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« on: September 07, 2011, 09:03 PM »

I would like to purchase a nice SLK that flies well in light winds (1-3mph).
Also something strong enough to handle an occasional gust of maybe 12-15mph. Thanks in advance.
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« Reply #1 on: September 07, 2011, 09:13 PM »

On the low end, I love the Wala.

Higher end, get one of Focus kites gliders.
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« Reply #2 on: September 07, 2011, 10:09 PM »

you need to see my New Tech ascension when we meet.
Maybe not go down to 1mph but definately my favorite and most stable low wind SLK
for our kind of winds.
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« Reply #3 on: September 07, 2011, 11:29 PM »

HQ Horvath Hybrid 200 or 240 Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: September 07, 2011, 11:52 PM »

+1 for the Horvath gliders.  If you're looking for something a little less active, check out Bazzer's Genki.  It flies in just about nothing.  Check out "Glued to the Blue".

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« Reply #5 on: September 08, 2011, 03:33 AM »

Lots of choices.....would you like an active flying kite? Or a stable flyer?

Pterodactyls
Plutz
61/49
Skate
Manta
Laima
Wala
Wala XL
Horvath's
HQ made Horvath
McBird
Pipa
Tapertail
Bird'x
Boul'x
Mandala
Genkis
Rollers
Marconis


A few
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« Reply #6 on: September 08, 2011, 07:50 AM »

Brassingtons Big Delta is a good low wind flier too, but we are talking money. There is a production version of Stormy Weathers Star out but I don't think it is built to his spec's, they were always the first kite up and the last down, I think there are plans out there someplace.

The Premier Canard is also good at a lower price. But 1 MPH is pushing it as a low end range for any production kite though if you're wanting a stable kite to stake out.

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« Reply #7 on: September 08, 2011, 12:43 PM »

I would like something that I can control around a little. A glider kite sounds awesome. Are focus kites still available?
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« Reply #8 on: September 08, 2011, 02:04 PM »

Afraid they are still MIA.

But the Wala, Wala XL and Laima and the Horvaths are all available right here at GWTW/Chico Kites, all are great fun in little to no wind and the Wala's can be flown with the provided tail as a staked out SLK when the wind comes up.

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« Reply #9 on: September 08, 2011, 03:09 PM »

edbar: here is some reading for you...lots of info..
http://windsweptkites.blogspot.com/search/label/xUL
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http://windsweptkites.blogspot.com/search/label/UL%20kite
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« Reply #10 on: September 08, 2011, 04:47 PM »

I would like to purchase a nice SLK that flies well in light winds (1-3mph).
Also something strong enough to handle an occasional gust of maybe 12-15mph.

Are you asking for recommendations on one or two kites here?  1-3 mph and 12-15 mph are W-A-Y different wind speeds
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« Reply #11 on: September 08, 2011, 09:33 PM »

One kite that flies/glides well in 1-3 mph. but that can handle (strong and sturdy enough) a strong gust of 12-15 mph. once in a while. I live in the high desert and the winds are normally very low in the afternoon but occasionally a strong gust will come along very quickly. A couple of my kites have flexed too much and have broken a spar because of this. There is usually no time to move to the edge of the wind window and there are no wind indicators (trees etc.) around to warn me.
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« Reply #12 on: September 08, 2011, 09:51 PM »

no one kite is gonna cut it from 1 to 15. get a 'the long way home',some fighters, and a 61 49 and you should be good. imho
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« Reply #13 on: September 08, 2011, 10:26 PM »

Actually the smaller Wala (Aerobe) handles a pretty good wind, the original video's showed them being flown from the back of a Ferry. It's not a kite that will fly by itself in 1 mph though, you have to work it by pulling in line to gain altitude then turning it and letting it glide away to give you enough line to do the next pull in. All the gliding kites require you to work.

The newer mini Pterodactyl by the Longbottoms is another really fun kite, does great 540's even in winds of what I'd guess to have been 7-10 mph when I played with one, possibly more since Barry measured them later at 18 steady with 22 gusts but I don't think they were that high when I tugged it around. In those winds the kite was a stable flier until you told it to move.





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« Reply #14 on: September 09, 2011, 06:27 AM »

The Longbottom's Pterodactyls can handle that.....both sizes of them....
In a gust they will dance around and might knock themselves out of the sky but they can handle it... then in lower winds they are a lot of fun......I have both of the sizes in stock hit the link on the right ->Windsweptkites.com
The skate from focus would probably handle the gusts okay with their micro carbon frame as well...
The Boul'x would the gusts okay too.....if you can find one or make one.....
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