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Buzz Kite Gear Review

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Created by juz85 > 9 months ago, 5 Jan 2018
bjw
NSW, 3157 posts
23 Jan 2018 12:34PM
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Don't take it seriously Lee. You have to admit it was a funny comment though and you do want people to be emotionally involved with your brand so share some ideas for the new website and let the haters choose some ideas. This is the perfect forum to help your brand. Just get the haters involved. Show them kite colour designs and web site protos. See if they hate or like it before you choose.

Buzz Kites (Lee)
NSW, 110 posts
23 Jan 2018 10:23PM
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Thanks for the tip. I will consider it although as people here are anonymous it's hard to know what agendas are at play with what anyone says. I definitely value considered and constructive feedback and the others...well, I am sure they get back from life exactly what they give out.

Buzz Lightyear
10 posts
24 Jan 2018 6:22AM
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I've been using Buzz equipment for the last nine months and really enjoy it.
The Kites are extremely well built and show no signs of wear and tear after constant use (repeated self launch / land and the occasional stack).
Kites pivot really well and are great fun for freeride / waves
Re-launch is excellent.
Bar and lines are really light, tidy and simple.
Quick release is very simple and durable.
Boards are superb.

NorthernKitesAUS
QLD, 873 posts
6 Feb 2018 1:51PM
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Buzz Kites and Buzz LightYear with one post?!

Lee - are you self promoting again?

Buzz Kites (Lee)
NSW, 110 posts
6 Feb 2018 4:33PM
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NorthernKitesAUS said..
Buzz Kites and Buzz LightYear with one post?!

Lee - are you self promoting again?


I think you will find that Buzz LightYear is in Perth not Sydney...so Just another Buzz kites fan and not me! ??????

Saffer
VIC, 4462 posts
7 Feb 2018 7:17PM
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Buzz Kites (Lee) said..

NorthernKitesAUS said..
Buzz Kites and Buzz LightYear with one post?!

Lee - are you self promoting again?



I think you will find that Buzz LightYear is in Perth not Sydney...so Just another Buzz kites fan and not me! ??????


And you know that how?

Lambie
QLD, 726 posts
7 Feb 2018 7:05PM
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Hey Saffer, I had a good read of the post you put up a page or so ago ( written in the airport ?) - thanks for the marketing 101 lesson as it made a lot of sense to me!
I have a Griffin Argo 13.5 now in mothballs but it was a pretty good kite - I had wondered where Griffin (Chris) had gone.

So if Buzz kites are the rebirthed Griffins they could be fun to fly but the Griffin bars were terrible and withouth the PU main line it wasnt fun. I fly Bandits now and still look at the bashing Bandits get because that they go for the double front line depower - the Griffins flagged to one front line ?? Is there a perfect kite? The 13.5 Griffin had a front tube size that was huge - very un-aerodynamic and a good warm up !! Interestingly Sailboard masts went from standard diameter to skinny - and the skinny's were stronger apparently ? might be different with inflatable leading edges?

I agree with all comments above - kite gear is getting very expensive - Financial inflation $$ has been low and to plot annual inflation with kite gear price would be an interesting graph !!

As a 'Family ' kiter that is trying to raise a family and get a bit of time on the water the challenges are many when it come to buying gear !!
Resale is important unless I want to flog a dead horse,
Reliability is vital - I cant afford to hit the beach and my gear fails (brownie points are so hard to earn!!)
Performance should have come first I guess?? and
Support when I need to fix things is formost in my mind !!

Im kind of pissed off with my current brand that turns a $550 bar (with a healthy mark up) into a gold plated item when buying the individual parts - but it seems to tick all of the above boxes.

Id like to fly a Buzz kite to see how it goes compared to my current 'go to kite' - but Im not about to buy one without trying

Buzz Kites (Lee)
NSW, 110 posts
8 Feb 2018 11:48AM
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Saffer said..

Buzz Kites (Lee) said..


NorthernKitesAUS said..
Buzz Kites and Buzz LightYear with one post?!

Lee - are you self promoting again?




I think you will find that Buzz LightYear is in Perth not Sydney...so Just another Buzz kites fan and not me! ??????



And you know that how?


Easy - I like to keep an ongoing relationship with all my customers. They let me know they posted on here :)

Buzz Kites (Lee)
NSW, 110 posts
8 Feb 2018 11:50AM
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Lambie said..
Hey Saffer, I had a good read of the post you put up a page or so ago ( written in the airport ?) - thanks for the marketing 101 lesson as it made a lot of sense to me!
I have a Griffin Argo 13.5 now in mothballs but it was a pretty good kite - I had wondered where Griffin (Chris) had gone.

