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Author Topic: Suggestions for a kite for me  (Read 5925 times)
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« Reply #15 on: July 18, 2012, 04:35 PM »

I regularly fly my Zephs in 1-3.  Need to remove the weight, set the bridle to the low wind setting or even 1/4 inch over that knot and use 50-75 foot line sets. ITs a different kite down that low though and flies more like a true SUL limited to non flippy stuff tricks.
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« Reply #16 on: July 18, 2012, 05:48 PM »

Have to go with Kent on this one. After giving the kite a try for about a month I got rid of it. I was looking for a lowwind kite. turns out I already had one.... The Exile
PS NO INNER SPACE nice kite but WAAAAAY OLD  school
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have fun kurt
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« Reply #17 on: July 19, 2012, 08:15 AM »

Okay what about the silver fox pro whats everybodys take on this kite? avability,parts,how its made and above all how it flys?
Thanks for all inputs
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« Reply #18 on: July 19, 2012, 08:21 AM »

Okay what about the silver fox pro whats everybodys take on this kite? avability,parts,how its made and above all how it flys?
Thanks for all inputs

Edit: Sorry, just caught the word "Pro" in that sentence. Missed it before.

I assume you'd go for the UL version. The general consensus is that SF ULs are more light-standards than UL, and have a range similar to the Zephyr. That means you may have some difficulty flying in 2-4 mph. I don't know whether that still holds for the Pro. I've gotten it flying (but not tricking, yet) in low winds, but I don't know what I'd estimate them as. Definitely under 4 mph. It takes some leg work.

Keep in mind, both the Pro Std and UL are both 2.3, which tricks a little faster than the 2.5.

The Pro UL is known to have issues with doing yoyos, but the designer posted a video here doing them easily without the upper spreader. I'm nowhere near doing yoyos, so I can't verify.

I've not been exposed to nearly as many kites as most here (my sig lists about all I have experience with), but I think the Silver Foxes have a reputation as being good for learning. The price is lower than most, but if you'll eventually be upgrading, it's probably better to just buy the more expensive kite now. That said, the SF line will do all the tricks, with the noted caveat above.

If this doesn't read as a glowing endorsement...well, I'm pretty inexperienced. I live inland, and have a baby, so I don't get the flying time I wish I could. Both of my tricky kites are new (to me) this summer, so I have very few hours logged with them. Upon release, the SF Pro UL was getting some negative comments. I'm fairly well pleased with it, but any tricky kite was a step up from the Quantum. So weigh my comments against my perspective.
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HQ Breeze, Silver Fox 2.3 Pro UL, Nirvana Std, Prism Quantum
ITW Mesa DC, Premier Popper Line Climber
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« Reply #19 on: July 19, 2012, 02:37 PM »

My vote is for the WidowMaker (Skyburner not Premier) UL. It's rated 2-12mph winds so it will cover a nice range for you. Your other kites will cover the upper range just fine & doesn't feel wimpy like some other UL's.  Is is really light on its feet,  though. Really sweet! 

I've flown my friend's WM UL a couple of times and just loved it.  I am told it's not  as tricky as the standard, but it's still pretty darned good. Too, the WM doesn't feel like you are driving a semi like it does with some other kites.


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« Reply #20 on: July 20, 2012, 03:37 PM »

Joseph,  There is a Flying Wings Soul in the swap/meet with lines and straps at a great price, much better than the Silver Foxes, a seriously great kite that is both very capable and forgiving, you wouldn't be disappointed.

Age and cunning will always overcome youth and skill!

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