I started a thread "Best damn $250 kite I ever bought", or some such...but I had never flown it. This kite was one of the 'house, demo. team' kites Best sold off early this Spring.
I got the first chance to fly it yesterday and I was well impressed. It's average construction, nothing in it that wasn't already done in 2002 and fewer goodies than a 2004 North I have.
It's from the high aspect/thin main tube design school and in the very marginal conditons I was in - sub-10kts - it performed great. I was able, with a very long bar and a directional board, to get something out of an absolute nothing-day.
All the other kites I've owned from 16 thru 20 would have fallen out of the sky. This kite will hang where most will not. I'm looking forward to using it in some real air.
I'm the only one among my local crew who has a Best kite and I've needed to make an apology to the ladies in our group who may think I'm one of the Best gavonnes, but it's like the rumor that you smack your wife around - nobody looks at you the same anymore. Best would have sold a bunch more kites, at least around here, had they not seemed so Florida about it.
Buy this kite - if you can get a good deal on one.
Last edited by Wetstuff on Wed Jun 01, 2005 5:15 pm, edited 1 time in total.
I like the kite. I really liked the $250 price. I also - somewhat less so - liked the 11M Yarga I bought new for $500 - the guy who bought it for $400 likes it too.
I got a chance to fly the 18 again over the weekend. It's the Gray-on-Gray coloring which also looks really good in the sky. (that mean's something to me). Winds were also sub-10 to start but after about three hours of putzing around it came up and was gusting to about 20. Too much for as tired as I was and beyond its depower range for my size. Still, it flys great.
I'm not going to fly a kite with a swasitka or Bush's picture on it, but I'll fly any $250 kite I can get. I'm only saying; had they acted more like normal business people (..and I don't mean charge $1300 per kite) and less like white-rappers, I'm convinced they would be twice the size they already are.
...Still: buy one of these if you get a good deal on one. It's a good kite.