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Author Topic: HQ Shadow vs Prism Zephyr  (Read 6257 times)
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« on: May 19, 2009, 07:52 PM »

Good day,
I'm interested in hearing any thoughts about the differences /similarities with the HQ Shadow and Prism Zephyr.
Does anyone have a preference?
I understand that the Prism Zephyr is a little dearer.
Does anyone have another option around the $200-$250 dollar mark for a light wind kite.
Thanks for your time,
Regards, Martin
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« Reply #1 on: May 19, 2009, 08:19 PM »

They are COMPLETELY different kites with very little in common.

The Shadow is much lighter, smaller, and will fly in far less wind than the Zephyr.  I would almost put it in the SUL category.  It will fly in 1-2, but it not everyone's cup of tea.  It is very spinny and takes a bit of time to adjust to with its smaller inputs, but tricks very well and does most everything including 2 pop rollups (one pop, not so good, but its a verylight wind flyer).

The Z is trickier - sits very deep in a turtle and likes to multi-lazy and rollup.  It's rated very low as far as wind range, but you will really not want to fly it in less than 3-4 mph of wind.  Ideally 5-8 is nice.  Its a good flying kite, much more of a standard modern french-influenced feel than the Shadow.  When the wind picks up, it gets fast and pulls hard.

I sold my Zephyr some time ago, but will always keep the Shadow, mostly because there are many kites that fly like the Z, but the Shadow is more unique at least in my bag.  Really depends on what you are looking for - a very light wind kite that tricks but will require some practice, or more of a light standard that practically gives tricks away, but doesn't really fly well in very low wind.

Check out Blue Moons website for probably the best kite you can get (all things considered) for around $225 or so - the Muse (all Kens kites fly well in low wind).  Or, look at getting 2 kites - the Silver Fox 2.5 UL and Standard.
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« Reply #2 on: May 19, 2009, 08:59 PM »

Thanks tpatter.
Nice review of each kite.
I'll also look at the blue moon site. (and check out the silver fox range of kites.)
Thanks for your input.
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« Reply #3 on: May 20, 2009, 03:31 AM »

I absolutely agree with tpatter's assessment of the Zephyr and the Shadow.  The Zephyr won't fly as low as the Shadow.  The Shadow is difficult to yoyo, but does everything else really nicely. 

I sold my Zephyr because I didn't fly it much - nice kite, just not what I was looking for in a light wind kite.  I kept my Shadow for a long time, loved it, and flew it a lot until I got another (more expensive) UL that flew in lighter winds.

The Silver Fox 2.5 UL really isn't a light wind kite, I'd rate it as a standard to light - not UL by any means.  (But it is a pretty good kite, especially for the cost).

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« Reply #4 on: May 20, 2009, 04:07 AM »

Another consideration is that the lower you want to go the skinnier the sticks and the more careful you have to be. I got a Nirvana WW (SUL) last year and broke a leading edge because I popped an axel instead of coaxing one. Don't think that you'll be snapping out tricks the way you would with a standard. Those sticks are delicate! You probably want something that can go low but not in 0-2 or 3 just because the available tricks are going to be a lot less.

That said, the Zephyr is probably a decent kite but the Shadow might be a better choice of the two. The suggestion to go with a Blue Moon is a great idea. My Exile is one of my favorites and and can go lower than some of my other standards - maybe 4 or 5ish. If Ken makes a Muse UL, that would probably be your best choice. I give Blue Moon two thumbs up!!

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« Reply #5 on: May 20, 2009, 07:48 PM »

Thanks Kevin and Bobdros for your input.
I think I'll hold off getting a zephyr,
Cheers, Martin
Appreciated. : )
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