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#1 SAW

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Posted 10 June 2009 - 11:31 PM

Hi,

Very new to kites, first saw Rev kites last year down at the kite festivel at Southsea and then just recently at Basingstoke. I didn't relise there was so many different versions :blink: So as complete newbie can you recommend some posts to read ?

Thanks.

#2 big bri

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Posted 11 June 2009 - 12:39 AM

Welcome onboard SAW,
Read anything that takes your fancy.I think thers many,many new flyers posts that are quite easy to find.That will perhaps point ya in the direction and you will find intresting or personal to you.

Advice i would give is simple realy.Just for starters,

1]Decide on which rev or Revs
2]Get a dvd.John Bs comes with the B Series and its a cracker.Links on the Forum .Thers always You Tube stuff also.
3]Practice,Practice,Practice and dont give up.Ask if ya need help
4]Find some other Revolution flyers that are Local to you and get together.Its much,much better to learn from others than struggle along alone.
5]E N J O Y

Have a goodn
BRIAN...

Edited by big bri, 11 June 2009 - 12:41 AM.


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Posted 11 June 2009 - 01:22 AM

first saw Rev kites last year down at the kite festivel at Southsea and then just recently at Basingstoke.

hello, and welcome....

we are always learning new things here.... ;)

Last weekend you probably saw a few of us getting to grips with the new Blasts too (?)

Quite a few of us are flying around the skies of Hampshire now :)

So you want to fly a rev...? :)

The information here can be overwhelming.
Maybe look in this section that compares the EXP, SLE and B-series (if you haven't already bought one)....
and all that Bri says, Enjoy :)
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#4 Stone in Shoe Bob

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Posted 11 June 2009 - 02:44 AM

Very new to kites, first saw Rev kites last year down at the kite festivel at Southsea and then just recently at Basingstoke. I didn't relise there was so many different versions :blink: So as complete newbie can you recommend some posts to read ?

These are two recent ones that pretty well cover it,

http://www.revkites....?showtopic=2808

http://www.revkites....?showtopic=2818

Last weekend you probably saw a few of us getting to grips with the new Blasts too (?)

Not a good one for a newbie though. Most people go for one of the 1.5s first time out. It's a good stating point for any Rev collection.

Edited for spelling correction

Edited by Stone in Shoe Bob, 11 June 2009 - 03:12 AM.

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Posted 11 June 2009 - 02:58 AM

Not a good one (Blast) for a newbie though. Most people go for one of the 1.5s first time out.

Totally agree Bob, I was referring to the learning thing...
The Blast being new to some of us. Definitely wouldn't wish to learn from scratch on it ;)

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#6 Stephen Hoath

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Posted 11 June 2009 - 02:58 AM

Hi,

Very new to kites, first saw Rev kites last year down at the kite festivel at Southsea and then just recently at Basingstoke. I didn't relise there was so many different versions :blink: So as complete newbie can you recommend some posts to read ?

Thanks.

Hi and welcome to the forum.

You will get lots of advice here and there is no such thing as a silly question so don't worry about asking away. If you get the chance, come along to the Blackheath Kite festival this weekend. You will see lots of Revs there and a face to face chat with someone will save you hours of time on your home field. Look out for our team there and come and say hi.

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#7 Stone in Shoe Bob

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Posted 11 June 2009 - 03:20 AM

Totally agree Bob, I was referring to the learning thing...
The Blast being new to some of us. Definitely wouldn't wish to learn from scratch on it ;)

I know Choccs, it's blatantly obvious to us but maybe not to a newbie, and I wanted to make sure your observation was not taken as a recommendation.
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Posted 11 June 2009 - 04:43 AM

Thanks for the replies and links.

Ok so what does 2/3 wrap mean, vented/non vented ? (some panel(s) are mesh) how do I know which I am going to need and how do I make a choice or even small selection out of so many ? :blush:

Edited by SAW, 11 June 2009 - 04:44 AM.


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Posted 11 June 2009 - 07:33 AM

Thanks for the replies and links.

Ok so what does 2/3 wrap mean, vented/non vented ? (some panel(s) are mesh) how do I know which I am going to need and how do I make a choice or even small selection out of so many ? :blush:



The wraps refer to how strong/light the spars and leading edge rods are. The smaller the number the lighter the rod/spar, a lighter spar will fly in lighter wind but will not survive the hard landings a newbie might impart on it.

Vented does mean that some panels are mesh, in a higher wind you can still control the kite. Although a vented kite set up with lightweight rods can be fun to fly in less of a wind because it is so smooth. The decision between vented and non vented depends on your location, if you have stronger winds regularly you might want a vented kite to start. If not, a standard sail. Eventually you will probably end up with both.

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P.S. I recommend a power blast 4-8 for Choccy! :lol:
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Posted 11 June 2009 - 07:42 AM

P.S. I recommend a power blast 4-8 for Choccy! :lol:

Last seen, flying somewhere over 2,000 ft and rising....

