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#1 Martyjuggles

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Posted 25 June 2008 - 12:16 PM

Hi there - this is my first post on here so hi everyone.....

I'm currently flying a supersonic and 1.5 SLE after several years using an EXP - i'm loving the additional precision i'm getting with the new kites and wondering whether extended handles will give me extra 'feel'

Anway the main point of my question is "do any of you UK rev bods know if there is anywhere i can get hold of extended handles?" i've tried highwaymen in Leicester and kiteworks in Bristol but they've both said they're like rocking horse poo here.....

So do i have to order from the US? and if so does anybody in the UK have any experience of decent retailers?

Thanks for any help you can offer

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Posted 25 June 2008 - 12:21 PM

I wouldn't recommend extended handles with the sonic - makes it too twitchy IMHO. You could try kiteworld.co.uk but 26!

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Posted 25 June 2008 - 12:24 PM

Marty,ther cant be two of ya.
Hi mate.Think you may own my 1.5 off[u know wher]Welcome to the forum.

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Posted 25 June 2008 - 12:32 PM

Marty,ther cant be two of ya.
Hi mate.Think you may own my 1.5 off[u know wher]Welcome to the forum.

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aaah well hello - well i don't quite own it yet - looking forward to getting it through the post ;o)
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Posted 25 June 2008 - 12:33 PM

Welcome to the forum Marty. :)

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Posted 25 June 2008 - 12:42 PM

1st Class Recorded This Morning 9am.

Handles/Longuns
I got a set from the states.Rev ones,Havent used them much or enough to comment realy,but the B Series ones are all i require i think.Fell in Love with some custom one a while ago,but ther history.

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Posted 25 June 2008 - 12:44 PM

Welcome to the forum Marty. :)



Marty ... I have a few speed series kites (ss and shockwave) and would recommend the short handles (actually there's a pair for sale on ebay at the moment) ...much 'kinder' then standard on these kites....

Bought a pair of the long handles for a mate as present but he hasn't let me use them yet ..... rule of thumb seems to be the lighter winds = longer handles .. plenty of people who's personal preferences differ though...

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Posted 25 June 2008 - 12:44 PM

Sounds like your sorted on the handles front then. [Y]
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Posted 25 June 2008 - 12:57 PM

Marty ... I have a few speed series kites (ss and shockwave) and would recommend the short handles (actually there's a pair for sale on ebay at the moment) ...much 'kinder' then standard on these kites....

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I have only flown the Supersonic and Shockwave on the 'extended' handles. What is the issue if the 'brakes' are set accordingly?

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Posted 25 June 2008 - 01:04 PM

Personally I find that the extended handles make the inputs larger, which makes the sonic a bit more twitchy. Of course one can just adjust the trim and use smaller inputs as you suggest, but that would be way too much for my little brain to cope with! So it seems easier just to use a standard set of handles with the sonic and avoid the issue, perceived or real.
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Posted 25 June 2008 - 01:23 PM

Personally I find that the extended handles make the inputs larger, which makes the sonic a bit more twitchy. Of course one can just adjust the trim and use smaller inputs as you suggest, but that would be way too much for my little brain to cope with! So it seems easier just to use a standard set of handles with the sonic and avoid the issue, perceived or real.


I just got a pair of the really extended handles 15inch? and they are great in very light winds but they do take a fair bit of getting used to.

I would recommend the ones that come with the B series unless your control skills are already 90%.

Once you have mastered your kite then the extra long handles can make a valuable difference. If it were me I would spend the money on a new Race Rod frame set.

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Posted 25 June 2008 - 01:23 PM

Personally I find that the extended handles make the inputs larger, which makes the sonic a bit more twitchy. Of course one can just adjust the trim and use smaller inputs as you suggest, but that would be way too much for my little brain to cope with! So it seems easier just to use a standard set of handles with the sonic and avoid the issue, perceived or real.


I think that your response is potentially very perceptive in respect of the 'long arm issue'. Those 'smaller/larger inputs' you refer to and the speed that the inputs could be 'corrected' or reversed would be central to my experience of flying the 'faster' kites.

It was controlling the slippery tendency (side sliding) of the speed series kites that led me to the notion of 'throwing the kite' through a turn in order to arrive at the appropriate 'arm configuration' at the end of the turn. The ability to 'snap' the reverse very quickly has a part in this. The longer handles are helpful in this.

I would reflect on John's notion (in practice) that one needs to engage fully in flying the kite, (as with a musical instrument, maybe) and that may require a little tuning between the flier and the kite. (I enjoyed that....)

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Posted 25 June 2008 - 09:36 PM

What do you mean "Potentially very perceptive". Potentially? POTENTIALLY?! I would have said "exceptionally perceptive"!
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Posted 26 June 2008 - 01:24 AM

Personally I find that the extended handles make the inputs larger,


Exceptionally perceptive ...hhmm
Certainly worthy of a John Cleese award.




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