So if Buzz kites are the rebirthed Griffins they could be fun to fly but the Griffin bars were terrible and withouth the PU main line it wasnt fun. I fly Bandits now and still look at the bashing Bandits get because that they go for the double front line depower - the Griffins flagged to one front line ?? Is there a perfect kite? The 13.5 Griffin had a front tube size that was huge - very un-aerodynamic and a good warm up !! Interestingly Sailboard masts went from standard diameter to skinny - and the skinny's were stronger apparently ? might be different with inflatable leading edges?

I agree with all comments above - kite gear is getting very expensive - Financial inflation $$ has been low and to plot annual inflation with kite gear price would be an interesting graph !!

As a 'Family ' kiter that is trying to raise a family and get a bit of time on the water the challenges are many when it come to buying gear !!
Resale is important unless I want to flog a dead horse,
Reliability is vital - I cant afford to hit the beach and my gear fails (brownie points are so hard to earn!!)
Performance should have come first I guess?? and
Support when I need to fix things is formost in my mind !!

Im kind of pissed off with my current brand that turns a $550 bar (with a healthy mark up) into a gold plated item when buying the individual parts - but it seems to tick all of the above boxes.

Id like to fly a Buzz kite to see how it goes compared to my current 'go to kite' - but Im not about to buy one without trying


Thanks for your thoughts. If you'd like to try, then just PM me your contact details and I can put you in touch with your local person with the gear for you to test...easy!

Buzz Lightyear
10 posts
8 Feb 2018 8:28PM
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NorthernKitesAUS said..
Buzz Kites and Buzz LightYear with one post?!

Lee - are you self promoting again?



No I'm based in WA ??
Theres a few others here in WA riding Buzz Kites that are following this that should also give their honest opinions on the gear.
Come on Lads

Buzz Lightyear
10 posts
8 Feb 2018 8:39PM
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Lambie said..
Hey Saffer, I had a good read of the post you put up a page or so ago ( written in the airport ?) - thanks for the marketing 101 lesson as it made a lot of sense to me!
I have a Griffin Argo 13.5 now in mothballs but it was a pretty good kite - I had wondered where Griffin (Chris) had gone.

So if Buzz kites are the rebirthed Griffins they could be fun to fly but the Griffin bars were terrible and withouth the PU main line it wasnt fun. I fly Bandits now and still look at the bashing Bandits get because that they go for the double front line depower - the Griffins flagged to one front line ?? Is there a perfect kite? The 13.5 Griffin had a front tube size that was huge - very un-aerodynamic and a good warm up !! Interestingly Sailboard masts went from standard diameter to skinny - and the skinny's were stronger apparently ? might be different with inflatable leading edges?

I agree with all comments above - kite gear is getting very expensive - Financial inflation $$ has been low and to plot annual inflation with kite gear price would be an interesting graph !!

As a 'Family ' kiter that is trying to raise a family and get a bit of time on the water the challenges are many when it come to buying gear !!
Resale is important unless I want to flog a dead horse,
Reliability is vital - I cant afford to hit the beach and my gear fails (brownie points are so hard to earn!!)
Performance should have come first I guess?? and
Support when I need to fix things is formost in my mind !!

Im kind of pissed off with my current brand that turns a $550 bar (with a healthy mark up) into a gold plated item when buying the individual parts - but it seems to tick all of the above boxes.

Id like to fly a Buzz kite to see how it goes compared to my current 'go to kite' - but Im not about to buy one without trying


Hey Lambie. Give Lee or Justin a shout as Lee suggests. The gear is well built and has lasted extremely well. I know lee has been working hard in the background to address all the advice / comments on here such as Pricing, Website etc etc. I think the new price list is out already give him a shout and see what sort of deal he is willing to do.

Buzz Lightyear
10 posts
8 Feb 2018 8:45PM
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Saffer said..

Buzz Kites (Lee) said..


NorthernKitesAUS said..
Buzz Kites and Buzz LightYear with one post?!

Lee - are you self promoting again?




I think you will find that Buzz LightYear is in Perth not Sydney...so Just another Buzz kites fan and not me! ??????



And you know that how?


Because I bought Buzz Kites from Lee. That's how he knows.
Don't forget Lee is a one man band giving something new a damned good try. He's working away on the "Brutally Honest" feedback we gave him. So It would be really great if we could help him succeed.
A one man band trying to make a difference and learning (hopefully??) as he goes. Good on ya mate

Buzz Lightyear
10 posts
8 Feb 2018 8:47PM
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Buzz Kites (Lee) said..

NorthernKitesAUS said..
Buzz Kites and Buzz LightYear with one post?!

Lee - are you self promoting again?



I think you will find that Buzz LightYear is in Perth not Sydney...so Just another Buzz kites fan and not me! ??????


One of you is more than adequate ??

NorthernKitesAUS
QLD, 873 posts
9 Feb 2018 1:29PM
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Buzz Lightyear said..

Saffer said..


Buzz Kites (Lee) said..



