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  1. Haakon K

    Sysmic S3

    Aluminium frame & fork, fibreglass rear axle. This buggy is foldable via hinge on siderails (take out 1 bolt each side), rear axle goes under swan-neck. The whole thing is also totally detachable, and fits into a bag (depending on the size of wheels, and size of bag of course). Rear axle splits in two halves, ca 75 cm each w/o wheel. Seat and frame, incl. axles/bolts; 18,0 kgs 18" Midi XL/XXL, on 4" wide rim front & 8" wide rims rear; 19,3 kgs Gravity Zero barrows on 4" rims; 8,1 kgs
    5 points
  2. Yes Vapors need a gentle touch to get the best out of them. I loved them and still have 4 of them. I really hesitated to fly my 7m Ozone R1 I bought for a start but once I gave it a go I was hooked after the first 10 minutes. Thanks @gannet your a great coach. The depower is still sensitive to fly well, but the depower made it so much safer for this old fella. Being able to let off any power in the turn instantly was a refreshing change. They still high speed stall like a vapor if your rough, but I'm sure you will enjoy a race kite. Long Beach at Kingston South East in South Australia. I also had an 8mtr Ozone Access which I tried but it was so sedate after flying the Vapors I sold it along with an Access 6. They were just no thrill and no upwind like a depower race kite. You wont be dissapointed jumping straight into a depower race kite at all. It didnt take me long to aquire a quiver of R1's. 7, 11, 13, 15 and I have an 18 ELF Joker 7. Also have a Chrono 18 and a 15 Chrono2 but love the R1's more for pure speed. Long Beach in Kingston SE, South Australia. Hope this helps, Cheers Chook
    4 points
  3. An awesome session on the clay pan at Kingston SE, Australia - by far the best I've felt in the buggy yet. Probably cos of the harness thanks to @The Duke. Captured, edited and soundtracked by the inimitable @jhn.holgate. Can't wait for next year!
    4 points
  4. jhn.holgate

    Kingston 2021

    Some of the static flying.....
    4 points
  5. And Dougie flew the drone on this one....
    4 points
  6. We use transdirect.com.au for all our interstate parcels. They are a broker, so they get quotes from multiple companies and you get to choose which one suits your needs. I have also used them for bulky items (motorcycle engine, wide format printer, and such). Always had satisfactory results - good luck
    3 points
  7. Hey all, It's been a looong time since I have posted anything and its been even longer since I have been out flying. I've recently had the itch to take me gear out and go flying again. But unfortunately due to the poor weather recently it's been difficult to get out. The other day I brought myself a new action camera the insta 360 go 2. It's a small action camera about the size of your thumb and it only weighs a few grams. Today I decided to take it out for a test run and mount it onto my kite using the magnetic mount that comes with it, Due to the wind being very light today I could only do some static flying but I was impressed with how the camera performed. The stabilisation and horizon lock works really well and it produced some great footage. I can't wait to test it out on a beach run. If anyone is in the market for a new action camera I would highly recommend getting one of these.
    3 points
  8. I thought this was quite interesting.
    3 points
  9. Juan Valdez

    Video Les Hemmes

    part 4:
    3 points
  10. .Joel

    Flysurfer aussie rep??

    Both of these guys have decades of having flown Flysurfer kites in Oz, one however is a little grumpier than the other. I'll let you work out which @Jason from BrisKites or @Peace from Kitepower Sydney. What's your question?
    3 points
  11. Angus Johnstone

    Kingston 2021

    Had such an awesome time on my first trip to Kingston, AND my first time meeting real life kiters! The highlight for me was my best ever buggy session by far, out on the clay pan with @jhn.holgate before the rain hit on Monday. Alas, my GoPro failed me. Luckily John captured, edited and soundtracked the magic better than I could have dreamt! So excited to be able to share this with friends and family who are still a little confused about the whole kite buggy caper 😂 Thanks again everyone, especially @jhn.holgate, for taking me under your collective wing!
    3 points
  12. Mez

    Kingston 2021

    Well Kingston SE 2021 is almost coming to an end for @igeightyand I. We’ve managed to get a buggy and a sail on both the beach and the Clay Pan this year. Both were in excellent condition. Lots of people in town this year, this year’s trip has coincided with the annual fishing competition, which means for two days, the beach is out of bounds, the Victorian Blokart Club have returned and a new arrival this year have been a 4x4 club with an expected attendance of roughly 400 vehicles. I’m sitting here in our annex and for the first time since we arrived, the rain is gently falling, @jhn.holgateand @Angus Johnstonewere venturing out to the pan, hopefully it’s not too sticky for them. This year’s attendance role :- @Mez @igeighty @roblukin@jhn.holgate @Angus Johnstone @Grants @BobM @Darren Tibbey @The Duke@AliNev and Most of the SA crew! Dougie Dougie Rob Dougie Rob Dougie Mez Mez
    3 points
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  14. Hi Tiger37, A while ago I met someone with a Racestar kite of Bornkites. That one was on my list, but I could easily outrun him with my vapor kite. So, it seems to be that this type of kite would be a step backward not forward
    2 points
  15. Been years since I got my gear out but now I'm hooked again. Unfortunately the wind was pretty average and unpredictable I got lifted out once.
    2 points
  16. Super! I've found a number of kite brands I didn't know even existed in the foil space over the past year sorting the Kite Reviews. Wow, I hadn't come across that yet. Nearly looks like where Under Armor got their inspiration
    2 points
  17. My first kite was a Wipika. I never heard that brand again.
    2 points
  18. Juan Valdez

    Video Les Hemmes

    We had strong winds around 35kn yesterday. That was enough for riding my new personal speed record of 96.3km/h. My friend Roger reached 99.8km/h! The video will follow in a few weeks…
    2 points
  19. 123matt

    eBay & Gumtree Finds

    Bulk lot Revs & Freileins. https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/174867436902
    2 points
  20. With a combination of pretty inconsistent weather and various lockdowns over the past year or more, it had been a while since I had the opportunity to get out and have a kite. I had already taken Friday off work and headed down to Sandy Point given the promising forecast and my window of opportunity. It was so great to blow out the cobwebs and get back to one of my most favourite places to be.
    2 points
  21. Kamikuza

