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  1. andy666

    HQ Zeekai

    It looks like HQ Kites may soon be entering in the world of high aspect depower race kites with the Zeekai. It may be a weird name, but HQ traditionally make high quality kites, but at lower prices then the other big name manufactures, so it may shake things up a bit. In the Facebook video link below it looks to be open cell, but for use in the snow that wouldn't be a problem. https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=817137398354701&id=220503688018078&refsrc=https%3A%2F%2Fm.facebook.com%2Fvideo.php&_rdr
  2. andy666

    HQ Jive 2 - sold

    HQ Jive 2 stunt kite. Excellent condition. It's had maybe 10hrs of use and had been sitting on a shelf for the last 5 yrs not being used. Perfect introduction to 2 line stunt kites. Comes with bag, instruction manual, extra tail weight, ground stake and 2 sets of lines. From memory both sets are 90lb lines, but different lengths. Let's say $75 including postage within Australia. SOLD
  3. Jo Baker

    SOLD 2 HQ Beamer

    2 HQ Beamer Power Kites. Brand new in backpacks with Lines and handles and instructions. These kites are older style have been in storage . i is 5 meter Blue and white other one is 3.6 meter and yellow with some red. They are located in Frankston Vic. 5 m $ 175 3.6m $ 150 or $ 300 for both.
  4. jolli

    Hq Montana5 12.5M

    Hi all, It’s been a while between reviews so thought since I have a new Montana 5 (12.5 m) this was a good time to belt out another one out. let’s set the sense, I have been testing the new kite for about 4 weeks now and have had it out in everything from 5 to 18 knots, I have also had a chance to compare it to some other popular brands in a similar size range. Let’s get the boring stuff out of the way first: The Bag: Same as most of the bags out there nice big and functional, it can hold heaps of stuff including a second kite. One minor grip I have is the zips have been changed from the 04 model and quite frankly don’t work very well. So take care with the opening and closing of the bag the zips get stuck every now and them. Overall build quality is as expected, Great, it’s up there with anything else on the market and the new color scheme is bright and astatically pleasing. Bar and lines: The bar has come a long way in a very short time since the Montana 4 and now is at a level befitting this kite . What needs to be done now is for HQ to continue to refine the design. As I mentioned the bar is almost there but still needs a little more work particularly in the Chicken Loop area. The new chicken loop can be a little fiddly to reload, this is due in part to the size of the chicken loop eyelet and how it connects to the body of the assembly. I think if HQ increased the size of the eyelet a little it would make it less of a fiddly job to reload. Overall not really much more on the bar / lines, they are a real step up from the previous model. First Flight: I was lucky enough to pick up the kite at the (Extreme kites) Labor day weekend fly at Sandy point, thanks Jason (Briskites). Winds on the day were sub 5 knots for the most part. This is light wind in anyone’s language and I wasn’t really expecting a great deal of action. A few tug’s on the front lines and the kite climbed to the zenith without issue, wing tips didn’t tuck in and kite took shape nicely. I had a quick static fly to see if there was enough to go for a buggy and found i had good pull even in the light winds. This enabled me to buggy up and down the beach on hard packed sand slowly but surely. As the day progressed the wind varied from 5 to 10 knots which provided a good test of both rider and kite. On the day I had the opportunity to do some quick comparisons with other kites in the air just to see how the Montana stacked up. Good news all around, the kite performed roughly on par with similar sized kites. Brands represented on the day included the speed 3 deluxe 12 m, Ozone frenzy 2010- 13 m, PL –Vapor 7 m and the Speed 3 12 m standard. It’s good to know that you are able to play with kites of this caliber and not be left behind. Now down to some real verifiable facts, a comparison between the Montana 4 and the Montana 5. Firstly the Montana 4 was and still is a great kite, but the “5” is some much better. In general light wind performance has been improved across the board. The kite has loads of low down get up and go (Grunt for the technically minded) in the lighter end of the spectrum. Turning speed has been improved massively which really bring the kite to life. I would go so far as to say HQ have doubled the turn speed of the kite from last year’s model. Finally the overall de-power range of the kite has also been improved and enabled me to take the kite out in 15 + knots and still feel comfortable. In summary the 2010 Montana 5 12.5 m has better light wind performance, faster turning speeds, better De-power and a much nicer bar setup. So if you are looking for a reasonably priced low wind De-power kite you could do a lot worse than a Montana 5 12.5 m. I would encourage you to go out and try one and see for yourself.
  5. .Joel

