Need larger kite ?? ;;Slingshot Fuel 15 kite and harness

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Need larger kite ?? ;;Slingshot Fuel 15 kite and harness

Postby Easy sailor » Sun Aug 21, 2016 7:50 pm

Slingshot Fuel 15 kite and harness. Great condition
I am in need of a larger kite would this fit the bill for a beginner ; also comes with board
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Re: Need larger kite ?? ;;Slingshot Fuel 15 kite and harness

Postby s_e_a_n_s » Mon Aug 22, 2016 10:42 am

Short answer: Not a good beginners kite.

Slingshot Fuel is a C-kite, which have less depower. You will likely have more fun, learn faster, and pose less of a risk to yourself and others by choosing a more appropriate beginners kite (bow/sle/hybrid). Also, older Fuels don't have a 5th line safety and the bar may not have modern safety features (not sure... I don't know about older slingshot stuff).

Depending on your size, something like this might be a better choice (maybe not this one, just saw it on CL...) http://seattle.craigslist.org/kit/spo/5740447993.html

Side Notes:
- Lots of kites (and bars) are cheap for a reason. Older kites without modern safety/depower/relaunch capabilities are have no value as kites... They make great duffel bags or wind socks; Until you're confident you can tell the difference, solicit advice from friend, a local kite shop or this forum. With few exceptions, a good rule of thumb is to ignore any kites made before 2008 or so (regardless of condition). You don't see many on the beach, but you do see a lot on ebay and craigslist - there is a good reason for this.

- A 15m C-kite won't have the same low-wind ability as a 15m SLE (bow/hybrid) kite. C-kites tend to have a little less power per square meter than bow/hybrid kites because the bridles of a bow/hybrid kite hold more of the kite 'flat' where it can catch the wind. The ends of a C kite (where the lines attach) don't really generate power. A 15m C-kite might be equivalent to a 13m hybrid Buying used kites can be hard.

- Many of the people on this forum learned on C-Kites, like the Fuel (and a lot worse..). We're all still here (mostly). A C-kite with a 5th line safety system can be used by a beginner, but there are better choices out there. Bow/SLE kites depower better and work in a wider range of wind speeds. You can learn on a C-kite, but (just like the short answer) you will likely have more fun, learn faster, and pose less of a risk to yourself and others using a more appropriate beginner kite.
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Re: Need larger kite ?? ;;Slingshot Fuel 15 kite and harness

Postby therussiann » Tue Aug 30, 2016 12:42 am

Look into switch element kites, they are very durable, affordable and beginner / intermediate friendly, they have sales on the V4 right now. You can get a full set up for the price that you would pay for just a kite.
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Re: Need larger kite ?? ;;Slingshot Fuel 15 kite and harness

Postby Easy sailor » Mon Sep 05, 2016 2:44 pm

Thank you for the input I opted for a 10, 12, and 14 north rebel with a 5th element bar.
I am guessing jetty will be slowing down shortly any good beginner spots [jetty like] for fall, winter ridding ?? scott
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Re: Need larger kite ?? ;;Slingshot Fuel 15 kite and harness

Postby eric » Fri Sep 09, 2016 8:57 am

Easy sailor wrote:any good beginner spots [jetty like] for fall, winter ridding ?? scott


Heck yes! Double bluff on Whidbey island is like winter jetty but about 200% better overall. There will be approximately 768405 kiters there on the first S day on the island. Good times. You might need a 7m too.
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