    Flysurfer Flydoor 6

    I was just trying to get the board feeling less bendy, with all that tail out behind my feet... Tried the same thing on my regular TT and hated it. If I can do it, surely anyone can! All I do pretty much is foil, used to only ride TT on trips back home before the 'rona. My biggest board now is 120 and my biggest kite a 10m 😁
    2 points
  22. Seems the trend for all kites is this really minimal, linear style of graphics. This seems especially so when you look at Ozone or Duotone for example. But yeah, the Speed 3 was a really nice looking kite.
    2 points
  23. Jangla2

    Flysurfer Speed 10m

    I've been having a clear out and came across my original Flysurfer Speed 10m It's obviously a few years old now but I've owned it since new and it has maybe a few dozen hours flying time on it - I bought it at a time when I had lots of spare time and life changes brought that to an end - only ever used on land; 90% landboarding on grass and a couple of times on sand. Anyway, I grabbed it out the bag to check it over this afternoon and it's in amazing condition. I'd love to sell this on to someone who can actually make use of it rather than it sitting in my garage not fulfilling it's destiny! So, for sale: Flysurfer Speed 10m includes lines, depower bar, bag, original repair kit (still unused - I treat my kites real well) Oxford, UK £200 Open to offers. I'll get some pics up by the weekend coming provided the weather holds.
    2 points
  24. 2 points
  25. Had a great solo run today at Sandy Point. Consistent on-shore all day 15-20 knots at the start and then backed off towards the end of the session. Cloudy day, but the sun made several appearances which made it even more enjoyable. Should have enough footage to throw a cheeky edit together over the weekend.
    2 points
  26. kids bought me these for my birthday because I have had my eyes on them and yes adjustable bridle even on the rage ...check out the spacers no more knots ....
    2 points
  27. That's the idea, I've had quite a few close calls night kiting Most memorable is the time Andyfly nearly landed on my head. I wear a motorcycle helmet Har har har. I'd at least have a legitimate reason for not seeing you, not sure what your excuse would be...... "I was admirin ta stars i didun see ya dere"
    2 points
  28. I recently joined this fantastic forum and so I am catching up. IMHO, every kite is unique and exceptional in it's own way. I have flown sleds, inflatables, Peter Powels, Flexifoils, ARCs, Beans, single skins, bridled foils hang gliders.... It is a true passion that has never left me and a regular springtime illness. Pleasure Kite Category: For outright simplicity, my all time favorite is the Scott sled. It is impossible to make one that will not fly. I would do free clinics for kids for years. Thank you Frank Scott. Flexifoil stackers are the fastest commercial kites ever, great for pelican and seagull chasing (I know, we should never do that but...). Thank you Merry & Jones. But for outright speed, 2-line wire-cut foam wings based on the flexifoil are absolutely insane, but you must keep clocking them in the window because they overshoot, flying way upwind and blow back at you, coming down in a tangled mess. But with practice, like a yoyo, you can fly them all the way around the clock in the right conditions if you walk backwards a bit! High aspect stunt kites, I can play with all day, never a dull moment. I gave up hang gliding beacuse that was not going to end well... Thank you Francis Rogallo. Power Kite Category: For outright speed, the F-ARC never ceases to scare me to death on skis and blades, but the bowties drive me f* bonkers 😉 It is a true love-hate relationship I have with them. Peter Lynn and friends, what can I say, thank you! LEIs are the ideal solution for water, both hands down. Unless you blow a bladder, you can always get going again. Thank you too Bruno Legaignoux. But for precision and refinement, you can fly Flysurfer Sonics with your pinkies. I am sure that most of the modern high aspect bridled foils are like this. Spendid Armin Harich! It's all good? Well, not quite. There are some pretty bad copies out there 😞! I won't name names hehehe, just the great creators 😉 Paul.
    2 points
  29. andy666

    eBay & Gumtree Finds

    6m ozone access going cheap. Only $100 https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/193863273128
    2 points
  30. Juan Valdez

    Video Les Hemmes

    November Rain
    2 points
  31. Nice Vids. Good to meet some of the crew in Kingston, I was the newby - Andrew - who has just bought a kite.
    2 points
  32. RaceKites

    Hq Beamer Ii 5M

    I decided to go for the 5m kite when I wanted more power than my little 2.7m HQ Symphony would provide. I chose the Beamer over other kites because the nice people at Air Jam in Newquay recommended it for idiot tourist like me! The kite comes in a rucksack, which despite other peoples comments is holding together just fine. A ground stake is included, which is very useful, but no kite killers. Its got a single winder for both sets of lines which works but two seperate ones would be more convenient. First attempt at a flight took me a while to get going as I managed to get the lines and bridle twisted. I'm still managing to get the things twisted but am getting better so it's probably more me than the kite. First flight out there was very little wind but managed to get it up. This is my first quad line kite so had problems getting to grips with the brakes. The manual recommends that you attach the brake line on the third know. A bit of experimentation and I can control it more easily with the brake lines on the first or second knot, so they have a bit more slack in them. Second flight was far too windy and lasted about 10 seconds. I was pleased the brake lines worked as I was dragged down the beach towards the sea. Now I've flown it a few more times. There's plenty of power to drag me along even in grippy boots and dry grass. Its had me in the air (on my face, on my back etc) a few times, though not all of them on purpose. On the other hand, I haven't felt out of control since my sprint to the beach. Turning the kite is easy though you do need to use a bit of brake to get it around if you are at the edge of the window. It doesn't like staying still, especially when the wind is a bit gusty as it has a tendency to collapse (though that could be down to my incompetance). It also lufts (if that's the correct word) a bit, though lengthening the brake lines seemed to help that yesterday. On the plus side, having crashed it quite heavily a few times, its got to be fairly robust. I don't think I'll grow out it just yet and might even try a board with it next yet. If you've never flown a stearable kite before, you might need a few attempts to get the hang of it but with the steering and power being easy to control and progressive it feels like a good kite to learn with. Well I'm off to learn to jump next. By : matthelliwell
    2 points
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  34. Chook

