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[*] posted on 6-17-2017 at 03:49 PM
Kite for New User PeterLynn

Looking to get into the sport and want a good workout with a kite. May do buggy down the line. Is the Peter Lynn Twister or Voltage a kite that I could use? 6'1 300 lb weight lifter.
Prefer not to get a training kite and then have to buy up.
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[*] posted on 6-17-2017 at 04:03 PM

any quality 3m kite is where you should start...PL stuff is top notch


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[*] posted on 6-17-2017 at 04:26 PM

Size of the kite and you is irrelevant. They will all kick your ass in the right wind. A 3 meter is a great place to start so you can take advantage of most weather conditions when learning. You will be surprised how much power it has flying static in anything over 12mph wind. But You will be able to fly in very light wind all the way up to 20ish wind with experience. If you end up liking it, you will probably end up with a couple more sizes to match the wind your flying in.

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[*] posted on 6-17-2017 at 04:28 PM

And don't make the rookie mistake of getting a 4m to start with. It will only hinder your learning curve.
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[*] posted on 6-17-2017 at 06:04 PM

I started with a 5m Crossfire II and did just fine, but added more kites along the way for more wind options, specific uses, just want to try that specific kind of kite and the n + 1 rule, lol. Seriously though, a 3m is a great place to start for the vast majority of the general populas. But, you gotta watch it with the little ones, they can spank ya pretty hard sometimes.

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[*] posted on 6-18-2017 at 12:19 PM

Try to find someone in your area that is an experienced flyer, already has equipment, and can help you. Usually kiters are willing to help newbies get started, as most of us have been mentored along the way. You can try making another post on the forum seeking out other flyers in your area.

You may be able to try or borrow a beginner kite before you decide to buy your own.

I would not recommend the Voltage as a starter kite. It took me a while to get used to how it likes to be flown. (I have not flown a Twister. It's supposed to be a kite for jumping and has lift. Probably not what you should start with.)

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[*] posted on 6-19-2017 at 07:20 AM

To use your kite as a work out tool you will need to be able to fly it. The temptation is to buy bigger and learn to fly on something you will grow into. Start with 300 lbs of weight and learn to train from there? ... if you do (there's a 7m Twister for sale right now!) you will not fly it as often as a 3. Also you will end up buying the three anyway when you have to fly the 7m way up high in the window to keep it under control. If you decide to go big with your first kite, then buy one that you can re sell easily.
How about a Flexifoil 4.7 adjusted for less pull and a bigger window?
You can adjust it for max workout when you learn to fly. :saint:

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[*] posted on 6-19-2017 at 12:00 PM

Here is the thread that is most commonly referred to:

As mentioned there, and above, a 3m is the right place to start. (Take a look in the For Sale section... (almost) nobody sells their 3m kites.)

Want to learn gradually? Start in 6 - 8mph breezes. Want a workout? Take a 3m out in >15mph winds. A smaller kite needs more wind to get going and will generally be more responsive than you are (to start); a larger kite doesn't provide the same range as the breezes build and limits your available flying days.

As MadHungarian suggests, try to find someone in your area to meet up with so that you can try a couple of kites. (We're a welcoming bunch here.) Don't worry about your size/weight being a factor - once you've got a kite in your hands mother nature will find a way to kick your butt.

And most importantly - have fun! :wee:

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[*] posted on 6-22-2017 at 11:12 AM

None of the people in this forum would ever recommend any kite sold as a trainer. We would recommend a quality mid aspect 3m kite, made by Peter Lynn, Flexifoil, HQ, or any other big name kite company. On this forum, the crowd favorites are either Peter Lynn or Flexifoil for the most part. Believe me, if you have never seen a real power kite in person, you are in for a bit of a shock when you first open up even a 3m. Like others have said, the size of the kite is less important than your skill and the wind speeds and conditions that you are going to be flying in. With experience, you learn which of your kites you put up at any given wind speed and weather condition. A larger kite might suit a session on the beach with steady onshore and clear skies, while that same kite could try to kill you in similar wind speeds in a soccer field with lots of inland gusts and trees to obstruct and create turbulence.



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