Hey Steve, glad you came back, thought good 'ol rec.kites appears to be in
retirement these days.
Probably the most important question to ask you is "where do you live?" With
a $50 dollar (U.S.?) top end, the last thing you would want to do is pay it
all in shipping. You might even have a retail outlet near your location
which might give a competitive price vs. an on-line purchase. With that
said, I can give you one recommendation based on my own experience with my
daughter: The HQ-Invento "Symphony." Here is a U.S. link to the
My daughter is almost 7 years-old and has been flying her Symphony 1.4 for
two years. I cannot tell you how many of these kites she has helped to sell
(there is a gift shop that stocks them near where we fly). I have also
bought the kite as a gift for older kids. The graphics and bridle have been
changed by HQ a couple of times but the kite still delivers a strong small
The kite comes with it's own *** pack for transportation and storage, in
addition to spectra/dyneema line and straps. It also has an instructional
DVD (extremely basic content) all for well under $50US. I don't think
there's a better 'bullet proof' beginner product out there (no spars to
Keep looking up,
>I want a stunt kite. There are a bazillion brands and types. I want
>something that my grandkids can fly without risking crashing an expensive
>kite, or letting loose of the handles.
> I'm thinking of something 36" approximate wing span. Tops $50.
> Replaceable parts. Built to last. If I get into this, I see getting a
> bigger better one for Papa, but for now, I just want to buy a nice kite
> that will last through all our learning curves. And not something so
> simple that we will outgrow it fast, but no so complicated that it is hard
> to fly. And some thing that takes a range of wind, as we have 0-60 mph
> winds here on the same day on any given day.
> What would be your top 5 choices, as per brand name, style, etc?
> I know that the foil wing types are popular, and I'll probably get one of
> those, too, just for the ease of them, the transportability, and
> bulletproofedness for kids. But a stunter would be fun, too, and I think
> the boys would get a kick out of "driving" it. We have a nice nylon
> diamond kite now, with a long streamer tail, but after three minutes of
> doing very little, the boys are ready to head to the house and watch
> Help appreciated.