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Used ARX 15.5 or Aero 16

Postby ed257 » Thu Apr 03, 2003 6:23 pm

I am an intermediate looking for a medium to light wind kite. I have it down to the Aero 16 and the ARX 15.5. If you have used either or both of these, please advise on wind range, performance, construction, etc. I weigh 185 lbs (85 kg) and ride a WT 147.

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Postby Peter_Frank » Thu Apr 03, 2003 6:28 pm

I would go for the Aero 16.

The ARX is a "dog" compared to the Aero.
Slow turning.

And it relaunches so badly - too stiff and narrow.

The Aero will be much better I am sure !
A good kite, and excellent for relaunching also.

And remember, the Aero (1) is one generation younger than the ARX.

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Postby ramasan » Thu Apr 03, 2003 6:35 pm

the aero 16 is also pretty slow. i would still chose the aero over the arx tho. the best thing i can say about this kite is that it practically relaunches itself in all but the lowest wind.

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Postby Guest » Thu Apr 03, 2003 9:29 pm

Just becareful with the delamination they had with the 2001 ARxs
Also there were some quality issues with the AEROS 2002, the kite used to pull right!!! Check the forum.

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Postby ed257 » Thu Apr 03, 2003 9:42 pm

Petro9- wrote:quality issues with the AEROS 2002, the kite used to pull right!!! Check the forum.
If it had this problem, could it be compensated for by using a slightly shorter line on the left side or slightly longer on the right?

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Postby Guest » Fri Apr 04, 2003 4:11 am

The ARX might be a faster flyer because it was Naish's high end kite. The Aero was more of a recreational kite.

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Postby Peter_Frank » Fri Apr 04, 2003 7:43 am

Anonymous wrote:The ARX might be a faster flyer because it was Naish's high end kite. The Aero was more of a recreational kite.
No, its not.

The small ARX have a flat and fast profile, with good range, yes.

The ARX 15.5 and up has so much profile/camber in the struts, and thick leading edge, that it is not fast at all...

A good cruiser as long as you don't have to turn it, or relaunch though.

Many do the mistake of taking one kite's characteristics to be telling about the whole kite quiver.
But things don't work this way when you get above 14m2.

Many brands change their kitedesign here, in the same model.
The ARX is an example of a kite with an enourmous difference from the small ones, to the big ones - regarding its profile.

And even if they did not - there would still be so much difference in the characteristics of the big kites, that you can not tell anything about a kite, if you've only tried the smaller ones.

I think a lot of people are not really aware of this important issue.

Thats life !


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