I have both a Widow NG and a Hydra. The Widow is more ruggedly built and feels a bit more stable than the Hydra. The spars are more available, so when you do break one it will be easier (and less expensive) to replace. Sent from my iPad using KiteLife mobile app
Just went to the shop to ask about spars, they are definitely open as there were five of us in the shop at the time. They close in about 20 minutes, if you catch this later call during their business hours. The number I have is 1(512)250-9454
My Mamba(STD) has flown in 18-20 with no trouble, do get some wing shudder if I push it to hard in the middle of the window. Have put it on the ground a fair amount trying things, and nothing has broken. Kite is a 10 for me. I do not try to fly it over 15mph, but the winds gust up here fairly often. Over 18MPH I bring out the Whizz.
Also note that by being discontinued, parts are harder to come by.
I just called ITW about a replacement spar for my kite pictured above. They told me they don't have any more of the original spars in stock, he described them as "more spiky" than normal, and it's a surprisingly expensive $60 for the generic (non-original style) spar which I would need to cut to size, plus another $14 in shipping. (In contrast, spars are often $5-$15.) I'm shopping around for replacement parts, but I'm thinking it may be cheaper to completely reframe the kite. :-(
I just wanted to say thank you everyone for all your advice. We finally were able to figure out what the problem was.
It ended up being a problem with the spine. A fitting that was at the top of the spine at the nose of the kite had slipped which resulted in making the spine shorter and loosing the sail. My husband was able to fix it and the kite is back in like new condition.
Happy flying everyone!