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« on: July 24, 2018, 12:03 PM »

Not sure what sections this belongs in, but since I have never flown a dual-line foil kite I am guessing Beginners Corner is a good place to start. I am looking at the getting one of the Prism Synapse series (140, 170, 200). I am 5'9, 210 pounds and in my late 50s. I thought it would be fun to get a kite where I can manipulate its flying. Of the three models (140, 170 and 200) which one would you recommend?
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« Reply #1 on: July 24, 2018, 12:19 PM »

My advice would be to look at 4 line foils. You’ll have much more control and relaunches are possible without the walk of contemplation.
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« Reply #2 on: July 24, 2018, 12:31 PM »

do you want unadulterated speed or do you want pull?
speed = two line foil
pull = quad line
(there are of course some cross over, but this would be my first split of the field)
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« Reply #3 on: July 24, 2018, 01:13 PM »

do you want unadulterated speed or do you want pull?
speed = two line foil
pull = quad line
(there are of course some cross over, but this would be my first split of the field)

I am looking more for speed. Pull is secondary. A little would be fine, but I don't won't a workout after 15 minutes of flight.
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« Reply #4 on: July 24, 2018, 01:58 PM »

Smaller foils are faster in general.  At least that is my experience.  I have many foils & the quickest one I own is the tiny Snap Shot 1.2 two line.  Great fun & very tolerant of crashes.  It was the first two line I bought years ago when I had my kite reawakening.  It was purchased based on what cash I had in my pocket that day.  "Know Eye Deer" at that point, just knew I was buying something Prism that day.  SHBKF
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« Reply #5 on: July 24, 2018, 10:13 PM »

I have to agree with dayhiker. I started with a snapshot 1.2 and still like it on days when my framed kites pull too hard.
I know from another thread you are near Shoreline Park. Next time I am planning to head out I will PM you. We can meet and you can try my 1.2.
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« Reply #6 on: July 25, 2018, 11:44 AM »

If you want to just zip around the sky and not get dragged the two line foils in 1.2 or 1.4 sizes are tons of fun, especially on lines 80 feet long or shorter.
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« Reply #7 on: July 25, 2018, 08:46 PM »

I've got a 1.4 GFK with a bar. Pretty descent but not very good on the edge. My Snapshot 1.4 is 3 times the kite.It'll self launch with a little practice. Careful though, that's not always a good thing. I'd sell you the GFK for $20.00 but it'd make me feel guilty. You need a better kite. The 170 is similar to my Snapshot and has better lines than the 140.For speed I'm getting a Spiderkite neon 1.2 in the near future. Been meaning to get one for months now. Other kites have kept getting in the way though. Kite will go over 100 mph with not much pull.Into the Wind has them pretty cheap. Kites and Fun Things has the Lycos speed foils.I'm a 5'11 200 LB 57 year old sissy and can handle the Snapshot easy up to 20 mph. Tires me out fairly fast above 20. When I get frustrated and heavy handed on the framed kites slamming the Snapshot around for a bit always puts a smile back on my face. Anybody know where I can find a 1.4 SUL foil   Embarrassed.
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