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« Reply #15 on: February 14, 2014, 04:53 AM »

Prism Flashlight is discontinued. I ordered a 4D, because one dealer I called said that the Niknak was not a good outdoor kite.
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« Reply #16 on: February 14, 2014, 09:10 AM »

Prism Flashlight is discontinued. I ordered a 4D, because one dealer I called said that the Niknak was not a good outdoor kite.
I would send the 4d back and order the NikNak.  Don't even bother opening it to try it out.  I strongly believe the dealer was incorrect or misleading you to buy a 4d.
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« Reply #17 on: April 06, 2014, 07:24 AM »

Prism Flashlight is discontinued. I ordered a 4D, because one dealer I called said that the Niknak was not a good outdoor kite.
I would send the 4d back and order the NikNak.  Don't even bother opening it to try it out.  I strongly believe the dealer was incorrect or misleading you to buy a 4d.

After flying my 4D a couple of months, I decided I wanted something bigger. I got a new Niknak, and flew it yesterday. It is a major step up from the 4D, you were right, I should have sent the 4D back, but I had already ordered it and it was on it's way.  The Niknak is not twitchy at all, and just a smooth flyer.

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« Reply #18 on: April 06, 2014, 07:22 PM »

I am really glad you like the Nik Nak. You will begin to crave those light evening winds because that kite is truly a Zen experience in them.  Prism makes fine kites, and the 4D is no exception.  But the 4D was my first SUL and I struggled with its twitchiness and the god awful way it could be simply pulled out of the sky while trying to keep it aloft.  The real disappointment was when I was out running around with this SUL, drenched in sweat pumping and finessing the thing around and thinking that nothing could possibly fly and then watching a few old school flyers easily cutting up the air with their Jordan Air Millenniums.  Out of frustration, I kept buying SULs and ULs in an attempt to get a kite that flew like those Millenniums.  But no luck (not even the Nik Nak can touch them on the low end).  What me and my wallet soon discovered was many, no most, kite makers (and arguably even kite reviewers) BS the low wind performance. The key really is a full sized flat sail, curved leading edges to allow the nose to be flat, sub 5 oz weight, and long 120' 30# spectra lines to get it up out of the dying breezes.  I think the only thing on the market today kind of like that would be the Pro Dancer SUL.  In my case, the Nik Nak was bought without really knowing what it was (other than it was light weight) and it proved to be a very, very nice low wind performer.  It has a great price, it is lovingly constructed, a does drop-dead-gorgeous 540s. Happy flying! 
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