    Hq Beamer Iv 4M

    The short version of a long review could be simply "The perfect beginners to Intermediate kite." HQ have made a package that for the price is hardly believable, it is built better than some kites twice its price, and offers more as a whole package then some kites three times its price. # The Package HQ have really included the lot once again, the package comes standard with: HQ Beamer IV Kite HQ Quad Line Handles HQ Coloured Line Set HQ Ground Stake HQ Kite Killers HQ Backpack HQ Instructional DVD HQ Setup Manual # HQ Handles HQ handles are colour coded and clearly marked Left and Right with a large L and R on them. They are comfy and very strong, I am yet to experience a pair breaking after using one pair for over a year on various kites. They have a good width and feel to them, not to narrow so you don't get sore hands. I have large hands and have found some handles that are to narrow leave your hands feeling like you just carried the shopping in with the plastic bags cutting in to your fingers. You don't get this with the HQ handles, they feel comfortable. # HQ Lines The lines from HQ keep stepping up and are very "Euro" style on the Beamer IV. Nice strong colour coded power lines that will last, and a slightly thinner set of brake lines to reduce the drag on the brakes of the kite at speed instead of 4 equal weighted lines. # HQ Backpack Still featuring their trademark over-size zipper on the front of the bag since the first version, the new bag is very similar to the Beamer III bag with a new colour scheme. Pockets on the inside and outside, enough room for the kite and a few extras comfortably. # HQ Kite Killers These are comfortable and don't pinch your wrists when you tighten them up. They're strong so in a good wind you won't find they break when you release to them, they're also stitched and built very well. # HQ Ground Stake A nice strong and sturdy ground stake made from metal with a large comfortable plastic top to make pushing it in and pulling it out easy. It's also quite a large top surface so if the ground is hard you can use your foot to lever more weight on to it. # HQ Beamer IV Kite The construction of the kite is one of the best on the market, which is amazing considering the price of the kite. It matches up against the $600 to $900 kites easily and still offers more for the money. The stitching and reinforcing around the kite is excellent, clean stitches without bits hanging off. The cell walls are stitched all the way down except the last inch, where there is no cell wall for the last inch of the canopy. This is perfect for those hard crashes where you slam the kite by accident leading edge down, typically a kite will blow the back cells open. On the HQ Beamer IV this allows the air to be distributed throughout the kite, and not trapped in an individual cell causing it to burst the back of the kite open like a plastic bag being popped. The reinforcing on the leading and trailing edge is excellent, it's strong and stitched well so you won't rip the kite or have it come open. There are nice big velcro dirt outs on each corner so you can empty any sand in the kite, these work even better now with the last inch not sewn you can slide all the dirt and sand to one edge for it to all come out. The bridles on the kite are top notch, this has been an area some manufacturers have been reducing the bridle or sleeving to save money over the past year. HQ instead have gone the other way and made it even more robust with excellent reinforcing on all tabs on the kite sail connected to the bridle, and a fully sleeved bridle so you don't risk damaging the inner core of the bridle. They have also changed some of the attachment point locations to suit the new canopy design which is very different from the previous model, still using ample bridle points to ensure that the force is distributed to the right areas of the kite to produce power and stability. The graphics on the HQ Beamer IV is also a nice change, with some nice designs and graphics on the kite. # Flight Characteristics The HQ Beamer IV has had some real improvements made to the kite and really takes this kite from a perfect beginner kite to an excellent intermediate kite. If you lay the kite out flat on the ground it has a very unique shape, with both the leading edge and trailing edge tapering right off to the wingtips. In the air you can't see this as much, as the kite has a generous curve to it in the wingtips. This has given the kite incredible stability for a fixed bridle kite, and has also rapidly increased the turning speed of the kite when using brake input. The HQ Beamer IV produces more power per size than the previous model, it also is considerably more stable in the gusts. It happily flys and sits at the edges of the window, and produces a significant amount more power when you get the kite moving compared to the previous model. There's no question that a small 2m, 3m or 4m of these will have you going from beginner to attaining some serious speed. What I also liked with the kite is that you could fly it heavy on the brakes and increase the power of the kite when moving, or fly it loose on the brakes. Either way the kite was stable and behaved and showed its versatility. The beginner flyer will want the brakes looser, making the kite slightly less responsive and more forgiving, an intermediate kiter can then tune it with tighter brakes and bring more responsiveness, power and performance from the kite. # Overall The package as a whole is excellent, well built and performs exceptionally well. I have avoided the term "value for money" as the kite at any price would be an excellent choice, its a bonus that they are so well priced. The package is not lacking in any areas and offers more than most other available options twice its price which is positive to see. The kite could easily suit a beginner or intermediate flyer and outlast a number of other kites due to its excellent construction. If you are a beginner or intermediate kiter looking for a new kite then get a demo of one of these and try it for yourself and form your own opinion! HQ Beamer IV Kite Gallery
  6. .Joel

