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« on: December 08, 2018, 12:22 AM »

gday there all
im new here to the forum
im from Australia
have flown up market prism kites over 10 years ago and have some experience
looking at getting back into sport stunt kites again
I live inland away from water unfortunetly
so have up and down inconstant winds dam it
anyway was looking to buy a new kite for xmas for myself
am looking at buying a skydog cross fire comp kite below,

The Crossfire has been a popular and proven performer over the years and Skydog have now introduced the next evolution in sport kites design; the Crossfire Comp.  An upgraded version of the Crossfire featuring more controllability, fast tricking and smooth transitions.  The Crossfire Comp is able to perform the most advanced dual line tricks and combinations.  Its higher aspect ratio design allow the Crossfire Comp to trick in a wider range of winds.  The Crossfire Comp is Skydog's flagship kite and is manufactured to the highest standards.  It comes complete with Dyneema flying lines, wrist straps and nylon carry bag.

Colour: Black pattern with colour in-fills
Size: 231cm x 97cm = 91"
Recommended Wind Range: 5 - 30kph (3 - 18 mph)
Sail: Ripstop Nylon
Frame: 6mm Carbon Fibre
Flying Lines: 25m x 70kg Dyneema on winder with wrist straps.
Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced

any way of you had experience with this kite at all pls ?
if so,good perf and made well ?
thanks all
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glenn
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« Reply #1 on: December 08, 2018, 08:36 AM »

Never flown one but I think I'll be getting one for some of my grandkids. Now they're sharing a Premier Vision and Addiction. They've all flown my ITW Hydra, Prism Zephyr and Snapshot 1.4. 3 a Sky Burner Pro Dancer.Going to spend most of next week with me so I'll see where the enthusiasm lies.Crossfire is at top of the list due to the 6mm carbon frame strength. Think the kite can take them ALONG ways with little repair. Plus I love my Sky Dog Black Dog. To me there seems to be a strong, functional,simplistic way their kites are designed that's pretty amazing.I started on a Premier Widow ng. Took the advice when getting my 1st kite to get the best you can justify and grow into it.Got a great deal on the ng.Knowing what I know now w/o the said deal I'd have started on a Crossfire. I also live inland and experience 0 to 10 mph back to 0  in 5 minutes at times. My Lam Hoac kites handle those conditions the best. A lot of money so mine are second hand. For my winds well worth the money and I'll be getting another(Fearless light vented). If I could only keep one kite it would be the Mind Trick vented. Wind range and trickability are outstanding. 5 to over 30 mph. Last Saturday started in 15 to 20. Got a good groove and didn't notice how high the wind was getting. Broke a 130#x 100' in a gust. Took out my meter and winds were running 33/34 mph. Gust was probably around 40. Got another kite for over 30 but I was having such a good time. Until I wasn't.Mind Trick didn't even burp  Huh.
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« Reply #2 on: December 08, 2018, 10:27 AM »

Dodd's Sky Dog kites are well made and a big step up from the usual

kites made say 10 to 20 years ago overseas. Dodd initially came up with

3 kites for SD. The Dream On, Crossfire (standard prettier & the later Comp

in green). There was another trickier model, but I can't remember the name

although all were taken from Rock'n'Roll music names. If anyone remembers

the highest aspect kite of the trio, please let me know. I'm sure I've got some

photos of it somewhere in the computer. Dodd no longer works

with Sky Dog nor receives any money from kites sold.

Maybe my mind is playing tricks itself. Dodd had several other

SD kites to include a version of the Jam Session, and the very

popular, lower cost Black Dog.

I liked all 3 of the trio, but I am not that good of a trick pilot.

The Crossfire would do all the tricks I can do.

Best flying: Dream On

Better tricks: Crossfire

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« Reply #3 on: December 08, 2018, 01:29 PM »

hi there guys
thanks for ur replies amd info
do u reackon the cross fire (comp) will be ok for inland flying ?
whats the difference between the cross fire and the cross fire comp ?
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« Reply #4 on: December 08, 2018, 01:32 PM »

its got nice thin leading edge wings,luv the look of it!
got a wide wind range as well by the look of it also
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« Reply #5 on: December 08, 2018, 01:51 PM »

Dodd's Sky Dog kites are well made and a big step up from the usual

kites made say 10 to 20 years ago overseas. Dodd initially came up with

3 kites for SD. The Dream On, Crossfire (standard prettier & the later Comp

in green). There was another trickier model, but I can't remember the name

although all were taken from Rock'n'Roll music names. If anyone remembers

the highest aspect kite of the trio, please let me know.

Sweet Emotion
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« Reply #6 on: December 08, 2018, 01:56 PM »

would u class the cross fire comp a free style kite ?
with those thin leading edge sail design looks like it could track quite fast ?
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« Reply #7 on: December 08, 2018, 02:49 PM »

Yes, tricky kite!  Here is a promotional video of the Skydog lineup from a few years ago. It has the Crossfire and Comp version in the latter half. The Crossfire used 6mm pultruded, whereas the 2011(?) Comp tweaked it some with sail material, wrapped spars in places, and a different sail pattern, amongst other things. I believe that the current lineup may be a little different, so it depends which versions you are looking at.

Also attached below is Dodd flying the earlier Comp. Not bad, dude!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gy9ti-g2mKU

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KsSsTDGymX8

I have a signed version of the earlier green Crossfire standard; fun kite. It also exhibits some precision. Havenít had the pleasure of the newer Crossfire or Comp versions.

Mr. Gross has always had a special place in my heart, although I have never met him.

There are other videos out there on these kites as well if they are of interest.

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« Reply #8 on: December 08, 2018, 03:07 PM »

I'm looking at the cross fire comp model
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« Reply #9 on: December 08, 2018, 07:52 PM »


    theres a really nice kite called the KRIOS

    that is made here in Australia,that you may want check out as well.
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« Reply #10 on: December 08, 2018, 09:15 PM »

hi glenn
thanks for the idea kite u mentioned will check it out
how much is it to buy ?
cheers
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« Reply #11 on: December 08, 2018, 11:37 PM »

Thanks for the brain jog on the Sweet Emotion.

This was the trickiest of the Skydog kites.

It also flew the worst of the 3. But not by much.
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« Reply #12 on: December 09, 2018, 05:35 AM »

I'm looking at the cross fire comp model

It would appear that there are at least 2 versions of the Cross Fire "Comp". One has a ripstop nylon sail with 6 mm carbon fibre frame; another has polyester sail with wrapped spars for at least part of the frame (amongst other upgrades).

Absent the chance to fly them both for comparison, I would lean towards the latter version if the price differential (if any) wasn't too great for my budget.

(For me, at least part of the fun is the research!)


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« Reply #13 on: December 09, 2018, 11:45 AM »

The one I'm looking at buying is the ripstop nylon with 6 mm carbon
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« Reply #14 on: December 09, 2018, 11:47 AM »

Is that good ?
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