I've been doing this rev-thing for a couple of decades and the equipment, plus the available instructional guides are so much more advanced as time goes by. The kites leap into the air with a stationary pilot now, instead of sluggishly moving as we ran around. We used to have to make our own customs to get it to fly in my local conditions. Honest to God, I could make a kite better than the factory when I first got into it! (great builders in my club, National Champs even). Today, if you are willing to invest appropriately, you can get a spectacular flying device right out of the shipping tube.
The EXP is a fine kite, many of us started there, my advice is different though. I want you to eat ketchup sandwiches all summer and use those saved funds for the best rev models. Those are Shook mesh and Bazzer crafted customs. It's not that much more money! It's worth the extra expense even if you can't feel it immediately upon receipt.
Why learn to drive a bus in the super-store parking lot when you could take a Ferrari out onto the test track instead? Either way you're going to crash learning, maybe even break something (not a spectator!) The top end Revolution product is just as durable as the entry model. Why not have it crafted in your choice of colors, frames and targeted towards your local wind conditions? Eventually you will buy the best stuff and if you aren't hooked right away a top-end Rev has some immediate resale value.
The best investment is to go hang-out with other Rev pilots at every opportunity,.... for a couple of years! Learn on OPK (other people's kites). Experience different techniques and equipment. Then, when you know exactly what you want (and have saved enough ketchup sandwich money!), you can pull the trigger on the kite of your dreams. Regardless if you acquired a five designer masterpiece or a 2nd hand EXP, it will be your first REV and loved like a new child blessing the household.
If waiting for weeks is expected where you reside already, heck!, what's another couple more weeks to order direct? Find somebody going to the USA that you know and trust. Arrange for the factory to freight the order to the friend's hotel. You want a travel frame and they have "nothing to declare" for tariff snoops upon returning home. It fits in the luggage easily!
My sentiments exactly. Buy the best one you can afford. It will pay for itself eventually!
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