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Posted 11 June 2009 - 09:00 AM

Last seen, flying somewhere over 2,000 ft and rising....



So .. whereabouts in Hampshire are you based?? come and have a go on the different Revs before you purchase .... between us Hampshire flyers we have just about everything in the Rev range and have even put together a loan kit for new flyers to use before buying...

As Stephen says Blackheath should be good this weekend but if you don't want to travel so far (depending on where you are!) there is a 'Jolly up' on Butser hill which may have a few Rev flyers at ...

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Posted 11 June 2009 - 10:24 AM

Thanks for the replies and links.

Ok so what does 2/3 wrap mean, vented/non vented ? (some panel(s) are mesh) how do I know which I am going to need and how do I make a choice or even small selection out of so many ? :blush:

Did you read this post in "Standard or vented"?

I also feel it’s better for a newbie to have something a little overpowered rather than under powered as it gives more obvious feedback.

Unless you live on top of Ben Nevis I would always recommend a full sail as a first Rev for any one in the UK our weather is to unpredictable and we can never guarantee the wind, it may be a bit different for some of our American friends who can often set their clocks by the wind speed and direction. ;)
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Posted 11 June 2009 - 11:32 AM

Totally agree Bob, I was referring to the learning thing...
The Blast being new to some of us. Definitely wouldn't wish to learn from scratch on it ;)

cheerio


I got my Power Blast 2-4 1 week after getting my first EXP course I'm not right in the head either so I'm probably not the best example :lol:
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Posted 11 June 2009 - 12:53 PM

I got my Power Blast 2-4 1 week after getting my first EXP course I'm not right in the head either so I'm probably not the best example :lol:



Me tooooo :ani_wallbash:

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Posted 11 June 2009 - 01:22 PM

Hi,

Very new to kites, first saw Rev kites last year down at the kite festivel at Southsea and then just recently at Basingstoke. I didn't relise there was so many different versions :blink: So as complete newbie can you recommend some posts to read ?

Thanks.



Hi,
Best way forward is to meet up with some of those very helpful folk who also live in Hants and check out what they fly (and lend out).

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Posted 11 June 2009 - 02:10 PM

Hi,

Thanks for all the replies.

Did you read this post in "Standard or vented"?

Yes but still not sure :P being the in UK the weathers changes by the hour so I can see why lots of you have multiple Revs.

So .. whereabouts in Hampshire are you based??

In Bordon, about 15-20mins from Buster Hill. was there this evening attemping to fly my HQ Bebop :blushing: now thinking how long will a Rev last me :blink:

So how would complete noob kite flyer get on with a Rev ?

Buster Hill is very handy for me but I've also got a large(ish) playing field just down the road, no where near as windy as Buster so am I right in thinking this type of place is best for a vented Rev ?

Thanks.

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Posted 11 June 2009 - 04:22 PM

Yes but still not sure :P being the in UK the weathers changes by the hour so I can see why lots of you have multiple Revs.

Exactly. :clap;

Which is why I said,

Unless you live on top of Ben Nevis I would always recommend a full sail as a first Rev for any one in the UK our weather is too unpredictable and we can never guarantee the wind …..

Because,

I also feel it’s better for a newbie to have something a little overpowered rather than under powered as it gives more obvious feedback.

Get the sail choice made and the frame choice is made for you unless of course you get into custom order territory, but if I were you I think I would want to learn to walk before I started thinking about running.

Lets make this as simple as possible for you. First time out you need a standard kite, this, this, this or this. The EXP and Black Series UL are framed with effectively the same sticks and so is the B Series but that also has an additional “Pro Use Only” frame (explained here). The SLE, this one has a thicker, stiffer leading edge (SLE actually stands for Super Leading Edge) twice diameter of the other rods but the same wall thickness. The sle (rods) are no longer as popular with experienced fliers as it is considered too stiff however they are extremely resilient and therefore not a bad choice for a newbie.
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Posted 11 June 2009 - 11:22 PM

Thanks.

Well after reading through those you suggested, being a newbie I should be looking at the REV EXP or REV 1.5 SLE.

Edit, don't really like the colour designs on the EXP but do like the REV 1.5 SLE Black/Lime/Blue B)

Edited by SAW, 11 June 2009 - 11:39 PM.


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Posted 12 June 2009 - 03:48 AM

Edit, don't really like the colour designs on the EXP but do like the REV 1.5 SLE Black/Lime/Blue B)



I thought the same especially after seeing it in the air :)

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Posted 12 June 2009 - 05:49 AM

Thanks.

Well after reading through those you suggested, being a newbie I should be looking at the REV EXP or REV 1.5 SLE.

Edit, don't really like the colour designs on the EXP but do like the REV 1.5 SLE Black/Lime/Blue B)

Don't dismiss the B Series, it does work out a bit more expensive, especially as it usually comes without lines but if you can afford the extra cash it offers excellent VFM as it increases your set up options considerably, see here.
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