I would second this iv'e have a 9m / 12m 08 Flexifoil atoms I have ridden them on average 2 to 3 sessions per week plus 2 months solid/every day in Ecuador.Tiago1973 wrote:i would look for flexifoils as well, the bladder is thicker than usual, dracon on the leading edge, over the ribs and on the trailing edge as well (some models). The canacopy is solid as well, no decolouration or such on my Ions4.
love them on the smaller sizes
the down-side is that they feel heavy in the bigger sizes, my opinion.
North Rebels have no pullies. They seem pretty reliable to me.plummet wrote:Foil kites last the longest hands down. twice as long as the comparable sized inflatable.
but if your not into foils for the water then maybe look for a kite without pullies.
I also think how you solo launch and land makes a huge difference. I went from drag launch to teathered launch and my kites are looking crispy alot longer. no more do i have that leading edge sliding on the sand.
I ride Switch Methods, they are tough, no doubt about it as I have definitely given them a workout. They are well made using the same materials that most brands are using (Teijin etc.). Given that most brands are using the same materials it just comes to workmanship really and they certainly do this well.Caesar wrote:How about Blade, Switch or Epic kites? Nobody mentioned them.
No, that will not be the right way to do it. The kite the repair shop sees the most popular kites simply because there are more of them, and maybe if they get form a few of the local stores etc. Point is it is not a good way to estimate which kites are made well.RideLow wrote:If you really want a good answer to your question, ask a big repair shop about their experiences..
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