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Do you test before you buy?

yes, always
no, never
I will do so for my next buy
I did in the past, but not anymore
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Will you demo/test before you buy?

Postby Toby » Sun Mar 26, 2006 10:50 pm

Discussing with several people in the industry I was wondering what the general consumers think about testing before they buy.

In my opinion it is very important now a days to test gear. This year I already see more demos than the last years coming up.

So let's see, if you want to try before you buy...
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Postby kiteboarder1020 » Sun Mar 26, 2006 10:54 pm

yes it is always better to know what ur buying and if it fits how u like to ride
people shouldnt have to rely on reveiws and biased opinions which can be interpreted in many ways :thumb:

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Postby windyboy » Sun Mar 26, 2006 11:45 pm

I buy usaully without testing F-one Mach series because I know they are sick kites. I trust F-one. :thumb:

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Postby randal » Mon Mar 27, 2006 1:21 am

Up here in Canada, its difficult to test things especially when the season starts so late that if you don't order before it starts things start selling out (waroos for example). I ordered mine without even ever seeing one. Luckily they have the 30 day guarantee.


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Postby Nico » Mon Mar 27, 2006 3:42 am

Testing before buying is the only way to go, and the only advice you can trust.

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Try before you buy...

Postby Kite Brazil » Mon Mar 27, 2006 4:46 am

Yes! Absolutely very important- kite companies should take note!!

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Postby Kurt » Mon Mar 27, 2006 7:29 am

As I am a rep for a few brands, I will definately test the gear before recommending it as well. If it's not up to scratch - it doesn't get
a plug from me - regardless of brand or model.
I also have gear for people to try, ready to go to form their
own opinion - and strongly suggest it to everyone.

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Postby kitehead » Mon Mar 27, 2006 8:30 am

no, i never test any equipment by myself before i buy. why?

"testing" takes ages and is very difficult. you have try a board/kite more than one time and under different conditions to judge it. and you have to be a very experienced surfer to notice the minor differences between the products.

from 20 years surfing i learned that a board i like from the beginning has often very limited developing potential. a board i like from the start is often very similar to my old boards, no wonder. same for kites of course.

very often i didn't like a board from the start, but i did get used to it. and pretty often these boards help me a lot to make big steps. remembering the first mutant, the first wake with bindings and so on ...

if i have to decide which board/kite to buy, i rely on friends who have not only tested it a few times, but used it regular. and sometimes a board/kite is such a beautifull piece of plastic, there is no need to test it ... :thumb:

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Postby kjorn » Mon Mar 27, 2006 10:25 am

Test and demo days are too rare to be of use.

I watch and trust the local sponsored guys. They soon tell you if any of their gear sucks (I had one local sponsored guy tell me he hated his new bow this weekend)...

But I generally see what they are riding this year, then buy it second hand next year. This year I am looking forward to some fifth line action with a North Vegas.



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Postby DjProg » Mon Mar 27, 2006 7:17 pm

No, never test...

because I buy them on eBay, for 400€, one year later than production year.

And trust me, I don't have that much choice under these conditions but still manage to have gear that ROCKS :lol:

So I believe that's fine, I always know how good the kite is before I buy it... (well... I had a few bad surprise but you always have :wink: )

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