    SpaceX Single skin mock up

    Brilliant Pari. Thanks for sharing.
    1 point
  35. Chook

    Sysmic S3

    Thanks for all those great photos. It looks great and I would love you to give us a follow up on how the rear axle performs.
    1 point
  36. Got a chrono 13 v2 , land use only ,but in nz .$950
    1 point
  37. dpkc1600949570

    Ozone Samurai MK1 2M

    hi and welcome to my review of the classic ozone samurai 2m mk1 old kite this one but i have only been introduced to its abilities in the last couple of months, although this kite is perfectly suitable for beginners i am going to review it as a high wind buggy engine. i last flew mine in 25mph wind and the power and stability is amazing and i am nearly 15 stone!!! no such problems as having my arms pulled out of there sockets, also the kite behavior in general is awesome, very stable in the power zone, no luffing or folding, no flying to the edge of the wind window and no stalling. for the beginners it will fly in winds as low as 5mph, maybe even less than that and it still flys sweet! the kite itself is built to the typical ozone high standard, mine is old and still in perfect condition, and the lines and handles!! well i have always thought that ozone make the best control gear. so thats my review of the "sammy" if your in the market for a small kite for high wind buggying then i would strongly recommend the samurai 2m. not available new anymore but they do come up for sale on the forums every now and then. thanks for reading. jim. By : dpkc
    1 point
  38. p frosty

    Peter Lynn Pepper 2 2M

    This my first review so here goes The peter lynn pepper 2 2m This is the first kite that i bought middle of last year, decided to go for a beginner kite to lurn the basics and this was recomended to me Firstly the kite was very good value only cost £89.00 and included the following the kite, four line kite handles, lines 25m long, kite killers, ground stake and bag to put it all in. The kite it self has a good design in black and blue good colours together and a simple design it is made of rip stop material so is very strong (was needed as has been crashed a few times now learning to fly kite). Although has been bashed alot you would not think so as is still in mint contdition so proves the quaility of the kite. I was very suprised just how much pull this kite had as only 2m2 but when there is a bit of wind it will happly pull me up the beach and has even pulled me along on landboard when wind is strong 25mph+. The kite is very stable in flight even at the windows edge the being small make it very manouvrable you can do so cool tricks with it unlike bigger kite so has a double use there. All in all this kite is very good quailty from kite to handles(very compy to use) lines are strong and kite killers work as they should. The rucksack it all comes in is by far the best of the four i have they have put some effot into it's design unlike felxifoils ones. My overall view of this kite is very good beginer kite or a high wind kite for the more experanced of you all comes with all the gear you need to get started and although i now have bigger kites this one still get as much use as they do. I have had many a great afternoon sliding up the beach on feet or other parts not so grasefull. 09frosty By : 09frosty
    1 point
  39. The buzz on the new Peter Lynn Venom is definitely getting around. Since receiving the first Venoms several months ago, our team has put hundreds of hours on the 13m, 16m, and 19m riding them on the snow, land and water. A lot of people have told us that a more detailed review would be extremely helpful....so here it is: -New Features? At first glance, some of the new bells and whistles you'll see are the two inflation zippers (one on each wing tip). This is a great help to inflate the kite quickly and go ride! Launch Assist Velcro tabs on each wing tip have been added to run your lines through for a surefire launch every time, even in gusty conditions. The cell spacing has been reduced by adding more profiles making it a more rigid wing throughout. This created the need for five air intake valves at the leading edge instead of the usual three. Once the kite is in flight a noticeable change in the canopy curve can be seen. A much flatter middle section with he wing tips spread further giving more surface area projected to the wind. -Relaunch? If you've ever flown any of the Peter Lynn Twinskin kites, you know that the need to do a relaunch is a RARE occasion because they don't ever inadvertently fall out of the sky...even when a jump goes bad and you swing way under the kite. But should you happen to drive the kite into the water it's good to know that you will be able to ride home. So, in testing, we have purposely crashed the kite on the snow, land and water and have easily been able to turn the kite over and ride away on every occasion where there is wind. In most cases, the Venom has a natural tendency to correct its self and relaunch with little to no rider input. Yes, it is a ram air foil. Yes, it does relaunch from the water. No, it doesn't fill with water and sink. -In flight? First of all, these kites are ridiculously stable. A lot of times when I get to the beach, I get out of my truck and launch the kite...then hook my chicken loop to the winch hooks on my truck with the kite flying overhead while I put on my wet suit and harness (not recommended, but it CAN be done). CRAZY! In the past, Twinskin kites have been lacking in turning speed and responsiveness compared to most high performance LEI's...not so with the Venom. We have been flying the 16m mostly on a 16" bar and the kite turns and handles like a sports car! Also, the turning speed is not affected by where the bar is on the chicken loop. Whether you are sheeted all the way out or all the way in, the Venom responds the same in turning. The rear lines are never slack or floppy even when depowered to the extreme. Also, it is extremely difficult to stall the kite when sheeted all the way in or powered up. It still wants to fly fast and nimble. -Safety? The bar setup is the same as an LEI, so most bar's safety systems work fine. Once the release is engaged, the leash is attached to just one line and the bar slides up that line. However on a Twinskin there is no rigid structure on the kite, so it won't do a million loops before it hits the ground and the power is killed COMPLETELY. -How's the ride? Twinskin kites have been known to have the amazing ability to have a seemingly endless top end wind range. With the Venom they have finally perfected the bottom end without sacrificing any of that top end performance. Most people have found that it is only necessary to carry one or two Venoms instead of three or four LEI's. We have rode the 16m in everything from 5mph on the snow to 27mph on the water without feeling overpowered or out of control at all. When cruising, it feels like you are riding underpowered, but send the kite and pull in the bar.... -Jumping? Ah, our favorite part! With it's huge power range it is extremely easy to carve hard upwind and hold your edge for those last few milliseconds with the kite sheeted out before you pull in the bar and pop. With the Venom it feels like you are being shot out of a cannon! Time seems to freeze as you are hung in the air for ever, then slowly and softly float back down. Its fast turning speed allows you to easily get the kite back around once airborne for a soft landing with speed and power. After you land the Venom powers up instantly as you ride away. -Upwind? The upwind ability is unmatched. When the wind is light, the Venom maintains the grunt you want to ride upwind and when it's honkin it gives you the depower you need to hold a solid edge. We have seen many beginners that are unable to ride upwind on anything else easily cruise upwind on a Venom. -Overall? We ride everything we can get our hands on every chance we get, and we recommend the same to anyone else. So far, we haven't been able to top the Venom! By : Blake Pelton
    1 point
  40. andyc1600949550

