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#61 quaa714

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Posted 29 April 2014 - 10:32 PM

@Steven....Hey pal!

I said ability, not idiocy.....but then again there was there was this one 9-11 memorial fly at LSP.................!


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Posted 01 May 2014 - 11:15 PM

but then again there was there was this one 9-11 memorial fly at LSP.................!

 

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Posted 02 May 2014 - 06:51 PM

Hmmm, There may be.....I'll have to ask Sammy.

It was Dugard and me flying and Sammy being a little.......well anyway

There was a lot of damage done that day to a certain lime green B series and Dugard did some cool on field bridle repairs in a howling wind and rain.

Of course we were giggling the whole time!!!!


"Cya in the Sand!....."

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Posted 28 May 2014 - 02:05 PM

Oh Diamonds, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways...

Fully loads up in 3mph of wind, almost half the black Race frame requirements (>5mph)

Can easily maintain sail pressure with less than 3mph with walking backwards.

Responds like a wrap frame, IMO, which I like.

Sturdy enough for gentle axels and catch n (gentle!) toss. I'm not brave enough to try an upright flic flac yet, but I think Watty's style might be safe enough. I say gentle axels and tosses because I'm sure I could snap this frame on a less-than-ideal-conditions one.

Straight up precision flying the other day, 2.5 mph on my SkyWatch... it was magical. Utterly magical.

Keep up the AMAZING work Revolution!

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Posted 28 May 2014 - 06:08 PM

Safe for G E N T L E water play too...

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Posted 29 May 2014 - 02:38 AM

These Diamond rods have endured severe abuse from me, all banged around on the ground and spanked hard in the air,.... and yes I've broken a few,  but only thru pilot judgement errors! 

~ snapped one in my hand when the wind flipped kite over,

~ another on a shovel sticking up, doing a throw 

~ on a steel hand-rail bouncing too aggressively

 

In my opinion only two sticks are necessary for my 1.5 kites, green Race and the new Diamonds, usage depending on the desire to frame flexible or stiff

 

your mileage may very!

 

If we all ask nicely,....

betcha' travel frame formatted Diamond tubes would be available (then you only break 1/6th of the leading edge at a time, HA!)



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Posted 29 May 2014 - 05:35 AM

I am like Paul. I spank my diamonds pretty hard and have yet to break one(since T.i.). I usually fly them in 3mph and under...but at Wildwood I pushed the envelope some and ran them in some good wind with a standard sail and they still survived.
I also follow the 2 frame routine...but with black race as the second option.
 

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Posted 29 May 2014 - 06:09 AM

Y'all are braver than me!
I stand by my remarks though, and I will not advocate for pushing this frame.. For what a Diamond frame costs (right now), I will err on the side of caution- I haven't broken any part of a frame yet, ever, and I definitely won't be breaking my Diamonds ;)

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Posted 29 May 2014 - 10:41 AM

IMO, I'd put my Diamond's range at >0mph up to about 6 mph. I feel the frame is loaded just over 3 mph. My personal preferences, and opinions, of course.

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Posted 29 May 2014 - 03:39 PM

Gulp....

I've gone from my Diamond frame SUL straight to a Mid on more than a couple of times. It handles 10mph+ quite easily.
Note: I have sticks and a frenchie on it though.

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Posted 29 May 2014 - 04:04 PM

I put my full sail pro with Diamonds away around 10 mph, can get scary when you Hit forward and a gust arrives at that Exact Time ! Love these rods and from my limited experience on 4 lines , 2 to 9 with no issues . Tune with a Ton of Brake and most will find these spars to be Not Fragile

Your mileage may vary :)-

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Posted 30 May 2014 - 11:05 AM

Gulp....

I've gone from my Diamond frame SUL straight to a Mid on more than a couple of times. It handles 10mph+ quite easily.
Note: I have sticks and a frenchie on it though.

Ha!, worse yet for me SparkieRob,... I'll use my zen until others are on Mid-vents (yes w/Diamond, sissies and French)  All powered up and instantly responsive, leaps like a cheetah that's how I want it.  

I'm glad you're enjoying the rig (modified as I would prefer it be flown and we've never met), other side of the earth and all is mere inconvenience.  Makes a world of difference on the size of the window and the allowable safe wind range.

 

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Posted 30 May 2014 - 11:49 AM

Myself, if it's windy enough to use a full sail, then there's my choice!! I'm only using a Zen if I feel there isn't enough to really power up a std!! And I consider myself a Zen fan!! I will use 50' or 120' lines and have every bit of fun on it! I like that powered up feel, but if the wind picks up, I'm switching!!


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Posted 31 August 2014 - 12:04 PM

Last weekend at Portsmouth I had the opportunity to fly Diamonds in our printed team sails and compare them with the Decs rev 1 and TFS ultra light sails with Diamonds. Some kites had two wrap or race. All kites felt great. Rev 1 gave great feedback. The TFS ultra lights were also very impressive and I loved our printed sails but I may be biased!
The Diamonds allowed flying in very tricky conditions with a wide variety of sails and set ups. The Diamond rods are certainly a very welcome addition to my kite bag. This winter we will be looking to see how they react to indoor flying. :)
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Posted 01 September 2014 - 05:06 AM

I have diamonds in my 1.5SUL and in ZERO wind (was outside but dead calm all the same) the response from the frame is great. Near instantaneous load and unload snap. I would describe it as punchy. I fly mostly off 30' but also 20' and it is very responsive. Diamonds are just pure fun in ultra low to zero conditions.

Just as a note, I have Magic Sticks and a French Bridle too.

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