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  1. This "video" (collection of still photos) really gives you the chance to see how Steffen worked the bridling. Good stuff!
  2. More StreetStar Born-Porn!
  3. I had to look up a paraskiflex bar as I wasn't familiar with it. A YouTube video popped in the search featuring a NS2. I see exactly what you're talking about.
  4. Interesting new kite concept fron the venerable Steffen Born, a single skin DP kite flown with one hand from one handle with only bridle lines. In email conversation with Steffen he let me know that good propulsion in limited (narrow) spaces was on critical design requirement. Steffen: It`s a single skin depower kite with a one-hand control, without additional lines. Ideal for street kiting. It will be available from August in the sizes 2.0m, 4.0m and 6.0m. I absolutely love how Steffen continues to innovate. I'm a huge fan of his NS3s and LS2s and it appears that he has created another most interesting kite, purpose built for a unique application.
  5. That's a 5.5m NS3. You mention wanting some NASA's for light wind days. Are we talking steady onshore breezes or "janky" inland winds? I'm asking because while the NS3s come in sizes up to 12.5m they are all two line flyers with a 3rd central line going to the nose which you can use to scrunch up the nose a bit by pulling on the little yellow ball you can see at the center of Spencer's bar in the video. If the winds are smooth and predictable then the big boys are fun to fly. In janky wind, however, surges in power on an 8.5, 10.0, and 12.5m NS3 can be a lot to handle in a buggy. Also, if the light winds are janky there are likely drops outs in wind strength happening on a regular basis. In such lulls the big NS3s have a tendency to backstall and even fly backwards. I would characterize the 5.5m that Spencer was flying as a medium wind kite. Maybe 12-15mph depending on riding surface and your Need For Speed.
  6. Great feedback @.Joel. Really great to hear from someone with as much experience as you that deals with the same issue. As my buggying has evolved I end up only riding at best once every other month or maybe once a month if I'm lucky. When I do ride I get to places that are really wide open allowing for long runs of several miles in length (Lake Ivanpah in California/Nevada and the "beach" along the edge of the Great Salt Lake in Utah). I love to park and ride for miles so bar pressure is most certainly an issue for me during those runs. I do lift weights regularly, but prefer to keep my iron pumping in the gym.
  7. I continue to be a bigger and bigger fan of the LS2s! I just sold my 12m Peak3 and ordered the 12.5m LS2, completing my quiver of these beauties. IMHO, the LS2s far outshine the P3s at this point. The LS2s feature the standard two-pulleys-per-side rigging for DP, but oddly the P3s now only have a single pulley per side. This results in the P3s having vastly higher bar pressure than comparable LS2s. Plus, flat out, the LS2s just stay beautifully solid in the air. While diminished in the P3 versus P2, the Peaks still flap more (particularly around the trailing edge corners) than the LS2s, particularly when the bar is out. Lastly, not a session goes by when somebody doesn't spontaneously comment on how nice the LS2s look. This past weekend I was flying the 7.5m LS2 in striking white and blue and I got a whole bunch of oohs and awes and a pointed comment on its beauty from a fellow kiter! Big fan.
  8. I was historically a big fan of the Peak2 line of single skins and at one point owned the entire quiver. I sold them off over time and quite excitedly bought the 6m and 12m Peak3s. I have now sold both P3s. The kites themselves have been refined and are really quite nice. Oddly (in my mind) the bridling/pulley system has been modified in the V-3. P1s and P2s featured a standard two-pulley-per-side rigging out at the kite for DP, but the P3s only have a single pulley on each side. This has resulted in much higher bar pressure for the P3s than the P2s (and presumably the P1s though I've never flown a P1). We're talking A LOT of bar pressure! I'm a strapping lad but I find it too high for pleasurable flying in a buggy when the pull comes from the side. So... fellow flyboys and flygirls, does anybody have any thoughts on this? Why might Flysurfer have done this? I'm struggling to find an advantage of this simplification. I for one never had an issue with the pulleys so I'm baffled. Thoughts anyone?
