When you think about buying a car, the used market is first searched. On the one hand because the prices are considerably cheaper than for a new model and also because the predecessor model offers many of the features, which one would get with a new car. When buying a kite, this is similar! However, the purchase of a used Kite often represents an obstacle for many. Clueless customers are the most popular customers for a dealer. Often kites are sold to new kiter, which are not worth their money. Here, for example, on Ebay new kiter are lured with alleged bargains. The buyers often do not know, however, that there is a huge difference between a kite from 2008 and a kite from 2018. A kite of the past four years, however, offers many of the features that the same current model offers. How do I know in what condition the used kite really is? The seller claims that the kite has been flown a little, is this true? We would like to offer you a checklist, which you can work out step by step to reveal possible cheaters!
Cloth of the Kite
The first and most conspicuous point on the checklist is the cloth of the kite. Those who have already benefited from a brand new kite know the crackling of the cloth when rolling out. The cloth of a new kite should make noise! If it does not, it is either an indication that the Kite has already many flying hours on the hump or the previous owner has taken the care of the kite not too seriously. The cloth flutters during use or even when it is parked for hours on the beach. The more the cloth crackles, the less it has fluttered.
The next point of orientation, whether a kite was flown only a few times or was in continuous use, are the connecting points of the lines. With frequently used kites the loop-to-loop connections cannot be loosed so easily! The easier you can loose them, the less the kite has been used.
Pulleys are often installed in the kite lines of the kites. The rollers ensure that the forces are distributed to all attachment points at any angle of attack. Take a look at them! The points of the lines on which the roll is running should not feel thinner than the part of the lines where no roll is running. If these spots are thin, this is also a sign that the kite was often used!
Since the kite is surrounded by air, there are of course also places which are more or less loaded in the flow. The areas that are most heavily loaded are the areas of the front tube up to about 30cm into the cloth and the tear-off edge of the kite (area of the trailing edge). If this area already feels like soft paper, the cloth is frequently fluttered!
Finally, make sure that the kite is not damaged! Here you have to look at the places which touch the ground when you drop the kite. Since it is a used kite, there will be one or the other scratch! But this is not too bad! The intensity of the scratches makes sure, however, whether the kite has been expertly filed or has several fracture landings on land behind him. Also you recognize thereby whether the kite was handled groomed or for example was scraped along the ground! The cloth is best suited to the light, so you can see even the smallest cracks in the cloth!
At the bars, you have to be careful about two things. On the one hand, the bar should fit the kite. The smaller the kite is, the shorter the bar should be. Manufacturers like North, Core or Cabrinha offer bars with which all kites of their own brand can be flown. The length of the bar can be altered here by re-tying. The most important, however, are the lines! Knots or scrubs should not occur at any case. Take each of the lines one by one between the fingers and run them down. So knots and frisky spots can be easily spotted!
We personally are great fans of used kites! New models appear every year, but the innovations, which are often minimal, do not justify the double price compared to a used kite of the same model. The models of the last four years provide many of the flight characteristics of the new releases. Repairs on the kite reduce the price of the kite, but they do not have any effect on the quality of the kite (assuming repairs have been carried out professionally). If you are new to the scene or you are not too sure what to look for, DO NOT buy kites older than FOUR years!