tautologies wrote:Personally I think used gear is fine, but a beginner will not be able to properly discriminate
u said it.
there's a kiter at my launch that used old gear for the first two years, the safety would not properly flag out the kite but the kiter never knew that kites were supposed to work better than this. There was zero progression. Finally the kiter saved up to buy newer gear and the difference is immediate, wider wind range more days riding, incredible progression. Basically a wasted two years, and sure the kiter saved $1,000 or more but . . . time is money.
A lot of kiters get lucky with used gear. It all works really good. But that's just it. A new kiter has to either rely on luck or spend a long time building up their skills on identifying how each of the various models of the kites because they have absolutely no idea what is going on when they start. There is nothing wrong with that. But time is money. A lot of people give up because it just takes too much time to figure out what is wrong with their used gear.
Everyone here at kiteforum.com is a success story. But what you don't hear about are people who buy old gear, have no idea how it works, and get their butt handed to them because of a safety design that doesn't flag out the kite properly and then leave the sport forever.
I know I have seen several people come to my launch with obvious used ebay gear. Most of them fail at the sport. And you never see them again.
The ones who succeed with used gear are the only ones we hear about in this forum.