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« on: June 03, 2009, 01:16 PM »

One of the things that I like the most about Benson Kites is the attention to detail in the construction of his kites. Especially the covering of the leading edges and standoff connectors, making the kites almost completely "snag" free. I have yet to see other kites made like this and was wondering what other kites are? It looks like the Talon's are constructed in the same fashion, but don't own one so I'm not sure. I know R-sky doe's not do it. Anyone?
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« Reply #1 on: June 03, 2009, 01:27 PM »

The Talon's construction is every bit as good the Deep Space.  Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: June 03, 2009, 01:30 PM »

There are and have been excellent kite builders for many years.

To me, snag free all started with the MEFM, which was ridiculously innovative, and it's maybe 15 years old. It had covered leading edge connectors in the mid-90s.

And some innovations turn out not to be so innovative. The trick line was supposed to help prevent tip wraps, and yet very few kites have them these days.

Lollipop MEFM and Geezer:

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« Reply #3 on: June 03, 2009, 01:48 PM »

To me, snag free all started with the MEFM, which was ridiculously innovative, and it's maybe 15 years old. It had covered leading edge connectors in the mid-90s.

Are you sure John ?

I have never seen a MEFM with covered leading edge connectors.

Have a look at Doug's website.

You mean perhaps the Atomic Wedgee (from Big Easy kites too) ?  Wink
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« Reply #4 on: June 03, 2009, 02:11 PM »

Tataouine,

I just checked my MEFM.

You are 90% correct and I'll take the last 10%.

The MEFM connectors along the LE are exposed, except for the ends of the connectors which are covered by the LE material caused by the cutouts in the material being actually slightly shorter in length than the connectors. The connector itself is rounded and smooth so lines just can't snag or catch.

Thanks for the correction.  Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: June 03, 2009, 08:58 PM »

The trick line was supposed to help prevent tip wraps, and yet very few kites have them these days.

Well, isn't that because a trick line stops, or discourages, the kite from sitting in a turtle position? If you pull the trick line in sufficiently to stop it interfering you may as well not have it at all........certainly this is true of the kites I have come across with a trick line.
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« Reply #6 on: June 03, 2009, 10:04 PM »

I really like BMKs kites for not only how well they are made but also designed.   Everything   easily fits together perfectly and is well thought out and implemented.  Those kites wear like iron and last a long time.

I think Lam's kites also set a whole new standard to kite construction.  They are works of art - incredible detail and applique.  Lots of unique touches you don't see on other kites.

I was also impressed with the construction of the Gemini I had some time ago.  As old as it was (I was the 4th+ owner), it was still in great shape.

You can tell these kites as made by guys that love what they do and have extreme pride in their work products.

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« Reply #7 on: June 03, 2009, 10:24 PM »

We did something possibly relevant to this topic a while ago.

The most snag-free kite I have is a Windfactory Androgyn - a very tidy bit of work. And the Jordan Air Millennium that I sold recently had fully covered LE fittings. It has dinosaur snot on it.

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« Reply #8 on: June 04, 2009, 02:58 AM »

Wow, New Tech comes in even below Air Oeuvre - not easy to achieve.
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