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« on: January 23, 2011, 11:11 AM »

I'm after the more experienced opinion.

What does everyone look for in a freestyle stunt kite? I have the silverfox now and when the time comes for me to move up to a more upmarket kite what should i look for? There are so many to choose from and most of them seem to be made from the same materials and most are designed to do the latest and greatest tricks.

Do you have a preferred brand? Or do people go off looks and materials?

There are quite a few brands BMK, Focus, Level one, Jest of Eve, Skyburner and list goes on and on. It really does get a bit overwhelming and especially since the wallet can't cover all of them it's hard to pick which one.....

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« Reply #1 on: January 23, 2011, 11:43 AM »

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Go to a few kite festivals and Fly Other Peoples Kites.
Then order the one you like the best.

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« Reply #2 on: January 23, 2011, 11:49 AM »

Like Denny has said before me, I think the very best thing you can do is become friends with people who own a variety of kites and fly them for yourself. My experience has been that if you demonstrate enough ability to keep from lawn darting a kite (under normal flying conditions) most of the people in the kiting world will let you... or even encourage you to try out their kites.

The other thing you can look for are reviews on specific kites.  There are links to many well written reviews right here on GWTW.  These reviews usually/often cover aspects of the kite's flight and build characteristics.  Do read the reviews in their entirety though, as some people will prefer a kite due to it's "trickability" or for it's precision and your flying style may not be the same as the writer's.  

Even within the single manufactures you mention, you will have a decision to make (as all of them have multiple kites that are excellent).  

To conclude my lengthy  reply, feel free to describe your personal style when asking for kite recommendations.  Do you prefer pitch based tricks? Do you want something fast or slow? How important is a kites precision? Do you want the kite to feel like it is "on rails".  Do you give gentle inputs or do you put a little force into your flying?... and when it all comes down to it in the end, don't forget that we think kites are visually awesome and anyone who says that looks don't play a part in picking a kite is probably out of their mind.  If you like the way a kite looks, you're a significant step in the right direction.
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« Reply #3 on: January 23, 2011, 12:13 PM »

I would look for a stable kite with neutral handling characteristics. Two kites that fit that description in my bag are the Sea Devil and the Widow Maker. The rest of the kites that I have take some time to get used to, and have their own strengths/weaknesses, like oversteer or deep turtle/weak turtle. Those quirks take more time on the lines to get used to, and that's time wasted for actually learning tricks. Once you know the tricks, it is fun to learn them on the kites that have alot of personality.  Grin
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« Reply #4 on: January 23, 2011, 12:53 PM »

If you have a Flying Wings Silver Fox now, why not consider the Flying Wings Soul as an upgrade?  Very nice kite, top quality design and materials, flies like a dream. ( The new Silver Fox Pro looks quite interesting too!)



http://kitethoughtsfromthefield.blogspot.com/2009/07/soul-from-flying-wings-is-latest-high.html
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« Reply #5 on: January 23, 2011, 03:17 PM »

Find a kite that appeals to you and then start practicing!  Smiley

I think as good an estimate as any if you are not able to try the kite for yourself before buying it is to  watch videos of the kite in action.  If you like what you see, then thats a pretty good start. 

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« Reply #6 on: January 23, 2011, 05:13 PM »

What does everyone look for in a freestyle stunt kite?

A 'b' logo.
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« Reply #7 on: January 23, 2011, 05:53 PM »

What does everyone look for in a freestyle stunt kite?

A 'b' logo.

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« Reply #8 on: January 23, 2011, 06:52 PM »

Sky Sport
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« Reply #9 on: January 23, 2011, 09:23 PM »

Just 'B' Fearless in your choice.....
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« Reply #10 on: January 23, 2011, 09:25 PM »

Just 'B' Fearless in your choice.....
And you may find yourself transformed!  Smiley
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« Reply #11 on: January 23, 2011, 09:31 PM »

Transformed into some JoE
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« Reply #12 on: January 23, 2011, 09:42 PM »

......as you discover Nirvana.
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« Reply #13 on: January 24, 2011, 12:12 AM »

It really does get a bit overwhelming and especially since the wallet can't cover all of them it's hard to pick which one.....
TBH... pick one. Better to be flying a kite you don't quite like than to have no kite at all. The swap meet will take it off your hands anyway.

And then you can get another  Wink

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« Reply #14 on: January 25, 2011, 12:24 PM »

Transformed into some JoE

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I love mine!!!!  Smiley
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