Yep, that's why I enjoy chatting about gear. I used to live where I couldn't try it first. Now I live where I can, so I enjoy sharing my experiences. I know what it was like to live inland.On 2002-10-08 12:40, bayboards wrote:
Having a flick through the postings on this group, I've noticed that a large number are of the 'which kite should I buy' nature, followed by various rantings about the relative merits of selected bits of kit.
Only because we still have a large number of dealers selling only one brand. How can you trust them to be non-biased. I am personally lucky to be able to buy from a kite shop that sells all brands.Even more interesting is the way a kiteshop owner may get 'gunned down' for giving an opinion with a website address at the bottom.
Some do, but you need to see if they sell more than one brand.
Do we think they don't know what they're talking about? They must have access to a larger range of gear than the majority of us and are likely to be experienced kitesurfers too.
Bummer, I do get to try a lot of stuff. Our local kite shop is really cool about demo gear. Again, that's why I'm so chatty, because I know everybody isn't as lucky.
On the flipside though, the punters (us) need a better way of choosing our gear than listening to the informed (or otherwise) opinions on a site like this. A quick spin on the beach with someone's new kite doesn't tell you much. We need proper demo gear to hire or buy for a week, sale or return purchasing, demo days at the beach etc. How are you supposed to know how to spend a large wedge of cash without being able to try them out first?
Go after the kite rep if the dealer sucks. They make money off us too. Some are real good about sending out demo kites and /or coming to your town.
So come on dealers, distributors, kite companies, get it together and give us a chance to buy the right thing first time. Lets stop fishing in the dark.
ps I'm looking for a new kite ......
Good observation. Check out the Windysite report on the Aero2. The performance is close to the x2 (because itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s the newest design). Remember something similar with North? The Toro was better than the Rhino because it was the newest design when it was released. North team members competed on the Toro. The summer before, Naish team members competed on the Aero because it was newer than the ARX. See a trend here? Hehehe, ya know what IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m getting at? Hehehe ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s all folks!I also believe that some manufacturers at various times are ahead of the pack for a while until they get leapfrogged by an advance by another brand. . 02 4443 7665)
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