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matth
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Re: the best and worst kite graphics on the market

Postby matth » Sat Feb 15, 2014 4:07 pm

We really do sound like a bunch of girls talking about shoes and pocketbooks.!!!!
I have to go now I have a hair appointment.

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Re: the best and worst kite graphics on the market

Postby SupaEZ » Sat Feb 15, 2014 5:06 pm

matth wrote:We really do sound like a bunch of girls talking about shoes and pocketbooks.!!!!
I have to go now I have a hair appointment.


Good one :lol: ...and the most dreaded question of all..
......which kite graphic does not make my butt look fat riding frontside on a wave?

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Re: the best and worst kite graphics on the market

Postby CaptainArgh » Sat Feb 15, 2014 6:08 pm

BreezeSleaze wrote:...
Top 3
Cabrinha - agreed
Slingshot - great design. AWFUL color combinations. I don't know where they come up with them.
Liquid force - agreed.

Bottom 3
North - agreed
Core - awful
RRD - never see them

Yes, Epic and Ozone make nice colors/graphics combos and let you choose what you want.
I'm not a big fan of the SS jelly bean approach where you never know what you get... I know, the flying characteristics are most important, but I like looking up in the sky at a sharp looking kite. It's total personal preference, but I have a blue kite this year that I love...super crisp, looks great in the sky. Then I have this yellow and red one and I'm just like, "ugh..."

Wainman graphics are a real personal style preference because of the big drawings. I like them, but can see it being way too much for some people.

This one cracked me up a few years back as an awful kite graphics choice.
Well, unless you are a 10 year old girl and are really into horses... :lol:
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Re: the best and worst kite graphics on the market

Postby Peter_Frank » Sat Feb 15, 2014 6:26 pm

matth wrote:We really do sound like a bunch of girls talking about shoes and pocketbooks.!!!!
I have to go now I have a hair appointment.


Ha haa, I also have to go - I have a nail/manicure appointment, so ready for the tupperware party, but huge problem: I don't know what shoes to wear :o

:naughty: Peter

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Re: the best and worst kite graphics on the market

Postby NYKiter » Sat Feb 15, 2014 7:39 pm

No shortage of sexism and homophobia with kiters.... :lol:

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Re: the best and worst kite graphics on the market

Postby nikalaitzian » Sat Feb 15, 2014 8:22 pm

SupaEZ wrote:
matth wrote:We really do sound like a bunch of girls talking about shoes and pocketbooks.!!!!
I have to go now I have a hair appointment.


Good one :lol: ...and the most dreaded question of all..
......which kite graphic does not make my butt look fat riding frontside on a wave?




:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

NO one Supa ........

Your rock man You rock !!!!!!! :thumb: :mosh:

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Re: the best and worst kite graphics on the market

Postby wadoepotatoe » Sat Feb 15, 2014 10:33 pm

Pretty stoked to see this little fellow:
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Re: the best and worst kite graphics on the market

Postby golfaroo » Sat Feb 15, 2014 10:47 pm

Nobody mentioned the Gin kites, especially the URU. They have the best graphics i.m.h.o. Here's the wasabi color URU:
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Re: the best and worst kite graphics on the market

Postby iroddy » Sat Feb 15, 2014 11:39 pm

It's all down to personal taste. For me personally, I prefer kites with simple colour blocks. Designs such as 2013 - 14 North, Ozone, F One Bandit 6 onwards.

Last year I flew F One Bandit 6's, I really liked the graphics on those kites. I think colour blocks along with a clean bar looks perfect. But the whole "tribal" thing is getting a little dated now, hence why I can never tell which year some Naish kites are. This year I'm on North Dice's.

In my opinion, the more graphics a kite has, the tackier and cheaper it looks. For example, I would never buy a Wainman kite, the graphics and even the bar does not appeal to me at all.

And I think the worst one out there is Star Kites.
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Re: the best and worst kite graphics on the market

Postby Faxie » Sun Feb 16, 2014 2:06 am

I'm a fan of designs like Ozone, Switch and Ocean Rodeo. Hate kites like North, Gaastra and Epic.

Wainman is a bit of hit or miss. The new Cab's are pretty nice. F-One and Slingshot are somewhere in the middle for me.

Can't really picture other brands in my head at the moment


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