vp wrote:We use Rides for lessons at our kite school.. The kite is very light due to only having 2 struts , so even the smallest sizes will fly in light winds. This makes it great for teaching lighter people in lighter winds. I think it's an excellent beginner kite if you're under around 170 pounds.
However, the usual feedback that we get from our heavier students, and customers who demo this kite is that it doesn't have enough grunt. The 2 strut frame just doesn't have enough rigidity to deal with all the beginner inefficiencies at higher weights. It may still work well for cruising or riding waves , but i wouldn't recommend it to heavier guys starting out.
hmmm, I've been riding this and my weight varies between 205 to 190 now...and the kite is great. I am assuming it is the students and not the kite...it is not a very technical kite to fly either...
The only thing I would be hesitant recommending this kite for off the top of my head would unhooked freestyle..then the park or torch is a better alternative.