[quote="Kolahi"]I was looking at all the inflatables, and I cannot seem to decide on which one would be best suited, Maybe you guys could help me out, as the search button didn't so much. There are so many companies with different designs, wipika, gaastra, takoon, slingshot, f-one, carabrinha, liquidforce,naish, air rush, and etc. I know you guys will argue about each one's strong points, but which one would you guys say reigns supreme? What i look for in a kite is the following: Build quality/durability and handling(not a fan of the slugs). Ease of use is not really a concern, i don't mind if it takes all my upper body strength to keep the kite in check. The area in which i live in currently has winds that are extremely light, so a huge kite will be a must have, as is a mid range kite(13-14 probably). Keep in mind this is not a kite for a beginner, but rather someone who is intermediate to advanced.
I have been told that the 'strongest' kite build quality wise is the takoon as it has a special matieral which makes it 5 times stronger, but i have been told by others that the f-one's german engineering makes it superior.
Thanks for your help guys.[/quote]
The industry is at a point in time where, it is very competitive, in fact there are probably at least 15-20 manufacturers who will not be here in a few months to years time! The market is crowded with brands, so now is the time when technohypodoublebabble language is at its peak!!
Takoon is a new player, in the market, less than 2 years. The supply of the Teinjin polyester cloth basically all inflatable kites are made from is in very short supply, hence the strange colour combos you get in some kites, especially some scoops, from my perspective! Mind you they do fly well!
Don't you think if there was a type of material that was really 5 times stronger, with no other negative qualities, that all the other companies would try and switch to that cloth?
All of the brands you mention make excellent kites in 2003, but you forgot a few other Top brands, that fit your criteria, including Flexifoil, North, etc.
If you need a kite bigger than 16.0M then be very careful to amke sure that it is a 2003 design, most earlier monster kites, while they flew, were not really worth the money, a bigger board and a 16.0 are much better fun! Even a strapless mal surfboard works if you are happy to cruise, in super light winds?
Big kites need to be light and very well designed, ones I know work are the North Rhino 2, 18 and 20, Naish X2 18, less so the 20 but still ok if cheap enough, Naish X3, excellent in 18 and 20 sizes, Airush Lift Pro 19.6,
The rest I am not familar with in the large sizes to comment.