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Looking for info on a TOTL kite.

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Hi all,

I am looking for some info in a kite i was recently given. The label says its a Top of the Line Hawaiian spin off.  I am from the UK and can find any information about the kite. Can any one tell me the ideal flying conditions as its a bit bigger and  heavier than the ones I am used too!!

Many thanks

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Sorry to see you did not receive a quick answer to your kite inquiry.  I don't have any experience with that particular kite although I have wanted to try some kites from the famous TOTL brand.  I would guess that kite would have been traditionally flown on a longer line set, perhaps even 150', back in the day.  I would try it on 85' x 150 LB lines in at least 8 mph winds or better.  Regular Hawaiian kites have a reputation as loud strong pulling kites.  Don't know about the Spin Off but it looks fast.  Just get out there & give it a flail.  We would love to hear your impression of this classic kite.  Welcome to KiteLife.  Best wishes to you.

Know Eye Deer,  SHBKF

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If it's both bigger and heavier than you are used to, it will probably fly in similar winds but be a little sluggish. Bigger sail to fly in less wind. Heavier frame needing more wind. The older kites weren't very efficient in the use of sail pressure so I would guess maybe from 12km/h up. Double yes on the #150 X 85 foot lines.

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Some discussion and material on the KiteLife site already... ;)

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Original review in SKQ magazine (from Fall/Winter 1989)...
http://kitelife.com/1989/12/01/skq-vol-2-no-1-fall-winter-1989/
 (page 38)

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http://kitelife.com/forum/topic/2819-totl-hawaiian-spinoff/

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http://kitelife.com/forum/topic/5094-vintage-hawaiian-spinoff-questions/

 

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If I remember right, the spinoff was the next in line following the Hawaiian. It offered more precise cornering, and not quite the pull. The frame was the same as the Hawaiian w/out the battens. Originally in fiberglass, but later modified w/graphite. I even had a frame of A2400 carbon rods, it could fly in low winds. Of course thats all relative. In a good breeze say 10-12 plus I used 120' 150-200lb lines. Though more precise than the Hawaiian, it still needed room to work.37ea9edd0ed1b003ffd278fa296d830f.jpg

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