Pretty impressive lists going on here. Mine is small but here it is.
1 1.5 sle
1 1.5B full sail
1 1.5B mid vent
1 B2 full sail
And one supersonic
Oh ya and a NTK 3.5m foil
Got to start somewhere
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Another thing we noticed about this kite is that it flew in about the same wind speed his atm sul fly's in, starting around 3-4 mph, pretty light wind for a std. It was slow and lazy but it flew and my boy doesn't have a lot of low wind experience with heavier kites. We are thinking about getting one to take the place of the atm and the std silver fox. keeping the atm just because and use the fox for a backup std. I think It will help some not having to change kites quite as much. btw, you going to greyland? if so we'll see you there.
The ideal handles will be a perfect match for the size of your hands. Check where you grip in normal (medium) wind speed. Is it comfortable at that location? If not, shift the grip and bend location to a more comfortable spot.
wow, it's totally up to your preference,... I've seen handles with 2 bends and a straight section between,
I've made my own too, they were bent in a pipe bender, with the curvature up high and then gradually to a straight line away from there. Mine were made for long throwing in-land no wind conditions, so they are made from titanium grade 5 tubes 3/8th's in diameter. 19 inch tube lengths before bending!
The point of doing it yourself is to get something you couldn't have otherwise, not necessarily to save money.
Enjoy your experimenting!