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In Topic: Line Equalisation

23 July 2014 - 08:47 PM

Top and bottom stretch out at different rates. Start with all 4 equal lengths, and compensate by shortening the upper ( or lengthening the lower) leaders' lengths if you find the upper lines have stretched a knot's distance worth. It also works very well to flip top and bottom, as mentioned above, if the lengths are noticeably different.


OTOH, top-left to to top-right should be within 1/4 inch or less. Likewise the two bottom lines measured to each other. Always.

In Topic: WSIKF 2014

23 July 2014 - 08:34 PM

All week, at least.

A week early if there will be opportunities to fly with other early arrivers.

You: Aug 1?  Wow.

In Topic: Pro Extra Vented in high wind vs B2 Vented

23 May 2014 - 07:44 PM

I have a B2 mid-vent, and generally fly it in winds a bit above a 1.5 full vent comfort zone. I have flown it in the same winds as an extra vent, and my impression was that the extra vent was sluggish and pulled more. BUT that was the first time I flew an extra-vent, and have since flown extra-vents in groups, and appreciate it much more.


B2 mid-vent, in my opinion, is much more responsive and much lighter pull than a 1.5.  OTOH, I agree that the 1.5 series is the best match for group/team flying. The B2 is great for developing reaction times, and for less strenuous high wind flying.


I have not flown a B2 full vent or standard, so can only extrapolate.


If you can afford a full set of 1.5s, and have enough cash left for some B2s, I believe you will enjoy solo flying with the B2s.

In Topic: EXP vs SLE vs B-series

13 February 2014 - 06:21 PM

For beginner, check the merchants and compare these choices:


1. EXP with handles and lines (lines should be Laser Pro), used to be a common starter package.

2. SLE standard PLUS handles PLUS lines. (Or may be packaged as RTF - Ready To Fly)

3. B standard PLUS handles PLUS lines (Or may be packaged as RTF - Ready To Fly), which should come with TWO sets of frames to handle a wider range of winds.


If in doubt, contact any or several of the excellent merchants that advertise on this forum or the KiteLife forum. Select option 1, 2, or 3 in that order depending on where your wallet  might start crying. They are all excellent for a beginner. But if you have not had prior experience, it might be better to start cheap. Many people do not have the opportunity or the drive to master the quad kite - and unfortunately drop out.


If it helps you decide, I am a non-athletic senior citizen (i.e. elderly couch potato), and have managed to reach a fairly comfortable advanced stage - certainly NOT a master. But that has taken several very enjoyable years to do so.

In Topic: Go Pro Camera Stake

07 February 2014 - 09:30 PM

Cool idea!


There is a $49 camera around (e.g. Grocery Outlet has some, so they may be close-outs) with few features but usable video quality, about the same size and shape as the Go Pros. Like-wise, Radio Shack had an "Action Camera" on sale for $49 for a few days - different shape. They all have mounting systems, but I don't know if they are compatible.


Any-hoo, the budget conscious might want to search for "Action Camera" on the web and eBay. It would be very interesting to know if the mounts are compatible. Cameras, still and video, unless they were very cheeep, used to have a standard tripod mounting socket.