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« on: November 07, 2009, 08:54 PM »

Hey folks!!

I have been thinking about adding a vented kite to my collection for those odd really windy day. I have honestly never flown one and would only be able to fly it a few days out of the year. So I am a little hesitant about spending a lot of money on one. Doe's anyone have any suggestions??? Would it be worth still investing the $$$$$. I'm torn. I love flying my Deep Space and Debray replica Nirvana on fairly windy days and my new favorite UL is my newly acquired Talon. I'd love to order a Talon Vented, but it is pretty $$$$$$ especially with the exchange presently. Thoughts??
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« Reply #1 on: November 07, 2009, 09:41 PM »

Take a look at the Mantis VV.  It's a great kite and quality made by Ken McNeill.  I think there's one in the swap meet for a very good price.
BTW, the Mantis VV is smooth flying kite.

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« Reply #2 on: November 07, 2009, 09:48 PM »

Hi Geoff

I L-O-O-O-V-E my Vented SOUL from Flying Wings.  Very tricky, very light pull on windy days, and very much like the standard SOUL.  Strong wind days used to be reserved for vented Revs only - now I get to fly a two liner.
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« Reply #3 on: November 07, 2009, 11:30 PM »

What wind speeds are you thinking of flying a vented dualie?

If you're thinking of winds above 15 mph, I would rule out the Vented Soul, which I really like, just not quite that much wind.

Just because a kite has vents, doesn't mean it will handle the winds you are hoping to fly in.

My most heavily vented kite is the Vented Voodoo and it has an upper limit of about 25 mph, at which point I have to park it at the top and wait for the wind to die down.
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« Reply #4 on: November 07, 2009, 11:38 PM »

Vented Talon rocks and is a good companion to the UL (which I have too). It's much easier to trick than others I've owned but I haven't tried them all of course. The Talon V is not great in variable strong wind though. I have an XTS VV that is better in wobbly big wind (but physical). However, just my opinion Smiley  Good luck with your search!

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« Reply #5 on: November 08, 2009, 03:34 AM »

I love my vtd Talon.
Much more than any other vented that I had tried...
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« Reply #6 on: November 08, 2009, 06:13 AM »

I'd definitely recommend a variable vented - a heavily vented kite offers little to 'pop against' so they feel gutless. With variable venting you can use just as much as you need and still keep the kite responsive.

My personal favourite is the Mantis V2 - with all the vents open, wah pads and heavy lines its still flyable in very strong winds but close all the vents and it can save you changing back to a std when the wind drops.
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« Reply #7 on: November 08, 2009, 06:17 AM »

Mantis V2.  You can easily adjust to the amount of wind.  In the photo linked to BMK in the sponsor section, you can see a V2 partially vented.  Plus it is a really sharp looking kite.

Ken just announced some changes to the Muse over in his forum, including adding a vented version.  He doesn't have the details out yet, but you can also look into that if you are looking for a little cost savings.
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« Reply #9 on: November 08, 2009, 07:03 AM »

1+ for the Talon vent.  Wink

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« Reply #10 on: November 08, 2009, 02:14 PM »


If you're thinking of winds above 15 mph, I would rule out the Vented Soul, which I really like, just not quite that much wind.


15?  That's when I take out the removable panels, and go from part to full vent  Smiley
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« Reply #11 on: November 09, 2009, 05:53 PM »

How trickable is the Talon VV in the mid teens?

I give up with my Nirvana VV at that speed because I'm not fast enough or have long enough arms to be able to do much. I get out my Revs then as much as I'd rather fly the duals. Should I think about the Talon?
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« Reply #12 on: November 09, 2009, 06:16 PM »

How trickable is the Talon VV in the mid teens?

I give up with my Nirvana VV at that speed because I'm not fast enough or have long enough arms to be able to do much. I get out my Revs then as much as I'd rather fly the duals. Should I think about the Talon?

It tricks well in the mid teens.

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« Reply #13 on: November 11, 2009, 12:59 AM »

My vote would be for either the Talon vented or a full vent sea devil both very different but both great in higher winds.
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« Reply #14 on: November 11, 2009, 03:16 AM »

How trickable is the Talon VV in the mid teens?



....It is a Talon.... Wink
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