uncle sammy wrote:What ever you choose, don't go for the SS kites.
They fall apart and are too complicated.
From the list you mentioned go for the Ozone .
UKSurf wrote:Try to get a good deal on a second hand kite in good condition. Your first kite is going to take alot of punishment, so it isnt a good idea to spend too much. I would not suggest you get an RPM it is too fast for a beginner.
slingshot rally 2012 is a great kite. They made some changes for 2013 that made it more powerful but a bit slower. The rally is an extremely well respected kite (kite of the year etc). In the US it has good resale value because it is in such demand.kiter8891 wrote:Hi Everyone,
I am new to kitesurfing. Had 9 hours of lessons and can basically get up and go for about 100m. I kite at Mui Ne in Vietnam.
Finding it really difficult to choose the best suited kites for my first purchase.
Im 85kg and 175m.
I know the general feedback is to try the kites and see which one feels better but as I am still fresh they all seem to feel equally difficult hahahaha
I have been given advice by 2 of my instructors (who dont sell kites) and friendly strangers who have all guided me in different directions. I wanted to confuse myself with more opinions before I make my final decision.
I have been told the below kites are good to learn on and also good enough to keep you satisfied as you become more experienced.
SS RPM 2012
SS Rally 2012 or 2013
Ozone Catalyst 2013
Best Kahoona 2012 or 2013
Best TS 2012 or 2013
I am going for 8m or 9m and a 12m
My initial preference was the 2012 RPM seeing as I can get a good price on them but have read mixed reviews about how easy/difficult and forgiving they are to fly.
I have no knowledge about the SS Rally. I havent been able to find anyone that rides them yet.
The 2013 Ozone Catalyst seems to be getting awesome reviews and seems like an easy kite to fly but is pricey.
I have no idea about BEST kites although they look to be the cheapest which is always nice when you are on a budget.
I really want an easy kite to fly to learn that can still get me excited once I know what im doing.
If anyone has any tips or experience with these kites let me know?
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