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SLiiCK
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Re: How old is your oldest kite you still ride on?

Postby SLiiCK » Wed Jan 31, 2018 2:12 am

2007 Eclipse Thruster 16m still going and fast for 16m!

Hugh2
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Re: How old is your oldest kite you still ride on?

Postby Hugh2 » Wed Jan 31, 2018 2:13 am

2008 16m Best Bullaroo, still my light wind kite, and I have two of them, one with the struts returned to separate inflation. Rip stop on them is like paper tissue, easy to put a finger through it. Still have lots of old Waroos, but don't ride them regularly. Actually like my 2012 12m Cabrinha Vector a lot, does everything reasonably well, but I ditched their idiotic "Intelligent" Depower System bar for my Best bar so it can be dumped to a single front line flag out when I get to a downwind beach totally overpowered.

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Re: How old is your oldest kite you still ride on?

Postby Dave_H » Wed Jan 31, 2018 3:28 am

2011 16m and 18m North Dynos. Still both very good AirStyle machines that get used frequently. I have had to reinforce a few stitches here and there on the struts, but overall a very well built kites with a great bar that has a microloop!

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Re: How old is your oldest kite you still ride on?

Postby plummet » Wed Jan 31, 2018 5:49 am

My most used kite Is my 2012 8m ozone catalyst. I would say a minimum of 30sessions per year. So I'm at 180 sessions at least for this kite.

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Re: How old is your oldest kite you still ride on?

Postby Pemba » Wed Jan 31, 2018 9:35 am

8m Best Taboo. When was that, 2010 ? Not used much still appears fine. Built very heavy and zero issues with valves so far.

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Re: How old is your oldest kite you still ride on?

Postby knyfe » Wed Jan 31, 2018 3:59 pm

First generation best Nemesis 16.?2004? A C kite. Flys like a truck but also pulls like a truck in light wind. Searched for years for something comparable and might have found it now with the 17 edge.

The best part on the 16- I NEVER had any repair on it and still going strong. !!! Bomber construction from Eric Hertsen.

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Re: How old is your oldest kite you still ride on?

Postby JakeFarley » Wed Jan 31, 2018 7:58 pm

2007 9m Best Yarga hybrid. Used maybe 2-3 times a year as I need 25 knots plus to ride. A little wrinkled (like me :D ), but has held up well.

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Re: How old is your oldest kite you still ride on?

Postby dylan* » Thu Feb 01, 2018 3:10 am

my oldest kites are a switch nitro 4 that i bought in 2014 i believe, canopy is getting pretty soft but still rides great, still one of my favorite boosting kites and I keep it around for that

I also have a 2014 best TS 7m that I got a great deal on... it's also pretty beat, but 7m wind is so infrequent here (<10 times per year maybe) that it isn't worth replacing really

my 10/12 are both 2016s and I try to replace those every year or two since I ride 200 or so days a year

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Re: How old is your oldest kite you still ride on?

Postby RadDrDuke » Thu Feb 01, 2018 3:23 am

My only kite is a 2012 airush varial x 12m.

It is fun from 8knots to 25knots. My home beach is pretty much always >10 knots and <30 knots so this does the trick.

Great kite, good boost, very responsive and fantastic for waves, flies very well and doesn't fall out of the sky until <8knots which is pretty remarkable and since I foil that means I can ride a huge windrange with this single kite.

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Re: How old is your oldest kite you still ride on?

Postby RadDrDuke » Thu Feb 01, 2018 3:24 am

dylan* wrote:
Thu Feb 01, 2018 3:10 am
my oldest kites are a switch nitro 4 that i bought in 2014 i believe, canopy is getting pretty soft but still rides great, still one of my favorite boosting kites and I keep it around for that

I also have a 2014 best TS 7m that I got a great deal on... it's also pretty beat, but 7m wind is so infrequent here (<10 times per year maybe) that it isn't worth replacing really

my 10/12 are both 2016s and I try to replace those every year or two since I ride 200 or so days a year
Where do you live that you ride so much? I like the sound of that!


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