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stroke survivor

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#95991 SUL as my first Rev?

Posted by stroke survivor on 02 February 2015 - 05:59 PM

The "B" is more than suitable for you. Any differences are pretty minor between them. As for the "bits", you could make longer leaders (most do) or make add ons for what you have. Yes the "B" comes with leaders, but again, most of us make longer ones. Sharpies can be used to create your own personal color code for the lines. Tops, bottoms, lefts, or rights, whatever you decide on. keeps your set up straight. I can speak to the no-snag mod - works wonderfully. But 2 things - don't bugger up the caps as you remove the rings, and watch for the NASTY BURR under the vinyl cap.


Oh, if the kite comes with 2+3 wrap frames - all good. Learn on the 3 wrap and try the 2 wrap in lower winds!


Best of luck!

#95970 Disabled Flyers

Posted by stroke survivor on 30 January 2015 - 06:22 PM

Would like to see the answers to those questions asked. I've relearned to fly after having a stroke. Fortunately no muscle problems - some with balance, some with vision. The amount of movement is the important thing, Revs are controlled more by swiveling your hands, than the push/pull of 2 line kites.


Hope you can overcome the physical, the mental side can provide so much. The sense of accomplishment from learning this can change your outlook on life in general. For me, it has given me a confidence I lacked after my stroke.


If you've talked to JB, you might ask him about me! 

#95962 SUL as my first Rev?

Posted by stroke survivor on 29 January 2015 - 11:16 AM

Get through the growing pains and it becomes a life long chase to perfect your technique!!


As you learn - remember - Give to the kite. If in a crash, there is no avoiding it, step forward, throw your hands out, lessen the impact! Pulling just drives the kite into Mother Earth harder and risks damage! GIVE! ani_idea.gif

#95831 SUL as my first Rev?

Posted by stroke survivor on 22 December 2014 - 06:36 PM

If you are only 30-40 minutes away from the beach - I say make the trip!!! Get an SLE or "B" full sail and save for a full vent, and you have most wind conditions covered. 


Get a "B" with 2 frames and then get a full vent with whatever frame was missing from the original package. That way you end up with 3 frames and 2 sails, ready to take on just about anything!!

#95803 Ben's Farewell

Posted by stroke survivor on 16 December 2014 - 09:30 AM

You will be sorely missed by many!! Hope that where ever your path takes you, that everything will always work out!!


Rev On!!

#95794 Polo Revs

Posted by stroke survivor on 15 December 2014 - 10:29 AM

Pretty much all the advances in design come with the normal "B". The biggest being those vertical panels. They help focus wind to the center of the sail for better loading, IMHO! "B"s also  have that slightly curved leading edge, instead of that straight style on EXPs or SLEs. Changes the sail shape and makes those vertical panels work in the design. 


Plus if you do like a color combo, you can  get all 3 sail models in the one style color combo!!

#95774 Rev Indoor Tuning and Mods (Article)

Posted by stroke survivor on 11 December 2014 - 10:09 PM

Here's a follow up thought on these mods:


If you tighten up the LE bunjiis, I suggest checking the holes for stretching or elongation. If you notice some, here's an idea.

Using some insignia tape (same stuff Bazzer uses for wear strips) you can make some reinforcing patches to stop the wear. Cut a small piece big enough to cover both holes on one side. Use a sharp pointy thing (I use an ice pick) to locate the holes on that piece, then cut a second piece for that side. Use the sharp pointy to go though both pieces.

PS: if you holes have already grown, make sure to put the new holes back in the original place, back some from the ends.

Replace caps and bunjiis and fly.


Logic - the lower hole will stop growing as it hits the hem on the panel, but the upper hole is in the LE pocket and with nothing to stop it, can eventually tear right out. The patches will extend the life of your Indoor sail. Case in point - I did this on my old R/W/B sail, near 10 years old, and got many more years out of it. And it's still flyable today, even with the several years of abuse I've done!

Any questions - I'll be glad and try to answer.

#95773 Global Rev Count.

Posted by stroke survivor on 11 December 2014 - 09:25 PM

Stroke survivor (+1) 10 - new PRO std to replace the worn out one in my bag!

#95770 Bungee to Sail & Endcap Mods

Posted by stroke survivor on 10 December 2014 - 07:04 PM

Not even going to go there!!!  ani_giveup.gif

#95756 New String-Art (Spirograph) Revolutions - November 2014

Posted by stroke survivor on 05 December 2014 - 09:51 AM

Where is a winning lottery ticket when you want it?? Those would make such nice team kites! Damn they're pretty!!


Purple, red, blue (can you guess who), and orange - what a sight!!

#95734 Global Rev Count.

Posted by stroke survivor on 01 December 2014 - 11:25 AM

stroke survivor (+1) 9 - Indoor gifted to me!!  To whoever are - Thank You!!

#95732 helium

Posted by stroke survivor on 01 December 2014 - 10:26 AM

Got to agree with Paul on one of his points - not enough are willing to play with a Zen long enough to realize it's potential! Just because it feels "different" is no reason to discard or disregard it!! I understand the issue - not enough have even flown a Rev 1 to feel the distinct "difference" the big wings have over the smaller 1.5 size! MHO!!

#95682 Indoor Rev

Posted by stroke survivor on 16 November 2014 - 09:27 AM

Actually close!! Dark blue stripes and just a bit lighter for the middle panels!! ani_idea.gif

#95631 Quad sticks

Posted by stroke survivor on 28 October 2014 - 09:53 AM

Decided to try some on the Zen - still in testing mode! Weather has drove me indoors, so not much airtime outdoors to give you any real idea of like/dislike! Does seem like the frame stays stiffer with them, but I also use a hybrid frame with mine! 


Anyway - jury still out!!!

#95567 B-Serie with green race frame

Posted by stroke survivor on 20 October 2014 - 08:43 AM

That's the problem for fliers - there isn't a hard copy on what rod to use when! It really is a "feel" thing! Leads to experiment and finding your own preferences! What I like may be terrible to you, what you like may be nothing like what Paul uses (REVflyer)! Partly why so many styles of rod are offered - to find that unique combo of equipment that fits your style and flying "feel"!


Don't be afraid to try any rod, at any time, in any sail - unless just totally inappropriate for the conditions, That way you might find something that works for you!!



PS: I've used black race rods in my midvent at close to 15 mph, they are plenty strong enough! Just watch your LE for excessive bend, that's your real indicator of needing to change frames or sails!!