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« on: June 08, 2012, 08:05 PM »

Hello everyone.  I'm planning to build a new kite since all of mine are now "classics" from the late 90's.  I am interested in the Neutron and the Vortex but cannot find out enough information about what the differences are between these two kites.  Would anyone care to share which kite they prefer and why?  Thanks!

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« Reply #1 on: June 08, 2012, 08:55 PM »

Best thing to do is pick a plan and start.  I don't know much about the neutron  but the vortex is a great kite and easy to build.
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« Reply #2 on: June 08, 2012, 09:28 PM »

I agree that the vortex is an excellent kite... and a newer design than the Neutron.  I've built several Vortex's and find that it remains one of my favorite kites to fly.  Another excellent kite is Le Quartz... if you are building for the first time, check out "Tom's Kite Building Page" (links are somewhere here on the forum).
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« Reply #3 on: June 08, 2012, 09:38 PM »

http://www.tweelijners.com/tom/  there ya go Tongue
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« Reply #4 on: June 08, 2012, 09:42 PM »

Thanks for the input guys.  I've built many kites over the years, although it has been a few years since my last build.  I had pretty much thought the Vortex was my likely choice.  I tend to like kites that are a little lighter on the lines and I'm not into precision as much as I am into solid trickability.  Unless someone has a more preferable option, I may very well be building a Vortex.
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« Reply #5 on: June 09, 2012, 12:25 AM »

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     I have built the Vortex and I recommend it as a home build. Good fun kite!
 Mike
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« Reply #6 on: June 11, 2012, 01:21 AM »

The Neutron is a great kite. Feels very solid and was Cristian Derefat's Competition kite for a long time, even after designing newer, more modern kites. Tricks are gracious and very readable, which helps learing all the modern stuff. Backflip isn't too deep comparing to todays standards. Very nice panel layout as well IMHO.

However, the Vortex is much more a "2012" Tricks Competition kite. Very light pull, but plenty feedback on the lines. Turns are a bit wide (which is normal for CD's designs) but every trick is there. Good pitch, quite precise, deeper backflip without locking, taz's, the works. Shapes very similiar to the TNT but certainly not the same.

I can also vouch for Le Quartz. Still one of my favourite kites. Such a versatile kite.
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« Reply #7 on: June 11, 2012, 10:58 AM »

The vortex is super tricky and is up there with the TNT for a trick kite. The precision is ok. You can always email Christian if you translate it into french !  Cool
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« Reply #8 on: June 11, 2012, 06:24 PM »

on the other hand, I also think it would be very cool to take the sail coordinates of the Neutron and design your own pattern... taking a good design and making it your own.  I may do the same, as I've never built a neutron mostly due to the panel layout (it isn't my favorite). 

Either way I hope you post a thread with your progress!
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