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« on: June 09, 2010, 05:29 AM »


Has anyone purchased an Aerobe lately?  Anyone have any comments, pro or con? Would like a nice easy flying kite for a youngster. This sounds like a good choice. What do you think? How does it compare to the Skate or Manta by Focus kites?

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« Reply #1 on: June 09, 2010, 05:54 AM »

Welcome to the forum Deutsch!

In regards to the Aerobe (Wala) and ease of flying...

It really couldn't be easier, pop in the 2 spreaders (generally found stuffed in the top of the leading edges near the nose) attach the line, show it the wind and it will literally fly off the winder, in anything from a breeze to quite windy (5-25 mph) day.
The tail is optional and I'd be putting it on (if you want) at about 8-10 mph and above, either off the spine as a long streamer or from the wing tips as a 'U' shape.

And when the wind drops to nothing, it's my go to kite, but gliding the kite will require a little skill, wouldn't be fun otherwise Wink

I'm a fan and wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to anyone with a heartbeat Smiley

The hardest part will be picking a colour (I solved it by getting 2 Roll Eyes)

Can't give you a comparison but would say it's a good entry point into this type of glider kite.

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« Reply #2 on: June 09, 2010, 06:10 AM »

I agree 100%, and I have 2 also... Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: June 09, 2010, 07:02 AM »

you can find a writeup on a few styles of this sort of kite (including the Skate, Aerobe/Wala and Manta)
http://windsweptkites.blogspot.com/2009/10/ultra-light-single-line-kites-genre.html

the Manta writeup is:
http://windsweptkites.blogspot.com/2010/05/m-kite-reviews-mcbird-manta.html

love this style of flying........i am always looking for more!!!

you might also be interested in a Plutz...or the McBird.....or a 61/49.....or a bird'x......or a Scubadoo......or a Longbottom Pterodactyl....
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« Reply #4 on: June 09, 2010, 11:07 AM »

This general style of kite -- steerable gliding one-liners -- is clearly one of the big waves of the future, a Very Good Thing! And the Aerobe is a great example of the style.

I can give you some comparison between the Aerobe and the Skate, because I bought one of each. Ended up selling the Skate, though it is a well-made kite that does what it claims to do. I just enjoyed the Aerobe more.

The Skate is a purer glider. With the right weighting (2 25-cent pieces in the nose pocket), it will glide slowly with no tending. I found that good and bad: The gliding is great when you get it right, but the lack of built-in "up elevator" also means that a diving kite will tend to keep diving. (Using less weight would change this.)

The Aerobe has more built-in "up elevator", mostly from the pronounced spine bend, so it self-rescues more -- but it won't glide long distances without "tending", i.e., applying some line tension to keep the nose from bobbing up.

The Aerobe is also much stiffer than the Skate, so it responds more/better to a yank-and-spank style of flying. More momentum, too, slightly less floaty.

Finally, the Aerobe does a few more different "moves" than the Skate, at least in my trials. Specifically, it's pretty easy to get the Aerobe to fly straight up then do a loop, all fairly low in the window. I could never get the Skate to make that turn/loop, and I don't see it on any of the Skate videos, either. You can see that move on many of the Horwath videos, e.g. of the Urban Ninja. It's a useful and fun move, and I missed it on the Skate while repeatedly pulling it overhead and letting it glide gracefully away, then turning it (or "lawn-darting" it!) and doing it again.

My preference between the two is clearly a personal thing, and lots of people love the Skate and probably prefer it to the Aerobe. YMMV. But I think almost everybody enjoys the Aerobe.

The fact that the Aerobe also has a huge wind range, between the tail and the two ways of assembling it, also means it can be "a 1-kite kite bag" and you'll never be shut out! Cheesy
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« Reply #5 on: June 11, 2010, 09:40 AM »



Thanks to all who responded to my query about the Aerobe. It certainly received raves from each of you. I am sure that it will be the right kite for me.

Thanks again to all and good flying & good health!
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« Reply #6 on: June 11, 2010, 06:59 PM »

Welcome to the Forum, you can get a lot of info from all the good folks here.
Here is a little video of when I first bought mine here from Steve, this was probably my third flight with it. Now I own two, well one is the wifes Grin

Kite, Aerobe SLK MV 2
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« Reply #7 on: June 12, 2010, 04:03 AM »

Nice flying King J
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« Reply #8 on: June 12, 2010, 09:16 AM »

Welcome to the FORUM Grin
The Aerobe is a easy and sweet kite to fly.  I got one for me and one for my son and grandkids in Au!....Easy UP, Easy Down, and can be flown in at least 3 different configurations. Huh
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« Reply #9 on: June 12, 2010, 10:19 AM »

For a youngster the Aerobe (aka Wala) is a great choice.
You might even enjoy it.  Wink

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« Reply #10 on: June 12, 2010, 01:13 PM »



Wonderful video, King! Flying Wings should be paying you!!

Thanks again to all. I can't remember when such a "simple" little kite received such raves!
Will be ordering soon.
Thanks,

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