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stroke survivor

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#93007 Happy Birthday TK

Posted by stroke survivor on 10 June 2013 - 08:31 AM

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#92991 Old Friend - FOUND!

Posted by stroke survivor on 09 June 2013 - 01:00 AM

I've been flying a bunch lately, mostly my "new" set of used Pros! But in my bag was this sleeve that hadn't been opened in quite a while!!


So one day when the winds were only so-so, I opened this sleeve and out came my old Rev 1! Now this kite came with a 4 wrap frame, 11" handles, and 150# lines! I used to fly it at festivals, but only if the winds were perfect for it! And this was many years ago!


Over the last few times out, I put the Rev 1 on my 90# lines with 13" handles  and the only light wind concession, was that I had put a Race frame in it! I'm remembering how much fun that kite is!! Yeah, I know, it's not the latest, greatest, thing out there! My Pros are proof of that!! But it did kindle the fire that burns in me today!! Oh, and did I mention how much fun that thing is? Not a light, no pull feeling on the lines, but a solid tug, even in light wind! Now I know why this size platform was picked to be the basis of the Zen!! Big, solid, and still responsive to the touch!!


I'm loving my old friend!!

#92960 Old Kite

Posted by stroke survivor on 07 June 2013 - 09:23 AM

Isn't Advantage aan early Rev spar?

Indoor Rev!

#92933 Which Rev? (1, 1.5, 2, or B)

Posted by stroke survivor on 05 June 2013 - 09:49 AM

I have had an SUL for several years now and use it in really light winds! With its lighter LE pocket, 2 wrap frame, spectra bridle, it weighs about as little as you can get away with and still hold up to gusts at times! With skill, you can get this to fly in very low wind conditions, but it doesn't fly itself, you need to have some practice on light winds to enjoy!!


You can put a stronger frame in it, but you also risk stretching the sail out! (My experience!)


It did make an affordable option for light winds over a Zen, but I'm saving my pennies for that one next!!

#92897 Broken vertical O-ring

Posted by stroke survivor on 02 June 2013 - 09:27 PM

Bought some faucet washers at Home Depot - 10 for a buck - and keep them in my kite bag! $0.10 fix!! Mario - keep a look out on those zip ties, they could rub your sail with the cut ends!

#92844 Quad-line virgin

Posted by stroke survivor on 28 May 2013 - 12:29 PM

Since you've already seen you need longer top leaders, remember the link to see what you're looking for! As Bob said, you're looking to make the kite neutral, drive wise! Might be more difficult to launch, but much easier to control flying!

#92829 Quad-line virgin

Posted by stroke survivor on 25 May 2013 - 08:10 AM

As Bob has said, the "push/pull" of dualies is not needed right now! You will use it later, but to a much subtler amount! We used to joke about giving noobs a pair of handcuffs to wear, as they learn to fly! Impossible to use that "push/pull" style!


Simple beginning exercises - take off 5' high, hover, land on both tips. Multiple times in a row! Got it? Go higher and do the same hover and landing routine. Practice til you can launch to the top of the window and back it down under control, landing on both tips, almost everytime! You start to feel the kite telling you what it needs to straighten out!!


Enjoy the lifelong ride!!

#92821 What's your favorite time to fly?

Posted by stroke survivor on 23 May 2013 - 08:30 PM

I had to think about this, since I fly at any time!! Nothing seems to feel as good as a inspired indoor session, as much as I like outdoor!! ani_idea.gif

#92813 Eliot Shook mesh weave info

Posted by stroke survivor on 23 May 2013 - 10:55 AM

But if I send you money, how will I be able to keep complaining about not getting the kite I want?!

You can send it to me, then you can keep complaining!! Just poorer!!

#92786 Global Rev Count.

Posted by stroke survivor on 21 May 2013 - 08:29 AM

Time for a revised count - 


SLE F/V (-1)

"B" std   (-1)

      m/v  (-1)

      f/v    (-1)


"B" pros

             std (+1)


             f/v  (+1)


net loss  (-1) 7


Also have 1- 100% Shook in my possession on a loan!!

#92778 Wildwood International Kite Festival 2013

Posted by stroke survivor on 20 May 2013 - 07:21 AM

Alden - get in that new workshop and start work on a good transporter!!! I'm pretty sure it would be extensively used, if available!!

#92777 Quad-line virgin

Posted by stroke survivor on 20 May 2013 - 07:14 AM

The SLE tubes are stiff, so stiff that they hardly flex and that's the problem! The sail is cut to allow for some flex and create that "ball" of power in the center! Much less control results!! The UL (3 wrap) spars you have, are plenty strong to learn on!! Just remember to Give to the kite if you're about to crash, don't pull!!

#92776 Eliot Shook mesh weave info

Posted by stroke survivor on 20 May 2013 - 07:00 AM

Thank you Eliot for putting up a pic!!! 


Rich - got to put up the 100% yesterday until it was xtra-vent time!! I had a ton of fun flying it! Another flier had his up and we were able to fly together!! YEEHAW!!


Again, thanks for a pic, didn't mean to stir up any trouble!!

#92755 Eliot Shook mesh weave info

Posted by stroke survivor on 17 May 2013 - 07:40 AM

Sorry to have caused such a mess in here!!! I was only hoping to get some simple comparisons of the 3 meshes,  to show the differences between %s!! No tech info, no exact measurements, just simple pix representing the kites, so we could see the differences first hand, in one place, that's all!


My apologies!!  ani_giveup.gif

#92726 which big Rev is better in light winds?

Posted by stroke survivor on 14 May 2013 - 09:29 PM

Or an xtra-vent!!


I use an SLE SUL on 50# x 50" lines most times the winds are light!