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blurr 2.5, viper 2.6, core 2.3

tomdiving - 4-16-2018 at 10:50 AM

i have the core and viper. do i need a blurr at all? can anyone tell me the differences of the 3 to them, and any plus or minuses?
i'm still static, but just might try a board and/or buggy in the future.
one reason for this question is that i ordered blurr's in 2.5, 3.5, and 5 for my brother. i was sent two 2.5's and a 3.5. i did get the 5 after a couple of email exchanges. flexifoil is hoping that i'll take the remaining 2.5 instead of sending it back. i will do just that if it can do anything for me that's better than the core and viper.
any thoughts, oh wise ones?
tom

skimtwashington - 4-16-2018 at 11:33 AM

The Blurr is probably the best of the three....especially if you are riding...but none are shockingly too different from one another.

..But why would you want THREE kites all close to the same size?

You will not fully appreciate each kite's performance for riding..... until you actually are MOVING with your kite -riding something.

If you are going to ride and you don't have the same speed wind every day of the year you need a quiver of several, or more...like as what you now have- with access to a 2.5, 3.5 and a 5 meter.

After you ride and get experience, a good conversation regarding performance might be to hit points like : low aspect vs high aspect; upwind ability; stability; lift.....and more.

If you are just going to be flying static I don't know if it will do ANYTHING better...

jeffnyc - 4-16-2018 at 11:44 AM

Hi Tom! I can't speak to the viper or core, but I think your closest kite is your Bullet. Flexifoil killed the Bullet and split it into the Rage and Blurr. I recently got the blurr 2.5 and 3.5. As you're probably aware, Flexifoil keeps trickling them one by one on eBay, too good to pass up. I just wanted a 3.5 Rage, but couldn't help myself. Haven't had a chance to try them (was hoping to try at WBB), but I looked at every thread I could. The Blurr is marketed as a buggy/landboard engine. It sits between the Rage and the Blade in terms of lift (the Blade being the ultimate jumpy kite), it's better upwind than the Rage, not as good with gusts as the Rage (but no slouch), and supposed to be very speedy - not a race kite, but getting there. From what I understand, static is not it's strong suit, you have to be moving to get the most out of it. I found this to be true of my Rage - I wasn't that impressed with it static, but the last couple times I rode with it I loved it, particularly in gusty airport conditions.
You have the 2.5 Bullet. I'm guessing there will be a lot of overlap between the Bullet and the Blurr 2.5. but I probably won't be able to test my theory until later this week. I do find the Bullet really fun to fly static and on ATB. My best guess is both you and I don't really need the Blurr 2.5, but since when has that stopped us from giving a poor kite a good home?

2.5m Flexifoil kites:
Blurr aspect ratio is 4.2 with 21 cells
Bullet aspect ratio is 3.8 with 17 cells
Rage aspect ratio is 3.5 with 15 cells