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« on: May 27, 2014, 11:29 AM »

Well, after contributing a little, lurking a lot... I've taken the zero wind kite advice of many of you connoisseurs and added the Skyburner NIKNAK to my kite bag.

I've had a Prism Quantum for some time now, but there are days when I need a lighter dual line kite due a low amount of wind where I'm located. I feel lucky, when I called Skyburner to order the NIKNAK, I expected to have to wait for 5-6 weeks for delivery. They had one NIKNAK left from the Blue & Plum color batch. So, it's going out the door today.

Ordered some Shanti Skybond line to go with it. I'll keep you guys posted as to how she flies.

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« Reply #1 on: May 27, 2014, 12:12 PM »

Most days when there isn't enough wind to fly anything else, like the last 6 days in Atlanta for instance, my Niknak is the only kite I have that will take to the air and consistently stay there.  Flew it today for almost 2 hours and had a blast. Nothing else I had would fly. Niknak is the kite with the most hours  of flying time.

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« Reply #2 on: May 27, 2014, 04:13 PM »

dont forget the skyburner pro dancer too is a good no wind kite!
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« Reply #3 on: May 27, 2014, 05:04 PM »

dont forget the skyburner pro dancer too is a good no wind kite!
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Absolutely, but more than twice the price of the Niknak, which was past my budget.
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« Reply #4 on: May 27, 2014, 07:32 PM »

Great looking kite

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« Reply #5 on: May 28, 2014, 11:14 PM »

An excellent choice.
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« Reply #6 on: May 29, 2014, 04:16 AM »

One thing with the Niknak, there are two small thin battens that go in the back of the sail, and need to be removed when storing the kite in it's bag. What you have to avoid is losing them. I carry a small ziplock  baggy, and when finished flying I take the battens  out and put them in the baggy. After winding the lines, I wrap the bungee around the lines and the baggy, so it doesn't get misplaced.
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« Reply #7 on: May 30, 2014, 07:19 AM »

Thanks for the advice, Cb. I'll take a look when it arrives.
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« Reply #8 on: May 30, 2014, 08:46 AM »

Good advice indeed. Losing battens is a drag.

Another way to keep them handy that works on some kites is to slide them in the LE tunnel at the spreader cut out. Some LEs are snug enough that the battens will never fall out. Some are too loose for this to be secure. Another snug place to store them on some kites in in the tail, slid down in the spine pocket. Again, depends on the kite and if the battens have endcaps or not.
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« Reply #9 on: May 30, 2014, 09:26 AM »

I had a kite that I would slide then in next to the nose under the webbing. My pdsul came with a little pouch with a strap attached. I have made some of those for other kites. Plus it's good sewing practice
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« Reply #10 on: May 30, 2014, 09:36 AM »

One thing with the Niknak, there are two small thin battens that go in the back of the sail, and need to be removed when storing the kite in it's bag. What you have to avoid is losing them. I carry a small ziplock  baggy, and when finished flying I take the battens  out and put them in the baggy. After winding the lines, I wrap the bungee around the lines and the baggy, so it doesn't get misplaced.

With the Nik Nak, and other kites as well, there is often a slot under the nose webbing that standoffs and battens can be slid into.   
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