rodeoclown wrote:and for riders looking for a good used kite, the 2012 Trigger is a a great buy.
Flys great on any 4 line bar and is built to last.
If the Blade kites are the same design and quality as their QR/CL, I would not touch that thing, even if someone would pay me to kite it.
I purchased a kite (another brand) which came with a Blade QR/CL. In July this year one of the flying lines got behind the bar during a jump and when the kite started looping, I wanted to trigger the QR but it did not open. I was dragged along the beach for almost 100 meters until my kite got stopped at a tree (the kite was more or less a write-off and after repair I sold it to a local for little money). Luckily I "only" had torn off meat and severe burn marks on my legs and arms and they kept me in hospital for one night.
I tested that QR afterwards and it would not open until approximately 14KG of pull was applied (measured with a spring scale). I tried it with another QR too and the result was similar. I contacted that kite company and as a result I was contacted by a Blade rep in the beginning of August and he wanted to send me a working QR/CL replacement. Despite several reminders, I still have not received the promised replacement.
I purchased a North CL/QR in the meantime which works great. It opens perfectly fine and their swivel is working (the Blade swivel is a joke too).
Maybe their kites are better, I don't know, but it is reality that one part of a system drags down the whole of it (not to mention their lack of customer service).