Gasstra Phoenix light wind 22mtr kite,
double front bladder
yes! 2 valves and 2 full length bladders just for the front tube
to be fair I did buy a brand new 26mtr Gasstra Phoenix at the end of the year for a silly price of around £260,
that was even worse,
by the time it was all blown up it was time to go home.
by the time it took to sine the kite to get going, I forgot why.
kite bag was the best bit,
Buying a full set of new Cabrihna stuff, as my first gear (after trainer kite), on the advise of a friend "just get a 12m". Turns out none of it was right for our local conditions, and I had to buy a bigger used board, and bigger used kite, just to learn.
I owned that 2014 Cabrihna Vector 12m for two more years before ever having enough wind to ride it. And it's not even a great kite. Notice how few years it was made...
Contrary to pretty popular opinion, my worst purchase was a Ride Engine harness. Felt good in the shop if a bit fiddly with those straps, but I liked it there so took it to the beach. Did 2 sessions with it and fortunately was able to exchange it afterwards. I had to take breaks from kiting every 15 minutes because my back was killing me. I was used to a little backpain but that was manageable, this was a whole new world.
Exchanged for a Manera Exo. Not perfect, but worlds better.
2012 cabrinha switchblades and bars. i didn't like the one i took a lesson on but figured it was old, and 99% of people around here fly switchblades so i figured i would like the newer one. kites were mushy and unresponsive, the lines on the bar stretched 6 inches in the first few months, and one of the depower bungees snapped from normal use, $70 replacement part because you have to buy another whole fucking depower system to fix it
on the plus side they held their value pretty well when i sold them after like 4 months