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Best Answer Jeepster, 14 December 2013 - 11:55 AM

Marshall gave you good advice.  The only additional suggestion/modification is to find some Rev fliers before you buy your kite.  Even if you have to drive a ways, it'll be worth your time.

 

Rev fliers do love to share the virus knowledge.  You'll definitely get an opportunity to see what the more experienced folks are flying.  And, knowing Rev fliers - and the Brits in particular - you'll most likely get a chance to fly their kites.  Ask lots of questions and listen to their advice ... you'll end up with the best "local" answer.

 

Cheers and good luck,

Tom

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#1 ian-blackpool-uk

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Posted 14 December 2013 - 04:56 AM

Hi,

 

I'm looking to buy my first Rev (trading up from a dual line kite) but I cannot decide which one would be best.  I will be flying it on the coast of North West England which is quite windy (not to mention cold).  I would estimate I would be flying in winds over 15 mph?

 

I've read a lot of the other posts but as I will be new to quad line kites, I don't want to buy something which is too difficult to fly and to be honest, I don't really understand a lot of the terminology!  Also, as the price of the kites is high, having two is not an option.

 

Grateful for any help!

 

Ian 



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Posted 14 December 2013 - 05:39 AM

I'm sure others will chime in, but my two cents worth is the full vent. I'm relatively new and learning but contend more with light wind. I flew a mid vent in 10-12 and loved it. Last weekend I was out in 42 deg F with 15-16 mph winds steady. The full vent was perfect in that wind. Controllable, smooth a real pleasure to fly. I spent over two hours flying the same kite. It was great. My first kite was the full sail and when I had it up in strong winds it was over powered and hard to control. The full vent will be hard to keep up when the wind drops below about 12 mph, but if you get steady wind around 15 mph I would get the full vent.

I also recommend finding some fellow rev fliers to hang out with early on. I struggled until I went to the Carolina Kite Festival where I met several great people who seemed to fight over the chance to help me out. I finally "got" it and have been on a tear ever since. Also watch the JB videos on all the basics. Set up, lines, basic flying. They really help. I'll add one tip of my own. When you are done, make sure your lines are straight before disconnecting the kite. Even if you have to rotate it by hand to undo the twists, do it with the kite connected and some tension on the lines. My first flight was on 100' lines and simple things like snags, etc got me twirled many times. I thought I will untangle them at home and disconnected the lines. I'll never do that again. It took my son, his GF and I over 3 hours to untangle that mess.

This forum has many flyers from the UK. Meet up. If you have 15+ mph they will probably seek up out.

Marshall


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Posted 14 December 2013 - 11:55 AM   Best Answer

Marshall gave you good advice.  The only additional suggestion/modification is to find some Rev fliers before you buy your kite.  Even if you have to drive a ways, it'll be worth your time.

 

Rev fliers do love to share the virus knowledge.  You'll definitely get an opportunity to see what the more experienced folks are flying.  And, knowing Rev fliers - and the Brits in particular - you'll most likely get a chance to fly their kites.  Ask lots of questions and listen to their advice ... you'll end up with the best "local" answer.

 

Cheers and good luck,

Tom



#4 ian-blackpool-uk

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Posted 14 December 2013 - 10:22 PM

Thanks Guys,

 

I'll take your advice any find some Rev flyers to meet up with before splashing out in what could be an expensive mistake.  From what you say the time spent travelling will be well worth it (three hours can get me to most places Northern England!)

 

Thanks again,

 

Ian



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Posted 15 December 2013 - 10:06 AM

Good good advice!!!

 

Met up some very nice Rev fliers from 'up norf' when I was in the UK.

 

Yeah ...try before you buy but more importantly meeting up with others who've learnt it the hard way or who've years ago acted on the same words of wisdom ..who doesn't want to pick up a few pointers especially when starting out ...me I learnt the hard way, made all the mistakes, although not the rods on the front of the kite one smile.png

 

Sure you never know along with making kite friends, getting free advice ...you might be able to talk them into selling one of their 'beaters' to you.

 

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Posted 16 December 2013 - 06:02 AM

fully vented b-series sail with a diamond frame for the lower end of the wind range, together with a green race frame for those bigger winds

 

That should give you a huge wind range as well as being comfortable all day long at the beach



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Posted 16 December 2013 - 09:29 PM

We just happen to have a couple B-Series full vents on sale for our Christmas blowout.  They're only going to be around for a couple more days. :)

 

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Posted 14 April 2014 - 06:45 AM

I am new to the game, but yesterday i borrowed a full vented 1.5b rev with green race rods from another rev flier on the beach. The wind was around 13-15 mph, stable, and it was a joy to fly. My full sail kite would be broken with that wind conditions.

 

Got to find a full vented :)



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Posted 14 April 2014 - 08:23 AM

You'll find that those who fly regularly have at least 2 or 3 sails in their bags! To fly in most conditions, you would want at least a std and a vented! Many have a mid vent too! Each has a "sweet spot" of wind conditions that really brings out the best in each sail!! Think golfer here - would you go out to the course with only 1 or 2 clubs in your bag? Nope!! They aren't going to do that!! Same for most fliers, we want equipment that matches the days conditions!!


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