HQ Elektra as my 2nd kite? any others?

HQ Elektra as my 2nd kite? any others?

Post by Brian Blo » Sat, 10 Oct 1998 04:00:00


   I have been flying a Spin-Off for about 4 years now, and I want to
buy another kite.  I'm thinking that I want something quieter, with less
pull, perhaps a little quicker, and able to fly in 3-15 mph winds.
   I was thinking about the HQ Elektra.  Any comments on this kite or
suggestions for others?
 
 
 

HQ Elektra as my 2nd kite? any others?

Post by Pierre Gregoir » Sat, 10 Oct 1998 04:00:00

Hi Brian,
        I still have my TOTL spinoff, I use it to teach new flyiers, its
a predictable kite. The bridle adjustments allow for almost any wind,
less pull can be adjusted by moving the bridle attachment up, this will
decrease your wind window, but make flying more enjoyable in high winds.
The loudness can be tamed by running a line inside the trailing edge,
i used a sewing needle (eye first) to thread it thru. Put a knot near
the spine,
in the black dacron (couldn't get it all the way thru) and attached the
other end to the end of leading edge nock. I was able to do this without
undoing any of the stitches. This kite is very quiet now.

As far a which kite you should buy, it really depends on, what your
flying goals and budget are. I strongly suggest you try a kite before
buying. IMHO, here are a number of kites you might try

TrickTail by Active People: pricey, but worth every penny, very precise
and very slow precise tricks.
HQ Electra: fair price, nice looking sail, multipurpose, smooth, bit
heavy.
HQ Jam Session: good price,is a trick kite, with overstreer, not that
precise, but good for tricks. Depends on the bridle setting and wind
speed.
HQ MIDI 98: good price, is a good compromise, does tricks and is fairly
precise.
Premier Trick and Track: Good price, medium precision, medium
trickability, a bit heavy, usally comes with lines and straps.
Azur Expresso: Excellent price, Medium Precision, Good Trickability,
bridle adjustments are calibrated with knots.
TOTL North Shore Radical: On sale check kitelife.com link, this kite
is very precise, although not a kite to learn tricks with. Very loud.

These are but a few, but try before you buy, go to a kite festival or
stunt kite competitions, usually there is a demo field. Of course
talk to kite flyiers in your area. They will also let you try their
kites.

Thats about it, hope this was helpful.

Pierre Gregoire

Quote:

>    I have been flying a Spin-Off for about 4 years now, and I want to
> buy another kite.  I'm thinking that I want something quieter, with less
> pull, perhaps a little quicker, and able to fly in 3-15 mph winds.
>    I was thinking about the HQ Elektra.  Any comments on this kite or
> suggestions for others?