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« on: April 23, 2014, 04:23 PM »

I know this question has been asked repeatedly, I've read most of the posts.

I've recently been introduced to dual line kiting and within minutes was hooked! Since then I've been flying a seahawk form kittyhawk kites, was a gift for a roommate from his grandparents, to my luck he left it behind and now I'm starting a new hobby.

Unfortunately this thing needs a good wind to stay up, and even then trying any tricks sends it falling like a rock.

Now I'm looking at some entry level freestyle kites, several have curb appeal but I want to hear from experienced flyers, not sales pitches. What would you recommend?
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« Reply #1 on: April 23, 2014, 06:04 PM »

What is your budget like?
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« Reply #2 on: April 23, 2014, 07:41 PM »

Not every stunt kite can do tricks.

I have tried many types of kites some are better than others. and normally the best ones are the the ones with high price tags. Sad

I just added a Widow NG kite in my collection.

It can do all types of tricks. very strong Carbon fiber frame. Great wind range.

The kite performs very well compared with the higher price competitors.  Smiley

Its made by Premier Kites.


Hope this helps you
Here is a video of me flying it:

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« Reply #3 on: April 23, 2014, 08:21 PM »

My budget is roughly 150$, but I definitely want something that I won't out grow in a matter of seasons.
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« Reply #4 on: April 23, 2014, 08:23 PM »

I think the widow is a great deal! it is the brother from another mother (same Father)of the famed Widowmaker.

I really enjoyed my Prism Zephyr for light wind(3+) tricking.

My goto kite right now is Lams ATM.

One thing to remember is not to start with a Sul or some ULs.  They have less mass and are more difficult to trick because of it.  I love my Ocius SUL for 1mph days! I just zoom around, try a trick and then walk out to untangle the tip wraps.  I have not mastered the gentle persuasion of tricking SULs.

Good winds to ya!
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« Reply #5 on: April 23, 2014, 08:30 PM »

just to warn you now....

you will have multiple kites at minimum for different wind speeds.  Soon you will know the location of every flag in a 20mile radius. Based on those flags, you will know which kite to fly that day.

when you cant fly your baby because the wind is too low, you will buy an SUL just so you can fly.  When the wind is 20+ you may discover a full vent Rev gets you out flying with maximum control.

see ya on the field!
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« Reply #6 on: April 23, 2014, 09:30 PM »

A $150 budget for the first kite is a good budget. However, be sure to save for the many kites that will follow.....
The Premier Widow NG looks like a great kite, and I wish I would have bought one of those for my first kite.
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« Reply #7 on: April 24, 2014, 08:01 AM »

If you're past the "Nose Plant" stage there are those (including me) that feel an enthusiastic Newbie would be best served moving on to the, Exile, Sea Devil, Widowmaker stage and save some money in the long run.

Get together with some other flyers and try out some kites, keep your eye on the Swap Meet.
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« Reply #8 on: April 25, 2014, 05:52 AM »

Not quite past the abuse portion, lines tangled on wings, hard landings and such. Not to many nose dives anymore.
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« Reply #9 on: April 25, 2014, 04:44 PM »

THEN what Cerfvollista recommended Welcome to the forum and the madness we like to call flying  kites
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