    Ozone Cult 4.5M

    This all started when I decided I wanted a fun kite for those days when my race kites were just too much like hard work. Static flying on holidays, and a bit of buggy-use when the wind and location didn't suit my regular quiver. This coincided with the release of Ozone's 2007 range, and a trip to Atmosphere Kites soon resulted in me walking away with a shiny new 4.5m Cult. As usual, got a little bit of advice and insider info from Al - one of the benefits of a bricks 'n' mortar kite shop 😉 So, the package: nice rucksack with side and front pockets, Ozone 180/110 lines, handles and kite killers, instruction manual (full colur, nicely written and presented) stickers, a genrous ammount of adhesive ripstop for small repairs. Oh, and a kite. Won't go on about Ozone build quality. It IS the best out there. End of story. The kite is in Ozone's own fabric - lightweight but very damage-resistant. All vents are reinforced with mylar, everything is double-stitched, and the accuracy is incredible. The bridles are more heavy-duty than those found on the old Samurai or Yakuza - more like those on the Frenzy, all very neatly sewn and assembled. Much fewer bridles than the Samurai, about a third less I think, and shorter too. Internal bracing helps maintain the sails shape. The handles and lines are standard Ozone spec, with a connecting strop. Kite killers look great quality too - but I removed them immediately. Personal preference. Price-wise this sits in the mid-range along side the likes of Flexifoil's Rage and Peter Lynn's Reactor. Not the cheapest, but you can really see where your money has been spent. Set up is very straightforward - all lines and leaders are numbered to ensure idiot-proof assembly. With the handles staked, the kite sits up, about 60% inflated, ready to go. No signs of bouncing or wanting to self-launch, which was nice. First flight was at my local spot (Welsh mountains) in slightly higher and gustier winds than I would have liked, but you know how it is - new kite, got to fly it! I'd already been told by Al at Atmosphere that this kite was designed to flown on the main lines, with brakes just for reversing, landing and speeding up the turns. With my race kite background, and tiny attention-span, I completely forgot this advice, and tried to fly it like my other kites - little bit of brake tension almost all the time. In the gusty inland winds, this is usually a good approach. The Cult didn't like my style. It flew, but was a little sluggish and seemed to have quite a narrow window. Not what I was hoping for. Remembering the advice, I relaxed pressure on the brakes - and everything changed. The kite became much more responsive, with a very wide window, and exceptional stability at the edge of that window. I could get it to overfly by really trying, but the collapsed wing reinflated quickly, and never showed any tendency to bow-tie. The very short bridling may be helping here. I felt very 'connected' to the kite. It responded instantly to any inputs, and you could 'feel' what it was doing - especially at the edges of the window. You get advance notice of a luff, and so can respond to it. Given the wind conditions I didn't really chuck it about to much, but the power was clearly there if wanted. With the kite at the zenith, I got no sense that it would loft me unexpectedly - but I suspect there is a little lift there if you work the kite. Landing was very straightforward. The Sammi, and especially the Little Devil used to need a little practice to land well - minimum braking was the key, too much and they'd spin wildly. I tried landing the Cult both ways - gently and with full brake. Both times it came straight down - more flapping with full brake as you'd expect, but no hint of spinning. I've yet to try this in the buggy, but with a medium aspect ratio and fairly slim profiles, I expect it will do well. Truthfully, I have yet to fly this kite enough, or in a sufficiently wide range of conditions to provide a final assessment. BUT this was the most enjoyable first flight of any kite that I can remember. The speed, power and performance will certainly satisfy all but the most hard-core kiters, but the stability and direct control means that I would have no hesitation teaching a newbie to fly using these kites. Certainly the beginner who is serious about progressing in the sport should consider the Cult as a real option - one which they won't outgrow anytime soon. I'll post updates to this once I've had a little more flying time with the Cult, but on first impressions, this seems like a really, really exceptional kite. By : andyc
    1 point
  41. Rev 4-8

