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Author Topic: Favorite sportkite under 200 bucks?  (Read 6885 times)
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« on: April 21, 2010, 10:03 AM »

Just curious what everyone's likin' these days.  I've always been fond of the Widow, but am currently favoring the 2010 E3 upgrade.  What about you?

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« Reply #1 on: April 21, 2010, 10:06 AM »

I have a few.
The Widow and the Magnum are great.

If the Skyburner's Ocius comes out being under 200 dollars then that'll take the top hands down.
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« Reply #2 on: April 21, 2010, 10:45 AM »

I'm assuming you're talking new- because there's lots of great used kites out there.  Me, being the cheapskate, often goes in this direction.  Except for my Widow Maker.  But it's more than $200.

New, under $200.... hmmmmm.  Premier Widow for sure.  You want more trick or precision, or something that's a little of everything?  (The Widow fits into that category).

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« Reply #3 on: April 21, 2010, 11:04 AM »

Currently available under $200:

Eolo Over

No longer made, at less than $200 anyway:

Mohawk XS
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« Reply #4 on: April 21, 2010, 11:26 AM »

Life is to Short to Fly Cheap Kites!
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« Reply #5 on: April 21, 2010, 11:40 AM »

Just curious what everyone's likin' these days.
If I was price point shopping at $200 I'd be looking second hand. Find something that the owner "doesn't connect with" Roll Eyes and reap the benefits.

I'd rather pay what it costs for a kite I truly want than settle for just anything because it happened to fall under a certain arbitrary price. YMMV

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« Reply #6 on: April 21, 2010, 12:22 PM »

Tempest's second hand Nirvana is a great buy at US$190(ADD US$20 for shipping to your address). Why buy a brand new lower performance kite when you can buy a used world class kite at the same price.  Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy
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« Reply #7 on: April 21, 2010, 01:19 PM »

New: Shadow UL (very tricky, horrible precision)
Flies almost like an SUL in low wind, but will fly in winds up to about 8 mph.
I sent mine to my son when he asked for a low wind trick kite.

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« Reply #8 on: April 21, 2010, 01:50 PM »

For new, modern, kites I think the Silver Fox lineup all come in well under $200. I've only owned a 2.5, but it's a hell of a nice kite for the price. A lot of bang for the buck.

But if I had $200 burning a hole in my pocket I'd consider stretching it out into a new Blue Moon kite. They are in the mid $200s and are world class.
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« Reply #9 on: April 21, 2010, 03:22 PM »

I've got about a dozen hand made, high end kites.  No wait, make that eleven.. I got rid of my Deep Space a month ago. Just didn't click with it.
But I also find value in/appreciate the flying qualities of many of these less expensive and usually mass produced kites.  I poked a hole in one of my E3's a couple of weeks ago.  If that had happened to my Nirvana std I would have been an inconsolable wreck.  As it was, I just got a little ticked and pulled out the other E3. Interesting and relevant to this discussion, had that happened to my Exile I probably could have sent it to Ken for a spiffy repair.

I agree, the Silver Fox line flies very well.  Another I've been enjoying lately is the Insync.  Does everything right for about $125

Thanks for the repies and insight.  Would enjoy reading more  Wink
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« Reply #10 on: April 21, 2010, 03:29 PM »

Just curious what everyone's likin' these days.
If I was price point shopping at $200 I'd be looking second hand. Find something that the owner "doesn't connect with" Roll Eyes and reap the benefits.

Thanks for putting us "Buy before Try" folks in the spotlight jerk!

I agree with Zipster here.  There are quite a few of us that decide to pull the trigger on buying a high end kite here and there and not liking ("Connecting with") it.
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« Reply #11 on: April 21, 2010, 05:06 PM »

There are quite a few of us that decide to pull the trigger on buying a high end kite here and there and not liking ("Connecting with") it.
I resemble that remark! Grin
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« Reply #12 on: April 21, 2010, 08:08 PM »

For new, modern, kites I think the Silver Fox lineup all come in well under $200. I've only owned a 2.5, but it's a hell of a nice kite for the price. A lot of bang for the buck.

I agree with the SF - for the $, it is far better than most others I've tried in the less than $200 range.  Both the 2.5 and 2.3 are pretty sweet at way less than $200.

I also agree with Rx, life is too short my friend!  Once you get used to flying high-end kites, you get spoiled pretty quickly!

My personal favorite for was the third-hand Nirvana that I used to own. 
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« Reply #13 on: April 21, 2010, 09:03 PM »

New: Shadow UL (very tricky, horrible precision)
Flies almost like an SUL in low wind, but will fly in winds up to about 8 mph.
I sent mine to my son when he asked for a low wind trick kite.




Gotta agree with John......if you're ever gonna have a back-up under two hundred dollar kite, it oughta be the Shadow.

Fun kite, for sure.
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« Reply #14 on: April 21, 2010, 09:25 PM »



OK... I simply couldn't let sporkite in the thread title go any longer - zippy8


there's a guy selling sporkites on ebay. It's a spoon and a fork and a kite!

Probably go good with that styrofoam tray kite.
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