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Posted by jburka on 04 August 2015 - 05:44 AM

Just wanted to hop in with a follow-up to Paul's posts from March. I've finally put sticks on the back of my zen (none of my 1.5s have 'em), a Flying Smiles french bridle on the front (with some minor tweaking by Paul) and a hybrid frame (2wrap center, race outers on the LE, Zen verticals).


My Zen was one of the first off the production line back in, what, 2010? It's never the first kite I pull out in light winds; I'd rather fly an SUL B2 and have fun on my own if there's not enough wind for team flying with 1.5's.


With the tweaks and tuning, Sunday was the most fun I'd ever had with a Zen. The kite tracked, turned, and stayed loaded in a way it never has before.

#95747 helium

Posted by jburka on 02 December 2014 - 09:07 AM

My indoor kite of choice is my outdoor kite of choice up to about 8-10mph: a B2 with race frame and no bridle. Can't recall ever breaking a stick, inside or out. While I'd certainly be curious to try a new sail from Revolution (and would probably buy one!), I already feel like I have the best single solution!



8631453005_32a4de0294_n.jpgJeff with a custom indoor revolution kite by alloyjared, on Flickr



#95429 Sunfest 2014

Posted by jburka on 15 September 2014 - 09:18 AM

Driving in Thursday night after work; we should be on the beach Friday through Sunday.

#93470 Global Rev Count.

Posted by jburka on 03 September 2013 - 06:56 AM

Hmm. Looks like the last time I remembered to post in here was late 2011, when I got my Shook 100%. Since then, I've added the masterpiece challenge Burkhardt, a Bazzer Dragons, a Dean Jordan masterpiece, and an xtra-vent. Which may or may not be all of the Revs I've gotten since 2011. But it's a start. Think that's +4 to 22.

#93145 Thanks for the Zen

Posted by jburka on 27 June 2013 - 05:51 AM

I flew that Zen in the mediocre conditions at the Smithsonian's Udvar-Hazy Center (a subruban annex of the Air and Space Museum)a couple of weeks ago and it was pretty spectacular.

Bazzer sewed the sail. We knew that...it's a Zen, after all.

Then it was sent to Elliot Shook, masterpiece series artist. He sewed the leading edge, using an old roll of mylar-backed fabric (ripstop? dacron? Honestly not sure. But it's shiny!) that LaMaster's provided.

Then the kite went to Rev, where it was finished.

Of course, the mods don't stop there.

Paul won't fly without magic sticks. So those are on the back.

And Paul likes to swap frames on his kites. This frame is a custom set of the Diamond sticks that Ben was offering a few weeks ago. Stiff, light, strong. And, of course, Paul isn't satisfied with a stock bridle. So there's a Rev 1 French bridle on there.

I don't want to know what Paul spent on this thing. Hell, I don't want to know what he spent shipping it across the country three times! I doubt that it would even be possible for another person to get a matching kite (got your own roll of that bizarre LE sleeve material? Does Ben have any more of the graphite he was using to make that limited run of sticks?)

I just know that I like it. A LOT.

#92810 Eliot Shook mesh weave info

Posted by jburka on 23 May 2013 - 09:19 AM

That's fine - you know where I live - send me all the money you want!!!

But if I send you money, how will I be able to keep complaining about not getting the kite I want?!

#92397 Berck sur Mer 2013

Posted by jburka on 11 April 2013 - 05:44 AM

3 more hours of work before I start heading to the airport. Kind of excruciating! Really hoping my scale is correct when it claims my bags are at 49 pounds each... See y'all tomorrow.

#92315 Rev Indoor - Outdoors

Posted by jburka on 03 April 2013 - 09:26 AM

More input with your feet or more input with your hands?
(or both)
I'd say neither -- for me, it's all about the arms. Much like the way iQuad style of flying, it's all about maintaining sail loading; as long as the sail is loaded, you'll have instant forward available when you need it, and you can get that just by rowing your arms.

How much you move your feet is dictated just by what you want to do. If I want to stand in one spot, it's possible to keep things going just by doing an up and over and then allowing the kite to float back around the circle to the "downwind" spot where I initiated the up and over.
It also wanted to keep up to momentum in order to fly, didn't feel like it liked to do slow floaty stuff at all.
This is where the 17" handles are useful. the II can get basically flat to the ground and do a beautiful float if you have the handle throw to let it.

To keep things light (even lighter than the Rev snag-free 17" handles), I use a set of old 11" handles in which the below-the-bend section has been doubled in length by inserting a piece of Easton AC .330 (aluminum tube wrapped in carbon). Very light, very strong. You just need to learn not to smack yourself too often in the thigh with the extra length!

If anyone following this thread will be there, I'll have my IIs with me in Berck starting next week...

#92290 Rev Indoor - Outdoors

Posted by jburka on 02 April 2013 - 07:19 AM

The bulk of my low wind flying (indoor and calm outdoor) is currently done with a bridleless race-framed B2 on 10 to 25 foot lines.While the kite flies beautifully indoors (thought it definitely takes more input and finesse than an Indoor), it's more than strong enough to handle winds up to 10+, so I never worry about fragility issues.


All of that said, I have flown my Indoor outside...but I couldn't guess at a safe wind range (it'll depend somewhat on your flying skills anyway). The line length you choose will depend on how you want to work with the kite and whether or not there's actually any wind.  Shorter lines test your reflexes, but the kite will feel more responsive. Longer lines can allow for more grace, particularly downwind, but will require a lot more work/skill if you're working at the back of the window.


B2 indoor:




Same kite, outside:






#91173 Revolution 25th Anniversary - 100 strong at WSIKF! (Aug 19-24, 2013)

Posted by jburka on 20 December 2012 - 08:29 AM

Hooray!  I'm finally going to make it to WSIKF!


I can't make the whole week, but I'll be arriving in Long Beach sometime on Wednesday and staying through most of Saturday...need to fly home on Sunday morning! Hopefully that'll be enough for the mega fly.

#90079 Eliot Shook mesh weave info

Posted by jburka on 17 September 2012 - 12:44 PM

They do fly sweet!!

And they don't suck to look at either!

#64882 new sticks for the 1.5 Rev?

Posted by jburka on 14 January 2010 - 06:20 PM

I just saw the set at the kiteshoppe. $110 :confused!: :confused!: :confused!: :confused!: That seems to me a bit overpriced. Are they really worth it?

That's roughly the same price as a full 1.5 Race set...