GEES! would have loved to have been into kites back then. Looks like it was a real game changer, revolution even.... exiting times for some.. Nothing like that these days.. with the exception of better made kites we are basically at the pinnacle of freestyle kites...... time to dig out the Nirvana perhaps.
This was from another thread and you seem to be contradicting yourself in this thread. However I agree that we are at the pinnacle of kites and its now just refining the tuning to get specific performance aspects.
You always seem to bring up this point when someone points out the age of the QP. I'll make it simple..... the QP is outdated because..........
it has no covered leading edges just antiquated glider bars.
No snag free nose.
Poor weight system
and the center t needs improving.
No Icarex sail.
Crappy yo yo stoppers.
All of which could be improved with minor changes in a MarkII version if Prism wanted.
Some of that I agree with some i don't. I prefer covered edges to gliderbars but they both work well for the purpose.
No such thing as a snag free nose and I have personally gotten snags on these so-called snag free noses.
Weight system works for what it was designed to do which was not make tricks easier but make the kite more manageable in higher winds up to 30 mph, trick improvement was a side affect of the design not the goal.
Bridle outdated? Hell if any bridle is outdated it would be the 3-point static that Chris and many other makers are using on their so-called revolutionary kites that was designed more than 30 years ago(even longer because it's what Regallo used on his test kites). How about the active bridles Tim uses that were designed by Andy more than 15 years ago are those outdated?
No Icarex sail? All Icarex is, is .6 oz polycarbonate coated ripstop polyester with a tighter grid than texlon which was also polycarbonate coated ripstop polyester at .6 oz Lots of kite companies have texlon on hand and still use it until they run out. There is no real difference between the two other than the grid size and they are both made by Texlon textile corp. anyway.
Crappy stoppers? Yea the standoff connector zip tied is cheasy but not crappy. It works and is copied by a lot of companies on current kites. Personally I like the yoyo stop will used on the saber 2 which I think is an R-sky stop. It looks cleaner but is no different in functionality to the zip tied standoff connector and more of a pain to replace if it breaks.