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Box of Tricks (Benson Kites)

Box of Tricks

Specifications
Designer
Sail
Wingspan
Wind range
Rec. Lines
Frame
Upper spreader
Lower spreader
Upper leading edge
Lower leading edge
Spine
Stand-off
Price
Tim Benson
Icarex P31 polyester
93"
3 - 18 mph (light to medium)
80lb spectra  / 30-75 ft
Structil 6mm Hi-Modulus Carbon
54 cm 6.0 Structil standard
75 cm  6.0 Structil Hi mod
67.5 cm 6.0 Structil standard
82.5 cm 6.0 Structil standard
74.5 6.0 Structil Hi mod
23.5 cm 3mm carbon rod
about 125

The Box of Tricks has got to be my favourite kite. As a beginner it was one of the first kites I was able to perfect the axel on (the Psycho being the first). In fact the very first axel that I did with the BOT ended up being a double axel. Half axels, cascades and flic flacs are a doddle with the BOT. Anyway, below is Andy Wardleys review of the BOT.

THE BOX OF TRICKS (Tim Benson)
Design & Construction
The Box of Tricks followed in the footsteps of the Stranger, delivering the same radical freestyle ability but in a smaller package.

Since then the general trend with trick kites has continued to favour the smaller sizes. The striking black & white box motif continues the theme found in the whole range of Benson trick kites and despite the complexity of design, the quality of construction remains second to none. The sail has Mylar reinforcement points around the spine and stand-offs as well as the usual Dacron patches. The fittings and finishings are all neatly presented.

Wind Range
The standard Box of Tricks performs well in light wind and although the Hi-Mod version is lighter, it only marginally extends the lower wind range of the kite. What this version does offer in an increased sensitivity to command, better acceleration and response in lighter winds within limited the upper wind range. The kite flies fast in stronger wind, but pull is limited and it remains immensely trickable.

In-flight Trickability
I’ve put more hours into flying this kite than all other kites put together and as such, it’s difficult to be independently objective. The Box seems to offer a bit of everything that you could ask for in a trick kite; superbly radical, responsive and well recoverable without sacrificing precision and predictability.

Because the kite is so responsive, snap stalls and stabs are difficult to perfect, requiring accurate and precise control, but these aside, the vast majority of tricks are easily and accurately performed with the Box of Tricks.

Good Points Bad Points
Superbly trickable
Responsive and precise
Can over-react to snap commands

Box of Tricks (Tim Benson)

kitepassionlogo.gif (2720 bytes) Review by Andy Wardley
This review was taken from
Kite Passion Magazine - May / June 1997

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