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In praise of the SLE


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#1 btbt

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Posted 29 January 2012 - 08:51 PM

NOT on a 1.5 though….NEVER liked the sle in a 1.5…..
I was able to get a couple hours flying in yesterday and the wind was about 10 to 12 mph. Normally I would never put up any of my Rev 1`s in that kind of wind.
Having discovered in the back of the kite corner, a long lost REV 1 sle a while ago, I decided to put up a (self)vented Sedgwick Rev 1 with the sle and give it a try.
WOW!! With the added stiffness it was way fun on/with that size of kite. The 4 wrap would have been too bendy and I`m not a fan of doubling up the le… Note that in the 0 to 2-3 mph range I like my Rev 1`s sproingy…2 wraps all the way….race and 4`s up to about 7-8…then the 1`s get put away… However the added stiffness and weight of the sle in the 10+ mph made it quite pleasurable and I was able to maintain the slow, precise gracefulness of a Rev 1.
After a while the wind picked up a bit so I switched to a vented 1.5 w/4 wraps so my arms wouldn`t get pulled off…
All in all a great (re)discovery.
bt




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