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« on: July 16, 2009, 09:12 PM »

I'm interested to know which dual line kite would be considered the absolute best for precision flying.  Let's name your TOP THREE, in order, and one has to be currently available, but the other 2 can be out of production (or currently available).  These kites can have excellent or zero tricking ability.  Also, they can be very cheap or very expensive, it does not matter.  I'm interested to hear your top three precision dual lines of all time.  I'd get it started myself, but my experience is too limited to be meaningful.
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« Reply #1 on: July 16, 2009, 09:24 PM »

Prophesy

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« Reply #2 on: July 16, 2009, 09:29 PM »

Good day,
1. Falhawk THP Platinum
2. Northshore
3. Nirvana?

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« Reply #3 on: July 16, 2009, 09:33 PM »

Nice, that's 3 kites already that I've never heard of.  Please include the manufacturer's name as well, if possible, because otherwise it can be hard for us noobs to look up info on the kite.
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« Reply #4 on: July 16, 2009, 09:46 PM »

There will be confusion in this thread over competition Precision flying and regular "precision" flying.


Top pick - Spectra Sport Reactor Pro - '94

Semi-modern - L'Atelier Lithium - '99

Current - I have no idea. None of the current production kites I've owned was designed specifically for precision flying.
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« Reply #5 on: July 16, 2009, 10:13 PM »

That shows my inexperience, because I don't know the difference between competition and regular precision flying.
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« Reply #6 on: July 16, 2009, 10:23 PM »

I'm no precision flyer but is there a difference between a kite tuned for individual precision vs team precision?

The Masque Comp looks pretty good and popular might want to consider that.

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« Reply #7 on: July 16, 2009, 10:46 PM »

#1 is North Shore Radical. You just can't argue with results.

The THP Platinum was used to beat the NSR so it's clearly in there of the retros. Most of them reside in France these days.  Smiley

Currently I'd go for the Fury if I was just cutting figures.

(that's Top of the Line, Falhawk and Kite Related Design in that order BTW)

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« Reply #8 on: July 16, 2009, 11:16 PM »

The THP Platinum was used to beat the NSR so it's clearly in there of the retros. Most of them reside in France these days.  Smiley

I don't personally own one, but there's a fair few Platinums in Australia too, particularly with respect to the small number of flyers here.
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« Reply #9 on: July 16, 2009, 11:30 PM »

The NSR is very good. But it feels heavy in comparison to.....

1 Mojo
2 Lithium (my comp precision set for 3 years so I may be biased)
3 AirFX (Mojo's daddy)
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« Reply #10 on: July 16, 2009, 11:52 PM »

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« Reply #11 on: July 17, 2009, 12:28 AM »

All these reply's are awesome, and please continue, but can someone elaborate one why there is a difference between competition and "regular" precision?
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« Reply #12 on: July 17, 2009, 01:24 AM »

The NSR is very good. But it feels heavy in comparison to.....
This is Precision we're talking about here. It's not supposed to be easyAngry

Actually, the Aerie Air F/X is a good addition as is the Blackbird #1.

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« Reply #13 on: July 17, 2009, 01:29 AM »

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'
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« Reply #14 on: July 17, 2009, 02:52 AM »

I could only answer with experience from the one's I've flown...........they would be:

1) Northshore Radical

2) Prophecy

3) QPro
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