Getting a Supersonic Any tips?
Posted 12 December 2006 - 08:20 PM
and now planning to get a Supersonic.
Any tips and or suggestions?
Thanking You in advance
Posted 13 December 2006 - 05:30 AM
thread some 100# high-test bridle line thru all the end caps, all the way around the entire sail, following the parameter. Then get some longer throw handles (if you don't have 'em already!) so you can flip the kite inside out at will, anywhere in the window.
The Speed series does this trick quite effortlessly. Just snap your thumbs powerfully at the kite and maybe add a step forward as well when first learning. The kite will snap inverted and then back again as fast as your can manipulate the handles.
It looks way cool too!
Posted 13 December 2006 - 05:59 AM
Posted 13 December 2006 - 10:36 AM
I suggest flying it in winds starting around 9-10 mph, in lighter winds than that the kite is very floaty/sluggish and can be very difficult to control. I have my best sessions with my SS and Shockwave when the winds are a bit stronger. When the winds are over 12 mph the kite rocks! Be warned tho, there is a reason that the speed series kites are all shipped with extra leading edge spars. When the kite slaps the ground it does it with very little finesse. I have noticed that it will always hit harder when you have people watching...not sure why that is.....kinda strange. :?:
The Supersonic has become one of my favorite Rev's to fly but the wind does have to be right for it. When I first got my SS, I was very discouraged with it and it did end up staying in the kite bag for nearly a half year before I decided to give it another chance to prove itself... Once I got a good flight with it tho the smile has never really left my face. :twisted:
Speed is very addicting! :twisted: :evil: :twisted:
Posted 13 December 2006 - 01:58 PM
Posted 15 December 2006 - 11:26 AM
I'm from the land of no-wind, so all my modification efforts are always about a tighter sail (which the speed series doesn't need!), as well as lowering the overall weight.
The speed series will dead-launch!
Instead of the "catch" we all know and love so much, the speed series does this kind of horse-shoe shaped flight when you try to jerk it from the sky. It seeks the downwind again and gradually turns away from your pull to face downwind again. I have run really fast downwind to do the catch there, since I can't get it to return to me at an up=wind position, HA!
You'll have a ton of fun with this kite, but it IS fast, so be ready and keep us informed.
Posted 15 December 2006 - 01:07 PM
I always take my Vented SS up when the winds are above 15mph. It makes an incredibly great buzzing noise that ALWAYS clears the area of geese.... which are my nemesis as they litter the fields around here with poop...
Posted 09 January 2007 - 02:36 PM
In the meantime I will have a few more weeks to decide on which SS to order next month. Ideally both, but I have to be realistic, and keep my marraige together
Posted 10 January 2007 - 05:37 AM
The SUL is Rev's best kite design, so I hope you enjoy it as much as I do! I'm from the land of no-wind, so it gets the most usage of anything in my bag. I think I have about forty of their kites now,... HA! not that my wife is counting them anymore.
Posted 10 January 2007 - 06:24 AM
Get a 100# test bridle instead?
Since the order was placed yesterday, there might be time to change the bridle on the order.
Thanks again for your all your help and suggestions, it's much appreciated.
Posted 10 January 2007 - 06:30 AM
And I thought I was bad buying one kite every month since July (4 of them Revs)
Posted 10 January 2007 - 10:58 AM
I agree with this wholeheartedly, leaning towards the latter.
The SUL has a spectra bridle that will "slip" eventually. You'd be wise to tie a second overhand knot in each piece or order a standard 100# Hi Test bridle and dump the spectra one entirely.
"We cannot direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails."
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Posted 10 January 2007 - 11:32 AM
Posted 10 January 2007 - 12:41 PM
Lately the needs have changed to something completely unique or I'm not at all interested.
I have a great bride, but she runs the funding and I live on a daily allowance. When the factory has something outrageous they think I might like, they call my wife instead of me!
"there's no reason to bother Paul, Barbara' runs the dough in that household"
You can never have too many of something you dearly love though ~plm
Posted 10 January 2007 - 01:51 PM
As an artist I too, love unusual designs and came across this absolutely stunning quad line kite, which I would love to replicate. I have been searching high and low for the maker, to no avail.
How well this kite would fly is questionable, However the design is so stunning, I'm willing to give it a try.
Posted 10 January 2007 - 03:53 PM
Posted 10 January 2007 - 08:16 PM
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Posted 12 January 2007 - 09:28 AM
I have both the Supersonic and Sonic Vented, and if you want a fast kite in winds 10+ mph, the Sonic Vented is hard to beat! I've flown mine in 25-30, and it is a hoot! It's smooth, responsive, and I didn't even hurt it in those winds.
Posted 12 January 2007 - 09:50 AM
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