> Hello everyone, I'm still out here looking for my first power kite.
>I was hoping for a little more info about flexifoils.
> Are Flexis fun/challenging/exciting to fly if you are not in a buggy
>or other pullable object? It was my understanding that they are rather
>slow/boring hard pulling kites. Are they any good at doing tricks and
At lot of this has already been addressed in other messages by Andrew
Beattie, myself, and a couple of other folks. Basically, the Flexi
is an extremely fast (a stock 6' has been clocked at 114) kite that is
extremely versatile--its flight characteristics can be changed completely
with the addition of an Ultraflex ultralight spar (a few companies, including
Clearwater, also make custom Flexi spars). In high winds, the Flexi is
a fast kite with a strong, smooth pull that tests your ability to react to
an object moving in the 100mph range 100' away. In low winds, the Flexi
is a finesse kite capable of a wide range of tricks.
>What size would be best for me to start with, 4, 6, 8,
>or 10' flexi, and where can I get them for the lowest price?
The 4' has almost no pull. A fun kite, perhaps, but hardly classifiable
as a power kite. (~$80)
The 6' is a great kite. It's got a tighter turning radius than the larger
kites but of course it doesn't pull as hard or fly as fast. The 6' is
also referred to as the Stacker and it *is* great for stacking. While a
single kite is probably never enough to drag an ***, 2 kites in a 25-30mph
wind is enough to drag me (~170 pounds). Don't expect to get it off
the ground in winds less than 8-10 with the stock spar. The Ultraflex,
extending the range down to about 2mph, is only $25 (~$130)
The 8' is said to possess the best characteristics of the 6' and the 10':
lighter wind range (with the stock spar), better turning radius. A
great kite. (~$180)
The 10' has a real strong pull, is real fast, flies in fairly low winds
with the stock spar, and has a real wide turning radius. It helps to
have long arms to fly it. ;-) (~$270)
If you're curious about the wide variance in prices considering that
each increasing size of kite adds the same amount of fabric to the previous,
a lot of the difference is in the spar. The 10', for instance, has a long
piece of solid carbon in the center of the spar; a replacement for
this stick will run you ~$60!
For a dealer, I'd try calling Dodd Gross up at DJ Sport Kites up in
York, PA. 717-840-0308
Once again, I'll also invite you down to the Mall some weekend. This
weekend probably won't be that good because a lot of folks are up at
the NYSKC on Long Island. Likewise, next Sunday will be pretty empty.
A good time to come would be in two weeks, on September 5th, which will
be one of our normal First Sunday flies. There should be a lot of folks
around and you can probably try some of the kites you're interested
in. You can certainly fly my Flexi(s) (I've 3 Stackers)
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