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« on: July 04, 2009, 08:26 AM »

I haven't seen too much posted on the latest version of the Gemini. Does anyone have a review or comment?
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« Reply #1 on: July 04, 2009, 09:07 AM »

A quick comment I guess. I haven't flown mine much, yet, but have a bunch of hours on the old Gemini from 5+ years ago.

Didn't do a direct comparison, but the kite feels like a Gemini to me. Makes roll ups much easier. I could roll up the old Gem but was limited in what I could do then. Now with the roll bars you can do any kind of unroll you want. That is obviously the basic difference, yo-yo's.

There are other things, it has a Skyshark frame now, and I think Tim did a nip and tuck here and there, but to me the basic difference was the yo-yo's.

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« Reply #2 on: July 04, 2009, 11:31 AM »


Here you go ... this review courtesy of Glen Warren, NC

http://www.kiteclique.com/?p=465

I have one .. its lots of fun ... improved new school tricks ... with all the old style retained.

Recommended.

-Frazer
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« Reply #3 on: July 04, 2009, 03:59 PM »

Thanks for the advice. Is there an UL available too  Wink
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« Reply #4 on: July 04, 2009, 04:10 PM »

Thanks for the advice. Is there an UL available too  Wink
Henry
There's a similarly updated Gem UL and Minigem.

I have the UL - its flies in very little wind and its a lot of fun - very, err .. chuckable.

Loves to be combo'd from this to that back to this again.

-Frazer
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« Reply #5 on: July 05, 2009, 01:09 AM »

If you can find a new (tri-star bridle) gemini for sale, get it. You will not be disappointed.
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« Reply #6 on: July 05, 2009, 02:17 AM »

I've seen it elsewhere (several times), but I'll say it again - yes it's worth it, so buy one. Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: July 11, 2009, 09:55 AM »

Glen Warren's review reminds me of the saying, "Success is the quality of the journey, not a destination." From the review, it sounds like the new Gem also has that phrase stitched into the fabric.  Cool
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« Reply #8 on: July 11, 2009, 01:54 PM »

My new-style Gem is every bit a Gemini. I cut my teeth on this kite so I know it rather well.

It's all the same kite but the SS frame adds a little more momentum, particularly in pitch-work, which can be done without any weighting. However, I added a pinch of tail weight to improve backflip speed and I was more at home.

The SS frame also adds a little more confidence. I know I broke many a LE spar, with the Skyshark frame it's less of an issue.

I found that the new framing is a little bit harder to 'pull-down' into that classicly awesome Gem Crazy-Copter, but this is understandable since the added bulk makes it a little less accessible than the Structil version, at least across the whole frame.

Simply put, Tim wouldn't drop this without testing so don't worry. It's a Gem, and a nice build too.

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« Reply #9 on: July 11, 2009, 01:56 PM »

It seems that Tim Benson does not believe in "Planned Obsolescence". His kites seem, with a little modification, to age right into the new age. A great Kite!
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« Reply #10 on: July 11, 2009, 02:03 PM »

It seems that Tim Benson does not believe in "Planned Obsolescence". His kites seem, with a little modification, to age right into the new age. A great Kite!

Damn right! Apart from forgetting how to Comete the kite I learned to Comete on.....It does a whole bunch of stuff, just look at Lars for proof!

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« Reply #11 on: July 12, 2009, 09:15 AM »

This is one of my go to kites. I love it. It's pretty much a must have for all kite enthusiasts.
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