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« on: June 02, 2011, 12:47 PM »

Since I have no experience with a sports kite, I was looking for a beginner sports kite, el'cheapo so that if I don't really get into it, it'd be no biggie. But I don't want to kill the enthusiasm either. How does this one look for a beginner? Its going to be 30 bucks with shipping.

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Nylon kite with glass fiber sticks. Comes with strings, string holder and ripstop bag, kite size = 2.6m x 0.78m or 102 x 30 inches

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« Reply #1 on: June 02, 2011, 12:58 PM »

No.
Buy a kite from a reputable kite manufacturer from a reputable kite store.
Avoid no name kites from discount warehouses.
Of course I may be a bit biased  Huh
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« Reply #2 on: June 02, 2011, 01:03 PM »

I was afraid you would say that. I found it here ***

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« Reply #3 on: June 02, 2011, 01:17 PM »

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« Reply #4 on: June 02, 2011, 01:18 PM »

Walk if not run away from kites if the description uses:

string instead of line

string holder instead of line winder

sticks instead of rods

nylon might pass, but most stunt kites use rip stop fabric under various names


That said, kites like Trlbys, no longer in production, were great glass-rod values to do loopty loop stuff and they could take a beating. They weren't meant to do slack line tricks.

Steve here at GWTW is an excellent source AND more importantly a resource. I've been dealing with him for a decade +/-. He won't steer you wrong and he provides excellent service after the sale.
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« Reply #5 on: June 02, 2011, 01:48 PM »

K44 Stealth


HQ Maestrale
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Make of it what you will, and adjust all expectations accordingly.  Roll Eyes

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« Reply #6 on: June 02, 2011, 03:42 PM »

You will be disappointed in no name knockoff kites.
 I would suggest a call to Steve or post what you are looking to spend and you may find something used to your liking.
Not looking to be pushy but but we dont want to see you waste your money
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« Reply #7 on: June 02, 2011, 04:32 PM »

IMO buy from a reputable dealer (OK I'll recommend Steve) get yourself something in your price range for beginner to intermediate flyer (OK I'll recommend check with Steve).  I have several kites in that range and after more years flying than I want to admit here I still enjoy flying the 'beginner' kite.  Later as you move up it's also nice to have something in the bag when the question comes "Can I fly one of your kites?.  This one can move up to trainer since you ain't learnin' on my $300 kite. Just IMO.
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« Reply #8 on: June 02, 2011, 06:12 PM »

Since I have no experience with a sports kite, I was looking for a beginner sports kite, el'cheapo so that if I don't really get into it, it'd be no biggie. But I don't want to kill the enthusiasm either. How does this one look for a beginner? Its going to be 30 bucks with shipping.

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Nylon kite with glass fiber sticks. Comes with strings, string holder and ripstop bag, kite size = 2.6m x 0.78m or 102 x 30 inches

May as well throw the $30 in the toilet and flush... that's how good those rip-off kites are. And the $150 kite that it's a rip-off of isn't even that good of a kite, I know that because I have one.

Plan on spending ~$120-$150 for a decent starter kite, or look in the swap meet for better kites second hand in that price range.
~Rob.
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« Reply #9 on: June 02, 2011, 09:49 PM »

Get a silver fox instead - a lot of kite for a little $.
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« Reply #10 on: June 03, 2011, 07:52 AM »

Thanks for the input. Will budget a $150 expense for next month for the kite.
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« Reply #11 on: June 03, 2011, 09:36 AM »

Go for the Soul in the swap meet atm.

http://www.gwtwforum.com/index.php?topic=5482.msg49426

The next kite up in the Flying Winds range from the Silver Fox and less bucks than a new SF.
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« Reply #12 on: June 04, 2011, 01:08 PM »

+1 for the Soul. Amazingly good kite for the money and very under rated!
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« Reply #13 on: June 04, 2011, 05:59 PM »

Do a little background on a kite that you can afford and its abilities, as choosing a kite otherwise , will only frustrate your attempts in learning to fly, and make you lose interest.
Fellow members have given you very good advice,and we all would like to steer you in the right direction.
There are also kites in the below $60 range for beginners that will give you fair introduction to kiteing.
Good luck and all.
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« Reply #14 on: June 05, 2011, 02:45 AM »

If you want a fairly cheap, but decent kite take a look at the Premier Addiction. It's an older model now but I think still available, it is a bit more flexible and twitchy than the higher priced kites but will give you a good flying experience and is a great little kite. Look on the web, one shop shows them for just over $70.

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