    HQ Symphony 2.2M

    OK, I freely admit that I started off badly in the world of power kites. I looked at magazines, I looked on the internet, and I ended up on e-bay. I plumped for something called a Powerfull Parafoil Stunt Traction Kite - 2 Line 3m span. My batsense should have been tingling when I saw Powerful spelled with too many Ls. The full description read: Powerful Parafoil Kite ,Comes with Bag and Control Handles.Colourful design.Powerfull 2 line KiteSits low in flying window and pulls hard for its size3m X 0.9m55 Meter Lines20 Ram air pockets Why on earth would anyone want 55m lines? I honestly thought that this was an HQ Symphony, which isn't a great surprise because that is exactly what it is trying to look like. A 2.2m Symphony that happens to be 3m wide. Well how bad can it be for under £50? Dire, absolutely dire, unredeemably dire. But it looks pretty. It is a full rainbow of glorious colours, almost exactly like the 2.2 Symphony, but without the HQ logo. The material is low grade nylon, the lines are sewn on, and the handles are small and uncomfortable. The same handles you would get on the cheap plastic kites you can buy in seaside newsagents. To my shame I took it to Woolacombe, where there were people flying 'proper' kites. I dragged it's sorry hide out of it's cheap nylon bag, and attempted to fly. Being a 2 line kite, this sorry bag of air cannot stand for a self-launch, and so I ended up trying to launch by holding the lines below the bridle, and just pulling it into the air. After many attempts I managed a couple of launches. It was up! And down. It crumples at the slightest touch, it crashes in the slightest gust. It CANNOT turn without the leading edge folding like an empty bag of crisps. No matter what you do with the bridle, it cannot fly. I even resorted to attaching a thin spar along the leading edge in an attempt to keep the cells open, but alas, one light spar was too heavy for this flying bag of shame. Dear reader, learn from my error, these kites should be avoided at all costs, no matter how cheap they are. By : Rev 4-8
    1 point
  42. field flyer

    Hq Beamer Iii 3M

    i bought my beamer III 3m as my first kite, i paid £100 after a barter with local shoppie, the nice guy showed me how to set it up larkhead knot and all that! it comes in a funky?? bag with a large zip that is completley useless, but it's pretty tough and comfy. the kite is of very good build quality, all the stitching is taped and stitched the power lines are colour coded and so is the brake lines for ease of setup, the handles are neoprene covered, colour coded and comfy, they are easy to get used to. it also has a useful line tidy so the lines stay untangled during storage. it comes with kitekillers that have proven usefull on a number of occasions it takes about 5 mins to set the kite up ready to fly when set up it just sits there canopy inflated just waiting for lift off. it launches easily and hits the zenith quickly and smoothly, the kite can generate a large amount of pull and lift in stronger winds, enought o pick 6'2" 12st up and dump me 15-20 foot away!! but it is also very easy to keep under control and the brake lines are brilliant the kite turns well and can respond pretty quickly and always goes where you want it too. on the edge of the window the kite likes to just sit there suspended and bairly moving, it can collapse if the wind is choppy but it always seems to pop open again with a good pull backwards, after 3 days of playing i had the kite rolling over 5 times, so it is a good kite to learn with, and its pretty good for jumping too, im looking at a landboard for some speed and airborne tricks. overall im very happy with this kite and would reccomend it to anyone interested in starting this sport or even to people looking for a step into 4 line flying, it can be very powerfull but it is also very controlable. excellent value for money, and awesome fun. buy one!! By : field flyer
    1 point
  43. After years of longing for a power kite after flying a friends years ago, I decided to start out with the "Big" Buzz (quite a claim for 1.2 sq m!) 2 line kite. Bought as a present, the £60 price tag wasnt an issue for me. I excitedly took it out on its maiden flight and was not disappointed: flew straight out of the bag - completely, no adjustments required to the lines; gave a good tug (I can't use the word power it would be inappropriate) and I stayed out for ages and came back with a huge grin on my face, I was hooked. First week I was out nearly every day, those days with stronger winds provided a lot of fun, but those with weaker winds quickly became boring. This really isnt a weak wind kite at all! So at the first opportunity I got I took it out on the moors in a strong wind (about 25mph and gusty too). It took off like a rocket, darting about the sky and pulled me into the air!! Im 11 stone and this is a tiny kite, I wasnt expecting that. We're not talking lify jumps, just pulling me off my feet and down the field a bit. Three minutes in and *SNAP*, there goes the left line. Bah. A quick trip to my local kite ware merchant and 170kg lines and padded straps were attached. No more broken lines, lots more fun to be had. After about a month, however, I was aching to get on the bigger boys toys. My local flying club's friendly members are a friendly bunch and were more than happy to let me have a go on their huge four line kites. This compounded the feeling of boredom with the Big Buzz, and I quickly ordered a shiny new 5m kite (still waiting for delivery after a week, damn you Pansh!). My girlfriend however, isnt bothered about 4 line kites and getting loads of power, so shes still happy as larry flying on the buzz, but is aprehensive of taking it in strong winds after seeing what happened on the moors with the old lines! All in all, a great beginners kite, good to let your inexperienced mates have a try, and still a lot of fun in strong winds, darts about the sky really fast and makes the flier wobble on their feet - but if you hanker for the bigger kites this kite will become tiresome quite quickly. R By : prescottspies
    1 point
  44. I bought this kite as my first power kite and learnt to use a four line kite using this one. Out the bag the package is impressive, a useful backpack where the handles (my option) can be stored on the side of the rug sack via a mesh pocket and a draw string, very handy. As the winter winds approached I bought an Ozone Samurai, and what a difference. My Bullet always pulled left and power was not at all smooth. The kite would collapse under brake turns and drift into the middle of the window, re-inflate to give me full power even if i didn't want it. I was getting vast amounts of lift even at the zenith. I did check all line lengths and have a look for internal damage.As i was learning i thought this normal, but the Samurai put me straight. I showed the kite to a few Friends and all complained about the launch and bad brake turn response. I have found the fault to be the left bridal lines to be all mixed up from direct from Flexi. Sorry Flexi, the materials used are top rate, but quality is lacking if such a simple mistake can make it to a customer I have worries about the rest. Will be looking for a Samurai 7.2 for the summer. Was going to get a Blade 6.6 but not now. By : Husky_joe
    1 point
  45. Lem.

