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« on: March 29, 2010, 12:42 PM »

Focus Kite Designs has updated the Skate for 2010!

The sail graphics have been changed to allow for a ton of new color combinations, and the frame has been ferruled to allow it to collapse down to about half it's former size.  The frame change is great news because it will bring the shipping length of the kite down to allow the Skate to ship to more countries outside the US.  It also means that the kite becomes much more portable, because the folded length is now no longer than the Skate's spreader.

I've already ordered mine, and I can't wait to get my hands on it.  I'm already dreaming up all the places I'm going to take it to fly.



http://focuskites.blogspot.com/2010/03/skate-gets-update.html
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« Reply #1 on: March 29, 2010, 02:44 PM »

hey those look great, and no confusion about which way is up.
 Cheesy

a friend of mine recently got it's larger brother the manta, and it's an incredible kite. really cool stuff.

well done focus.
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« Reply #2 on: March 31, 2010, 01:37 PM »

I would like to order one.  When will be able to pick the new color combinations on line.  Designing our own ??

Thanks.
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« Reply #3 on: March 31, 2010, 04:56 PM »

stringfly if you go to their blog post they are waiving the custom fee on the new skate skin patterns right now....so you can get anything you want!!!!!
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« Reply #4 on: March 31, 2010, 06:45 PM »

Yup, what thief said, if you email the guys off their website, they can send you the colorizer to play with before it's posted online.  They're already accepting orders for custom Skates, here's the one I built:

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« Reply #5 on: March 31, 2010, 11:19 PM »

Loving the new design, I think it may finally be time to get one of these  Undecided

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« Reply #6 on: April 01, 2010, 05:00 AM »

stevo you want a plutz first! then a skate..........
wonder if matt has seen this.......
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« Reply #7 on: April 01, 2010, 06:24 AM »

Have sent them a email for a new skate.   Thanks guys.

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What's a plutz Huh
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« Reply #8 on: April 01, 2010, 06:38 AM »

a plutz? he he he he he he he

a 1m marconi/platz hybrid Xul kite......think of a 61/49 but a bit smaller and lighter.....
send me an email for more info....
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« Reply #9 on: April 01, 2010, 06:55 AM »

Plutz.... cool.  I did a search and just came up with a lot of pictures at Kite Life.  Yes.... like a simplified 61/49, very nice.  will email you.  Thanks.

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« Reply #10 on: April 03, 2010, 05:29 PM »

Mine's due to be shipped in a week! Can't Wait. I've been flying the Ninja "Bad" since November. The Skate's gotta be the ultimate in no-wind flying.
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« Reply #11 on: April 05, 2010, 07:39 AM »

Ordered a Skate and a Plutz!  Grin
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« Reply #12 on: April 05, 2010, 07:50 AM »

We'll all have to start a "SKATE PICS" thread when our new kites arrive Smiley
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« Reply #13 on: April 06, 2010, 12:02 AM »

Speaking of Skates, I discovered something new today. I found out that if you put the Skate spreader on the front of the kite instead of the back, it seems to glide a whole lot better, kinda like the Aerobe. I was truly amazed on the difference it made. I fly my Skate only outdoors and with a quarter and a nickel in the nose at all times.
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« Reply #14 on: April 06, 2010, 04:51 AM »

Tony:
how do you do that with the tension line in place? thread the kite through???
that sounds interesting....
got a quick pic?
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