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TheKiteMag - The Ultimate Test Guide 2019

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Created by exal Thursday, 14 Mar 2019
exal
WA, 23 posts
Thursday , 14 Mar 2019 4:56PM
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Windgenuity already linked some tests out of it, here is the whole thing: issuu.com/thekitemag/docs/tkm_ultimate_test_guide_complete_20

Was a nice read, had a little giggle on the bandit results. Have to try that kite, F-One stuff in general.

eppo
WA, 6848 posts
Thursday , 14 Mar 2019 8:58PM
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What was funny about the bandit results ?

CJ2478
NSW, 304 posts
Friday , 15 Mar 2019 8:15AM
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F-One took out a few of the categories as winner and also got the gold stamp in a few others and probably highest ranking brand overall..

exal
WA, 23 posts
Friday , 15 Mar 2019 5:24AM
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eppo said..
What was funny about the bandit results ?


Nothing at all. I was mainly looking for the dice, evo, gts and rebel and when I saw the bandit scores my reaction was: that looks like a winner and giggled a little. Need to get my hands on one of those.

eppo
WA, 6848 posts
Friday , 15 Mar 2019 5:51AM
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Yeh why not, try one. We did. It's a good, solid all rounder kite (except for unhooking, average at best - they have obviously tuned it for more general riding now they have the WTF so understandable), nothing special. Loops are soft. Good jumper though (not outstanding). It is quite a stable wing in the sky actually. It's worth trying for sure, quality build.

But No better than any of those others mentioned that's for sure and a lot worse for the specific things those kites above do best. but hey the test results say ....

no ozone kites tested I heard ? Any other brands not looked at?

quikdrawMcgraw
951 posts
Friday , 15 Mar 2019 6:19AM
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exal said..

eppo said..
What was funny about the bandit results ?



Nothing at all. I was mainly looking for the dice, evo, gts and rebel and when I saw the bandit scores my reaction was: that looks like a winner and giggled a little. Need to get my hands on one of those.


When I read this I giggled a little bit also, don't ask me why

cauncy
WA, 6947 posts
Friday , 15 Mar 2019 8:45AM
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eppo said..
Yeh why not, try one. We did. It's a good, solid all rounder kite (except for unhooking, average at best - they have obviously tuned it for more general riding now they have the WTF so understandable), nothing special. Loops are soft. Good jumper though (not outstanding). It is quite a stable wing in the sky actually. It's worth trying for sure, quality build.

But No better than any of those others mentioned that's for sure and a lot worse for the specific things those kites above do best. but hey the test results say ....

no ozone kites tested I heard ? Any other brands not looked at?


Airush?

cauncy
WA, 6947 posts
Friday , 15 Mar 2019 8:45AM
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Buzz

Cornishryan
WA, 70 posts
Friday , 15 Mar 2019 10:05AM
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eppo said..
Yeh why not, try one. We did. It's a good, solid all rounder kite (except for unhooking, average at best - they have obviously tuned it for more general riding now they have the WTF so understandable), nothing special. Loops are soft. Good jumper though (not outstanding). It is quite a stable wing in the sky actually. It's worth trying for sure, quality build.

But No better than any of those others mentioned that's for sure and a lot worse for the specific things those kites above do best. but hey the test results say ....

no ozone kites tested I heard ? Any other brands not looked at?


Agree with a lot of this too........ a good 'all rounder' but personally I'm a no compromise person and get kites specific to different disciplines (I.e. kite for boosting, kite for waveriding).

People read so much into reviews when in my understanding only brands which pay for advertising have their kit tested (this is certainly how it used to work) - and in that case the mags are hardly gonna give a bad review and loose revenue ??????
Pls correct me if this you is no longer the case

eppo
WA, 6848 posts
Friday , 15 Mar 2019 12:26PM
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yeh true but its information I suppose that can add to the decision making. As long as one is aware that there is always bias, vested interests and the resulting personal opinion.

Its better than no information I suppose.

AlbanWave
10 posts
Sunday , 16 Mar 2019 11:41PM
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Riders F-One finished #3 and #4 in KOTA 2019 so I guess their kites / boards are not only all-round - Same for wave-ridding with Mitu

I used to ride Torch and Vegas, now I have the WTF!? and that's a pretty nice C-shape, at least for me To

eppo
WA, 6848 posts
Sunday , 17 Mar 2019 12:50PM
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Never use the Kota as a judge of a kites performance. That's just plain naive. Those crew are specialist and could ride any brand and be exceptional. WTF is apparently a pretty nice C kite imo.

I was talking about my personal experience (and about 10 others) riding the 2018 and 2019 bandits. So I'm not sure what your "they are not only allrounders" has to do with the price of eggs in Zambia.

Did they place / test the WTF ?

Weta
WA, 814 posts
Sunday , 17 Mar 2019 6:57PM
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Mitu could make any kite look good, well almost.............he's obviously got natural talent and had time to develop it.

Check out F-Ones movie Antandroy, it's an oldie but worth a watch. Amazing location and some pretty impressive kiting IMO.



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