Jump to content
KiteLife Forum

Benson kite, which one


Recommended Posts

49 minutes ago, Nags Head Flyer said:

Hey all, I'm in a similar position to the one Andy55 was in a couple of months back. I fly mainly Prism kites (my Nexus, which was my first, is still my favorite) and I'm getting to a point where my control is good, and I'm able to execute snap-stalls, wing tip landings, and recoveries on a regular basis.

I would like to step into a kite that will allow me to do start attempting tricks, and I'm gravitating toward a Benson kite. I live in a coastal area known for heavier winds, so I would like something that would be trickable in a fairly wide wind range and suitable for a flyer just now beginning to experiment with tricks.

The Superfly looks amazing, and that's what I'm gravitating toward, but I read in this thread that some people prefer the UL over the standard. I'm wondering what the rationale is for that, or if I should instead consider a different model altogether.

Thanks!


None are built to a higher standard than Benson.  I would put the Deep Space at the top of your list.  It is just great at everything, and no bad habits.  The SuperFly is probably more radical, and so I would think a better future purchase.

Link to post
Share on other sites
2 hours ago, Andy55 said:

I have found the Deep Space I bought to be brilliant, I don’t think you would go wrong with a deep Space, unless you like a larger kite. Tricks easier than my older kites, really is an eye opener.

Thanks for the insight! I'm glad to hear you've got no regrets with the purchase. And I'm also looking for an eye-opener. 

Link to post
Share on other sites
1 hour ago, Zuul said:


None are built to a higher standard than Benson.  I would put the Deep Space at the top of your list.  It is just great at everything, and no bad habits.  The SuperFly is probably more radical, and so I would think a better future purchase.

Thanks, this is really helpful. Would you recommend the standard, UL, or vented? Would it be a safe to assume that the standard is a good all-around choice for most situations?

Link to post
Share on other sites
18 minutes ago, Nags Head Flyer said:

Thanks, this is really helpful. Would you recommend the standard, UL, or vented? Would it be a safe to assume that the standard is a good all-around choice for most situations?

Hard to go wrong with the standard if you only get one.  It does pretty well in lower winds.  The UL goes up with a couple mph less, but has a smaller range, so you would be reaching for another kite more often.  If you are looking to learn tricks, I wouldn’t get the vented.  When the wind is up, that makes tricks harder.  The vents slow the kite down, but you still need to maintain slack.  When you are a little more experienced the vent would be great for higher wind days, but those are they days you do fewer tricks not learn new ones.

  • Like 1
Link to post
Share on other sites

I have found the Standard flies down to about 4 mph on shorter lines, I have just bought a set of lighter lines at 30m. not tried them yet. I was thinking of a UL next, but not sure I need it. Build quality is second to none. It handles perfectly, got me doing more tricks than ever.

  • Like 2
Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 1 month later...

Pulled the plug on a DS UL, must be over half way through delivery time now, since I ordered it, haven’t had a chance to fly my STD because winds too strong when I am off work, mind you winds have been too strong in work as well, I am the skipper of a vessel maintaining navigational buoys etc and struggling constantly with work as well as kite flying😂😂👍

  • Like 1
Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 4 weeks later...

How would a deep space compare to a mamba as far as straight line tracking and snap turn pattern Flying?

i am interested in buying a deep space but have read that it is really trick oriented and twitchy, and is difficult to fly for less experienced people.

Link to post
Share on other sites
8 hours ago, cjay said:

How would a deep space compare to a mamba as far as straight line tracking and snap turn pattern Flying?

i am interested in buying a deep space but have read that it is really trick oriented and twitchy, and is difficult to fly for less experienced people.

Deep space is not built for pattern flying.  There is no comparison.  If those are your goals, the Mamba is better by a mile.  

Link to post
Share on other sites

While the Deep Space may not track like a train as a Mamba might it can certainly fly with some precision if you want it to. Much smaller hand movements but quite capable of square corners. I begin many of my sessions with The Dice and variations as a warmup and the Deep Space ain’t too shabby at it (even in my hands). Mr Benson even uses the word “precise” in describing the kite on his website. 

As has been said, the DS is a freestyle kite. It is not an unfriendly kite. It will open up doors. 

It does really depend what you are after however. But a DS may surprise you. In a good way.

Just my view.

Perhaps the OP may have a thought on it.

 

 

~~~~~

The Dice courtesy of STACK

image.png

.

 

.

Link to post
Share on other sites

I now have the Deap Space Standard and the UL version, if I fancy a nice leisurely straight line, turn straight line flight it does not disappoint I certainly wouldn’t rule it out, if you are worried about it being twitchy just keep to it’s designed wind strength, and I agree you won’t be disappointed. I am very pleased with mine, and I am by no means a full on trick flier.

Link to post
Share on other sites

I own both a Deep Space and a Mamba.  The question was, “how do they compare for pattern flying.”   It wasn’t “can you fly pattern with a Deep Space?”   If you’re intent is to fly pattern, there is no reason to consider a DS vs a Mamba.  Can a DS cut a corner and fly straight?  Yes.  Nobody said it couldn’t.

Link to post
Share on other sites
9 hours ago, midibot said:

While the Deep Space may not track like a train as a Mamba might it can certainly fly with some precision if you want it to. Much smaller hand movements but quite capable of square corners. I begin many of my sessions with The Dice and variations as a warmup and the Deep Space ain’t too shabby at it (even in my hands). Mr Benson even uses the word “precise” in describing the kite on his website. 

As has been said, the DS is a freestyle kite. It is not an unfriendly kite. It will open up doors. 

It does really depend what you are after however. But a DS may surprise you. In a good way.

Zuul

i was answering this quote by midibot

 

Link to post
Share on other sites

I see. One of the best quality built kites if not the best, smaller hand movements than the mamba, and pretty much a dedicated trick kite. It is certainly a good looking kite. 
 

 


 

 

Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

Loading...
×
×
  • Create New...