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Created by hawaii Two weeks ago, 6 Jun 2017
hawaii
VIC, 130 posts
6 Jun 2017 12:30PM
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been kiting for 14 years and surprised to see that new kite prices are now $2,000 to $3,000 each!
would have thought with time/innovation the price of kites would have tended to around $1,000 which seems plenty for some sail, strings, stitches and a carry bag.

anyone know of any brand/shop/online whatever which produces reasonable gear for $1-$1.5k.
I want a small kite for my gf to learn on...around 7m she only weighs about 45kg

castill0jf
VIC, 498 posts
6 Jun 2017 1:11PM
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I have purchased a few new and used kites from realwatersport.com The only problem is shipping and the exchange rate. Definitely no warranty or returns. Sometimes I have people bring them to AUS and other time I have paid a mate to post it to AUS. It is about US $100 to ship a kite and a bar. Also, there are a lot of kite shops in AUS that offer last years gear for a good price. Furthermore, second-hand gear at Seabreeze and gumetree you can find a bargain.
cheers

CJ2478
NSW, 177 posts
6 Jun 2017 1:24PM
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hawaii said..
been kiting for 14 years and surprised to see that new kite prices are now $2,000 to $3,000 each!
would have thought with time/innovation the price of kites would have tended to around $1,000 which seems plenty for some sail, strings, stitches and a carry bag.

anyone know of any brand/shop/online whatever which produces reasonable gear for $1-$1.5k.
I want a small kite for my gf to learn on...around 7m she only weighs about 45kg


switch kites

catalaussie
126 posts
6 Jun 2017 12:54PM
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Check the Griffin website: www.griffinkites.com.au

The Griffin AX (ArgoX) is an affordable all round kite for all rider levels with good reviews on the gear reviews section.

NorthernKitesAUS
QLD, 371 posts
6 Jun 2017 3:38PM
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hawaii said..
been kiting for 14 years and surprised to see that new kite prices are now $2,000 to $3,000 each!
would have thought with time/innovation the price of kites would have tended to around $1,000 which seems plenty for some sail, strings, stitches and a carry bag.

anyone know of any brand/shop/online whatever which produces reasonable gear for $1-$1.5k.
I want a small kite for my gf to learn on...around 7m she only weighs about 45kg


Buzzkites.com

Fly on da wall
WA, 441 posts
6 Jun 2017 1:47PM
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You can source a 1-3 year old new Rpm for great price's and you really can't go wrong with 1... But I'm sure there's different opinions out there. On here! Good luck..

toppleover
QLD, 1174 posts
6 Jun 2017 6:04PM
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7m Switch Element5 inc Controller3 & delivery $995.00AU

6 Jun 2017 5:01PM
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I'd suggest dropping into any kite store local to you. Shops like mine have some older model kites still brand new and going for a song. Easy to find kites under $1000 if it doesn't have to be latest model.

who knows? You may even forge a relationship with your local shop and they may be able to help you in all sorts of ways you're not aware of, like warranty, tidy repairs, clinics, loan kites, demo gear, rigging and tuition and much more...

DM

mowingthelawn
QLD, 204 posts
7 Jun 2017 9:36AM
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Going to need a photo of her in order to properly recommend a kite..

carbine
WA, 1380 posts
7 Jun 2017 4:50PM
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Varial X 6m 2015

auswind.com.au/airush-superseded-products?ID=479

weebitbreezy
243 posts
7 Jun 2017 4:56PM
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Takoon kites look cheap if you sign up for the family discount scheme. No idea what it entails but they are a known brand.

Bletti
WA, 123 posts
7 Jun 2017 5:10PM
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I second the switch element 5 7m. I've owned 5 switch kites including element 5m and 9m kites I surf and foil with. I've rolled my 5m more than any kite I've ever owned and it's still going strong. Build quality is great, although at times I wish they'd sacrifice some durability for lightness but they are comparable weight and performance to other brands so that's me nit picking. They also have quick and personal customer service if you have any issues; I had a valve delaminate (admittedly probably from hot sun car storage) on a Saturday, had a response within hours and warranty replacement including spares received that week.



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