A nostalgic kite with moxy
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A nostalgic kite with moxy.
The Nantucket Valhalla kite is a throwback to the pre-ripstop/pre-fiberglass era of kiting. Because of that, serious kite flyers are going to take exception to the materials of construction and case. At least, I did. I bought one anyway. As luck would have it, the day it arrived turned out to be a tree bending, dust lifting, tumbleweed rolling 25 mph howler. This is exactly the kind of day the kite is marketed for. I assembled and attached 50 lb braided Dacron on a 100 lb Sampo clipped swivel. The kite jumped into the air and proceeded to climb to my limit of about 150 feet. There, the kite adjusted its shape to the changing wind and flew surprisingly well, never overflying. It resisted power dives. Nothing else in my single line bag would have stood up. I had a joyful half hour. A mighty gust of wind flexed the kite and the wooden cross spar split, flying away from the sail. That's good. The kite sank like a stone. That's good. The kite itself was not damaged. That's good. A trip to the hardware store for a quarter inch dowel and some quarter inch I.D. tubing made for a quick repair. I can recommend this kite for conditions that may otherwise keep you at home. A word of advice; measure and make several replacement cross spreader spars. Wood warps in strong winds. It splits in very strong winds.