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20.5 MACHINE

Postby thrmldlite » Fri Sep 30, 2005 8:22 pm

To All,

I'm thinking about buying one. Any thoughts? Wind range, Durability, Turning Speed???

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Postby Guest » Fri Sep 30, 2005 10:36 pm

my man hartman has one


lets see if he chimes in ???


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Postby Guest » Sat Oct 01, 2005 6:44 am

Todd,

I have one that I might be selling kite only for $1099.

Really nice kite, great light wind capabilities.

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Postby Misfit » Sat Oct 01, 2005 8:14 am

Hey Todd,
What is you size? I've got one and love it but i'm 6'3" 215#. I think the 20.5 is the lightwind solution for somebody over 200 and the 17.5 is the light wind solution for people under 200. As far as turning speed goes the 20 does well (considering it is a 20) it turns about as fast as a normal 16/17m. Durability, they're not bomb proof like the ss fuels but they do hold up well. I've had mine all summer and used it in the most demanding conditions without any problems. Wind range, the chicken gives it great range. I've had mine out in over 20 mph (chickened out) and it was still manageable. I think this kite's best point is how it handles the gusts. Just chicken out and the kite bleeds off all of the gust without dragging you down wind.
Hope this helps
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Postby thrmldlite » Sat Oct 01, 2005 8:24 am

I weigh about 180lbs. which probably qualifies me as a "lightweight". I currently have 13M and 17M fuels. i was hoping to use the 20.5 as a "back-up" for those trips to the beach where the wind just doesn't pick up, the 16mph=12mph sort of days...ie the last 5 times i've been out.

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Postby Misfit » Sun Oct 02, 2005 7:11 pm

Hey Todd,
I think the 17.5 is the right choice for your size but I think it is a bit of an overlap to your 17 fuel. If you want to spend the money on a kite the machine is a great choice. If you want to be able to go out in lighter wind days maybe you should try experimenting with different boards. A surfboard, skimboard, slingshot glide, or one of trent's lightwind boards are all good solutions to your delimma.
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Postby V » Mon Oct 03, 2005 7:21 am

I'm about 180-185 and have the 20.5 machine. I love it. Powered up at 12. Sheet in the 5th up to 16-17mph. At that point I can switch to my 15m no problem. Turns good for a big kite. adjustability is fine. Relaunch with the 5th line is a piece of cake. The only complaint is pumping up that bad-boy
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Postby V » Mon Oct 03, 2005 7:21 am

Hay Cory, you back yet?
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Postby Misfit » Mon Oct 03, 2005 12:17 pm

1 week to go and i'll be back in the midwest. The wind here has been amazing for the past two weeks and doesn't look like it's going to let up any time soon. I haven't missed a day in at least ten days :D Coming back is going to be tough.
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