Beginner Kites

Beginner Kites

Post by Daniel Tamur » Thu, 31 Jul 1997 04:00:00


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> I am trying to figure out which kite to buy for my partner.

> She has flown my PRISM micron and my 3d a little bit, enjoyed it and
> expressed an interest in having her own kite. She enjoys navigating
> around the sky, loops and I think
> she would enjoy learning more tricks. We live in Cary, NC (land o little
> wind) so a kite that performs well in little wind would be a plus. I
> think she would prefer a kite that didnt have outrageous pull in the
> heavier winds as well (I know that these requirements could be a bit on
> the impossible side).

> I have been looking at the Prism Spark(too heavy I think), Ion, 3d (i
> like mine but its a bit quick and fragile in higher end of its wind
> range) and Fanatic and was wondering if anyone has an opinion on those
> or any other kites that would be good for a beginner.

> Thank you,
> Michael Faoro

> ps. if anyone has opinions on the Buena Vista Feather I would love to
> hear them.

I am just a beginner, but here's my opinion on the kites you mentioned.
I have an Ion, but while it's a decent beginner's kite, it's less stable
and pulls much harder than the Fanatic, a beautiful, smooth-flying kite.
I think the Fanatic would be the way to go if you're buying a Prism.
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Beginner Kites

Post by Rob Ston » Fri, 01 Aug 1997 04:00:00

Quote:

> (Summarizing) [...She has flown my PRISM micron and my 3d a little bit ... a kite

 that performs well in little wind ... I think she would prefer a kite
 that didnt have outrageous pull in the heavier winds as well ...
 have been looking at the Prism Spark, Ion, 3d and Fanatic ...]

Well, you have set some lofty goals for yourself, if you intend on buying
just one kite!

I would tend to recommend against the Ion just because the kite will pull
quite hard when the wind gets stronger and Prism's new designs are simply
better. The Spark is Prism's entry-level kite (i've never flown it, so can't
comment).

The Fanatic probably wants to see close to 8 MPH winds to be
comfortable for a new pilot, but once there is happy indeed and will provide
much fun. It is framed in carbon and so is quite strong for those unintended
landings. The Fanatic will really start moving when the wind kicks up. The
kite is also quite trick-able.

But that leaves out the lower wind ranges.  A big UL kite for 0-5 MPH winds is
typically fragile. You don't want to invest in one of these until you are
confident in your abilities.  Instead, I would consider getting her a 3D along
with your other choice for higher winds.  The cost is not really high and the
kite is great fun; it can be flown indoors too!

If possible, try before you buy.

Quote:
> ps. if anyone has opinions on the Buena Vista Feather I would love to
> hear them.

Never flown one. I did own the X4i from Buena Vista and liked it.

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Beginner Kites

Post by George W. Gilchris » Fri, 08 Aug 1997 04:00:00

Quote:

> I am trying to figure out which kite to buy for my partner.

...

Michael and Autumn,

Of the kites you mention, the Prism Fanatic is probably the best choice.
I have flown a prototype of a UL version that would probably be perfect;
I'm not sure it's in production yet, but you could drop a note to Mark

The Fanatic has a light pull, excellent trickability, passable precision
performance, and is very tough. Even the UL version is pretty strong, so
should be great for a beginner needing a low wind version. I bought a
standard version when they first came out for my 10 year old son and he
loves it. It does need about 5 MPH to fly, however. The UL does well in
3 or so. The Ion pulls too hard and is not as nice a design as the
Fanatic.

Another good choice (although a few $$ more) would be HQ's Jam Session.
Both these kites are quite well made and perform great.

Cheers, George

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