“…….more an example of "let's do some R&D and try and make this thing fly better", something I have yet to see out of any of the Chinese companies.”
David (mnkby) being as you are associated with the Rev company and appear to be biased against the Chinese kites also over time seem unlikely to have either bought or even flown that many, are you best placed to see or comment fairly on R&D of all the numerous Chinese W shaped kites?
Over the last couple of years we have seen several factory modifications and improvements to the Chinese kites bought by local flyers and are very happy with both performance and quality, we do have plenty of other far more expensive W shaped kites to compare with.
Not being hampered by an inefficient and expensive supply network etc folk in the UK only have to pay around 70 quid for non copy kites delivered in just a few days , something Rev are finding difficult to compete with.
And just to clarify David, what exactly are you claiming as being copied from the 1.5 sized Rev kite that might be an infringement of UK IP law is it the W shape, the design, or something else?
Hezz, perhaps you could let us know how we might find “Los Hermanos”, they seem hard to locate.
Jezza, are those sails actually made of Icarex? Albatross were showing lots of sails as made from Icarex and then quickly changed the description of near all of them to Nylon(y) PU40.
There are some of the Blue 2011’s about here and the nylon fabric does look similar to Icarex.
All the comment on both here and the Rev forum have certainly help raise the profile of the various Chinese kites and suppliers, I wonder who best benefits from that.