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Author Topic: Lookin' for a new kite  (Read 6661 times)
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« on: April 13, 2009, 06:32 AM »

So here's a classic inquiry...
I've got a bit of money to purchase a new kite and would like some ideas. I'm a recreational flyer and enjoy tricking and freestyle.  I've got a Nirvana, an Exile, a Widow (stds) and a set of QPs, plus lots of older kites. I'm not interested in purchasing used and my cap is $350.
Thinking of a Widow Maker because I like the Widow so much, but beyond that I'd like to hear what others would do.
Thanks for your thoughts!

oh yeah, wind.  My inland winds are often rough, but always blowing. Pretty decent, actually.. Its a rare day I can't fly a standard kite.

Dave
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« Reply #1 on: April 13, 2009, 06:43 AM »

   Hey Dave, I'd perhaps look at a Talon or a Cosmic TC if the exchange rate works (which it probably doesn't). They're the kites that I find less frustrating and more fun to trick (out of my bag). That's just my preference at the moment. There's lots of other delights out there of course Wink

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« Reply #2 on: April 13, 2009, 06:48 AM »

Seems like a WM would be more of the same ...

Why not something a little different ... a Benson Deep Space or new Gemini perhaps or a Jest Of Eve Talon ?

British made kites are suddenly more affordable as the exchange rate now again favoring the dollar.

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« Reply #3 on: April 13, 2009, 06:54 AM »

If you're willing to sacrifice a few tricks for lovely, flowing combinations, then I say grab a Gemini.  If you'd like to hang onto those few tricks and retain almost all of the flow, albeit in a more angular form, then grab a Deepspace.
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« Reply #4 on: April 13, 2009, 07:32 AM »

I would have to say that you could not go wrong with a Sea Devil Standard. If you add an extra set of 3PT lower spreaders, you would be good when the wind drops off a little also.
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« Reply #5 on: April 13, 2009, 07:43 AM »

I'd say a standard Talon sounds like the kite you're looking for. It does well in inland wind, has a wide wind range, is a very capable freestyle kite, and is built exceptionally well. And with today's conversion rate its price is a mere $285.

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« Reply #6 on: April 13, 2009, 07:53 AM »

I would second the DS or talon. Most other stuff is fairly similar to what you've got.
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« Reply #7 on: April 13, 2009, 08:07 AM »

If you fancy something freestyle oriented and made here in the US ... look at the Focus Kite Hydra.



Its very tricky, very well made and priced ~$280.

Frazer
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« Reply #8 on: April 13, 2009, 08:24 AM »

Very informed, helpful comments thus far.  Thanks. I didn't realize the British kites had become so affordable.  I have to confess I've always really wanted a DS.  After following Frazer's link to Tim's site, I'm happy to know thats a very doable option.  The Hydra looks good too.  Gotta admit, I'm truly enjoying this dilemma Grin 
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« Reply #9 on: April 13, 2009, 08:56 AM »

A Sea Devil would be a nice change from what's in your bag. Very nice and different from what you have. Try one if you can.

I'd also take a look at the Vendetta they're in your price range. I haven't flown one yet but I want to. I don't think the Deepspace or maybe the Widow Maker UL (since you have a Widow) would be a bad choice either. A Focus kite sounds interesting but there isn't' a lot of feedback yet.
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« Reply #10 on: April 13, 2009, 09:04 AM »

Thanks. I didn't realize the British kites had become so affordable. 

I recently bought an updated Gemini and they are running about $100 less than they were about a year ago with the current exchange rate. Huge difference.
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« Reply #11 on: April 13, 2009, 09:33 AM »

If you like doing tricks you might think about a new kite called the Element. Here is a review on it http://www.kiteclique.com/?p=663
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« Reply #12 on: April 13, 2009, 09:54 AM »

If you like doing tricks you might think about a new kite called the Element. Here is a review on it http://www.kiteclique.com/?p=663
Tracy

Looks very capable for sure ... but its 265 UKP and even the exchange rate won't save you there ... thats $395.

-Frazer
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« Reply #13 on: April 13, 2009, 01:13 PM »

Lots of nice kites mentioned here.  Now that I know the DS is within reach the kite has become like gravity....
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« Reply #14 on: April 13, 2009, 01:21 PM »

Dave ... let me know if you'd like to borrow my DS for a while.
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