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by nate76
Fri Aug 14, 2020 9:19 pm
Forum: Snow / Land
Topic: Snowkite for a big man?
Replies: 29
Views: 1291

Re: Snowkite for a big man?

You're going to get lots of opinions in a forum like this, but based on your criteria, I think you would be quite happy with 18m Matrixx you mentioned. They are really forgiving kites, kind of gentle giants - which sounds like it might be great if you're a big guy and want to get out in light winds ...
by nate76
Sun Aug 09, 2020 8:43 pm
Forum: Gear Builders
Topic: How I built my own kite surfing bar
Replies: 107
Views: 13105

Re: How I built my own kite surfing bar

Hey guys! So after spending year or so of horsing around with different ideas. Realized there might be some other guys out there interested, so figured I'd share what I've converged on as my favorite setup for a lightweight homemade bar. The main reason I built these was for back-country snowkite to...
by nate76
Thu Apr 09, 2020 3:40 am
Forum: Foil Kites
Topic: I sold my flysurfer soul in favour of
Replies: 95
Views: 9513

Re: I sold my flysurfer soul in favour of.

My 2 cents, if you want to try something with more value/less hype - try one of Tom Bourdeau's designs. Like Ozone and Skywalk, Tom has been designing paragliders for decades. His Little Cloud paragliders have a small but very passionate following. Mostly small because he really doesn't care to adve...
by nate76
Mon Jan 20, 2020 2:52 am
Forum: Snow / Land
Topic: Kite-o-rado Snowkite Conditions
Replies: 543
Views: 88191

Re: Kite-o-rado Snowkite Conditions

Just saw the Jarosa Mesa posts. Man - looks great up there. Really need to try to get out that way. Glad you guys are getting after it!
by nate76
Mon Jan 20, 2020 2:42 am
Forum: Snow / Land
Topic: Kite-o-rado Snowkite Conditions
Replies: 543
Views: 88191

Re: Kite-o-rado Snowkite Conditions

Greetings Gentlemen, Say, just a friendly PSA that I was up on Hoosier Pass on Saturday, and it is a mess up there - bulletproof and completely cratered, the north bowl has also been scoured pretty good. I would consider the snow conditions range from not-fun to unskiable. This, coming from a guy wh...
by nate76
Sat Nov 16, 2019 10:19 pm
Forum: Reviews
Topic: Gregory Alpinisto 50: a great backcountry/snowkite pack
Replies: 0
Views: 414

Gregory Alpinisto 50: a great backcountry/snowkite pack

I figured I'd share my thoughts on a piece of gear that I've been really happy with: the Gregory Aplinisto 50L backpack. Since I'm starting to get more into the backcountry touring side of kiting, I decided last year that I wanted a dedicated pack with some nicer features like plenty of space, bombe...
by nate76
Mon Oct 21, 2019 5:16 pm
Forum: Snow / Land
Topic: Kite-o-rado Snowkite Conditions
Replies: 543
Views: 88191

Re: Kite-o-rado Snowkite Conditions

Nice! Hoping to get enough snow on the ground on Thursday to maybe inaugurate one of the local spots. Fingers crossed!
by nate76
Sun Oct 20, 2019 6:35 am
Forum: Foil Kites
Topic: Something new from HQ Kites.
Replies: 11
Views: 2607

Re: Something new from HQ Kites.

Hey, a little late to this conversation, but thought I would throw in my 2 cents about the HQ4 Empulse, since I've got quite a bit of time on them. The Empulse is a pretty quick kite, in terms of turning speed and ground speed. Faster than the Matrixx in both regards. But I would not consider it lif...
by nate76
Sun May 26, 2019 3:12 am
Forum: Snow / Land
Topic: Kite-o-rado Snowkite Conditions
Replies: 543
Views: 88191

Re: Kite-o-rado Snowkite Conditions

So ended up hitting Guanella Pass on Friday - wind forecast was looking really solid like high teens gusting to high 30's straight from the west. Road was supposed to be open but unfortunately was still closed by the time I arrived. Based on Avy forecast and family constraints, I wanted to be up the...
by nate76
Wed May 22, 2019 6:50 pm
Forum: Snow / Land
Topic: Kite-o-rado Snowkite Conditions
Replies: 543
Views: 88191

Re: Kite-o-rado Snowkite Conditions

Matt, I would love to check out your neck of the woods sometime. I'll have to see if maybe I could coerce some of my family to come out. It would help if there were other kiddos there. As for this week, I think I am going to try to check out Guanella Pass on Friday. With any luck, they should have t...

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