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@windstruck Great to hear the LS2's compare well against the Peaks.  Gotta say for me the LS2's are rapidly becoming my favourite kites - the 7.5 in particular. I was managing to tandem buggy with it in about 6 knots of wind last week (not exactly ripping about the place, but towing relatives at a sedate speed).

Also found out what happens when you pull then fumble and let go of the trim line in reasonable winds. It seems that they DO have lift after all!

 

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On 3/30/2017 at 8:47 PM, BigTone said:

@windstruck Great to hear the LS2's compare well against the Peaks.  Gotta say for me the LS2's are rapidly becoming my favourite kites - the 7.5 in particular. I was managing to tandem buggy with it in about 6 knots of wind last week (not exactly ripping about the place, but towing relatives at a sedate speed).

Also found out what happens when you pull then fumble and let go of the trim line in reasonable winds. It seems that they DO have lift after all!

 

Yipskippity!  Very impressed with the LS2s.  So much so in fact that earlier today I ordered the 5.5m and 7.5m.  I'm going to sell my 6m Peak to make room for these two beauties in the line up.  That will put it at me owning the 3.5, 5.5, 7.5, and 9.5m LS2s.  Nope, not getting the 11.5m.  That slot in my quiver is reserved for the Big Lady, none other than the venerable 12m Peak.  I don't know what it is, but I just have a certain relationship with these larger women.  The 12m P3, now in "stunning" deep blue (similar to the old 9m P2 color) is spectacular.  I had a low wind afternoon when she was the only one flying on the entire playa and I was bookin!  Like the Phoenix rising, Session Saver lives on!  Not saying the 12.5m LS2 wouldn't have hung with this plus-sized gal but I'm a faithful guy and she's the only plump one for my heart.  :air_kiss:

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On 1/04/2017 at 0:25 PM, windstruck said:

Yipskippity!  Very impressed with the LS2s.  So much so in fact that earlier today I ordered the 5.5m and 7.5m.  I'm going to sell my 6m Peak to make room for these two beauties in the line up.  That will put it at me owning the 3.5, 5.5, 7.5, and 9.5m LS2s.  Nope, not getting the 11.5m.  That slot in my quiver is reserved for the Big Lady, none other than the venerable 12m Peak.  I don't know what it is, but I just have a certain relationship with these larger women.  The 12m P3, now in "stunning" deep blue (similar to the old 9m P2 color) is spectacular.  I had a low wind afternoon when she was the only one flying on the entire playa and I was bookin!  Like the Phoenix rising, Session Saver lives on!  Not saying the 11.5m LS2 wouldn't have hung with this plus-sized gal but I'm a faithful guy and she's the only plump one for my heart.  :air_kiss:

"Yipskippity..." - Love that word!  I've just pulled the trigger on a 12.5 LS2 to go with the 3.5,5.5 and 7.5 - I thought the 9.5 would be too close to the 7.5 for me.

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@windstruck - great photos. Thanks for sharing plus your views on the kites.  I've been away bush walking for a couple of weeks so still have not been out in strong winds with my LS2 3.5. Looking forward to getting both 7.5 and 3.5m out again in the buggy! Your photos inspired me to get out again asp!

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1 hour ago, BigTone said:

This bad boy arrived today. Yipskippity!

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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.

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What better way to break a 7 month buggy drought than to give a 9.5m LS2 it's maiden voyage??  Pulled like a truck in 6 -8 knots and put a big smile on my dial.  Pretty responsive and easy to turn particularly considering how much depower I had pulled.  At one point I launched it in what must have been 2 - 3 knots and wasn't really expecting it to fly let alone pull the buggy - but it launched with ease and with some fig 8'ing got the buggy moving nicely up the beach.  Still haven't got the little 3.5m munchkin in the buggy yet.  Next time....Nearly out of therapy - this certainly helped.

 

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11 hours ago, Bill said:

Next time....Nearly out of therapy - this certainly helped.

It was great to see you back in the saddle again. It put a smile on mine and @igeightyfaces to see you out and about again. And another video to entertain us all :) 

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Hi John. I'm back in UK at present but was so pleased to see you back in the buggy. I too have not had much practice with my 3.5m but reckon it will be fun if I can stop it spinning round! Hope to see you soon.

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Well I'm at Kingston and after using my Longstar 7.5 a fair amount on ovals, I have at last been able to give it a real good test on beaches! I loved it! I also flew my 3.5m for the first time in 20-24 knot winds. I am really impressed and liked the kite immensely. Easy to launch and land, can leave it on the ground for a rest using the brake line metal loops to secure to a kite peg and is very responsive in the air. Acceleration from a sittting start in the buggy is impressive. My GPS recorded 51kph in the first 1.5km before the batteries died on me! Turns quickly and behaves well. Looking forward to more opportunities this week with both the 3.5 and 7.5 although wind forecasts make me think the 7.5 is going to get the most use.

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1 hour ago, BigTone said:

@Tiger37 the 3.5LS2 is a hoot isn't it? Im looking forward to getting my hands on a Racestar though.

Could not agree more. The 3.5m Longstar is such fun and really gave me confidence to stay on the beach as the wind increased. I was particularly pleased at the ease of landing and securing the kite in 24 knots. Can't wait to hear more about the Racestar! :)

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