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 on: October 19, 2016, 11:07 AM 
Started by Keith T. - Last post by Keith T.

Thanks for the advise.  One lesson I have learned in life is just what you said, "you get what you pay for!"  There is nothing more frustrating to me than to buy a product that does not meet my performance/endurance expectations.  Because of this, I habitually research nearly all purchases in the hopes that I will be satisfied.  I'm happy to report that 99% of the time I am.  Yes, I pay more but. . . .

I recall the dime store kites that I had as a kid and because they did not hold up or perform well, I never gained a fascination of flying kites.  Over the year, seeing others successfully flying their kites and watching video's online convinced me there were quality kites out there that performed extremely well.  I did not want to disappoint my daughter with a poor performer.  So far, she is enjoying flying kites with her mom and dad.  She especially likes the picnic that usually goes along with it. 

Thanks for the welcome!

 on: October 19, 2016, 08:54 AM 
Started by Keith T. - Last post by thief
Welcome Keith!
Sounds like you guys are on the right track! The two tidbits I can give you that I have gleaned over the years i have been flying and selling are:
  • You get what you pay for! Higher quality kites are definitely worth it, and of course cost more $
  • Buy what you like! I see that flying is putting up what you like to see in the air and sharing it.   I have things that not everyone else likes to look at, but I LOVE....and the opposite is true...lots of people like cellular box kites, but those do not always interest me as much. This also leads back to the first one....if you see something that you like a lot of times you might find out that it is a handmade kite that costs a bit more money...but....handmade is a nice thing for quality control for it! and get it, I always have a list of kites on my "holy grail list" that I want....

 on: October 19, 2016, 07:35 AM 
Started by KeithG - Last post by KeithG
Thanks guys, not enough wind has to be the problem. I went back over everything and its all correct. The only spar I have is the original one that came with the kites.

 on: October 19, 2016, 07:11 AM 
Started by Keith T. - Last post by Keith T.

Thanks for the welcome and for your experience with the skeleton kite.  I hope to have a couple in the air soon! 
This was my first post and in less than 24 hours, there were over 2000 views.  Wow! 

I have just gotten interested in kites as I was looking for a kite to fly with my 6 year old daughter and wanted something better than found at the big box stores.  In my search, I came across GWTW and found it to be a great resource!  In just a few short weeks, I have 3 kites - a Prism Bora 7, Prism Stowaway Delta and an ITW 12' Delta.  I also have various ribbon tails, a 30' Bubble tail and the 8' Peacock Wrasse line laundry to fly on the 12' Delta.  I know that as I begin to fly these kites in my community of Braselton GA, the interest level from onlookers will generate more interest in kite flying and hopefully more members to this forum and more sales for the kite retailers!

Thanks again for the welcome and to everyone for sharing their knowledge and experience. 

Keith T.       

 on: October 19, 2016, 06:37 AM 
Started by KeithG - Last post by nckiter
I had several of the 6' splitz once upon a time. IIRC 5 to 7 was the low end of the range, I used the blue, tapered lightwind  (ultraflex?) spar below about 8 - 10.

 on: October 19, 2016, 06:23 AM 
Started by KeithG - Last post by Charles G
The stackers will fly better with the ultraflex spars in wind less than 10 mph, however, I also wait for 12+ mph winds.

 on: October 19, 2016, 06:13 AM 
Started by Keith T. - Last post by Charles G
We have all the versions and sizes at our club meetings, and the black kites stick out a bit more than the others. They fly best at the middle to lower end of their wind range. I would recommend bringing the kite in if the wind picks up, otherwise it will flap itself to pieces.

And, welcome to the forum.

 on: October 18, 2016, 11:55 PM 
Started by KeithG - Last post by rob103
Hurricane Kites  Smiley I don't even get em out of the bag unless I hear "teens"

 on: October 18, 2016, 05:25 PM 
Started by Keith T. - Last post by Keith T.
Hello everyone.

Does anyone have the Skeleton kite designed by Daryl Yeh?  If so, how does it fly and what color do you think looks best on a clear blue sky day?  I just ordered the 21' black kite but kind of want the white "pirate" version.  I believe these look most impressive flying in groups of two or three. 

 on: October 18, 2016, 02:36 PM 
Started by Charly - Last post by thief
I was attempting to help with the vintage.
Good luck with your offer


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