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stroke survivor

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#94161 What's your favourite Zen set up?

Posted by stroke survivor on 29 December 2013 - 12:37 PM

Not in the heavy line camp, I'll use a 50' x 50# set most times, with 13" handles! I find the longer handles too "twitchy" for me, unless it's almost windless! The Zen's size will also show any flaws in your technique, smooth out and slow down!! And I find that the 50# will work in light winds OK, if it's too much for it, then it's probably too much for the Zen too - switch sails!! I will agree that the size of the Zen makes it load so much different from a 1.5 and also affects turning radius! One of the things that carried over from indoor flying, for me, was what I call the "wait for it moment"!! Give it time to complete a move before you give it more commands!! Too much control, too fast, and the kite just ends up confused and falls out!! Slow it down, take your time, breathe!!!


I also use a very hybrid frame setup - 2 wrap center / race ends LE and Zen verticals! I like the stiffer feel of the odd LE over the very flexible Zen rods!! Plus this frame setup is a bit heavier and helps initiates turns better - IMHO!! I would very much like to try the green race in it, I have some for my 1.5s, they are super strong and flex easily! Would like to see if I like the way they "unload" for a turn or stop! But again, just a bit heavier yet! I don't mind the weight, after all, technique is more valuable than saving a few grams of overall weight!! My opinion - yours may vary!!!

#94149 Quad sticks

Posted by stroke survivor on 25 December 2013 - 08:07 PM

Your comments on not clicking with the Zen right away, are common! Not everyone feels right with that big wing and its flight style!! If you haven't flown them or a Rev I size before, it may take a bit to get used to the feel of it!! Like the mods - give it a good chance to sink in before an opinion is formed!! 


As for the mods, you have it 100% - it fits the way you fly!! Every one has a certain feel they are seeking, the only way to find it is to try it!!ani_idea.gif

#94086 Loose ferrule?

Posted by stroke survivor on 10 December 2013 - 11:14 AM

While not perfect, that shouldn't be a huge problem being a little off like that!! But make sure that rod fits up tight to the wing spar, even gently filing or sanding any glue sticking out of the joint! I lost an Indoor rod from a small glue trail left on my center spar ferrule once! The trail made a small high point that caused the wing spar to break! Just make sure the rods "seat" tightly together at the joint!

#93940 Bridle stretch

Posted by stroke survivor on 31 October 2013 - 08:27 AM

dragonfish has a point!! When setting up, make sure all the bridle points come off "clean"! While you're at it, make sure you haven't got a tangle or wrap coming off the endcaps either!! Both wrapped endcaps or wrapped attachment points will make your bridle act strange!! I have a pattern to my setup that never changes, making sure the bridle attachment points at the caps are the same and my line legs are "clean" from the bridle rigging!! 


There are times I'll take the bridle loose from the caps, assemble the kite, and attach the bridle so each leg pulls from the same direction, ie - inside pull for bottoms, outside pull for tops, low pull for outsides!! Assembling the kite without the bridle lets the caps show you their orientation, then you can put the bridle on so that each side mirrors the other!! 


Eliminates 1 variable in your setup!!!ani_idea.gif

#93930 It's Here!

Posted by stroke survivor on 29 October 2013 - 09:03 AM

Got it!!! I was just trying to understand the swapping thing - flying one handed certainly has it's own challenges, don't need anymore like lines being off!! 


PS: I'm just glad to fly at all, if you get what I mean!!! 

#93925 It's Here!

Posted by stroke survivor on 28 October 2013 - 11:28 PM

One way to at least limit it from happening so much, is to be a bit "softer" with your inputs on the handles! You'll hear it called "over-controlling" by most! New fliers tend to use big movements for controlling the kite, as you fly more you understand that "less can be more"! You'll refine your movements to what you need and learn a lot is unnecessary!!

#93916 It's Here!

Posted by stroke survivor on 27 October 2013 - 09:57 PM

You've got the right idea on the "up and down" move! Launch, balance, land on both tips! Get comfy? Try it higher and higher, keeping the kite balanced and able to land on both tips!! Good starting place! 


Having equal lines is very important!! Otherwise the kite tries to steer itself, not you giving commands to obey!!

#93914 It's Here!

Posted by stroke survivor on 27 October 2013 - 09:47 PM

Death spin left? Did you take a moment to check for equal lines? Yep, even new lines can be off, you need to check them and adjust if needed!

#93866 New Member PMs

Posted by stroke survivor on 25 October 2013 - 08:38 AM


#93835 New Member PMs

Posted by stroke survivor on 22 October 2013 - 12:24 PM

Worth a try anyway! If not, I'm sure this will get some one's attention and a fix will be found! 

#93792 Who fly's near columbia SC , or Charleston ?

Posted by stroke survivor on 13 October 2013 - 07:02 PM

You might check the member map, both here and on Kitelife, for anybody local!

#93579 Some help to set up a "Ready to Fly" EXP

Posted by stroke survivor on 21 September 2013 - 07:23 PM

Take a deep breath - OK!! 


Yes the lines should be equal, but many aren't! Take a bit of time to make them that way! Unequal lines make the kite do unexpected things (fly itself), you don't want that!


Pick a combo that you can remember and hook up your handles and kite, the same way! Most use the white and white/red as tops, black and black/red as bottoms, but as long as you use a combo of your choice, and do it at both ends, it doesn't matter!


Biggest piece of advise - GIVE TO THE KITE!! If you are gonna crash - let it!! Move forward, take all the power out of the crash!! Pulling only drives the kite harder into the ground!


Start easy - launch the kite 5-6' into the air, stop and hold balance, then land on both tips! Give it a few tries, then go higher! Should be able to "feel" what the kite needs to keep it even!


You're just starting a lifelong journey, enjoy!

#93528 Montana, Big Sky Country.

Posted by stroke survivor on 12 September 2013 - 07:46 AM

Look for a bright blue hat and goggles - that be me!!!ani_yahoo.gif

#93460 Inverted hover?

Posted by stroke survivor on 01 September 2013 - 09:18 AM

If you find that you're not using the last couple of inside knots, untie them and make your leaders a bit longer!!ani_idea.gif

#93450 Eliot Shook mesh weave info

Posted by stroke survivor on 31 August 2013 - 08:30 PM

OH, I step in it alright!! Right into a 40% mesh to try! NICE!!


Thanks Rich for loaning me the 100% and now the 40%!!