John spent a ton of time demo'ing kites outside the convention center in some "not so great" weather conditions and flying area but still had a great time. I wish I could have joined him as I really didn't get much time to fly anything while I was there - just a plain crime to be inside of a room with hundreds of new kites and kite related products and not be able to put them in the air....thats just wrong.
Anyways.....being this is a Revolution Forum, I though everyone would like to know what 2010 has in store for Revolution...so here's the scoop (as I know it).
****disclaimer - I am not an employee of Revolution so this information is worth exactly what you paid for it. If I am wrong I am sure Ben or Lolly will correct me.****
The biggest change is in materials - as everyone has heard or is aware, material costs for Icarex, Poly, Nylon and Carbon has gone up across the board. This has not only affected Revolution but every kite maker in the industry. Also, colors have changed which has forced the industry to make changes as well. The biggest change will be with the 1.5 series kites including the EXP, 1.5 SLE and the B-Series models.
If you like Gold or Aqua...well...you best rush to your dealer quickly and get your hands on one because they will be no more. Gold and Aqua colors have been discontinued. The Gold / Black and Aqua / Black B-Series will only be available until your local dealer runs out of stock. Rev has a very limited stock and they will only be available until the stock is gone. Your kite dealer will be able to take care of you and let you know what is still available and what has been put to the history books.
So what colors are there going to be? Lemme tell ya - starting with the EXP:
The 2010 EXP will be made in the following colors:
Light Blue/Dark Blue/Black
2009 colors will still be available until remaining stock is gone.
Red/Blue/Black is sold out and no longer available.
But wait....you said Aqua was going away? Why does the EXP get Aqua? Well, Aqua is no longer available in ripstop Poly and Icarex. It is however available in ripstop Nylon which the EXP sail is made from.
Now for the 1.5 SLE 2010 colors:
1.5 SLE with White Centers:
Gray/Bright Blue (new color)
1.5 SLE with Black Centers:
Again, all 2009 colors will be available until stock is gone.
It was rumored that the 2010 1.5 SLE will change to an all ripstop Nylon sail - BUT might include an additional 1/4" leading edge as well as the SLE leading edge....but this has not yet been confirmed. FYI, all 2009 and earlier 1.5 SLE's are made from Ripstop Poly or Icarex and only come with the SLE leading edge.
Now for the B-Series:
The B-Series received a big overhaul in colors and they have added in a Gray model along side the Black model which looks fantastic (IMO).
NEW - Using lighter gray and color instead of the Black and color:
And continued from 2009 using the black and color:
If the color isn't listed above, it has been discontinued. If you don't see your favorite color then you best hurry and purchase it now while there are still some left. All B-Series will continue to be made from Ripstop Poly / Icarex and come with the standard 1/4" leading edge - with two complete frame sets (frame(s) are depending on model).
As of this time all other models of Rev's will remain the same. (Indoor, Zen, Rev II's, Rev I's, Sonic, Shockwave, Blast, etc...)
Now - for the bad news. As mentioned above the cost of materials has gone up yet once again - this time quite substantially. This is not the first time material costs have gone up and in fact, the costs have gone up many times over the last 5-6 years. Revolution has been very reluctant to increase prices and has absorbed these costs themselves and not passed those increases on to the end user...well...that is until now. The new price increase in materials has forced Revolution to do what many kite manufactures have done several times over the last few years and that is raise the price of their products. The best news from this? and get this....
REVOLUTION IS LETTING YOU KNOW THE PRICES ARE GOING TO GO UP AHEAD OF TIME!
That's right, Revolution and their dealers still have a very limited stock on the 2009 products and the new colors above are just now going into production. Being as fair as possible, Revolution is letting everyone know that the new kites will have to cost more - but you can save some hard earned money by purchasing BEFORE the price increase goes into affect!!!! The price increase is scheduled to be released in March of 2010 (Next Month). Until then, retailers can still work a great deal on kites that they have in stock right now AT THE CURRENT 2009 PRICES! So if you have been pondering on purchasing a new Rev, now is the time to go for it!
Anyways - thats the news as I have been told. Again if anything in this is wrong I hope Ben, Lolly or whomever sets the record straight.
Hopefully we will have pictures of all the new stuff in the next few days.
Edited by awindofchange, 03 February 2010 - 12:51 PM.