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Choosing a first kite

Wed Sep 03, 2014 9:28 pm

Ok, the titles not quite right. I had a dual line kite in my teens. Could control it well but only basic controls. Not many tricks. It was a fairly small delta.

Now in my thirties I fancy picking up a kite again. I'd rather not buy something I'll only want to upgrade in 6 months. Looking through threads and various kite sites I'm really confused as to what to start out with.

I was looking at the Kites Ireland site. Quite like the look of the level one black pearl. Would this be a reasonable place to start or should I really go for a cheaper alternative. Will it be easy to use for a beginner? If I did go for that size would it be 25m lines for it.

Sorry for all the questions. I'm sure you've heard them a hundred times before!
 
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Re: Choosing a first kite

Wed Sep 03, 2014 9:52 pm

Two questions back: what do you want to with your kite, and how much are you willing to spend on one?
 
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Re: Choosing a first kite

Wed Sep 03, 2014 10:30 pm

Thanks, I would like to learn freestyle tricks on a kite. Currently watching the Dodds tutorials.

The black pearl is 200 euro new which would work out at around 160 pounds so somewhere around that mark.
 
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Re: Choosing a first kite

Thu Sep 04, 2014 7:40 am

I've got no experience with the Black Pearl, so can't comment on that one. Have a look at Tim Benson's Deep Space. Bit more expensive new than your £160, but worth keeping an eye out for a good second-hand one, as they pop up for sale quite regularly.

Others will provide you with different suggestions, no doubt :cool:

And welcome (back) to the sport!
 
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Re: Choosing a first kite

Thu Sep 04, 2014 7:48 am

Flying Fish wrote:
I've got no experience with the Black Pearl, so can't comment on that one. Have a look at Tim Benson's Deep Space. Bit more expensive new than your £160, but worth keeping an eye out for a good second-hand one, as they pop up for sale quite regularly.

Others will provide you with different suggestions, no doubt :cool:

And welcome (back) to the sport!


Excellent. I've had a look at the Benson site and the deep space does look the business. I'll keep an eye on the for sale thread.

So many kites out there, it's hard to know where to start!
 
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Re: Choosing a first kite

Thu Sep 04, 2014 12:23 pm

So many kites out there, it's hard to know where to start!


Nah, just get them all; much easier :P

You're not under the illusion you'll buy only one kite, are you?
 
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Choosing a first kite

Thu Sep 04, 2014 1:46 pm

Flying Fish wrote:

You're not under the illusion you'll buy only one kite, are you?


Ha, I know how this goes. I got in to coffee a few years back. You start out with some basic kit that you think will last you forever, next thing you're remortgaging the house to pay for a new grinder ;)
 
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Re: Choosing a first kite

Sun Sep 07, 2014 2:15 pm

Neill, check this out.
 
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Re: Choosing a first kite

Sun Sep 07, 2014 6:27 pm

Thanks, had a quick look but didn't have time to investigate as I was heading to see the red arrows. By the time I was home it was sold. Ah well. I'll keep looking.
 
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Re: Choosing a first kite

Sun Sep 07, 2014 6:55 pm

what about the saber II? mine is for sale

it is this one: http://v2.2.kiteclique.com/sturdy-designs-saber-ii-by-nigel-bence/


i can send you more up-to-date pics, let me know (pm)



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Re: Choosing a first kite

Sun Sep 07, 2014 8:00 pm

Thanks, PM sent.
 
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Re: Choosing a first kite

Tue Sep 09, 2014 6:10 pm

It's a good kite, Neill. i hope you and Krijn can do a deal.
 
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Re: Choosing a first kite

Tue Sep 23, 2014 7:57 pm

So my saber II arrived today courtesy of Krijn. Can't wait to take out. Thanks for all the help guys.
 
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Re: Choosing a first kite

Tue Sep 23, 2014 8:19 pm

Enjoy the kite!

Let us see some nice pics from the flying field.



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Re: Choosing a first kite

Thu Oct 16, 2014 8:03 pm

Took the saber out for the first time today (been busy recently and was waiting in lines). Woah, it was too strong a wind for it but enjoyed getting it up in the air. It was far to fast in the strong wind and had some pull on it. Have up fairly quickly as I was worried I'd loose control and put it nose down in the sand. Can't wait to try it in some more suitable wind and see what it's really capable of.