I only got my first Rev 6months ago. B series standard sail. I basically flew it to disintegration. The top panel beneath mesh has wear holes that are down to the "cloth" I wore holes in the leading edge and under the rods in several places. This was caused by many many sand flying hours, literally 200+ of hours of gaining experience, a poorly tuned sail and general lack of skills except in the crashing department. That sail is all fixed up and held together with teldar tape.
Anyhow when I bought my second Rev, I reinforced and applied dry lube sail kote to the leading edge I also applied the lube to the sail itself in the area where the sail contacts the vertical spars. It has worked well . All seems ok and after many hours of flying not a sign of wear, not even a mark. I have treated my full vent with the same product, which by the way has no Teflon or petroleum and is made for marine industry to lube,prevent wear, prevent mildew and waterproof rigging and sail cloth and just about everything.
So I got my fist Bazzer pro recently." Save it for best"I thought." Only fly it in good conditions, dry sunny summer evenings on soft lush thistle free grass with not a yappy hoping dog in miles" A few hours a week in the summer season" I thought. No chance. That kite wont stay in the bag. Im even taking a day out from work tomorrow to go out and fly it some more I am going fly this kite until one of drops.
Dont think wearing holes in the leading edge will be a problem as the pro has lovely slippy material reinforcements in all the right places but what about the sail itself. I certainly dont want teldar tape on my perfect new sail.
I am hoping there are some kite tech heads out there with an unhealthy interest in polycarbonate film coatings.
I know the stock B series sail is made of ripstop polyester which I assume has a polycarb coating. How do you know if this coating is worn away? Is it as with my standard sail that you can actually see the fabric with no shinny stuff covering it? How thick is the polycarb coat, is it only on the surface or is the fabric soaked in it? How easy is to damage?
Ok thats alot of questions. The main issue is that the pro is made from top quality Icarex which is different to the ordinary sails. But how different. Is it brand name only. Or do the 2 fabrics have different coatings.
Of course I can ask Bazzer but. A.... he may not be familiarized with Mc Lube and I know some of you guys are. And B. Poor bloke makes revs eats sleeps makes more revs and then repeats. He has had several PM s from me in the last few months and I dont want him to feel hassled. After all he is nearly British.
Thanks for reading x tommy
Edited by tommylurvebus, 24 January 2011 - 11:59 PM.