Re: Best Indoor Kite

Subject Re: Best Indoor Kite
From (Andy Wardley)
Date Wed, 29 Apr 1998 08:26:56 GMT
Newsgroups rec.kites
AirAtlnts <> wrote:
> My number one favorite indoor kite is the Synchro.  Herb Weldon makes
> the most awesome indoor flying machine.

My number one _was_ the Synchro until the Inner Space came along.

There's not a lot to separate the Inner Space and Synchro in terms of ease and grace of flying. The main difference is that the Inner Space tricks better than the Synchro which tends to have a little trouble in that area.

The Prism Vapour is another excellent indoor kite. It flies very well in no wind, although I think it feels a tiny bit sluggish and heavy after flying the Inner Space and Synchro. The Vapour is also very good for tricks, certainly on a par with an Inner Space, although the weight distribution seems to be a little more tip-heavy making it harder to pull off N-multiple Flat Spins (for large values of 'N') because the kite tends to recover rather than stay spinning flat. On the other hand, it makes it a little more forgiving than the Inner Space which doesn't respond so well to sloppy flying. The Synchro is the least forgiving of the three.

These characteristics are things that you get used to in time. I've spent relatively little time flying the Vapour (simply because I don't have access to one) so I haven't had a chance to really get to know this kite, but from first impression, I like what I see. The Inner Space would still come out on top, but that's hardly surprising considering the intimate relationship I've had with this kite for so long. :-)=

I did an indoor kite review for Kite Passion a year or so ago in which I reviewed the Inner Space and Synchro amongst others. It's a pity we weren't able to get hold of a Vapour in time (I think it had just come out) because it would have been nice to give them a really good fly off against each other.

All three kites are absolutely beautiful and exceptionally well made. In the UK and Europe, the Inner Space is considerably cheaper than the Synchro and Vapour. In the US, I imagine they're closer in price.


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