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The only earlier kite that was widely distributed was the Air Master (later called the AM). The Bad Boy/VP was the next step in evolution then the Wild Child and WindWhip/AerZero. Then the Warrior and Stiletto. Then a few oddballs towards the end.
Bill, thank You for passing that gorgeous kite on to me. It's my main squeeze below 2mph.
Rob, the VP is the same sail size and shape as the Bad Boy, but made to the lightest available standard of the era. I've had a range of them made between 1996 and 2004 with different sail materials and frames. This one is a 2000 sail, a 2002 bridle and a modern Zero-Air frame. Like all the Bad Boy series its an excellent ballet kite in that it is very responsive. These kites accelerate out of a stall better than just about anything. Very nice speed control. It's a low aspect design, so not really too good for pancake to fade type flipping. Once in a fade it likes to stay there unless you have lots of altitude to pancake or roll out. That's the main advantage the Vapor had over the other '90s SULs. It was a bit more floppy.
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