Thanks Tom for the excellent feedback and glad you liked the kite! Thanks Steve for passing it on.
"A great combination of old school smooth solid flight and grace with radical agility as well." Exactly!
If you crossed a BMK Mamba with a Benson Superfly you may well end up with something like the modded Exile. An Enigma perhaps? To restate from above, the goal is to make a good all rounder, also known as a desert island kite, that is wind efficient, fun to fly, pretty good precision, and does most all the tricks easily. The Exile is that kind of kite. The mods add some tricking ability without sacrificing much of what made it a great kite to start.
Hope you find a stock Exile in your area. Flown side by side you should find the modded Exile is:
- A little slower paced, less acceleration in gusts, a little less pull and easier to initiate slack line tricks.
- Similar low wind efficiency with a broader sweet spot wind range for tricking due to the speed moderation.
- Precision is still there but have to tend the corners and straight lines a little bit more when flying figures.
- Solid fade, stable backflip, tight spins, easier rollups, and smooth transitions add to the freestyle abilities.
It's not really an Exile now. John Barresi was in Chicago over the past weekend and I drove up Sunday to fly with the group. Storm fronts were blowing though and the winds were up and down, gusty and choppy all day. Normal midwest inland crappy winds.
Flew the Vent, Std, and UL thoughout the day as the winds changed.
John had flown an Exile quite a bit in the past and spoke fondly of Ken and his kites. Handed him the straps and it did not take long before John was flipping it around punctuated with tip stabs and square cuts. I asked John if he could tell it was an Exile and he said not really but that he liked the kite. I thought the kite flew better when he handed the straps back.
The all rounder category is a pretty crowded space with several great kites out there. I don't expect the modded Exile would replace someone's established favorite kite but it could be a favorite kite.
That kite is a demo and I don't expect to see it back. Have fun with it, pass it around, wear it out. I have more and will replace Steve's demo
Am curious about any trim changes you made: bridle, weights, standoffs. I like to keep it tuned for the sweet spot but everyone's style is a little different.
Thanks, it was great to meet some folks in the forum in person. Plus, I got to fly a new kite!
I had a lot of fun flying this modified Exile. It's gut the goods, I was able to do all the tricks that I know right off with little to no adjustment. It's been some time since I've flown an Exile, but this kite sure liked to trick. I'd love to fly it side by side with original to see the differences.
I have it in my bag. Any flyers in the area get in touch with me and we'll meet up and give it a spin or two. It would be especially good if someone in the area with an Exile could meet to try them side by side.
This kite seemed more agile in tricks than I remember the original being. A great combination of old school smooth solid flight and grace with radical agility as well.
I was impressed - everything worked extremely well including the comete and taz.
I look forward to flying it some more!