    JN EasyRider

    Firstly, I am a JN-supported rider. Whilst I am unlikely to say that this kite flys like a well-worn tescos bag, I will attempt some impartiality. Thankfully, it's much better than a tescos bag. You might be wise to consult my Primadonna review - these kites are fairly similar and the bar system is the same. The EasyRider is the slightly lower aspect version of the Primadonna, designed for beginners, wave riders and new-school wake-style nonsense. The boost is nearly as good as the Primadonna, although the timing is a little less intuitive on the larger sizes. This kite loops very quickly and even the 16.5 turns snappily - gives a bit more grunt through turns and loops than the PD. Depower is very good for a c-kite. The 7.5m is a great high-wind kite - very stable and forgiving but no too fast - I think they have purposefully slowed down the smaller sizes. In larger sizes they take on a different character - the 16.5m actually works well as a low wind kite, despite the fatter profile. The canopy and struts are very light and it keeps it self up in the air when other kites can falter. However, I find the low wind technique with this kite is quite unusual; For a big low-ar kite, you would assume that you'd be using the speed and sining the kite to get the requires propulsion. However, this kite works best left at around 30-40degrees, trimming it a little with the depower. It develops apparent wind better than you think it should.. In essence - it's like a Primadonna, but a little different. Graphics-wise, you get cow horns and flames rather a big daisy. The EasyRider is an 06 kite, so benefits from a few minor tweaks not present on the Primadonna, but there's not much between these kites. By : Lem.
    1 point
  46. After my good lady has now decided my old Beamer II 3.6m is officially hers (not sure how!) I decided to go out and get a similar sized kite but now thanks to using a friends massive Frenzy, get a depower. Due to the fact I've got (or have access to) bigger, performance kites - I decided on a Flysurfer Cool 4.0m as my latest aquisition. Looking on this board, I noticed a cerain Manx-man selling said kite at a reasonable price and after a few ' complications' with our friendly postal service (my end), the new old kite turned up at my local post office! Right on with the review... The Bag Old racekites cliche, but you don't fly the bag and all that. However was pleasantly surprised with the great quality and enormous size of the rucksack. It will comfortably house 2 kites and control gear and has no zips or anything which is likely to snag the kite material lines. Control Gear Colour coded, well stretched (well it is second hand) lines and basic depower control configuration. It doesn't have all the safety features the more expensive Ozone kites may have, but not overly concerned considering it's only 4m. Overall happy with it! The Kite Soft 4.0m, royal blue and white (great colours being a Birmingham City fan!!) No reinforcement to openings but generally very well constucted, quality bit of kit. Bridles After having a mare with the Frenzy's pulleys and general Heath Robinson construction (!), suprised to see a very simple arrangement that is very beginner friendly. First Flight Rubbish Second Flight Went out on winds between 15-20mph (according to skylinkweather). Messed around with the trimmer for two minutes then first proper flight. Straight up to the zenith, no overflying at all, and gently pulling me up. Great so far - a very simple friendly kite. Dipped into the power and the fun began, not massive Blade type antics, but smooth pulls and power-up jumps. Due to it's predictable behaviour, was able to fly it for over an hour without tiring and it didn't luff (seriously) once. Decided this was my high end wind kite straightaway (considering I don't go flying in >25mph winds). Overall Not a thrills and spills kite in this size but a great introduction to very well made depower kites. Now to save up for the limited edition FS Speed!!! By : davekermito
    1 point
  47. Chaz

