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Author Topic: Best UL for under $200  (Read 1425 times)
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« on: October 17, 2010, 08:34 PM »

This weekend a couple of folks in our kite club asked me what I'd recommend for a UL kite. I've been away from buying new kites for some time and can no longer make an educated recommendation. Personally I fly one of my Nirvana ULs when the winds get light. I picked up a used Zepher last month and it seems pretty light, although not in the Nirvana UL class. Also I have a Silver Fox UL and it's really a standard weight kite. There's just nothing UL about that kite. In addition I still have a Prism Ozone. Too bad they don't make them any more. Overpriced but great fun in the light stuff. Got mine new for $90. When of my better buys!

Okay folks what do you recommend?
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« Reply #1 on: October 17, 2010, 09:16 PM »

Probably the Acrobatx UL or a Shadow. I like the Acrobatx UL but the Shadow will fly in less wind.
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« Reply #2 on: October 17, 2010, 09:55 PM »

Second on the Acro and Shadow. 

The Acro UL is WAY better than the standard Acro - felt like completely different kites to me.  I think it is also  much less than $200, more like $125 - you can almost pick up a 4D with the $ you save.  I really like the 4D, but it definitely trades radical tricks for super low wind flying ability.

The Shadow flys better in less wind, but it is harder to trick than the Acro.

I also like the SF UL, but as mentioned, it needs a good 4-5 or so to fly well.

If you can break then bank and hit around $350, I would go for a Transformer TL.  I fly mine and have fun in 3mph right on up to 18 - its like a UL and standard all in one.
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« Reply #3 on: October 17, 2010, 11:22 PM »


The Shadow flys better in less wind, but it is harder to trick than the Acro.


I found the complete opposite - obviously each kite rewards a specific flying style.  Go figure!
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« Reply #4 on: October 17, 2010, 11:34 PM »


The Shadow flys better in less wind, but it is harder to trick than the Acro.


I found the complete opposite - obviously each kite rewards a specific flying style.  Go figure!

You might be right - I still own my Shadow! 
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« Reply #5 on: October 18, 2010, 01:21 AM »

you might consider spending a tad more (225) and get an Ocius UL... I am considering getting one to go along with my standard because I like the standard so much.


I haven't flown a UL, but if it's anything like the standard version I feel like it would be an excellent value for what you get in workmanship and ability.


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« Reply #6 on: October 18, 2010, 10:29 AM »

I forgot about the Skyburner Freestylist. I think the UL is $200. Super well made and a true UL.
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« Reply #7 on: October 18, 2010, 11:42 AM »

priced under $120 i'm thinking the flying wings airwave zero. only had the chance to fly it once but it really made a good impression on me, especially for the price.
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« Reply #8 on: October 18, 2010, 12:41 PM »

I would second the Airwave Zero for the lightest of winds, but the Airwave UL is also a very good kite that tricks well and flies in the same wind ranges of the Shadow.

I fully agree with all of the suggestions in this post.  Any one of them would be great and all under the $200.00 mark. 

Myself, I find that the Ocius UL and the Widow Maker UL are the ones that I pull out of my bag most.  All other UL's don't get a fraction of the air time that these two kites get.  They are of course over that $200.00 threshold though.
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« Reply #9 on: October 18, 2010, 01:47 PM »

+1 for the Shadow. Great kite for the money, tricky too.  Cool
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« Reply #10 on: October 18, 2010, 02:32 PM »

The Silver Fox 2.3 UL is hard to beat in my view  Smiley
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