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  1. Try to fly in 5-10 mph wind until you have very good control. If you're fighting to stay airborne you're not developing the muscle memory to gain control of the kite's movement. Flying in less than ideal wind as a beginner makes it take longer to learn the basics, and you may pick up bad habits you'll have to unlearn later. Watch the video tutorials and know they are GOSPEL. Especially tuning basics -- use as much brake as you can and still lift off.
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  2. In the days before the springs and reflex everyone flew without them. You can fly with or without. They change the flight characteristics in some ways. Try it. The difference is not HUGE, but is more noticeable as you gain experience. The main difference is how the kite "floats" as you gain ground inverted, and being able to hover closer to the edge of the wind window. It does slow down some tricks and its desirability depends on your flying style. It does help beginners a bit with control as it makes the kite a bit less "squirrely" by slowing down its response to changes in wind speed. This can also be accomplished by additional brake in the tuning. The reflex does it without diminishing forward drive from inputs. It slows down the onset of "squirrely" but not its intensity if the gust persists. If this is a bit hard to wrap your brain around just give it time. It will become plain as you spend more time flying.
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