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DonaldLL

Member Since 06 May 2009
Offline Last Active May 23 2010 10:01 PM
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Using the Search function

16 April 2010 - 04:13 PM

I wanted to search for any post(s) with the term "long lines". I have tried using quotes; I have also tried using AND but doesn't seem to work. Is it possible to search for an exact phrase?

Making you own line sets

13 April 2010 - 09:31 PM

I was thinking about learning how to make my own line sets. what do I need to buy and where? I see places to buy line but what about sleeves? Do I need anything else?

Thanks

Rev #2 arrived!!!

09 April 2010 - 10:33 PM

The Rev kite arrived the a week ago the day I left town so it sat in the box until I got back today (Friday). I felt like a little kid.... man that was a long week. My mid vent B series came with 2 sets of rods... a Professional Use Only set and an Ultralight set; I also ordered a set of Race rods. Actually, I thought the mid vent would come with the Ultralight and the Revolution Equipped but no matter; I will buy the 4 wrap set anyway just to have more options.

Well I left my meter home so I don't know for sure but there wasn't much wind. I'd say 5 mph with some occasional 8 mph bumps but mostly 5 mph and sometimes less; again I am no expert at estimating wind but I wasn't very much. I have only flown a 1.5 SLE and I knew I'd have had difficulty flying my stock 1.5 SLE in today's wind. I wasn't feeling very good about the conditions but I have a new kite! I gotta give it a go.

I didn't want to use the 2 wraps because I had no idea what to expect maybe I'd break 'em; I am an experienced beginner at best; I thought the 3 wraps might be too heavy but what do I know? I swapped out the 3 wraps and installed the Race rods... I don't know, something about the light like 2 wrap strong like 3 wrap seemd like the best idea to me.

Well let me tell you... this kite.... it was like buttah. My first surprise; there was enough wind! Sometimes I had to work at it but then just when I'd struggle a bit, along came a puff and off it would go. When the wind did pick up and get a little bumpy, as it does so often where I fly, I could tell the vents smoothed it out. The flex of the Race rods... that's a completely different feel than the SLE. I know I need to get the feel or find my touch but the 1.5 Barresi with the Race rods made me realize what 'touch' is. I guess when you're new at this, you don't know what you don't know but this kite now gave me a perspective that I didn't have before. There were moments when the Rev would just sit and hover almost as if it were a mind meld rather than handle and line connection. It was amazing. I must have hit a sweet spot a couple of times and for just a few moments it seemed to defy gravity.

I flew for over 2 hours.... until sunset. I was soooo relaxed, I was soooo in tune and focused with trying to "feel" the input from the kite that when I got in the car to drive away I drove for about a mile at less than the speed limit of 20 mph; as I began to snap out of my trance, I noticed I was 'feeling' the accelerator thru my shoe. I was driving my car with touch!!!

I can't really say much more. I am kind of at a loss. For most of you reading this, I know YOU know. For others like me (yesterday) who have only experienced your first Rev... just wait until you try the second one!

Line sets - how many?

30 March 2010 - 08:40 PM

Hello Everybody,

I was curious what the more experienced flyers do regarding line sets. Me? I am a 'good beginner'. Having purchased 6 kites over the last 2 yrs (4 foils 2 Revs) I have so far just mindlessly bought whatever lines came with the kite. I buy a kite and I buy the lines. I have 6 kites and 6 sets of lines. Now I know that you have the option to buy the Revs as kite only. So I started wondering... under what circumstances might I want to buy a kite only? This has really led me to ask a few questions which I think are basically all asking the same thing.

Do you have more (or fewer) line sets than kites in your bag?
Do you have various line sets that you mix and match with your kite(s) depending on wind conditions or line length desired on a particular day?
For a given kite do you use different set of lines?

Thanks in advance to all who take the time to answer the questions of a Rev neophyte like myself. The flight of the kite alone is just amazing to me but as you dig a little deeeper I find the subtle details add to the beauty of flight.

Any festivals in Florida?

30 March 2010 - 08:10 PM

Hello,

I have seached around the forum and don't see any festivals in or around South Florida. For some strange reason I don't see many kite flyers of any kind in South Florida. As so many suggest, I'd really like to spend some time with some experts and learn a thing or two. I'd really enjoy trying out some different Rev also. Can anyone tell me of a festival that I can get to in a day's drive (+/-500 miles) from Miami? Does such a festival exist... looking for Revs that is.

Thanks