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[*] posted on 4-8-2005 at 05:16 PM
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Hey guys, im 19, 195 pounds. I've had a dual line stunt kite for quite a few years now and I wanna step it up. im interested in trying some jumpin and using a quad line (or dual if u think better) power kite. right now i found a good deal on this premier quad trac 3m, link below.. is that thing gonna have enough power to do any jumping or anything? or what kinda flying am I gonna be able to do with such a kite? Thanks for any help guys, I can't find any locals around here into this stuff.
link to the kite im lookin at:
http://www.windpowersports.com/kites/premier/quadtrac.html

You guys have any (inexpensive) suggestions?
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[*] posted on 4-9-2005 at 07:31 AM


I'm about your size and I find that with a 3M kite ya need winds of at least 15 to be able to get any jump at all, and around 20-25 to start getting some decent jumps. With your experience already with stunt kites I would expect you to be able to adapt to 4-lines quite easily. You're always welcomed to come on down to Sunset Beach Oregon and try some kites out. It it is windy at all, you will usually find someone out there.
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[*] posted on 4-10-2005 at 12:25 PM


Hrmm, do u think that kite I posted above is worth getting as a first power kite, or am I gonna outgrow it too quick??
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[*] posted on 4-10-2005 at 07:42 PM


It never hurts to have more than 1 kite and this one will probably do just fine for a high wind kite. But if you are planning on only having 1 kite for your jumping needs, get a bigger one. I normally wouldn't advice a beginner to start off with much bigger than a 3, but considering how you are: 1) somewhat experienced already with handling a kite and knowing the power window 2) wanting to use it for jumping which reguires a bit more power than to buggy with, and 3) considering the "load" (195lbs) that you are wanting that kite to lift :lol: by all means something between a 5-7 will do you a lot better. Another big consideration is the winds that you expect to be encountering. Obviously the stronger winds that you will normally have available, the less kite you will need.
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[*] posted on 4-10-2005 at 08:38 PM


Hey mahn ,that 195 is pure muscle.. hahaha

cool tho, im thinking ill get this one since it seems like a good deal? (or do u guys recomend soemthing diff in the price range) and if i really get into it I can step up once I have a job this summer.
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[*] posted on 4-10-2005 at 09:32 PM


You'll outgrow it. Buy a quality kite that you'll enjoy flying. Ozone. Flexifoil. If you can't afford a new one, buy a used one for about half-price. A quality used kite is way better than a new crap kite.

If you mostly want to scud, or eventually get a buggy, a little devil or the like- samurai, bullet etc.are quality pulling kites.

If you're more into jumping or boarding, you want a liftier kite like a blade, jojo, razor, etc.

Used quality foil kites are a bargain right now as a lot of people are getting into depowerable kites.

If you splurge and buy new, that site you listed has quality kites as well.

Happy flying, man!
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[*] posted on 4-11-2005 at 10:36 AM


Ok Cool, Thats a lot of good info, So I guess I wont go and buy that one I found in the link above and look more towards what u guys are talking about.. Im not totally sure, but im still kinda thinking I wanna go four line tho, i've never flown it but the added control would be sweet. When yer looking used are you mainky talking like ebay, or have any recomendations one wher I should hunt for a more quality used kite?

Thanks again guys, all this helps a bunch
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[*] posted on 4-11-2005 at 02:08 PM


Steve

Just let me know when you can make it to Sunset Beach and I'll set ya up with some kites to try. I don't sell any kites myself but I can let ya try some different ones and you can take it from there.

Jimmy
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[*] posted on 4-11-2005 at 04:49 PM


Steve-

I've sent you a u2u message with some ideas. Also, like Jimmy says... try some kites out if you can. If you can't make it to sunset beach, check your local area for kite stores. They're usually happy to get you some demo time.
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