggo's Talon standard.  It's sorta blue and white and just looks sharp as heck.


Title: Re: Pretty Kites Only
Post by: sluggo on June 23, 2013, 09:07 AM
I think the best looking kite I've seen is Sluggo's Talon standard.  It's sorta blue and white and just looks sharp as heck.


Heh, was just thinking of posting that one. Not the best lighting unfortunately:

(http://i82.photobucket.com/albums/j267/jshowlett/Embedded_Posts/talon_zps3c1d7f82.jpg)


Title: Re: Pretty Kites Only
Post by: photogbill on June 23, 2013, 06:21 PM
Here's a few pretty kites I used to own:
(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2870/9122431548_b17534f5fd_b.jpg)
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3758/9120207895_87a7373ffc_b.jpg)
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7326/9122433548_014cb866dc_b.jpg)
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5469/9120285585_3910933f47_b.jpg)
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7393/9079822433_8c4b17d8c9_b.jpg)

Here's a few I currently own:
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5516/9120213665_e094fbf2e6_b.jpg)
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7379/9122544854_bdbc97ec09_b.jpg)
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7403/9120216089_60b108d5fa_b.jpg)
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5490/9120217755_37b01369b9_b.jpg)
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3762/9120218917_e2d792615d_b.jpg)

Here's a couple homemade for friends:
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5468/9122443858_ba1a9b0f3a_b.jpg)
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7308/9122439614_b33713f131_b.jpg)

And a couple just to prove that "beauty is in the eye of the beholder" ... ;)
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3823/9122447436_fb4b1b7c9d_b.jpg)
(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2864/9122446700_ce3500f0c7_b.jpg)




Title: Re: Pretty Kites Only
Post by: kiteslinger on June 23, 2013, 06:48 PM
Ugly Betty

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8392/8453742432_ea81bb8259_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/55348860@N04/8453742432/)


Title: Re: Pretty Kites Only
Post by: kiteslinger on June 23, 2013, 07:02 PM
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7329/9122848976_71063c48b4_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/55348860@N04/9122848976/)


Title: Re: Pretty Kites Only
Post by: kiteslinger on June 23, 2013, 07:13 PM
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7319/9120707507_e3f68fb0c4_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/55348860@N04/9120707507/)


Title: Re: Pretty Kites Only
Post by: RobB on June 24, 2013, 04:24 AM
Those PBSKs are REALLY nice !


Title: Re: Pretty Kites Only
Post by: kepople on June 24, 2013, 06:25 AM
Seven has to top my list...
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7217/7404129888_c840f82dcc_b.jpg)

Whats wrong with the Shadow?

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7168/6717411015_b892179762_b.jpg)

Always liked the Kymera scheme

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7161/6604430683_d1b810e23e_b.jpg)

Of course... Talon
(http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6132/5971256743_b9bf772138_b.jpg)


Title: Re: Pretty Kites Only
Post by: Allen Carter on June 25, 2013, 10:42 AM
Three of my favorites. The versatility of the Mamba layout is great.

(the Mamba picture was taken on my amazing new flying field about three blocks from my house.  ;D)

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Title: Re: Pretty Kites Only
Post by: Allen Carter on June 25, 2013, 10:44 AM
A few more favorites. The SOA Vibe is one of the most photogenic kites. Even a non-custom Mamba is pretty.

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