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« on: October 11, 2010, 10:17 AM »

Has anyone out there had any experience of flying the HQ Infinity standard?

I'm thinking of getting one in the near future but there isn't much about them on the web.  As I'll be flying mostly inland, I'm particularly interested in the genuine minimum windspeed it needs. The review I have read ( translated from German) seems to suggest that it need rather more than the 5mph HQ quote to fly well.  What is it like to fly? Is it a good buy?

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« Reply #1 on: October 11, 2010, 10:25 AM »

If you're flying inland, get a Mongoose. Will fly very low and evens out bumpy winds very well.

As for the infinity, I'm not sure about it, never flown one. I did see like a video on it though...
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« Reply #2 on: October 11, 2010, 11:51 AM »

Darren, Kent and I have flown the Infinity standard and vented.

The other Darren, after flying Kent's standard ordered a complete set.

Yes, you can buy a UL Infinity for your low winds. Oops, sorry.

As far as low wind capabilities, I don't know. We never really had the conditions to test it out.

From a modern kite standpoint, it is a very good kite in both flying lines and doing tricks. It is slower in doing tricks than a Deep Space or Talon, but then, it is a larger kite.

I place the Prediction and Infinity in a class of excellent, large modern kites that were overlooked.
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« Reply #3 on: October 11, 2010, 12:08 PM »

Excellent kite and very capable.  The Infinity tricks as well as the best of them and is a wonderful flying kite.  The Infinity comes with a tremendous amount of adjust-ability so you can fine tune it for your flying style.  I really like this kite and also feel that is has been greatly overlooked.  Sail is PC-31 Icarex and looks fantastic with the black, white, gray colors.

Once correction though - I don't think it is available in a UL model and is only available in the standard and vented.

For light winds, I think the 5mph listed (smooth consistent wind) is the minimum it will fly in unless you remove the pre-installed weight, then you may be able to get a little more but will still take a little work - not standing flat footed.
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« Reply #4 on: October 11, 2010, 01:03 PM »

If you're flying inland, get a Mongoose. Will fly very low and evens out bumpy winds very well.

Unfortunately anything like the BMK's, Fearless or anything else that would need to be imported from the States isn't going to be an option as on top of the purchase and shippings costs, I would then have UK customs and import duties to pay which can increase the cost substancially!  Embarrassed

Once correction though - I don't think it is available in a UL model and is only available in the standard and vented.
For light winds, I think the 5mph listed (smooth consistent wind) is the minimum it will fly in unless you remove the pre-installed weight, then you may be able to get a little more but will still take a little work - not standing flat footed.

I'm not looking for the Infinity to fly in very low winds, I have a Shadow for that, it's just that the report I've read suggested that it isn't really happy in winds below about 10mph which seems a bit high for a standard.  I also have well used Flying Wings Soul which is quite happy in 6-7mph and I would have expected the Infinity to fly in a similar way and in similar winds.

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« Reply #5 on: October 11, 2010, 02:17 PM »

You could fly the vented Infinity in 10 mph winds. It's very lightly vented.

In 6 mph winds, the Infinity will be a happy kite and you will be able to fly or trick with minor foot movement during tricks.
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« Reply #6 on: October 11, 2010, 03:59 PM »

Here is a thread on the Inifinity from last year:

http://www.gwtwforum.com/index.php?topic=1004.0

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« Reply #7 on: October 11, 2010, 11:16 PM »

they're not a boutique kite and nor do they fly like one but boy are they close. they offer a lot of value for the money.

the frame is a little flexy on the leading edges but it doesn't seem to hamper anything. our friend who has the vented flies it from 10+ all the way down to when the rest of us are pulling out UL's.

however with the soul already in your bag, unless it's falling apart, i'm not sure the infinity would be significantly different to warrant the purchase.

the soul has a tiny bit more finesse and refinement than the infinity in my opinion but it's also a little more money.

for any reader without a flying wings soul already the infinity is one of the best 'high mid range' kites.

while i have flown the soul and infinity on several occasions, it should be said, i don't own either.
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« Reply #8 on: October 21, 2010, 07:24 AM »

Thanks for all the replies guys, I now have a standard Infinity on order..just waiting for the Postman!! Tongue
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« Reply #9 on: October 21, 2010, 11:20 AM »

after you've had a go, be sure and let us know your opinions will you?
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