do you change up each season? or you ride it till it shits itself. Me, while people browse the new gear list, i'm looking at last year model and used gear.sStill riding my Eclipse 9m Kima( love that bitch to death) Eclipse thurster 16m, 2011 Epic 11m Renegade, i have Best surfboard 5'7 surfboard(2008 -10) a Airrush protoy twin tip 08 maybe and my newest acquisition 2011 Slingshot Coupe surfboard, that i scored new of ebay for $300. Thank the Gods for last year and good second handers, if it wasn't for them i couldn't afford to kite. what about you guys?
I change kites every year, at the moment i am waiting for the complete quiver from Blade Trigger 5th generation, i ride a lot in hardcore conditions, so I don´t like to have used kite that I don´t know wend they will fail!!!
calibra wrote:I change kites every year, at the moment i am waiting for the complete quiver from Blade Trigger 5th generation, i ride a lot in hardcore conditions, so I don´t like to have used kite that I don´t know wend they will fail!!!
my 9m like I said is from 2009, I have not had to fix nothing so far(knock on cement) buddies of mine with 2012 gear are having to repair bladders, repair canopy, etc..
I guess I'm part of the Old school, or maybe that s the skint school, who tries to make their gear last as long as possible. I just find it absurd that people obsess about having the very latest gear all the time. If your teaching or dealing and need to give feedback then I get it, but if you ve got some stuff that ain t broke and you get on well with, then why change it up all the time?
It goes back to a time when kites very often did not improve on a yearly basis, or if they did it was so marginal as to make little difference. Does the money in a kite company's R&D arm jump so much year to year that of course they ll have found some great new angle that they had overlooked in year's gone by? Of course not. There may very well be some higher end materials available now, but I really think the whole gear thing is something of a myth to be honest. Just because a kite is newer does not immediately mean it is better, and I'm surprised I'm in the minority in thinking that way.
I am actually looking for a new kite at the moment, but it ain t a new one really, it s a V1 Gypsy 7m. Much as I admire Wainman's approach of only bringing in a new generation when they ve really got something to add (though from what I hear the V2's are not as lively as the V1's? I'm ready to stand corrected), try finding one of these older generation kites and you ll begin to see what I'm talking about. It s a wicked little kite and I don t want the shinier, newer version. I liked it how it felt then and so that is what I m after.
No doubt I will trade up at some stage, but by then my set-up will be so antique that no-one will want it but me. Which is fine. Because they re all collector's items!
2008 Ozone Edge II 13m 2010 Wainman Smoke 9m 2008 Royal Era 8m
2007 Jimmy Lewis Model III 127cm 2009 SS Lunacy 132 2010 Resin8 5'10 Squash tail
Believe it or not I still regularly use an Amundson Custom from about 2004. The thing must, must, must have something like 500 days of hard riding on it & it's still intact!!! Paid $450 for it new back then.
I only buy 1 or 2 year old kites. Sometimes I pickup near new year-old kites for around $300 per. Sometimes used 2 year old kites for $200-$250. They last pretty well. Only had one blow apart out of 8 that I've bought & used for a solid year.
Basically my annual kiting budget for gear is about $1200. And guess what??? When one of my $250 kites gets yarded in the surf...do I care? Not so much, cuz I know I can get another one cheaply!!!
That's been working well for me for a decade! Only thing I don't ever scrimp on is my lines. Did that once & broke my leg landing a jump. Always get new or near new lines & bar I've had the same harness for 10 years as well, works great, old DaKine harness, just replace the straps regularly.