Well I left my meter home so I don't know for sure but there wasn't much wind. I'd say 5 mph with some occasional 8 mph bumps but mostly 5 mph and sometimes less; again I am no expert at estimating wind but I wasn't very much. I have only flown a 1.5 SLE and I knew I'd have had difficulty flying my stock 1.5 SLE in today's wind. I wasn't feeling very good about the conditions but I have a new kite! I gotta give it a go.
I didn't want to use the 2 wraps because I had no idea what to expect maybe I'd break 'em; I am an experienced beginner at best; I thought the 3 wraps might be too heavy but what do I know? I swapped out the 3 wraps and installed the Race rods... I don't know, something about the light like 2 wrap strong like 3 wrap seemd like the best idea to me.
Well let me tell you... this kite.... it was like buttah. My first surprise; there was enough wind! Sometimes I had to work at it but then just when I'd struggle a bit, along came a puff and off it would go. When the wind did pick up and get a little bumpy, as it does so often where I fly, I could tell the vents smoothed it out. The flex of the Race rods... that's a completely different feel than the SLE. I know I need to get the feel or find my touch but the 1.5 Barresi with the Race rods made me realize what 'touch' is. I guess when you're new at this, you don't know what you don't know but this kite now gave me a perspective that I didn't have before. There were moments when the Rev would just sit and hover almost as if it were a mind meld rather than handle and line connection. It was amazing. I must have hit a sweet spot a couple of times and for just a few moments it seemed to defy gravity.
I flew for over 2 hours.... until sunset. I was soooo relaxed, I was soooo in tune and focused with trying to "feel" the input from the kite that when I got in the car to drive away I drove for about a mile at less than the speed limit of 20 mph; as I began to snap out of my trance, I noticed I was 'feeling' the accelerator thru my shoe. I was driving my car with touch!!!
I can't really say much more. I am kind of at a loss. For most of you reading this, I know YOU know. For others like me (yesterday) who have only experienced your first Rev... just wait until you try the second one!
Edited by DonaldLL, 09 April 2010 - 10:50 PM.