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Author Topic: Benson DeepSpace & Gemini....Are they good trick kites ?  (Read 5077 times)
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« on: May 27, 2009, 06:57 AM »

How come they are not popular here ?
Which one is better(trick wise) and why ?

I know they have a weird YoYo Stopper. What do you think regarding this weird YoYo Stopper design ?
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« Reply #1 on: May 27, 2009, 07:13 AM »

They are both great trick kites. I actually have both and love them both. The Deep Space is the latest and greatest by Tim Benson. It can be compared with all the latest high end competition kites. It tricks really well and the inputs needed to perform are minimal, it can be a really quick kite though, so you have to be pretty alert when flying in stronger winds. The Gem also handles really well, and the modifications to the newer edition also put it up there with the newer designed kites. I do love the roll bars, they are becoming very popular in UK designed kites, both the Benson Deep Space and the new Gem have them, The highly appraised Jest of Eve Talon also has roll bars. You really can't go wrong with a Benson.
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« Reply #2 on: May 27, 2009, 08:32 AM »

I believe that both the Gemini and the Deep Space have proved to be reasonably popular in the US. Don't forget that we have only recently moved from a period where the dollar was virtually 2:1 against the pound and this made both kites pretty expensive in the US (neither kite is a budget offering). The Deep Space is essentially the replacement to the Gemini but they are so different in design and feel that it is more of a different option rather than outright replacement. My choice would be for the Deep Space.

The 'weird yo-yo stopper' is called a roll bar - it's not that weird really and most of my kites have them. They do work very well and definitely help hold the lines during wrapped tricks and make multiple wraps a bit easier (no negative qualities I am aware of) - they are the best yo-yo stop option for me.
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« Reply #3 on: May 27, 2009, 08:58 AM »

Both incredible kites and probably the best build quality you'll ever find.
They do like small controlled inputs so if you're accustomed to kites that likes big inputs you might find them a bit of a shock. Not of a problem if you like that or get used to it, it can even make tricks like multiple wraps and cometes very accessible. However some people prefer to stick to something less sensitive that they can yank and spank.
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« Reply #4 on: May 27, 2009, 10:29 AM »

How come they are not popular here ?
If the Deep Space and Gemini don't qualify as popular in your world, what on earth does ?  Huh

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« Reply #5 on: May 27, 2009, 11:17 AM »

How come they are not popular here ?
If the Deep Space and Gemini don't qualify as popular in your world, what on earth does ?  Huh

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« Reply #6 on: May 27, 2009, 11:21 AM »

How come they are not popular here ?




"Here" is a very small and odd subset of the kite universe. A very trendy bunch. The latest craze is the Talon, before that, the Fearless, etc, etc.

Someone once sarcastically coined the phrase "the next kite to save the world". I think it's just new shiny. It's great to have new toys, and since no two kites fly the same, it's endlessly fun to find the new "best" kite.

Three years ago the DeepSpace was the "next kite", but that's a long time ago in Forum years. Some of the frequent posters with strong opinions around here weren't even flying then.

IMHO, the DeepSpace is one of the best modern kites on the market. I'll have another before too long.

Good DS footage:
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« Reply #7 on: May 27, 2009, 11:38 AM »

I'd be hard pressed to name another "serious" kite that sold as well as the Gemini did back when it was THE kite.
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« Reply #8 on: May 27, 2009, 01:04 PM »

The Deep Space is just about as tricky a kite as it gets. Very popular for a higher end kite but the exchange rates have made all European kites super expensive so they aren't being sold as much in the USA.
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« Reply #9 on: May 27, 2009, 01:07 PM »

IMHO, the DeepSpace is one of the best modern kites on the market. I'll have another before too long.

Good DS footage:
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« Reply #10 on: May 27, 2009, 02:07 PM »

It just makes you want to buy one Smiley. I spoke to Tim a few weeks ago and the Deep Space UL is not to far away. I'm already on his waiting list Smiley.
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« Reply #11 on: May 27, 2009, 02:12 PM »

I just took delivery of my Deep Space yesterday.  I've wanted one for a long time, but it didn't seem practical until the exchange rate changed recently.  I used to fly a Phantom in Florida.  That was 1992. I've wanted one of Tim's kites ever since.  Lots of flyers I respect fly the Deep Space. Its definitely a popular kite.
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« Reply #12 on: May 27, 2009, 02:14 PM »

how much total, with the exchange rate, if you don't mind me asking m8?
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« Reply #13 on: May 27, 2009, 02:14 PM »

I remember about a month ago I was trying to decide what kite to buy and did a thread asking for opinions. Somebody said, don't watch the Deep Space vid or you'll have to buy one.  I watched it and contacted Tim within the hour.
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« Reply #14 on: May 27, 2009, 04:04 PM »

Check out the Benson site or Andy Wardley's videos of the Gemini & Deep Space.
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