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Author Topic: Favorite sportkite under 200 bucks?  (Read 6303 times)
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« Reply #15 on: April 22, 2010, 05:23 AM »

+2   Smiley     for the Silver Foxes   Cheesy . Cheesy
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« Reply #16 on: April 22, 2010, 05:38 AM »

Life's too short to fly cheap kites  Cool
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« Reply #17 on: April 22, 2010, 06:26 AM »

Favorite sport kite under $200?

The Echo by Focus Kites.

I love mine; on 13' lines, I can fly it in front of my house or in my back yard just about every day after work.  It flies from 0mph up to 6 or 7mph (after that, it's moving too fast and the frame gets a little springy) and can be flown in small or indoor spaces.

I actually leave mine assembled in my living room so I can grab it and go fly at a moment's notice.
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« Reply #18 on: April 22, 2010, 06:31 AM »

That vid was really nice, Jared  Wink
looks like a great kite.
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« Reply #19 on: April 22, 2010, 06:32 AM »

Life's too short to fly cheap kites  Cool

Life is too cheap to fly short kites.  Cheesy
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« Reply #20 on: April 22, 2010, 04:00 PM »

Another vote for SF, especially considering my skill (or lack thereof). I actually started with a high end kite (Widow Maker) and sold it to someone else who was much happier with it. The SF is better for me.

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« Reply #21 on: April 23, 2010, 12:43 AM »

The Echo by Focus Kites.

I love mine; on 13' lines, I can fly it in front of my house or in my back yard just about every day after work.  It flies from 0mph up to 6 or 7mph (after that, it's moving too fast and the frame gets a little springy) and can be flown in small or indoor spaces.


I love my Echo by Focus, I can fly it at the Silver Bowl when no other kites are flying.  I need to get some really short lines. 
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« Reply #22 on: April 28, 2010, 07:23 AM »

I dont' have one, but for under $200, the standard Freestlylist is a big-time winner!

Also, ...depending on where JTs new Ocius comes in....that's possible too! Smiley
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« Reply #23 on: April 28, 2010, 11:14 AM »

+1 on the Skyburner Freestylist, top line components, APA's & Skyshark's, Skyburner quality, sails by Heads Up with their reputation for outstanding workmanship. It's a $250 kite at a $160 price, just a tad smaller with off the shelf colors only. Still enjoying mine after 4 years.

Also from Jon's stable there's the Nighthawk at $130, it had a loyal following although there's not much buzz today, it's still a capable kite of good quality. Then there's the Wolf at $99, a surprisingly precise flying smaller kite that is pretty tricky too, but mostly just fun to fly, give it a yank and it'll do something totally cool and usually finds it's way out of whatever mess you got it into. Huge grin factor at 5-6 mph and above.

 

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« Reply #24 on: April 28, 2010, 01:22 PM »

My vote would definitely be for the Silver Fox 2.3 Standard. It's a superb kite and I enjoy it almost as much as my top end kites.
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« Reply #25 on: April 29, 2010, 06:57 AM »

+1 on the Skyburner Freestylist, top line components, APA's & Skyshark's, Skyburner quality, sails by Heads Up with their reputation for outstanding workmanship. It's a $250 kite at a $160 price, just a tad smaller with off the shelf colors only. Still enjoying mine after 4 years.

Also from Jon's stable there's the Nighthawk at $130, it had a loyal following although there's not much buzz today, it's still a capable kite of good quality. Then there's the Wolf at $99, a surprisingly precise flying smaller kite that is pretty tricky too, but mostly just fun to fly, give it a yank and it'll do something totally cool and usually finds it's way out of whatever mess you got it into. Huge grin factor at 5-6 mph and above.

 



From the same line as the Wolf, don't forget Jon's design produced by Premiere, the Widow.  Tough enough to take a beating and flies wonderfully.  Mine's getting kind of ragged from constant abuse but for a long time it was first out of the bag. Smooth, forgiving and seriously trickable.  One of my all time favorites at any price.
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« Reply #26 on: May 03, 2010, 05:34 PM »

 My Vote is for the H Q  Scorpion.

  It is at 179.00 bucks. Comes with about 15 Gr weight. Has full sail tentioners in the keel. and it is a Trick monster in the right hands.

  I have enjoyed flying mine and it will be at the next Baskle event with me.  Shocked

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« Reply #27 on: May 03, 2010, 08:08 PM »

Life's too short to fly cheap kites  Cool

+1  Wink

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« Reply #28 on: May 07, 2010, 12:34 AM »

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).

Slap on a Widow Maker turbo bridle, and the Widow gets an immediate two-class upgrade in the precision department.  Still keeps it way under 200 bucks and makes it one sweet kite as long as the wind does not drop too low.
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« Reply #29 on: May 07, 2010, 12:51 AM »

[...] don't forget Jon's design produced by Premiere, the Widow.  Tough enough to take a beating and flies wonderfully.  Mine's getting kind of ragged from constant abuse but for a long time it was first out of the bag. Smooth, forgiving and seriously trickable.  One of my all time favorites at any price.

+1 on that statement.
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