Contact   Imprint   Advertising   Guidelines

Will you demo/test before you buy?

Forum for kitesurfers

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
Total votes: 109

Very Frequent Poster
Posts: 606
Joined: Wed Sep 01, 2004 11:48 pm
Brand Affiliation: None
Location: Michigan
Has thanked: 0
Been thanked: 0

Postby D_Clark » Tue Apr 04, 2006 4:09 am

kjorn wrote: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)...
Local sponsored guys still spend thier own money for kites, they just get them cheaper. As a shop rider, I awlays tell the turth about my gear, and if they see my stuff for sale early then they know it wasn't as good as advertised.

I'll buy kites with out demos, due to the hassle getting demos. I usually ride boards before I buy them. Its easy to get board demos, because its easy to borrow a board from a fellow rider, unlike kites that most people are hesitent to loan out.

User avatar
Very Frequent Poster
Posts: 777
Joined: Thu Jul 10, 2003 8:28 pm
Brand Affiliation: None
Location: Chicago, USA..
Has thanked: 0
Been thanked: 0

Postby STF » Wed Apr 05, 2006 3:19 am

If i could i would but their is none of that here in Chicago.


Rare Poster
Posts: 14
Joined: Fri Apr 29, 2005 4:03 pm
Brand Affiliation: None
Location: Seattle
Has thanked: 0
Been thanked: 0

Re: Will you demo/test before you buy?

Postby jcarlson » Thu Apr 06, 2006 10:02 pm

I'm trying to demo, I found it quite usefull with skis a couple times but have not demo'd kites before. I think it will be hard to compare because it is a rare oportunity to try more than one back to back on the same day, or make a good judgement from one session. Also some of the most popular kites the dealers can sell before they even get them so no need for them to keep a demo. Or they don't want to let you have them for long etc. beacause they want to use it themself.... And of course only some kites are available locally at all.


Medium Poster
Posts: 57
Joined: Fri Jan 21, 2005 11:33 am
Local Beach: Hayling, Porthcawl, Poole, Bournemouth
Gear: Best Waroos 9m 2007; 14m 2006. Takoon Vegas '04 138x39. Lost Cause "Exile" 135x47.
Brand Affiliation: Cadbury's Creme Eggs; Ginster's Cheese & Onion Pasties; Yop.
Location: Oxford, UK
Has thanked: 0
Been thanked: 0

Postby gillstah » Fri Apr 07, 2006 4:00 pm

haven't done so yet as have bought 2nd hand from forums and there aren't many kitesurfers around here.

next purchase will be a new kite and i am almost certainly going to be testing it.

boards... again wish i could but usually not.

User avatar
Rare Poster
Posts: 4
Joined: Thu Apr 06, 2006 2:53 pm
Brand Affiliation: None
Location: Bavaria
Has thanked: 0
Been thanked: 0

Postby deegee » Sun Apr 09, 2006 8:59 pm

I always test before buying!

I don't rely on tests. Too often they are paid by the industry or the reviewers don't have the guts to tell what they don't like.

Well, and then there's that thingy about individuality. Everyone has it's own preferences depending on their riding abilities, style and character. Just like some like an station wagon, others prefer a sports car or SUV and so on...

In the past I often didn't agree with mag reviews or even the positions of friends. So, TEST BEFORE YOU BUY!

Medium Poster
Posts: 143
Joined: Tue Mar 08, 2005 1:10 pm
Brand Affiliation: None
Location: Madrid-Spain
Has thanked: 0
Been thanked: 0

Postby cayuquero » Wed Apr 19, 2006 10:22 pm

oftenly is almost impossible to test all the kites you are interested in.

brands seems to be not very interested in that service for their future customers.
so, when you have the opportunity to try one or two that is the reason why you buy one of them. Rest of brands lost a customer.

Return to “Kitesurfing”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: dkazhdan, rjkritzer and 17 guests