I'm looking at getting a power kite to not only learn with, but to be able to use as a traction kite. I'm hoping for something close to $200, but should be able to talk the wife in to something up to $300. If the price range is at all possible.
I currently have a ~6 foot 2 line delta (Chinese made) stunt kite that I can't really do tricks with but can put it anywhere within the window I want with ease, as well as do spins and loops. And I've gotten a little bored with it.
What I want to get in to is Kite Boarding, and maybe eventually a buggy or eventually kite surfing (considering I live about an hour from Sherman Island). I currently weigh 175 lbs.
I've been looking at 3+ line kites, the "brake" feature sounds like even though it adds complexity to flight, it adds greater control and possibly safety?
I've been searching around and the kites that are in my range don't have a lot of literature that I can find. I'm think all the "flexifoil" 'branded' kites on Amazon are Chinese, and hear they may not be up to par, though if they're good enough might try one. There's also the HQ series, looks good, but not a lot on this forum/site about them. I've also looked at various kite selling websites but most have the same ramble about the kite.
At any rate, I was hoping to get some input on kites that might fit what I'm looking for, it's all of you that know more than me.
Well, I'm happy to have the Revs that I carry in my bag, in my car, everywhere I go. When these sails wear out and can't be repaired anymore, I'm sure there will be something just as good, if not better to replace them with. Would I buy a new Rev ? Probably not... I haven't bought any new Prisms (other than SLKs for the kids) since they went down this same road about 10 years ago, but I still love to fly the ones that I have.
Regardless of how the company views the customers ... and I am going to state outright they have no clue about the people flying on the field, what they do, how they do it and the language they use to do it ... those very same customers will absolutely be there to guide YOU through your journey and help you at every turn.
The company may not be able to set you on the right path to happiness, but the people flying most definitely can and will.
I'm not discouraged about the availability of kites/parts. Reading posts questioning the loyalty and dedication of a company to their customers that I just invested $400 in (which I am quite aware is a drop in the bucket compared to what most of you have invested) is mildly disappointing. I'm a big 'loyalty' guy and it should go both ways. However, both parties must earn that loyalty. It never works out when it turns into a one way relationship.
Hopefully that isn't the case. But I'm just a Rev noob, what do I know...