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Brands or kites to avoid

Mistajolly - 8-22-2018 at 01:41 PM

I've been looking at gettin a 3 or 4m land kite for general recreation and possibly a little bit of buggy training!

I'm on a budget so I've looked on eBay but there are a lot of brands and makes I've never heard of like Rhombus and Cirrus.

Is it a good idea to avoid these brands or is it equally bad to dismiss them?

Wind_dog - 8-22-2018 at 04:30 PM

U2U sent.

indigo_wolf - 8-22-2018 at 09:00 PM

Rhombus and Cirrus are older kites. Haven't really heard about them since 2009-2010 & before. Smaller companies from what I remember. You can find reviews for both on racekites.com. Pretty sure both manufacturers are no longer in business. Customer support is going to be pretty nill.

If they are used kites, you may be dealing with bridle and other surprise issues when they arrive. For the most part, they weren't terrible kites, but they were definitely built with budget in mind. Definitely read the reviews on racekites for a better idea.

If this is your first kite and you are trying to stick to a budget, you might save yourself some headaches by going with a Cross Kites Quattro from PowerKiteShop.com.

You might also want to check the Kitecrowd forum for used kites in the UK.

ATB,
Sam

Bladerunner - 8-23-2018 at 12:05 PM

You may get a kite that flies OK but these kites were not designed as engines. Once you get riding you will be sure to want to upgrade.

If you buy a quality used kite and want to upgrade you can sell it off again at a nominal loss. Trying to sell either of those kites used will be difficult.