NorthernKitesAUS said..
Buzz Kites and Buzz LightYear with one post?!

Lee - are you self promoting again?





I think you will find that Buzz LightYear is in Perth not Sydney...so Just another Buzz kites fan and not me! ??????




And you know that how?



Because I bought Buzz Kites from Lee. That's how he knows.
Don't forget Lee is a one man band giving something new a damned good try. He's working away on the "Brutally Honest" feedback we gave him. So It would be really great if we could help him succeed.
A one man band trying to make a difference and learning (hopefully??) as he goes. Good on ya mate


I have to +1 this, as I've spoken with Lee over the phone, and he seems a very genuine guy. He's put a lot, like EVERYTHING on the line for this venture, and without mommy/daddy money too! Well done mate and I wish you all the best.

Smithy
VIC, 829 posts
10 Feb 2018 8:00AM
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Is it just me or does it seem like this thread is being drip fed to keep it at the top or the list???

lotofwind
NSW, 5597 posts
11 Feb 2018 10:48PM
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Maybe Buzz is a side venture of switch, pimp and reward scheme

kitepac81
NSW, 61 posts
12 Feb 2018 11:08AM
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Whats mommy/daddy money?

CJ2478
NSW, 396 posts
12 Feb 2018 12:01PM
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Whats mommy/daddy money?


Does Lee have a sugar daddy?

Marvi122
NSW, 1 posts
12 Feb 2018 2:27PM
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Hi Guys,
I was testing this Sunday the harmony Kite 7m with Buzz Bar (In Sandringham) and what I can just say, it is a beautifully smooth kite that I think sits well in the freeride and wave spectrum.

For me, as a beginner, I can compare only with just a few kites...ride experience of this kite in blustery conditions made it one of my favorite.


Cheers, J

Richoa
NSW, 478 posts
12 Feb 2018 3:54PM
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Fella I know tested a run from Umina to Pearl beach on his Buzz gear and it was a real long walk back with kite and board after Buzz line broke.

Doesn't really mean anything but **** happens and seems Buzz is subject to failure like all other gear. But I think he would of appreciated Lee being close enough to give him ride back.

Peahi
VIC, 1169 posts
12 Feb 2018 6:21PM
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Had to bite my tongue on this a few times, but the 1-post wonders extolling the virtues of said kite do not inspire me. And as if there is not enough pimping of other brands already.

Obviously a form of network/ word of mouth marketing may work, but a one-poster post (at least 2 in this thread) carries no cred.

I have seen a guy at my local with buzz kite, buzz harness, buzz impact vest, buzz twintip, buzz everything . Ordinary kiter and not much cred with the other locals so not sure how much penetration he is going to get (esp since most of us have mortgages and kids and often buying S/H kites), but never know might get a beginner latch on.

But good luck, being an Aussie and "having a go" taking on the big brands. What you are doing as Humphrey Appleby would say is "Courageous".

Buzz Kites (Lee)
NSW, 110 posts
13 Feb 2018 7:52PM
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Peahi said..
Had to bite my tongue on this a few times, but the 1-post wonders extolling the virtues of said kite do not inspire me. And as if there is not enough pimping of other brands already.

Obviously a form of network/ word of mouth marketing may work, but a one-poster post (at least 2 in this thread) carries no cred.

I have seen a guy at my local with buzz kite, buzz harness, buzz impact vest, buzz twintip, buzz everything . Ordinary kiter and not much cred with the other locals so not sure how much penetration he is going to get (esp since most of us have mortgages and kids and often buying S/H kites), but never know might get a beginner latch on.

But good luck, being an Aussie and "having a go" taking on the big brands. What you are doing as Humphrey Appleby would say is "Courageous".



Thanks for the encouragement - maybe you missed Cauncy's review? Surely he has the cred you seek? BTW, we don't have an impact vest... ;)The guy you are probably talking about is one of the nicest guys you can hope to meet - go up and say gudday, tell him you read the seabreeze forum reviews and ask if you can have a go on his gear. Then you can write your own review from there. :D

Happy kiting!

Buzz Kites (Lee)
NSW, 110 posts
13 Feb 2018 7:55PM
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Richoa said..
Fella I know tested a run from Umina to Pearl beach on his Buzz gear and it was a real long walk back with kite and board after Buzz line broke.

Doesn't really mean anything but **** happens and seems Buzz is subject to failure like all other gear. But I think he would of appreciated Lee being close enough to give him ride back.



As you know, kite lines on all kite are all very similar in that they can get cut by shells, glass rocks etc. The guy you are talking about kites almost every day. He actually bought the first Buzz kite I sold. So it's had a year's use...probably 600 hours of kiting. The good news is that we have a full selection of spare parts for Buzz gear and we sell them at very good prices. :)

Smithy
VIC, 829 posts
13 Feb 2018 8:26PM
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Buzz Kites (Lee) said..