    Hq Crossfire 1.7M

    After a good few weeks of immense fun flying the 3.2CF, I decided to add a small, high-wind kite to my quiver. Wanting the same level of performance that I get from the 3.2, I decided on the newly released 1.7CF. The kite comes complete with lines & winder, handles, kite killers, ground stake, vcd, instructions, all contained in a good sized red bag complete with the obligatory HQ genetically modified zipper. The opening has drawstrings to prevent any danger from snagging the kite, or the lines in a zip. The crossfire bag is big enough to hold two 3m kites for example, if you were to put them both in stuff-sacks. Now I love receiving a new kite, and as soon as I got in from work on a Thursday evening (not too long to wait to try it out), I opened the bag up, and laid everything out. The first thing you notice is that the kite is a rather fetching pink colour, with a yellow ‘swoosh’ design as per the 3.2. It all looks very nice and friendly. Again, no obvious problems with the quality. I’ve have noticed a small change since I bought the 3.2 a couple of months ago… The end of one of the bridles now has some red stitching, to make attaching the lines and sorting out any twists a little easier. There is matching stitching on each end of one of the power lines also. The manual explains how to attach everything and prepare for flying, with which I’ve never had a problem. 1st Flight Very blustery conditions, accentuated by having to fly in a new location at my local park, right in front of a load of trees and buildings. Winds gusting all over the place up to 26mph. Not ideal conditions, but I’ve got some experience under my belt with a larger kite in fairly strong winds, so lets have a go. AlexT was with me with his brand new Rage1.8 (review to follow I’m sure), which had just taken off on it’s maiden flight. It was giving him some pull, and a little lift, nothing unmanageable, so now my turn. With the CF staked out and inflated nicely (ahhh, looks cute!), I strapped the kite killers on, picked up the handles, took a deep breath, and launched…. WOW! This little thing has some serious grunt!! It shot up to the zenith, dragging me forwards several feet, and nearly lifting me up near the top. Holding it at the zenith, it picked me up a couple of inches, and moved me quickly forward, arms outstretched, a good 6-8 feet. Blimey…. This is a real handful…. After struggling to hang on initially, and getting my feet firmly planted on the ground again, I set about moving the kite around, and checking out it’s characteristics. It’s quick, nowhere near as quick as the Rage1.8, but very maneuverable nonetheless. I started dipping it down into the power, and getting some scudding done, but the wind conditions were way too unpredictable, and soon enough the kite was caught by a gust, the handles wrenched from my hands, and the plastic d-ring from the right-hand kite killer was obliterated in the process (the bit the strap passes back through to hold it on your wrist). The handle shot off at speed, and luckily there was no one in the way. Once I’d got up and figured out what had happened, I staked down the single handle, retrieved the other one, and set up again with a spare kite killer attached. This was a shock, I’ve not had a problem with the HQ killers before….. After a few efforts which consisted mainly of me being dragged about like a rag-doll, feeling like a complete beginner again with minimal control, the next launch was just that. On pulling the handles, I was 5ft up in the air before I knew what was happening, and still going up & forwards quickly, so being a chicken, I let go and let the kk’s do their job again…. The wind was awful, impossible to tell where it was coming from, with big lulls, then big gusts producing explosive bursts of power…. Since I know from painful experience what can happen if you get too cocky in these conditions, I packed the kite away to save it & myself for a better day. I double checked that it was actually a 1.7m kite, and not just a larger kite on very-very long lines……….. Phew. Exhilarating, but very disappointing also. 2nd Flight What a difference a day makes! (sorry for the cheesey cliche!!!) Flying in smoother but still quite gusty winds, roughly the same speed as the day before (up to 24mph) really showed what this kite can do. It is VERY stable and responsive, turning on the brakes quickly, and it’ll sit nicely low down on the edge of the window so you can walk it back / have a brief rest – Flying it to the zenith is not how you have a rest with these. At the top, your arms remain stretched upwards, then every now and again you’ll feel the tension building up on the lines, and depending on the wind strength, it’ll lift you off the ground briefly! Flying it through the power reveals that it has more than enough pull to get me (11.5st) scudding along quickly, even though my shoes aren’t actually that slippy, and the grass was quite dry for this time of year. Nice. I managed nearly the length of a football pitch, then the goalpost got in the way, and my arms were tiring, so kite down (easy to land too), have a rest, and back again for more! There is still plenty of lift to be had, and in smooth winds it’s a lot more predictable, you have to go looking for it more, but it can still catch you out in the gusts (still got the mud on my clothes to prove it). It must be amusing to see someone being dragged along on their back, on the end of a little pink kite. When launching a CF directly downwind in nice strong winds, you are more or less guaranteed to get a long scud, followed by a healthy dose of lift as it goes up through the power, but be careful doing this, as even with a lot of practice, if the wind increases, you’ll be going higher, further, and faster than you expected!! And the smaller kite will bite very quickly! As a direct comparison, I have a 1.8 Beamer II also, which, in the same winds gives you a little pull, not quite enough for scudding, whilst the slightly smaller CF will have you sliding at high speed across the field! Considering the Crossfire is the next step up from the Beamer, there is a huge difference in performance. Conclusion After spending all afternoon flying the 1.7 yesterday (static), I had so much fun, that I’m sure if the government found out, they’d probably put a tax on it, or make it illegal. The 1.7 Crossfire is quick, VERY powerful for it’s size, with both considerable pull & lift available, and also very stable and controllable for such a small kite. It shares all the characteristics of the larger Crossfires, but just does everything that much quicker! - Which includes embarrassing / hurting you if you take your eyes off it! I like the HQ handles, but would recommend some biking / weight-lifting gloves, as these would give you some padding, extra grip, and protection from the leader line, which can scrape your knuckle up a bit after a long session. But this really boils down to personal preference, and hand size. If you are experienced with 4-line kites, then I can’t recommend this highly enough as a fun kite for high winds. It received the thumbs-up from everyone who’s had a go so far, and if you don’t mind flying a small pink kite, then go for it, you know you want to! 😉 Author : Chaz
    1 point
  48. wizzykite

    Flexifoil Stacker 6

    A classic of a kite and one i bought brand new for £50 about 6 months ago,as i needed a high wind kite.I've used it in moderate winds but last night had a chance to spend an hour with it at Old Hunstanton Beach in Norfolk.This is quite exposed with the wind off the north sea.The wind was blowing at about 30mph.A friend helped set the kite up.This is not difficult,but in this wind it was inflating itself before we had the lines attached. The kite itself come in a long (approx 1m sleeve made of high quality rucksack type material.This has two pockets one for the kite and spars the other smaller for the lines.The lines come on a winder and in my case are 20 meters long dyneema of equal lengths with quick release tags fitted to the line ends.They are plain white and sleeved at the end in red and blue.The Kite comes complete with two wrist straps easily attached with larkshead knots.They are strong enough but unpadded,keeping with this lightweight package. The kite itself resembles a 70's airbed/deckchair and immediate impressions are how on earth will this fly.The kite is 1.1 square meters and has an aspect ration in the region of 2.0.In other words just about 6 foot long and about 18 inches deep.mine is in the highly attractive luminous yellow with the trademark black band.It certainly looked the part Against an angry looking sea. Once unpacked it has a two peice spar connected with a brass ferrule,sometimes worth sellotaping to prevent detatching in flight.I have only had this happen once and at worst the kite collapses.The spar is fed through a purpose built run in the leading edge and goes through two metal guides at the end.Comprehensive instructions are supplied altohugh set up is relively easy,however if its really windy setting up in the car first might be a good idea. The launch This is not the easiest kite to self launch although it is possible but care would be needed on a sharp sand beach.Luckily my mate assisted and it shot into the air in the shape of a small arc.The kite has a mesh covered leading edge just above the spar and does indeed resemble an air bed. i have flown numerous kites big and small and the stacker is reckoned to be amongst the smallest.Well away went the kite and so did i. I have never had a scud with this kite before and the smile on my face said it all.There were several kitesurfers there at the time with their big wings and there was me with the lunatic of a kite.To say it was fast was an understatement the speed and pull in the gusty wind was amazing and with waves crashing not far away.It was fair to say i was in kiting heaven. The one thing i was no so prepared for was the amount of pull on wrists and thumbs etc.With the straps being very similar to many trick kites after half an hour i knew i had been flying.But its only a baby i hear you say,yes is my response but it was exerting similar pull to that of my 7.0 meter beamer on a much calmer day. I know these are ancient but history has some greats.I know there is the stingand the buzz,but this kite can do really strong winds and can be flown by children on a gentle day and those with a screw loose on a manic day.The kite will take it.Its construction is of usual flexi quality and made of chikara nylon.It does need more wind than say a similar sized radsail and yes spars are rather old fashioned,but fun never goes out of fashion.It doesn't cost much has a 30 day repair voucher,comes in a sleeve that will last forever,can be stacked with others,but get some padded straps. A lovely classic which when flown in the right conditions is super responsive and goes exactly where you put it.What more do you need? By : wizzykite
    1 point
  49. TTTT

