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#21 Laurel of MelnSct

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Posted 14 January 2010 - 11:47 AM

We got a look at it on the field today...at about 2 1/2 minutes into this video...

http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/3672217


Jeff's Zen was preeettttyyyy!
I had the privlige o seeing it at the WOW new years fly.simple coulor patterns.But what is it with white or light coulor patterns? Where I come from we avoud white because it gets dirty waaaay too easy.

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Posted 14 January 2010 - 12:05 PM

As I've said, the one time I had my Zen out I had the top lines all the way out (last knot on standard 13" B handles) and the bottom lines on the outer knot as well. I found the kite to have both plenty of forward and sail loading. I played a bit with adding even more brake by bringing the bottom lines into the inside knot, but wasn't as pleased with the handling.

Of the various folks who flew my Zen on 1/1, only one person felt the need to modify the settings by bringing the top lines in by 4 or 5 knots. He seemed happier, but I thought the kite was flying terribly with those settings!


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Posted 14 January 2010 - 12:06 PM

As I've said, the one time I had my Zen out I had the top lines all the way out (last knot on standard 13" B handles) and the bottom lines on the outer knot as well. I found the kite to have both plenty of forward and sail loading. I played a bit with adding even more brake by bringing the bottom lines into the inside knot, but wasn't as pleased with the handling.

Of the various folks who flew my Zen on 1/1, only one person felt the need to modify the settings by bringing the top lines in by 4 or 5 knots. He seemed happier, but I thought the kite was flying terribly with those settings!


Thanks. I'll try it that way. I'm just headed out the door and I'll let you know how mine worked.
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Posted 14 January 2010 - 05:15 PM

Patience Grasshopper, Patience!
That's what Lolly said when I ordered my Zen and had color indecision. Ben and I discussed colors, then Lolly and I talked again and I finally settled on Bazzer's Pro B Mardi Gras Fade with Black center.
The wait is over now I need the rain to stop, Patience Grasshopper!
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Posted 14 January 2010 - 05:24 PM

Patience Grasshopper, Patience!
That's what Lolly said when I ordered my Zen and had color indecision. Ben and I discussed colors, then Lolly and I talked again and I finally settled on Bazzer's Pro B Mardi Gras Fade with Black center.
The wait is over now I need the rain to stop, Patience Grasshopper!



Wow.... congrats... that looks great....

Great color choice....

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Posted 14 January 2010 - 05:36 PM

Hi Jim-

Very nice!! Congrats and use her well!
Mine is waiting for me in TI!! Posted Image So, I'll be seeing it in the late a.m. or early afternoon.
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Posted 14 January 2010 - 10:47 PM

Patience Grasshopper, Patience!
That's what Lolly said when I ordered my Zen and had color indecision. Ben and I discussed colors, then Lolly and I talked again and I finally settled on Bazzer's Pro B Mardi Gras Fade with Black center.
The wait is over now I need the rain to stop, Patience Grasshopper!


I see the postman made it today after all! :clap;

You should have been 150 miles to the south....no rain and blue sky!
Have fun Jim!

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Edited by Theresa, 14 January 2010 - 10:48 PM.


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Posted 14 January 2010 - 11:03 PM

That is a good looking kite Jim. Congratulations on your new arrival.

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Posted 14 January 2010 - 11:15 PM

Very nice. Looks menacing. Heres Hoping you get the weather and wind to test the beast out soon.

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Posted 14 January 2010 - 11:17 PM

Jim. WOW! Really striking. The black background against the colors is fabulous. That's my next kite.
I tried my Zen out today in MINIMAL and variable winds (not atypical of the landlocked midwest). It can get up in the air on a cat's burp, as advertised. Bit of challenge to fly, for me. It's so flexible that pumping it runs the risk of over flexing and loosing your lift. Patience, Grasshopper, and a gentle hand. I back up into a ditch, at one point, but it stayed aloft! I don't mind the learning curves, since it can get me into the field on days when I just could not fly otherwise.
The red fade against a cloudy sky seemed to glow from within, and so did I. Maximum fun.
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Posted 15 January 2010 - 12:42 PM

Verrrrrrrry Nice, Jim!!! :clap;

It's also exciting to read the flight reviews as well! So many days I have beautiful weather here and ZERO wind. It's excruciating not to fly. I so need to get my hands on one!

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Posted 15 January 2010 - 04:41 PM

sweet kite jim.. i stil love my blue and whit pro .. what a nice kite for the light winds
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Posted 15 January 2010 - 06:18 PM

Posted Image Mines waiting at the kite shop!Posted Image if this darn work would ever let me get over there and pick it up Posted Image

going with the ghost. then maybe a custom lime later.


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Posted 15 January 2010 - 07:09 PM

I have heard that mine is in the next batch to be made.
All I will say about its coloring at present is that the center is black.

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Posted 16 January 2010 - 12:18 AM

Me and TK's custom Zens just arrived today, but sadly, right after we left for the Windless Festival in Long Beach...

Neighbor is holding them for us, we'll see 'em on Sunday night and post pics here. ;)

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Posted 16 January 2010 - 07:23 PM

Me and TK's custom Zens just arrived today, but sadly, right after we left for the Windless Festival in Long Beach...

Neighbor is holding them for us, we'll see 'em on Sunday night and post pics here. Posted Image


Tell you what JB. I'll stop by your neighbors place and pick up the kites.
I will then head over to Oregon City, that way John (JoneZ) and I can test them out for you both mid Sunday.Posted Image
Let me guess, 1 is red and white, the other is black, blue and white.

Ken

Edited by flyinken, 16 January 2010 - 07:35 PM.


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Posted 17 January 2010 - 06:57 AM

We could all have a cool guessing game to predict JB and TK's sails.

Of course Ken has already had the best guess I recon.

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Posted 17 January 2010 - 12:10 PM

Well I got my Zen on Thursday! Thank you so much Kitteshoppe for your great service!!!


As for the kite --- WOW Bazzer did a fantastic job... every stitch is perfect and the layout just knocks my socks off!

Mikes Zen Jan 2010.jpg

As for the flying.... I went to a local park and the winds were 0 - 1 mph all day.
first flight was so easy... it just popped right up with the normal 1.5 handle settings
I actually had to move the leader on the top almost all the way out to have the sail load up properly, I had 6 different people come over durring the 5 hours that I was out flying, asking me how I could possibly flying with no wind :clap2:
I won't be just sitting around waiting for wind anymore..... this thing is well worth the price.......
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Posted 18 January 2010 - 01:44 PM

Hallo

Hello
Come from Germany have today get my ZEN
It is wonderful thank the builders.
Here 2 pictures of ZEN

Ciao Thomas

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Posted 18 January 2010 - 01:58 PM

I really like the blue fade in this photo! It works so well with an "ice" sort of background brought on with the snow. I am quite torn actually. I like the ghost too and that is what I've told my local go-to guy to order for me.

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