..probably 600 hours of kiting....


Thats impressive, an average of 1.64 hours per day for the year, where does he live?

Buzz Kites (Lee)
NSW, 110 posts
13 Feb 2018 10:04PM
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Smithy said..

Buzz Kites (Lee) said..

..probably 600 hours of kiting....



That's impressive, an average of 1.64 hours per day for the year, where does he live?


he lives on the central coast of NSW...I estimated 3hrs x 5days x 40 weeks = 600 - could be more or less... but pretty much every time I go there I see him out buzzing around with a smile on his face.. :D

Richoa
NSW, 478 posts
13 Feb 2018 10:33PM
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Buzz Kites (Lee) said..

Smithy said..


Buzz Kites (Lee) said..

..probably 600 hours of kiting....




That's impressive, an average of 1.64 hours per day for the year, where does he live?



he lives on the central coast of NSW...I estimated 3hrs x 5days x 40 weeks = 600 - could be more or less... but pretty much every time I go there I see him out buzzing around with a smile on his face.. :D


He does get out alot, not sure about those figures but opportunity would rarely be missed.

littlewing
QLD, 111 posts
14 Feb 2018 8:56AM
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Buzz Kites (Lee) said..

Smithy said..


Buzz Kites (Lee) said..

..probably 600 hours of kiting....




That's impressive, an average of 1.64 hours per day for the year, where does he live?



he lives on the central coast of NSW...I estimated 3hrs x 5days x 40 weeks = 600 - could be more or less... but pretty much every time I go there I see him out buzzing around with a smile on his face.. :D


lol central NSW, i will just put in the correction factors for you 3hrs x 5days x 40 weeks = 600 - 300 (autumn and winter) = 300 hours - 150hrs marginal days = 150hrs - beach closed shark attack days 20hrs - its raining and theres lightning 20 hrs - i work a day job and cant be at the beach every day hours 30hrs = 80hrs

Richoa
NSW, 478 posts
14 Feb 2018 11:04AM
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littlewing said..

Buzz Kites (Lee) said..


Smithy said..



Buzz Kites (Lee) said..

..probably 600 hours of kiting....





That's impressive, an average of 1.64 hours per day for the year, where does he live?




he lives on the central coast of NSW...I estimated 3hrs x 5days x 40 weeks = 600 - could be more or less... but pretty much every time I go there I see him out buzzing around with a smile on his face.. :D



lol central NSW, i will just put in the correction factors for you 3hrs x 5days x 40 weeks = 600 - 300 (autumn and winter) = 300 hours - 150hrs marginal days = 150hrs - beach closed shark attack days 20hrs - its raining and theres lightning 20 hrs - i work a day job and cant be at the beach every day hours 30hrs = 80hrs


I think we had a public holiday or two, must of got wind on one of those. 83 hrs

Buzz Kites (Lee)
NSW, 110 posts
14 Feb 2018 1:36PM
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littlewing said..

Buzz Kites (Lee) said..


Smithy said..



Buzz Kites (Lee) said..

..probably 600 hours of kiting....





That's impressive, an average of 1.64 hours per day for the year, where does he live?




he lives on the central coast of NSW...I estimated 3hrs x 5days x 40 weeks = 600 - could be more or less... but pretty much every time I go there I see him out buzzing around with a smile on his face.. :D



lol central NSW, i will just put in the correction factors for you 3hrs x 5days x 40 weeks = 600 - 300 (autumn and winter) = 300 hours - 150hrs marginal days = 150hrs - beach closed shark attack days 20hrs - its raining and theres lightning 20 hrs - i work a day job and cant be at the beach every day hours 30hrs = 80hrs


OK OK - well - maybe it's a bit over-estimated :D but it takes a fraction of a second on any given day to clip your line on something sharp... :P

Richoa
NSW, 478 posts
14 Feb 2018 1:49PM
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Buzz Kites (Lee) said..

littlewing said..


Buzz Kites (Lee) said..



Smithy said..




Buzz Kites (Lee) said..

..probably 600 hours of kiting....






That's impressive, an average of 1.64 hours per day for the year, where does he live?





he lives on the central coast of NSW...I estimated 3hrs x 5days x 40 weeks = 600 - could be more or less... but pretty much every time I go there I see him out buzzing around with a smile on his face.. :D




lol central NSW, i will just put in the correction factors for you 3hrs x 5days x 40 weeks = 600 - 300 (autumn and winter) = 300 hours - 150hrs marginal days = 150hrs - beach closed shark attack days 20hrs - its raining and theres lightning 20 hrs - i work a day job and cant be at the beach every day hours 30hrs = 80hrs



OK OK - well - maybe it's a bit over-estimated :D but it takes a fraction of a second on any given day to clip your line on something sharp... :P


Digging a hole for yrself, I think my original post indicated could happen to anything. Why are you being defensive!



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