    Nasa NPW9 3.2M

    My first introduction to a traction kite was the NPW 9, I was lent one of these by a work mate when going on holiday, it was 3.2 meter. I flew this on dartmoor, more to the point it dragged me across the moors on my face, it was at this point I became hooked on flying traction kites. Over a short period of time I aquired numerous kites, but my heart remains loyal to the nasa wings purely due to there simplicity, indestructable nature and pure grunt that they can generate in reasonably low winds. I have flown NPW9's for a while now along with a phantom 12 meter and blade 111 3 meter. My overall view of these kites is that every quiver should contain at least one, I have 3 a 1.5, 4.6 and this one the 7.2. They are cheap to aquire in my case I have a mate whose friend stitches them. The construction is simple yet strong, this is a single skin kite, you can crash it into the ground, it will not be damaged there are no cells to damage no back to blow apart. In the air it is extremely stable, and launches with ease. I fly the 7.2 in 4 line mode on an airush 80cm bar with depower setup, attached this way it is possible to pull the the nose of the kite in and dump a percentage of the power. As a traction unit it is superb this will pull you on a board in winds as low as 5 to 6mph at 8 mph you are positively zipping along, I find very few kites that can give you such traction at low wind speeds. Whereas with other kites it is possible to generate lift, the nasa does not work this way, it can thought if the wind is strong take you a foot or two off the ground. This is not a slow kite by any means, it will also turn on its wing tip. It should be treated with respect, it will most definitely bite your ass if not respected. My biggest concern in flying these was the safety aspect, hence using the depower setup, while not a true depower kite this setup does work to an extent, with the depower strap pulled all the way in the nose collapses slightly bringing the power delivery down by at least 30%, hook into your harness pull in the bar and you can feed the power in exactly where you want it, it is even possible to reverse the kite down the window and park it on the ground in this setup mode also. Using a leash on one of the brake lines it is possible to release the kite if overpowered and the kite safely will fall out of the sky like a deflated carrier bag. You by no means feel as safe as you do with the phantom and the ease of use this gives you, but then you can pack 3 of these kites into a small rucksack and take them anywhere with you. My kite bag will always contain a few of these kites and with summer coming and low winds these will get even more time out of the bag than my other kites. I have let lots of people fly these who are mostly into expensive must have the lastest gear, all are incredibly impressed with the kites ability and power delivery Overall I would recommend that everyone at least try one of these at some point, you will not be disappointed you may even buy one. By : TTTT
    1 point
  50. leytoncheeses

    Flexifoil Proteam 8

    let this be a cautionary tale to anybody who is browsing this site looking for kite advice when starting out... one day, the wife , in her usually unpredictable and somewhat potty manner, asked me to buy a kite. so off to google i went, and discovered the joys of flexifoil kite propaganda... needless to say, we got a proteam 8, from the kitestore.co.uk, and we were pleased! this thing had nothing in common with the kites i had sworn at, smashed, burned etc as a child. assembly really is easy, within minutes it is ready to fly! to a newbie, build quality seemed excellent, and everything comes in a very nice "snooker cue" style case. on a cautionary note, be aware that an instruction/saftey lable is attached to the foil itself, we forgot in our haste to take it off, resulting in a heart stopping ripping noise, fortunatly no damage. pretty soon, we had discovered the wife appeared to be born to bell-ring. this kite has a very large turning circle, and frenetic heaving on the handles does not do very much! i also noticed a tendancy at times for this kite to sit slightly above my head, dont know if this is lack of technique, or if this happens to others? the first and most surprising thing is the ammount of flex in the carbon rod. very quickly, we had it zipping around the sky in a nearly perfect horseshoe shape. after a few hours, we found we both were able to feel sufficiently confident to start telling work colleagues what we had done at the weekend - with the kite... the reason i made reference to propaganda is that there is no way this particular kite will get you off the ground. i am 6 foot and fifteen stone, the wife, being a delicate lady, is a petite 5'2" 8 stone. despite flying in up to 25mph wind, not so much as a hint of air betwixt foot and grass. this is an excellent introductory kite in our humble opinion. however, it is somewhat limited in what you can actually do with it. if like us, you fall for the flexifoil bumph about "skudding" dont be surprised if nothing happens! i have since read a few more reviews on this site - which i wish i had explored before, and have to agree that whilst this is a good beginners kite, it serves mainly to highlight what you cant do, rather than what you can do. the kite itself has been fairly bomb proof - the only damage thus far from more than a few high speed plowing into the grounds has been the need to replace the little rubber widgets on the ends of the bar. as thse cost about 20pence from a kite shop (we use Neals Yard, London) running repairs are both easy and pocket friendly. as a further caution, this has proved to be the start of a slippery slope. our original ethos was to explore ways of keeping me out of the pub on days off, which it has done admirably well. another thing it has done is facilitate our conversion to the sport! i now have difficulty concentrating on work when its blowing up outside.. in summary, this is a good, sturdy forgiving kite to learn on. whilst you will not be suddenly sprouting dreadlocks and a beach bum tan, you will quickly understand what the fuss is all about. i fear the use of this kite is now limited to days when we are too timid to take the blade out of the bag........ there are expansion options with this kite, the point being you can stack it! this is relatively easy to do. however, if you are going to shell out another £120, why not spend the £200+ on a decent entry level traction kite.? hope this helps. as i said, research is a good idea! By : leytoncheeses
    1 point
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