OK - set aside the SLE tubes for now and use the ultra lights (3 wraps) to learn! The extra flex works for you! Just remember that if everything fails and you're gonna crash no matter what - Give to the Kite, step forward and take all the drive out of the kite! Let it crash, just gently!
Yes, make some new top leaders ASAP, hers's a link to see what you are shooting for - http://www.revkites....-your-thoughts/ ! They allow you to set up the kite in a more neutral fashion! You have the factory leaders on now! If you were to look at the handles offered with the "B" package, you'll notice that they have longer top leaders supplied! Most of us use even longer top leaders yet!
If you can go to a festival or meet with other fliers, that's highly recommended!!
Good rule of thumb - If you think you need a 4 wrap frame in a full sail, swap to some thing vented!! I rarely put anything over a race frame in my std, I find if I need more frame, then I switch to the mid instead and put as light a frame as I can get away with safely!
OK, you put my feet to the fire, so I'll suggest!!
1. - Make the extra frame pocket bigger! Most of us have several extra frames, but the pocket on the bag only holds 1-2 frames! A while back I got some parts from Rev and it was sent in a packing tube. I have put 3-4 frames in it and they sit in the largest kite sleeve with one kite. I also like the tube as it protects my extra frames. If the rod sleeve could accommodate at least that size tube, it would work for me!! As it is, that sleeve is pretty much useless for me to use!
2. - Buckles. I'd like to see the fasteners offset from the roll-up's edge! If you catch the material in the closure, then under weight, it will pop open unexpectedly! Moving the female ends of the buckles away from there,(maybe make that end of the strap a little longer), would easily eliminate the problem! I know a few folks that have used another strap to keep their bag closed if the buckle pops open while being carried! I try to make sure no bag material gets caught in the buckle to force it open!
3. - Maybe an option to get 2 straps. I talked with Watty once, and he used another strap on his bag to carry it like a backpack, instead of sideways over one shoulder! Carrying it backpack style leaves both hands free to use hauling other stuff, if need be! A bonus with that is that you can pull both straps around the bag and make a handle for short distance carrying! I'm currently using an extra strap from a bowling bag, clipped in to the same rings the Rev strap uses! It does work for me!
Sounds like a good plan! Get the std "B" with 2 frames (2+3, or race + 3), handles and lines, then as finances allow get a "kite-only" full vent with whatever frame you are missing (4)! No need to double up on handles, same frames, etc!!
Sorry being a "New" guy with bright ideas,I should just find that sand and stick my head in it.
Hey - no harm, no foul!! Several of us have tried many times to combat the sand issue, and these are the fixes we came up with!! Some use them, others just use force, but at least we gave it some thought and tried something!! You had an idea, no problem here!! But I'd hate to try to use that rod in the leading edge after you filled those ends with goo!
You got matched kites and can use similar frames -good! Brake settings are still an individual thing, so you don't "have" to use exactly what works for the other! Use what works for you!!
Simple follows are a good starting point! Take turns being the leader, eventually someone will emerge as better at it! But the follows do a couple of things - learning to keep a constant distance from the leader and good speed control! Start with a simple figure 8 pattern -both of you should have "clean lines" going left to right and a 1/2 twist going right to left!
Don't worry about messing up - we all do!! Takes about 5 minutes to untangle the lines and up you go again!! As your skills increase, make things more precise, then add difficulty!! All in all, you'll have a ball!!