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« on: September 08, 2012, 10:02 PM »

I've been flying for years, but for one reason or another I have never really done any real tricks with my kites. But I'm up for a new challenge in my kiting hobby now and am really wanting to learn. I don't want to drop a lot of cash but want a decent kite also. Here's the kites I'm considering:

French kiss(supposed) to be a cheaper version of the French Connection
Prism Quantum
Acrobatx std or ul
Beetle
Prism Nexus

I don't know what kind of tricks I will be doing, I'm mainly looking for a kite that can grow and adapt as my skills change. Any advice would be a great help. Thanks!! 
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« Reply #1 on: September 08, 2012, 10:24 PM »


French kiss
Prism Quantum
Acrobatx std or ul
Beetle
Prism Nexus

I know nothing about the French Kiss, but of the rest of the others on your list the only one that will hold you for awhile is the Quantum. Have you looked at SkyBurner's production version of their WidowMaker? It's a wonderful kite for the money. It is called the Premier Widow.

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« Reply #2 on: September 08, 2012, 10:26 PM »

Kiss is horrible - the one I tried would not even fly.

Acro UL is a fun trick kite, however - I don't know how it holds up wear wise, I only flew in for 30 mins or so.  I wouldn't get the std version of it.
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« Reply #3 on: September 08, 2012, 10:57 PM »

The Widow Maker looks like a super nice kite, I just can't drop quite that much into a kite right now. Is there a big difference between skyburner's and prism's version? beside cost lol
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« Reply #4 on: September 08, 2012, 11:14 PM »

It's my understanding that the spars and fabrics are different, but the Premiere version is still a really decent tricky kite
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« Reply #5 on: September 09, 2012, 04:58 AM »

my kid strated with a acorbat , good beater to learn on , now he has a zepher , he says its much better and easier to trick , i think theres a zepher in the for sale section , or you could do a trade with someone , my personal favorite way to try new stuff , ray
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« Reply #6 on: September 09, 2012, 05:02 AM »

IMHO your list is all starter kites designed to not blow apart when you lawn dart them.

I think the Silver Fox 2.3 is a great starter kite for tricks...not the pro version.  It was more agreeable for me than the Zephyr.
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« Reply #7 on: September 09, 2012, 05:48 AM »

Look on the swap meet for a used Widow Maker.
You'll be a lot happier with it than you would be with anything on your list.

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« Reply #8 on: September 09, 2012, 05:53 AM »

Or post for something in the Wanted section. Maybe post your price range too. Everyone is veryfair with their pricing. I have a Widow Maker and it's a wonderful kite. The Widow is less upscale but supposed to be still decent.
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« Reply #9 on: September 09, 2012, 11:01 AM »

+1 premier widow

Very inexpensive and i have talked to jon t(widowmaker maker) about it and he recommends it. He has them on his site also very inexpensive!

The zephyr has worked well for me too.
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« Reply #10 on: September 09, 2012, 11:37 AM »

Just bought the Premier Widow from Jon Trenbepohl's shop and I'm very happy with it.
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« Reply #11 on: September 09, 2012, 01:31 PM »

Just bought the Premier Widow from Jon Trenbepohl's shop and I'm very happy with it.

+1 on the Widow.   At the sale price the is no kite that can compare to it.

You would find it on the skyburner/skyshark link  on the right banner ------------>
 
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« Reply #12 on: September 09, 2012, 05:46 PM »

+1 on a silver fox 2.3...

You can do just about everything with one, well made for the money, and has some good precision if you want to fly like you used to.

One of the vnedors on this forum had them on sale recently. Dont need the pro version.

You can also probably get one on the for sale forum well kn your proce range.
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« Reply #13 on: September 09, 2012, 08:10 PM »

Thanks for all the advice and suggestions!! I was looking around and came across the Premier Jewel, seems it was designed by Jon Trennepohl, I like the way it looks, any one own one? thanks
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« Reply #14 on: September 09, 2012, 10:25 PM »

Thanks for all the advice and suggestions!! I was looking around and came across the Premier Jewel, seems it was designed by Jon Trennepohl, I like the way it looks, any one own one? thanks


Never flown the Jewel, but it is a very small kite, under 6 ft.

Small kites tend to need more wind, are less controlable and easy to out grow.  Sad

If cost is your main issue, this will get you in the air,  Smiley   but you may soon be looking for something better.  Embarrassed  Another option is to save up for something better and buy a kite that you will fly for a while.  Grin  Still have most of my kites from 20 years ago  Cool

 
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