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Author Topic: Kitemaking v. sailmaking.  (Read 4173 times)
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Allen Carter
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« Reply #15 on: October 20, 2010, 09:04 PM »

Judging from the specs and photo I'd say the Hunter is a big, heavy kite that was designed about 15 years ago. Probably flies real nice in a good breeze but would be very limited in slack line tricks. It's frame has fiberglass rods which are generally very durable compared to carbon because they are more flexible. The stiffness and lighter weight of carbon rods makes them preferred for most sport kite applications. Fiberglass frames are used in some really good modern kites like the Prism Hypnotist. You could say the Hypnotist is the modern equivalent to the Hunter. Big, slow and fun to fly and durable but the Prism can do lots of tricks.

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« Reply #16 on: October 20, 2010, 10:54 PM »

... But I'd still like to know if anyone here can report on the Huntsman ...

All of the dual line sport kites listed on Hold The Line website (apart fromthe Flexifoil stacker) are made in house by Neil Taylor.  Neil designed them all in the early 1990s, and at the time were considered excellent sport kites, especially in the brisk westerly breezes common on the West Australian coastline.  Build quality is up there with the best of them, but the designs have remained unchanged in the subsequent years.  

Consistent with many sport kites from the early 1990's, these were designed to give good tracking, crisp turns and steady stalls (team precision anyone?).  Axels were the new thing back then, tricks like fades, backspins, roll-ups, etc. still to be discovered.  The Huntsman was primarily the go to kite for someone who liked a solid workout and the occasional drag along the beach when flying in a strong westerly.

Some kites from way back then have stood the test of time remarkably well.  It is amazing how many modern tricks you an get out of a Prism Eclipse when you consider it was designed before most tricks even existed.  Early MEFMs do the best fades in the world.  NSR's do great FLAT, flat spins...   The Huntsman?  Well, it will pull your arms out of their sockets in a stiff breeze.

You can get the same experience (and probably a lot more besides) out of a much less expensive US designed, Chinese manufactured kite these days.

Hope this helps

Kevin Sanders

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