Many of us who have held on to older designs, long after they were surpassed in performance, are having the same problem that you are.
the last of my Wainman's hit the trash several years ago, so this is not me having trouble transitioning now. I've been on different kites for many years now. i just haven't found any i like as much since. when i rode Wainman's, that's all i rode. i was content and didn't look for other brands. it'd just be nice to find a replacement i felt so dedicated to. obviously, i haven't yet.Matteo V wrote: ↑Tue Sep 22, 2020 5:24 pmMany of us who have held on to older designs, long after they were surpassed in performance, are having the same problem that you are.
The short explanation of these issues is that no one really spends enough time on a kite that they demo, to get an actual feel for the kite. This is especially pronounced when coming from older kites that don't have the wide range of capabilities of newer kites.
At the same time, the full explanation is much more complicated. Newer kites can be somewhat seen as being dumbed down from the perspective of a vintage kite flyer. Many newer kites have quicker dbpower, and better turning without having to fully sheet the bar in. If you apply your old sheeting and turning methods to new kites, you often wind up ruining the potential for extra performance from those newer kites. And even knowing this, it is extremely difficult for me to apply that concept and just stop using the same inputs that I would have used on my vintage kites. When I finally purchased a modern kite, it took me some time before I started to understand it. And switching back and forth does throw me off a little bit too.
Of course you also have to add to the above, that when you're flying older gear, or at least when you get to the point that you have to buy newer gear because your old stuff is deteriorating, you're comparing an old style unrefined and blown out canopy kite, to a new crispy modern kite. That is comparing apples to oranges, and you can't expect that experience to be objective.
So when moving to another brand, do your research and take your best guess at what is a good replacement for what you have been flying. But don't get frustrated and bail out of that new model/brand! That frustration is mostly because of the above reasons, and you can with some adjustment, make newer modern kites do just as much as the old ones and likely even more.
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