KAWIKA wrote:When people ask me why I ride Switch it's because I was looking for a high performance durable kite without the high performance price $$
...or because your on their payroll.
Im with jats2k9 on this one...gear is ridiculously priced these days. £1500 for a kite is crazy when you need at least 3 of them. I've been kiting for 6 years and the only piece of brand new equipment i've ever owned is my wetsuit. I couldn't afford lessons or even an inflatable kite when i started so I self taught on a flexifoil blade with no depower or relaunch. My newest kite is a 2010 rpm which i bought a few weeks back....as i'm so used to dealing with old s**t it near enough feels brand new anyway! The only way youngsters have a hope in hell of getting into kiting is if they've got minted parents and even then the sound of 'can i have £2000 for a kite please' is probably gonna end in no.
Honestly it is so easy to spend few bucks for kiting
Just buy a top brand (north, slingshot, etc) used kite of the last year, and resell it the SAME year after few months
For instance, you buy 2 2012 EVOs in March for 800-900eur, and you resell them in September for 650-700€
Last year I managed to by a 9 and 12, a resell it loosing just 50eur for each kite
You just have to monitor second hand deals every single day, and buy low and not older than 1 year
I am sure Switch kites are super good, but their second hand value is ridicolous, so at the end you just spend more compared to top brands second hand