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Author Topic: what's a competition kite?  (Read 2763 times)
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« on: September 10, 2009, 12:20 PM »

what's a competition kite,and what factors qualify a kite as one?
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« Reply #1 on: September 10, 2009, 12:52 PM »

In general, a "competition" kite:

- is an "all arounder", i.e. it has a good mix of precision, speed control, and trickability
- is available in light, standard, and vented versions, and all versions fly in a reasonably similar way
- is of a quality level to withstand the rigors of competition without sudden (disastrous) failures

I'm talking about basic individual IRB precision and ballet here.  That's if you're looking for a single kite model that can serve you well in both disciplines (which most are these days).  Pairs and team competition obviously have more specific requirements, as do trick-oriented competition formats.  Still there are a number of good "competition" kites out there that can serve well in all of the above.
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« Reply #2 on: September 10, 2009, 01:13 PM »

+1 on what Ron said.

It does depend on the kind of competition, and to some extent the local culture. You probably see more variety in kite designs in Tricks Party comps because there isn't as much old school inertia.

My top requirement for a comp kite: I have to enjoy flying it. If I'm gonna put most of my flying life into the thing for a season or more, it has to feel good. I've seen a number of people buy expensive "comp" kites and get tied down, or they don't practice as much as they need to cause they like other kites better.


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« Reply #3 on: September 10, 2009, 03:31 PM »

Uly's comp set in 2002:

My comp set for 3 years:

The Lithiums are big, relatively slow and very sturdy. Even the UL was on the heavy side. Note that I added lines to prevent any chance of snagging. I also used a #84 rubber band across the center-T as an additional assurance that the lower spreaders would not somehow come unseated.

I used different kites for Ballet, but mainly the Opium for 2 years and then the Katana for the last year.
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