    Hq Powerkites Apex 3

    HQ Powerkites Apex3 Kite Review Every so often a manufacturer makes an update to a kite, sometimes these updates are little refinements, other occasions they're big steps forward, in the Apex3 it's a giant leap forward. The HQ Apex3 kite itself has a new profile, and the whole package has been updated to include more features and increased safety. This is currently, and quite simply, the easiest depower kite to fly with the lowest price tag on the market of all the larger name manufacturers creating a new affordable entry in to depower kites. Kite Backpack The backpack on the Apex has been updated slightly, with a new hood and expandable straps to make getting the kite in and out easier with a zip on the top for your keys, wallet, phone etc. The material has a quality feel to it, not thin and cheap, it's an actual canvas backpack. Kite Profile The flat aspect ratio of the kite 3.6, with the 5.0m having 16 cells and the trailing edge having a slight convex on the trailing edge. In contrast to the previous Apex2 model the leading edge of the new Apex3 is curved, not a hard squared off edge. Initially the kite itself doesn't look quite as thick in the profile from top skin to bottom skin either. Kite Graphics The graphics are a nice change, and look stunning once in the sky. Initially on the print before seeing the kite I thought it looked good but not great, however once you put the kite in the sky the contrast and colours really come out and shine and the kite looks stunning. Bridle On a foil kite Bridling is one of the most expensive points of manufacture, more points means more time sewing. Keeping in mind the Apex3 is a few hundred dollars cheaper than alternatives, I would have expected a reduction in both bridle numbers and quality. However this is simply not the case with the Apex3. It has more than enough bridling to keep a consistent shape and profile over the kite, and all the bridling points are completely sleeved giving the kite's bridle longevity. As you can see in the photo, the ground we were flying the kite on for the photos wasn't exactly bridle friendly. Having a sleeved bridle was great, I didn't have to worry about damaging the bridle on launch. Perfect for beginners that like to reef at the kite when it gets stuck on something. There is reinforcement throughout the kite's bridle points, and they are all neatly sewn in to the kite, the finish of the bridle is very clean and colour coded. Dirt Outs These are large enough to let debris out of the corners of the kites, and are Velcro. Kite Cells The 5.0m has a total of 16 cells, and inside the cells are well finished without dangly loose ends inside the kite. There is cross venting through the cells, so on a leading edge impact the kite and dissipate the air to less pressurised parts of the kite. Kite Bar - Chicken Loop One of the biggest updates to the Apex series is the new Chicken Loop, that is a push away release. These are becoming standard in the Kiteboarding industry, and HQ have brought this design over to all their depower kites. Having a universal push away release is now a basic must for your own safety, it allows you to release with either your left or right hand without needing to search for your release. A slightly more rigid chicken finger / donkey dick would be good to see on their next update. Kite Bar - Overall Setup The setup also retains the second "top hat" safety system above the bar which you can use. On the outer leaders there are loops sewn in, so if you do pull the top hat safety you can link these around your bar ends as you reset the safety. This will keep the kite grounded for you as you do this. Different to the HQ Montana 6, is that the HQ Apex3 uses a trim strap, opposed to a cleat. Personally I like the trim strap setup, over a cleat as I find it easier to adjust without needing to dis-engage the rope in order to move it. You can just incrementally give it more or less power, and adjust it so you can ride with the bar at a comfortable distance, closer in to you without being overpowered. The bar itself brings a welcome update. The graphics are the same as the previous bar, clearly marking which is left and right with colours, however the bar ends have been updated. These are a much nicer moulded, rounded finish that feels not only better quality but also much comfier. The Apex3 bar retains the teflon/plastic insert. Flight Characteristics I have flown the Apex3 a number of times, and the end result is that this is the easiest depower kite to fly so far. It is VERY stable, even in gusty dirty winds where we flew it to take the photos it didn't invert once. Then on the beach in a clean wind the kite just excels. Stability is one of the best aspects of this kite, it is simply rock solid in the air and very forgiving. If you overfly the kite it generally just blows back nicely, catches some wind, takes it shape and off you go again. I did not actually manage to invert the kite once when flying it, even when riding directly downwind towards it. The bar pressure on the 5m is fairly light, not heavy, which I liked as it was great for longer runs down the beach or longer kiting sessions. Turning speed of the kite is greater than the previous model, this has improved considerably and the kite turns a lot tighter. Add this in with the reduced bar pressure and it makes it easy to reef in the bar and hook it for a tight turn producing a heap of power as the kite comes out of the turn and accelerates forward to the other side of the wind window. I found that the kite felt more powerful than the Apex2, however it also had a very noticable amount of increased depower over the Apex2. So whilst the bottom end seems slightly greater size for size, the top end of the kite is significantly greater due to how much more depower it has on the top end. The end result being there is a much larger wind range per size on an Apex3 than an Apex2 so you can get away with flying the same kite without needing to swap as often. Speed of the kite in a straight line was also impressive, I did wish there was a lot more wind on the main beach to see how much further I could push the kite as it was sitting forward in the window not dropping back yet, this meant there was a lot more top end in the kite and speed which with more wind I could get out of it. Power of the Apex3 is on tap, you don't need to work this kite as much as others to get the power out of it, just pull the bar and away you go making this kite friendly to use. Overall this kite is an incredibly friendly, stable and easy to use kite. Everything about the kite from the bar pressure, to the power on demand, to the stability and way the kite handles has been made to make this kite the friendliest depower kite to use. This review was originally written March 9th 2011 and published on our Community Forum.
  7. .Joel

