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Why are Griffin kites much cheaper..?

Postby karinaonline » Sat Feb 28, 2009 12:44 am

I am new to the sport and noticed that the grifffin kites are much cheaper than usual brands, I am looking at the 2008 model, 12m . Why is it a fraction of the price compared to other kites.. or is it false economy?

Also looking at a best waroo 2007 which one would you choose?

I have no clue what I should buy :o !!

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Re: Why are Griffin kites much cheaper..?

Postby Geronimo79 » Sat Feb 28, 2009 2:15 am

never heared of griffin kites to be honest. (or is this new name for monkey kites?)

I dont think there are any really bad kites on the market. Sure anyone has certain likes and dislikes. But from quallity so called B brands are not that much bad quallity anymore from the A brands. Slingshot 08 fuels were torn just by looking at it. And it was called the bombproof brand...

Just look at warantys, and if you look at the pictures/kites if you feel confident they will not tear to easily. (does it look good np.. does it look crappy.. probably is.) Even a noob will see.

If there are any differences a beginner or even intermediate kiter won't notice. and crashing kites is NEVER a good idea. if you got a 2000 dollar kite or 500 dollar kite if you have bad luck.. it will explode just as easily.

3E kites and boards are pretty cheap to.. but interesting how good they perform.
www.3e-kiteboarding.com
maybe thats an option for you to?


Best waroo.. always good.. some hate it some love it.. but it will always be a pretty good kite.

hope i helped a little

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Re: Why are Griffin kites much cheaper..?

Postby okokc11 » Sat Feb 28, 2009 3:01 am

hey

when your first learning , don't look at those expansive kites out there. and even when you learn. just go with whatever is avail for what you can afford. as far as cheap kite may not be good. that's wrong. and wrong. you have to understand that most kites are made either in china or sri lanka. yes there is a little difference in the design but as far as iam concerned they're all the same and it's all about having fun out there. i've seen guys with expansive kites and all they do is go upwind and downwind. and maybe a little jump here and there . and i've seen kiters with cheap kites and they're doing some amazing tricks. so my friend is what you can make out of that kite not what the kite can make out of you.

that's just my opinion.

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Re: Why are Griffin kites much cheaper..?

Postby Vin Stefanelli » Sat Feb 28, 2009 4:08 am

monkey-griffin kites are a bit like
the ManBearPig
, (half monkey half eagle half lion)

andalso have no center-strut on the canopy
right?
very eggzotic.

if it is your 1st kite
go cheap but stick to a brand with SOME following
if you learn well and ride often
the kite if well made will wear obviously
if notso well made it may last a year...
in either case ,
If you are determined enough to repair it
replace it or buy another size kite,
it is a sign that you are ready for this sport
and all the wonders that surround it

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Re: Why are Griffin kites much cheaper..?

Postby Vin Stefanelli » Sat Feb 28, 2009 4:10 am

Also,

you can approach the second hand market
for the brands that are deemed highest of quality.
or even buy up on closeout deals during the off-season

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Re: Why are Griffin kites much cheaper..?

Postby Kelevra » Sat Feb 28, 2009 4:25 am

I'm newer to the sport, and I bought my buddies used 12m griffin and am glad I did.... it probably isn't the greatest kite, but if ya crash it into the beach then its not like its the most expensive thing. In my opinion it's best to grab a cheap kite, figure out your "style/preferences" and get good enough so you can demo other gear without killing it, and then just figure out what is best for you.

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Re: Why are Griffin kites much cheaper..?

Postby gibsonandpickett » Sat Feb 28, 2009 7:28 am

Hi there im not a griffin kiter but have tested the 09 . Very suprisedat how well it flew,, very stable even in very gusty conditions, loads of depower, well built. This is an awesome kite from beginner up to pro. Dont buy an expensive when your learning, you will only wreck them. These kites are a awesome kite and the price, its a bargin. :roll:

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Re: Why are Griffin kites much cheaper..?

Postby Wetstuff » Sat Feb 28, 2009 6:53 pm

...if you think about it, it's only out sourced materials .. well established contract labor in a far-away country .. a design (pretty easily reverse engineered to start) and a logo you can buy online. The 'magic' comes from leading edge designers, but even they have have difficulty without the inertia of a large promotional budget.

The easiest way to get started is to figuratively 'give product away'. Most of you probably do not remember BEST selling 2-for-1 to bust through the Cabby-North-Slingy-Wippy wall.

.....But, there comes a time when the credit card company wants to be paid .. your Mom wants her money for a face lift .. and now, you have just ran into a monster headwind - when the World's economy has taken down by Bush & Friends.

I don't know anything about Griffin or their kites, but I wish them luck.

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Re: Why are Griffin kites much cheaper..?

Postby dp51 » Sat Feb 28, 2009 8:31 pm

I have flown (monkey) The new Griffin kites for sometime.
The main reason they are cheaper is because the cut out the middle man and sell direct from the maker to the shops.
The kites are built very well and will withstand the punishment a new kiter will give them. The kites are great for learning and will take you through advanced tricks. The kites offer great low end grunt and good depower. The 09 model has more depower and great wind range along with a few other improvements.

I have a few griffins that are in great shape complete for sale a 15m and a 12m if you would like more info on them PM me. Selling cheap because I'm buying a 09 16m Griffin for my light wind kite.

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Re: Why are Griffin kites much cheaper..?

Postby cyberdog1899 » Sat Feb 28, 2009 9:17 pm

Vin Stefanelli wrote: and also have no center-strut on the canopy
right?
very eggzotic.
Neither do Rebel or HadlowPro '09. Monkey are as well built or sometimes better than top makes. Don't like the bar but it's a decent 4-line flat kite with simple briddle (which has got to be an advantage). Australian make I belive. Deserve bit more popularity than it has, for sure.


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