Max wind for 1.5 SLE
Posted 09 May 2012 - 05:58 PM
I tend to get variable winds where I fly. I have a 2 line delta that I fly in high winds, and it can make noise due to flutter when the winds go up, but flexes enough so that I don't think it would ever break, though I might shred the sail. I'm sure I've flown it way past it's rated max. I think it was rated 25 mph and I'd bet I've flown it in 35mph+ winds.
I'm not really concerned with too much pull, or handling difficulties...I know my abilities pretty well, and will stay in my limits. I just don't want to cause damage from too much wind. I've never had a kite that I really had to worry about damaging from high winds. The delta has proven to be very tough, and my other kite, a Flexifoil Bullet 2.5, won't fly below about 8mph, is a blast (and a workout) at 15 mph, and is more likely to damage me than the reverse at 25mph.
Any info on what to look out for will be much appreciated!
Posted 09 May 2012 - 07:32 PM
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Posted 09 May 2012 - 09:06 PM
I have flown my 1.5SLE with the 3wraps rods in +15mph winds and the LE bending was enough for me to frighten me and pack up
If you ordered with both LEs, perhaps switching for the SLE 7/16" will give you some fun in higher winds but this will make the kite more rapid and twitchy which is not what you would like for learning.
The kite is not worth this abuse if winds are too high, unless you get a Vented as LS Kite Stakes said, better you keep your kite in the bag for these sweeter winds where the learning curve will be less steep and the fun to it's maxxx
Also, the 1.5sle has a Ripstop nylon sail that will stretch more than poly ones and higher winds will make this process even more rapid.
Others might shed some brighter lights on your questions than me but from what i learnt (I started with a Supersonic) twitchy and rapid is not the best thing when learning..The 1.5sle with the 3wraps rods and nice 8-10mph winds will keep you more on the field with less frustration for hours..
Have fun and again, Welcome to the Dark Side
Posted 10 May 2012 - 02:53 AM
I'm hoping to take to the Rev quickly. First day I'll probably just practice getting a feel for rotations, hovering and sliding. Thanks again for the info.
Posted 10 May 2012 - 03:24 AM
If you get a big gust, give to the kite and walk with it.
Welcome to Revs, they're the best addiction!
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Posted 10 May 2012 - 08:40 AM
SparkleRob has a good point - if you get in the position of imminent crash - Give to the Kite!! No sense breaking stuff while you're learning!! Forget most of the dualie control, quads are a whole different animal!! You'll learn to use your hands and wrists for control, not the push/pull of dualies!!
to "The Darkside"!!
Posted 10 May 2012 - 03:15 PM
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