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2002 Naish AR3 7m 2-line nostalgia

Postby Hugh2 » Fri Apr 23, 2021 4:01 pm

My buddy’s kite that I did my first long body drag a couple miles from Avon north in the sound at OBX. Amazingly the bladders held and he could fly it.

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Re: 2002 Naish AR3 7m 2-line nostalgia

Postby Topaz » Fri Apr 23, 2021 4:07 pm

It looks in good shape.
I wonder if I should I pull out my 2002 16m Cabrinha Black Tip

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Re: 2002 Naish AR3 7m 2-line nostalgia

Postby Hugh2 » Fri Apr 23, 2021 5:06 pm

Click on the photo to see it right side up, sorry, don't know how to edit it.

Still felt crispy! I only ever flew it that one time, he flew it a few times. Has a variety of attachment points for the lines, and a strange "crossed" line system. Text on the kite says fly with 10-50m lines, the lines it came with feel like 30m. We think it was even supposed to be capable of being rigged for four lines.

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Re: 2002 Naish AR3 7m 2-line nostalgia

Postby Vinda » Fri Apr 23, 2021 5:18 pm

Hugh2 wrote:
Fri Apr 23, 2021 4:01 pm
My buddy’s kite that I did my first long body drag a couple miles from Avon north in the sound at OBX. Amazingly the bladders held and he could fly it.78C5E0DA-836B-4F91-A98A-D4CCB149A4C6.jpeg
I swear my AR5 didn't look that crispy in 2004/5 :D

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Re: 2002 Naish AR3 7m 2-line nostalgia

Postby Toby » Fri Apr 23, 2021 6:49 pm

Vinda wrote:
Fri Apr 23, 2021 5:18 pm
Hugh2 wrote:
Fri Apr 23, 2021 4:01 pm
My buddy’s kite that I did my first long body drag a couple miles from Avon north in the sound at OBX. Amazingly the bladders held and he could fly it.78C5E0DA-836B-4F91-A98A-D4CCB149A4C6.jpeg
I swear my AR5 didn't look that crispy in 2004/5 :D
you didn't buy it new in 2004?

Since AR5 was released in 2000/2001 as I remember correctly.

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Re: 2002 Naish AR3 7m 2-line nostalgia

Postby GregK » Fri Apr 23, 2021 8:24 pm

Naish kite designer (at that time ), Don Montague was working on the switch from 2-line to 4-line. The 2-line bridle on that kite ( the first SLE bridled kite ) could be removed and it could be rigged 4-line, however the front line attachment point was a little too far aft & close to the kite's centre of effort for it to depower effectively. The Naish AR-5 addressed this problem.

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Re: 2002 Naish AR3 7m 2-line nostalgia

Postby Toby » Fri Apr 23, 2021 8:41 pm

Didn’t the R3 has been released after the AR5 ?

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Re: 2002 Naish AR3 7m 2-line nostalgia

Postby GregK » Fri Apr 23, 2021 9:17 pm

If memory serves me, Wipika came out with their first inflatable ( can't remember what it was called ), I think the only size they had was a 5m. Don Montague worked with the Leganoux brothers on the second design iteration, and at about the same time, Wipika came out with the "Free Air" in 5 and 8m sizes ( I had one of those in 8m size ) and Naish released their first kite, the AR3, which was identical in design to Wipika's 2nd design.

Or maybe I have it all wrong and the AR3 was Naish's 2nd design release, was their first kite the "ARX" , had the Naish skull and crossbones printed big on it. The AR5 was a full-on 4-line design, LE and struts made from Mylar that delaminated badly, I had a 7 and 9m of those too.

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Re: 2002 Naish AR3 7m 2-line nostalgia

Postby GregK » Fri Apr 23, 2021 9:19 pm

No I think the ARX came after the AR3 and AR5, and was a better 4-line C-kite.

Who else was kiting back then and remembers these kites ??

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Re: 2002 Naish AR3 7m 2-line nostalgia

Postby Toby » Fri Apr 23, 2021 9:31 pm

GregK wrote:
Fri Apr 23, 2021 9:19 pm
No I think the ARX came after the AR3 and AR5, and was a better 4-line C-kite.

Who else was kiting back then and remembers these kites ??
correct.

Wasn't it AR 3.5 ?

Then AR5, then ARX, then X2, X4....

But also second models like R3, Boxer etc came up.

Wipika's first "commercial" kite was I think FreeAir? Or Classic?

My first Wipika was an Airblast 8.4

But I started on Naish AR 3.5, then AR5, then ARX, then X2, then X4.

Then I switched to North for Rhino2.


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