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« on: March 11, 2012, 08:22 PM »

 Rare is fly before you buy.

1. Stranger Level 7.   Proprietary parts do not make a great kite. Preston designs are often overrated. I guess when I get to a field I the less time I spend assembling and tweaking the better.  I never could find the perfect wind for what limited experience I had with this kite.

2. Older vented Tramontana. Venting followed design. Didn't handle very well.
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« Reply #1 on: March 12, 2012, 04:26 AM »

I2k - no joy in that kite for me though others loved it...
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« Reply #2 on: March 12, 2012, 05:10 AM »

Dodd's designs produced by Eolo.  The designs were fine but the build quality sucked.

I opened a "kite shop for a day"  back then to sell kites and teach lessons at a kite fest that our club was helping get started.  Had about 12 of various models and problems with almost everyone.  First step, Next Step, Freestyle, etc...
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and still can't fly like those darn videos
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« Reply #3 on: March 12, 2012, 08:59 AM »

The first one that started the addicition Cheesy

BV Sonic, meh.

Cal WASP, just cant get it to fly right. I suspect something is amiss with this particular kite given the popularity of WASPs generally.

Utopia, couldn't see what all the fuss was about.

Vented Sandpiper 95, I love Sandpipers but the vent was a stinker.

OTOH I love Level 7s, L1 Challenge and all sorts of other things people hate.
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« Reply #4 on: March 13, 2012, 10:33 AM »

LiteFlite Radial - one man could make that kite "work" and that one man was the designer. I was not that man, nor were many other people.

Pretty much everything else has had at least one redeeming quality (or has been moved along for only a small loss).

Mike.
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« Reply #5 on: March 13, 2012, 01:56 PM »

LiteFlite Radial - one man could make that kite "work" and that one man was the designer. I was not that man, nor were many other people.

Pretty much everything else has had at least one redeeming quality (or has been moved along for only a small loss).

Mike.
Hmm I shall have to add this to the try list along with the SL7 if the opportunity ever arises.  Happen to have a pic or link Mike?

Utopia-- Great kite if you like constantly tinkering.  Hours of tinkering for a few minutes of bliss until the wind changed and its back to tinkering Huh

Hq E-motion (non ITW version)--Worst build quality I've ever seen.  Mis match spars and fittings, horrible sewing
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« Reply #6 on: March 13, 2012, 02:39 PM »

To make Mike happy, a picture of my Radial  Cheesy



And no, I can't fly it properly with sliding bridle (yet??), but when one came up for sale for 8, I couldn't resist, given its notoriety.
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« Reply #7 on: March 13, 2012, 05:45 PM »

I have to give the Airbow  the  #1 spot on my poo-poo list
way to much hype for the price and under rated wind conditions


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« Reply #8 on: March 13, 2012, 05:52 PM »

I have to give the Airbow  the  #1 spot on my poo-poo list
way to much hype for the price and under rated wind conditions



I might agree with you here but I've had mine for quite a few months and have not had the opportunity to fly it yet. It does seem to want specific wind speeds.
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« Reply #9 on: March 13, 2012, 08:12 PM »

hmmm..

http://www.gwtwforum.com/index.php?topic=1104.0
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« Reply #10 on: March 13, 2012, 08:55 PM »



Hmmm.., Indeed!
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« Reply #11 on: March 14, 2012, 09:26 AM »

Hmm I shall

There is something here.

BTW I thoroughly recommend anyone and everyone taking up the lines of someone else's SL7 if offered the opportunity. I just can't fathom why anyone would want to own one.

Mike.
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« Reply #12 on: March 14, 2012, 10:07 AM »

"Kite you wish you didn't buy"


There are days when I'd tell you - 'the first one'  Wink

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« Reply #13 on: March 14, 2012, 12:29 PM »

I2k - no joy in that kite for me though others loved it...

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« Reply #14 on: March 14, 2012, 02:20 PM »

To make Mike happy, a picture of my Radial  Cheesy



And no, I can't fly it properly with sliding bridle (yet??), but when one came up for sale for 8, I couldn't resist, given its notoriety.

Looks like my last 3 kites  Cheesy
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