  9. How about some videos? In this last video you really get a sense of the size of this beast from 2:30 to 2:40. As @ssayre noted you need to take this kite seriously. The larger NS3s will spank you in winds that are too high for your setup, skills, etc. This 12.5m NS3 really is a stump puller. Here are a couple with the 10.0m NS3!
  10. @Darren Tibbey - glad you are enjoying the NS3s. These are great kites. I've owned the following NS3s: 1.5, 2.5, 3.2, 4.0, 5.5, 7.0, 8.5, 10.0, and 12.5m. I've used all of them for buggy riding flown from B-K's three line bar harnessed in. Also flown the four smallest on handles with z-bridles. I sold or gave away all but my smallest four. Depending on your wind conditions the larger (8.5-12.5) can be a whole lot of kite to handle in gusty, so-called janky winds. If you are getting ocean breezes this may be a different picture as all of my large NS3 flying was done in mountain fields with shifty winds. These l-a-r-g-e FB NASAs really create a huge amount of power when the wind picks up. Couple this with the fact that NS3s by their nature sit deep in the wind window so it is easy to get pulled sideways with them when getting overpowered. I would not rely on the third line going to the nose to meaningfully scrub power. I also own B-Ks newest LS2s and think they are absolutely great SS DP solutions if SS and DP are your thing. For me I'd be looking at DP for large kites if your winds are at all gusty since you won't be able to throttle back with a large FB very effectively. Good luck and have fun!
  11. Glad to see "yipskippity" getting the attention it deserves. That's one big SS right there. I'm sure it will bring you may days of joy when others are merely watching from the sidelines. I didn't snap photos but I too got some fine LS2 goodness in the mail last week, so my SS DP quiver now consists of 3.5, 5.5, 7.5, and 9.5m LS2s and a 12m P3 aka Session Saver. This 12.5m LS2 beauty will now be that kite for you. My FB SS quiver now stands at 1.5, 2.5, 3.2, and 4.0m NS3s all rigged with Z-bridles for optional handled flying or conventional three line bar flying. Plenty of options! I'm very happy you have found a similar affection to these LS2s. I know you also jumped on the LS1s with mixed success. Great to see that Steffen pulled off a great SS DP kite line.
  12. I've really enjoyed watching the Monjet Ninox development. I'm a personal big fan of SS kites so this is great to see. Good call on going with the 6m/10m combo; that's a nice quiver assuming these kites have a good range of DP. I'm quite curious to learn about how the cells are inflated. Passive inflation or active with a pump? Also, for inland riders dealing with uneven winds, days that would call for the 10m often have wind gaps that will sink any kite no matter how light. I've got a fair amount of experience with a 12m Peak in these conditions and getting the kite to settle to the ground in such a way as to allow for easy relaunch is an art form in itself. I'm thinking that the added structure of the closed cells may really help in this regard. Particularly if you end up with a leading edge closed cell. Watch out for making the leading edge burstable with pile driving the nose into the ground. Tough, but it's gonna happen.
  13. I spent quite a bit of time in high winds (30+ base, gusts into 40s mph) with the 3.5m LS2 at Lake Ivanpah at IBX. Superbly stable high wind tool. Fully agree with 9 of 10 rating. Compared to the 4.0m P2 it is more stable (particularly with the bar let out) and has a far smoother power curve. This comes at the price of lots of bridling. The smaller the LS2 the higher the launching winds and the bridling can get tangled getting it off the ground. Price paid for all that SS goodness. Steffen has a winner here!
  14. Best way to determine costs is to request a quote either from their website: or you can email Steffen directly at . He posts prices in Euros on his website and sells the kites alone or you can purchase a bar and lines separately from him. I believe (but don't know for sure so you might want to check with Steffen) that the LS2s work with other DP bar and linesets set up for 4.5 flagout. I had my LS2s equipped with an optional 5th line FAS system. Depending on where you live shipping will of course vary but the shipping cost seems reasonable. VAT is not a factor. I've had good success conversing with him via email; he's very helpful!
  15. IMHO, a drop dead gorgeous 9.5m Born Kite LongStar-2!