All these reply's are awesome, and please continue, but can someone elaborate one why there is a difference between competition and "regular" precision?
The difference between flying a set of predefined figures that are difficult to fly at the best of times but you have to do them in whatever the wind brings from a gale to a gnats breath, and just flying geometric shapes just for fun ?
e.g. IMO the BMK Mamba is great for flying precision for *fun* but too fast, lacks easy speed control for flying figures in competition (no insult to Mambas intended, I picked a kite I really like )
Any reasonably precise kite will let you fly a geometric figure but for competition you want something that is:
- slow when the wind picks up without dying when the wind drops
- solid feeling on then end of the lines, a steady pull
- very wide window
- can be stalled on demand but doesn't stall when you don't need it e.g. when cutting a sharp corner
I flew Sandpiper 95s for the couple of seasons I flew in local winter leagues; great for all the reasons above and made precision very accessible but by contrast to the Mamba mentioned above, not a lot of fun to fly 'recreationally'