This entry is for absolute beginners like me. Ive only been flying for 3 weeks and like many did lots of research reading reviews and watching Utoob vids. I picked up a Zephyr on a whim (my second kite) when I went into my Kite Shop to pick up some spares for my first kite and they happened to have only 1 Zephyr left in the finish I liked - Orca. Now i was a little nervous...it was a lot of cash, a kite for "intermediate-competition", and im still learning to land. So....I took the kite to my local area and there was very little flukey wind so i wasnt sure if it would even get off the earth, I'd read it wasnt really for very low wind. Anyway I decided to give it a go and set it up, which was very easy. The build quality is excellent, the Orca finish makes it look like an expensive Challenger or Alphakite. A sharp tug and up it went. Instantly I felt this kite was a flyer. In the light flukey winds it seemed to just find a way to stay up, I could feel it through the lines. Controlling the kite was very easy, it responded so well to my input, keeping it stalled wasnt difficult (even managing a slide once). At one stage I took it as high as I could and watched it for a few minutes just subtly adjusting itself to find more air. Once I got a bit more comfortable moving it all around it became obvious the kite tracked really well, I could even do a relatively sharpish square. This kite is definitely flattering - and Im ok with that. Axeling was fun, moving from one spot to another, almost like the kite just took to where the wind was. The wind picked up a bit and things got even more fun. The kite just goes where you want it - and very quickly if you want it to. The pull was so smooth and manageable. At no stage did I feel like I'd gotten myself in over my head, the kite is soooo well behaved and balanced. I found it amazing at the edges of the window about 0-5mtrs from the ground. I started throwing it around and the kite drifted and dropped wheelies, man it was so much fun ! I know I'm going to be able to learn many tricks with this kite and It's definitely a kite for those afternoon breezes, which means its going to be taken out the most.
So I would say If you are learning, like me, don't be afraid to spend a bit more if you can. If you're not looking to fly in 40+ winds you should definitely consider the Zephyr. I'm glad I invested and I'm not overwhelmed by the kite or feel it wasnt worth every cent. Its amazingly fun and easy, it wants to fly and I will spend more time flying now I have the Zephyr. It's a kite I am going to have for a long time to enjoy and grow with. Ciao