HQ APEX 3 Review
By Mike Reedy March 7, 2011
Flyers Eric L, Mike R,
and Neil B
||Its been a few weeks since I
received a HQ Apex III 7.5m kite. I intended to do a
review weeks ago, but a mishap pumping up a buggy tire
left me out of commission for a few weeks, then we had
ridiculous winds here in North Texas for the past few weeks
that also prevented us from flying this kite safely.
The bag is sturdy and a quality build. It is no frills
and plenty big to fit the kite and bar inside if so desired.
The bar is also quality and the lines are numbered
on the bar and on the kite so setting up wasn't a problem.
I'm a fixed bridle guy mostly but having seen HQ's Chris
Schultz glide around effortlessly at the DeadBirdBuggyBash
flying an Apex 3, I decided to try flying this one
myself. Maybe it will help me with my buggy
Winds during the review flight were light and
variable. There were moments of absolutely no wind to
several minutes of gusts up to 7 or 8 mph. it did not
take much wind for the 7.5m to be at home.
This kite is solid and predictable. We had no issues
with it other than a poorly placed leash (our fault)
grabbing and pulling the quick release a couple times.
We weren't sure what was doing it at first so it was a bit
frustrating until we figure out what was happening.
Note: This kite does not come with a
leash. I used one I had already. I'm not sure of
the need for it in our situation.
quick response on the turns and sits where you want it to
sit. The wind had started to pick up where buggying
would have been possible, but about that time,
this park filled up with little league baseball players
practicing. So to be on the side of safety we opted to
avoid the buggys this time.
I will add buggy information as soon as we can get a buggy
session in with this kite.
The Apex III
is great quality and reasonably priced. There are 4
sizes to choose from. 3m, 5m, 7.5m, and 10m.
Depending on where you live and the main winds you should
have all the kite range you need with just 2 sizes.
You can order an Apex
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