golfaroo wrote:Would you guys be able to add ... the Griffin Argo 17m?
... and ... the Griffin TRX 17m.
I agree and would like to see both models in the test too.
[Disclaimer: I am a rider, I don't sell these or any other brand of kite or any equipment of any kind. I've flown neither the Argo17 nor the TRX. I'm one of the Joes]
I own the only Griffin on this coast. Mine is a 2013 Argo 14m. So let me give you feedback on my kite and bar. The TRX would be quite different of-course.
- I love flying my Argo
-- Kite build quality is on par with the other brands
--- The cloth is a little soft after 1.25 yrs and lots of use
-- very stable in gusty conditions
-- consistent power application
-- goes upwind like crazy for me
-- drifts well
-- boosts big and good hang time
- The bar is just OK
-- The safety system is very reliable, easy to reset
-- The swivel sucks and doesn't really do anything
--- The work around is to set up the kite with no twists and correct occasionally by hand
-- Single line release will destroy the safety line
--- In single-line flagging mode the line-end cover catches on the pass-through loop and eventually breaks down the cover until it comes apart
--- The fix for this is to rig your kite in two-line flagging mode so the line no longer runs through the loop - problem gone
--- I prefer single-line flag so I fixed mine by wrapping the line-end cover with plumbers tape - fixed
-- bar isn't the most comfortable, but is better than some others
--- I'm considering padded handlebar tape
For your consideration:
I've received great support from Griffin directly. Even better, for those of us in the U.S., Progressive Sports provides top-notch support for this brand too (they are the U.S. distributors). But these kites are from a small Australian one-man band.
What I Like:
flies well, reliable gear, always know I'll have fun with it in > 14mph (12 knts)
What I don't like:
bar pressure is too high for my liking, bar could be better
PM me if you have specific questions.