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Bendial

Brands other than prism?

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Hi Guys,

My partner and I just picked up the new hobby of kiting! He bought a prism quantum and I bought a prism synapse 200 from a local retailer in Berkeley, CA. We've both spent a good 6-7 hours each since Sunday. I've been doing a ton of research and want to also get a framed kite. What other brands are out there other than prism? Google doesn't seem to bring up much.

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dual are tones of brands. You know Prism but you have HQ, Premier, L'Atelier, Level One, Sky Burner, Sky Dog and many many more. Check on kite stores for other brands. here some of the most known stores 

http://www.thekiteshoppe.com/

https://store.kittyhawk.com/collections/dual-line-kites

http://intothewind.com/

http://www.skydogkites.com/index.shtml

 

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Hi, Bendial, and welcome to the forum. I look forward to flying with you someday.

Although there are a few other brands out there, Prism is definitely a reputable manufacturer of excellent quality kites and has many models to choose from, so you can't go wrong with one of theirs. Everything from beginner to advanced models. I've had a few myself, and was very pleased with quality of build, durability and performance. Other commercially made kites you will encounter are: HQ, New Tech, Skydog, and a few others that I don't remember at the moment.

I am mostly into quad-line kites, so I'll let the dual-line guys chime in with more info for you. There are also some being made that are high-end pro-quality/specialty kites, that are fragile by nature and intended for experienced flyers. These kites are extremely trickable, but a true burden as far as learning basic control goes, since they are intentionally designed to be "unstable". Like the difference between a high-wing easy-to-fly airplane with a dihedral wing, and a low-wing pylon racer (if that means anything to you). You must be flying it at all times or crash and burn. No mercy, no forgiveness.

The two kites you and your partner have are ideal for learning the basic control needed for more advanced kites, and believe me, you will advance, probably quite quickly, as you're already wanting more. My recommendation, other than selecting your next kite, is to trade off and fly each others kites until you are comfortably in control and have learned how to stall, land and steer each one proficiently. I would say to put 100 hours behind you on those. This will also give you a good idea of where you might want to go next, and the experience to handle the challenge.

Above all else, remember to have fun, smile and don't forget to breathe.

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