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sethvincent
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« on: June 18, 2014, 05:24 PM »

Hello,
 I'm new to kites and want to learn more. My username is from a joke my dad made. He would talk about wanting to get into the wind. I was having trouble getting my kite to fly and he said it was because I was too short, lol.
  I have had some generic walmart kites but always wanted something else. My dad and I tried MANY times to make our own kites, but none of them ever worked out :[
 I really loved my dad's kite, its a blue snapshot. He gave it to me as an early birthday present. I love it, but it was his only kite.
  He's been wanting a spiderkite for a really long time, the ginormous orange one with the black spider on it.  He hasn't been able to get one, whenever he gets close to getting one "life gets in the way" as he says.
 Mom said that she would help me get dad a new kite as a late father's day/early birthday present. But we are hoping to find something a little cheaper than the spiderkite.
 I was hoping you guys could suggest a more budget friendly 4 line parafoil that would be similar to the smithi.
 Thanks for any help or advice you guys can give me
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« Reply #1 on: June 18, 2014, 07:35 PM »

You might consider a Flexifoil Sting 2.4M

It has the same wingspan as the Smithi (2.4), but is a bit larger in total area because the Smithi is short (leading edge to trailing edge). 

The Smithi is kind of unique in that it is geared/bridled  more towards fine control and the Sting is geared more towards generating power in a beginner friendly manner.

The Smithi runs around $219 (in the US) plus shipping.  The Sting is currently on clearance (in preparation for it being replaced by another model) and sells for a little over $113 shipped from the UK.  Someone on the PowerKiteForum that ordered the Sting, got their kite in 2 days (they are located in Oklahoma).

While the Sting is very friendly in light to moderate winds, it can still generate a fair amount of power/pull in higher winds.

ATB,
Sam
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« Reply #2 on: June 18, 2014, 07:42 PM »

thanks mr wolf.
  I just made a new thread for this because I totally screwed up and posted under my dad's old account. I asked the Mod to delete this one.
 Thank you for the suggestion, we will check them out. 
In the mean time, thank you everybody, but please ignore this thread
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