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#1 kimbo

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Posted 17 April 2010 - 09:35 AM

Hey all;

Just wanting to know from the long time users about what fabric changes that have come along, and what year they happened.
Reason being I bought a used Rev II and it is obviously not the same fabric as the new ones.
I want to buy a Supersonic and fly it in some strong winds, so I want to see if the newer models are more durable than the older ones.
Bridle differences if any. Thread used and so on.

Anyone have a answer to this??

Thanks

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Posted 17 April 2010 - 10:34 AM

Hey all;

Just wanting to know from the long time users about what fabric changes that have come along, and what year they happened.
Reason being I bought a used Rev II and it is obviously not the same fabric as the new ones.
I want to buy a Supersonic and fly it in some strong winds, so I want to see if the newer models are more durable than the older ones.
Bridle differences if any. Thread used and so on.

Anyone have a answer to this??

Thanks





Hi John Mitchell is the font of all knowledge on this...





But, depending on how old it is, the really old stuff starts as a "hard" fabric and then weathers to a nice soft material.  Have several Rev 2 & 1.5 of over 15 years and they fly fine.  So no problem there.  Personal preference comes in to if you prefer a kite with a little give in the sail (Carringtons I believe = older) or less give newer material (icarex)

Newer, bridles are thinner string - just as good just newer. 


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#3 RevWizard

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Posted 17 April 2010 - 07:24 PM

This is all from memory.
From 1988 to 1998 all Revs were made from Ripstop Nylon.
In 1998 most of the REVs and the Speed series were made from Ripstop Polyester. I believe the Icarex brand was used at that time. The new REV 1.5 EXP version continued to be made from Ripstop Nylon.
Today it is about the same with exception that the ripstop polyester comes from different manufacturers.
Mylar was also used on some panels of the Rev 1.5 SLEs and REV Is between about 2000 and 2007.
The only REVs made today exclusively from Icarex ripstop polyester are the Zen and I believe the REV 1.5 JB Pro.

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#4 Baloo

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Posted 17 April 2010 - 10:52 PM

I have various Revs from I think around the earliest to the most recent.

All I can say is they all fly better than I will ever be able to. :lol:

All I have done is put some newer bridles on the real old ones.




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