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#1 West Australian

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 10:58 PM

Hi All,

 

I have been wandering around with Rev's in my vision...

Loking at places and Judging their worthiness for Flying.

 

I have a nice spot walking distance from my work. It is a fairly small area of grass, but I could use 40' lines.

 

I understand the use of Short lines in very light winds, but does anyone regularly fly in moderate to strong winds on short lines?


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Posted 13 February 2013 - 11:19 PM

All the time ... 30' and 50' lines are my most used line sets ;)



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Posted 13 February 2013 - 11:23 PM

Ditto, no problem with short lines in med-high winds...

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 12:03 AM

Thanks for your coments.

 

It looks worth considering, I will add them to my wish list.


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Posted 14 February 2013 - 02:41 AM

FWIW ... I simply LOVE my short lines for solo work and interacting with people.

 

With the exception of my indoors, I've flown every Rev on 50' lines (incl the big ones like the Blast 2-4, Zen and the B2 stack) and every non-power Rev on the 30' lines.

 

Hell, I even on 20, 12, 10, 8 and 5' lines ... and yes, I've had a 1.5 outdoors on the 5' lines (once) before ;)



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Posted 14 February 2013 - 09:31 AM

I really enjoy short lines and tight spaces for some reason......cat_evil.gif  I seem to come into my own

when I have the kite on short lines and there's a crowd around me, but with that said remember

to have the skills to recover in any situation cause we never want anyone one to get hurt....... 

I think short line flying is a skill level that takes the kites in to a whole new playing field and lets

the people get there hands almost on it......cat_shifty.gif Benani_victory.gif ani_victory.gif ani_victory.gif 

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 09:57 AM

Well you got a glimpse of me and a crowd ;-)

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 10:44 AM

One year at a local festival, I had setup 50# x 50' lines for my SUL! The winds picked up a bit and I was too lazy to change lines so I  threw a midvent on instead!! Had more fun than I knew what to do with!! ani_yahoo.gif


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Posted 14 February 2013 - 03:49 PM

Wow, thanks for all the comments guys, where do I start....

 

I see a few of you say you prefer the shorter lines, is this still true for bigger spaces?

Or do you seek out the smaller secret spots?

 

kwmf: you have a lot of line sets Bro. Where the 5' lines an experiment? it must be interesting having the Rev so close.

 

Beach: Thats sounds great, Awesome Pic too.

 

stroke survivor: Dont you just love discovering something new.

 

I have some Dual lines from my first Dual line Power Foil, they are 300' long. They were a hassle for set up and pack up.


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Posted 14 February 2013 - 06:00 PM

In my bag, I carry:

30'x50# *
90x50#
60'x90#
90'x90# *
120'x90# *
120'x150#

Sets marked with * see the most use, but I've valued having nearly all of them at one time or another last year. :)

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 06:15 PM

30' wow. That must be a totally different experience.

I only Have 85'x90# and 85'x150#

 

I want to get some short 50#, short 90# and Long 90#

But I will need to equip myself slowly.


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Posted 14 February 2013 - 06:22 PM

Think about length of lines vs size of "canvas"... Longer lines means a larger space in which to fly. :D

 

My own subjective break down:

 


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Posted 14 February 2013 - 11:28 PM

The 5, 8, 10 and 12' lines are for my indoors ... but they can be used outdoors for street flying -

 

General rule of thumb for me, short lines are for low wind, solo, 3D, crowd interaction, smaller spaces or any combination of those factors. If I want include bigger figures, longer patterns (like monkey bars), etc but still want to keep to short lines then I use the 50' lines instead of the 30' ones.



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Posted 15 February 2013 - 12:47 PM

I fly mostly on 50s . Easily my favorite line length.   I love the direct control  and lively response, with just enough range to be  free. I think flying on short lines improves your flying and makes you use your imagination as you piece together moves in a limited window . The discovery that short lines are great fun in higher winds too really reinvigorated my flying. And as others have said short lines open up so many new possible flying sites.  I think we all get a kinda thrill when attaching our lines on pastures new. 


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Posted 16 February 2013 - 01:17 PM

My favorite -- 40ft. Bigger window than 30's, and easier to trick than 50's.


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Posted 19 February 2013 - 11:33 PM

Great Input Thanks.

I look forward to doing some Urban Kiting myself.

 

Any tips on finding a great place?

Or any other Urban Kiting tips?


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Posted 20 February 2013 - 04:39 AM

#90 x 30' (about 29' really) line set made. Hoping to test it out under a streetlight after work, about 3am!


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Posted 20 February 2013 - 08:22 AM

Forget to add some extra line to make up for your loops?? ani_idea.gif


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Posted 20 February 2013 - 08:39 AM

Forget to add some extra line to make up for your loops??

Ha ha ha....no. I chopped a 80' line set up and wanted the 50' set at 50'. The other came out less as a result. Honest. One thing though, the instructions I was following didn't say anything about using a lighter on the sleeving.


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Posted 20 February 2013 - 09:38 AM

SURE, we believe you!!! cat_lol.gif  lol  Gotta melt the sleeving as well as the end of the flying line!! ani_idea.gif


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