    HQ Apex 3

    From the album: HQ Powerkites Apex3

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  8. .Joel

    HQ Apex 3

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    HQ Powerkites Apex 3 Flying

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  9. .Joel

    HQ Apex 3

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    HQ Powerkites Apex 3 Flying

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  10. .Joel

    HQ Apex 3

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    HQ Powerkites Apex 3 Bar

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  11. .Joel

    HQ Apex 3

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    HQ Powerkites Apex 3 Lines

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  12. .Joel

    HQ Apex 3

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    HQ Powerkites Apex 3 Vents

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  13. .Joel

    HQ Apex 3

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    HQ Powerkites Apex 3 Bridle

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  14. .Joel

    HQ Apex 3

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    HQ Powerkites Apex 3 Landed

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  15. .Joel

    HQ Apex 3

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    HQ Powerkites Apex 3 Sail

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  16. .Joel

    HQ Apex 3

    From the album: HQ Powerkites Apex3

    HQ Powerkites Apex 3 Sail

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  17. .Joel

    HQ Apex 3

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    HQ Powerkites Apex 3 Sail

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  18. .Joel

    HQ Apex 3

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    HQ Powerkites Apex 3 Bar End

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  19. .Joel

    HQ Apex 3

    From the album: HQ Powerkites Apex3

    HQ Powerkites Apex 3 Bar

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  20. .Joel

    HQ Apex 3

    From the album: HQ Powerkites Apex3

    HQ Powerkites Apex 3 Line

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  21. .Joel

    HQ Apex 3

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    HQ Powerkites Apex 3 Internal Ribs

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  22. .Joel

    HQ Apex 3

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    HQ Powerkites Apex 3 Dirt Out

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  23. .Joel

    HQ Apex 3

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    HQ Powerkites Apex 3 Dirt Out

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  24. .Joel

    HQ Apex 3

    From the album: HQ Powerkites Apex3

    HQ Powerkites Apex 3 Sail

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  25. .Joel

    HQ Apex 3

    From the album: HQ Powerkites Apex3

    HQ Powerkites Apex 3 Sail

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