Looking to off-load a new or used kite out of your personal collection? Post, name your price and someone may just be in need!
Use common sense when buying/selling online
This section of the KiteLife Forum is for individual / personal use only, posts from business entities will not be tolerated here except with special permission from the forum administrator... We hold no responsibility for posts or sales made here on the Sale/Swap/Trade part of the forum and we strongly suggest you take basic steps to protect yourself (buyer/seller references, delivery confirmation, PayPal, etc).
Welcome to KiteLife®!
Although this is an automated message, it is written with heart - I love kites deeply, and I believe the KiteLife community represents this passion with a very friendly and helpful environment for everyone. Please feel free to browse around and get to know the others. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask.
Need to tweak settings?
Edit your profile here - View Member
Edit your settings - http://kitelife.com/forum/settings/
Other than that, here are a few handy links that you might have a use for...
Member Chat Member Map KL Shop
And while it's never an obligation, we always love hearing about our new members if you'd like to share some of your kite stories, videos, and/or background... Tell us a little about YOUR kite life!
The upper limit of the manufacturer's specified wind range, or a few mph less than that if you take gusts into consideration, is a good point to move to the next venting level. Although most kites can be flown well above that recommended upper limit, it will prematurely stretch the sail material. Now, I say "prematurely" because the material will eventually stretch anyway. Pressure of the wind in the sail will make it happen and there is no way to stop it. You gotta face the fact that it will happen, because kites-- like cars -- ultimately just wear out from being used.
So knowing that, there is only one question left to ask: Are you gonna fly, or you gonna watch? If you can afford to replace the kite sooner than expected, go for it and fly. If your budget is limited, switch kites or fly someone else's, or pack it up and watch. It's up to you and please know that the kite will still fly fairly well even if the sail is stretched. It just won't be at peak performance depending on your style of flying. If you're into precision, I think it actually performs better. A new crisp sail is better for a yank and spank style and tricking.
Hi, Arctic Cat ZRT, and welcome to the forum.
It is easier to fly in low wind conditions if you have tons of experience (hundreds of hours), but don't let that disillusion you. It only gets easier with each time you fly in those conditions. Although I can fly a dual, I'm more of a quad-head and not much into tricking the duals, even though I own a few higher-end ones. I'm going to let the more experienced pilots here guide you in the selection of a kite for the conditions you described, which are pretty much the same winds that all of us inland flyers have to deal with.
I have only chimed in on your query to make you aware that there is a chance that you will not "click" immediately with any kite you select, as some flyers are not comfortable flying a kite that another flyer may absolutely love. Once you start selecting kites for a specific purpose, it becomes very much a matter of personal preference. It is good sense to "try before you buy", if you can. If not, then trial and error is your only option, but don't let that scare you, as it is unlikely that you will absolutely hate the kite you choose.
Good luck in your venture. I look forward to sharing a field with you some day. Have fun, smile and don't forget to breathe.
Once the material is stretched it will be forever stretched and that DOES change the way it flies forever..
If you truly enjoy the pull, you should consider a foil like my Symphony 2.2.4, A Skydog Powerfoil or a similar small traction kite..