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Andy S.

Member Since 04 Sep 2010
Offline Last Active Apr 12 2012 08:23 AM
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In Topic: Blast Handles

12 April 2012 - 08:12 AM

Cheers for the reply.....Do you fly static or do you also use a buggy or landboard?

I'm interested in the 2-4 & 4-8 Blast kites as potential buggy engines for a friend of mine who has had some 'issues' with the lift of the gruntier powerkites. My concern is that if you can't harness the kite you are going to be limited in the duration of your runs and also that you won't maximise the potential of the kite (as your arms will be acting as shock-absorbers). As I mentioned above, the REV pilot in the video appears (to me) to be using powerkite handles, have you tried this? How does it affect the handling of the kite? Presumably if the kite flies well on powerkite handles, a strop and roller might be useable after all?

Sorry for the grilling, I'm just trying to get this all straight in my head so I can recommend a sensible alternative to my friend.

All the best
Andy S.
PS - I'm guessing the wind was around 15mph in the video? We don't have enough palm trees around here for me to be a good judge of their bendyness! ;)

In Topic: Blast Handles

12 April 2012 - 07:43 AM

Quiet in here innit?

I keep on hearing about the amazing power of the Blast series, but I've still not seen much actual evidience of it....I've found only one video of a Blast hauling a buggy and nothing in that video suggests that the kite (a Blast 2-4) is any more powerful than my 3m Blade III, certainly my 4.9m would have been dragging the buggy downwind in the same conditions and as for my 6.6m.....

[url="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w1yOBXyyL5Y"]http://www.youtube.c...h?v=w1yOBXyyL5Y[/url]

Nor have I seen many comments from keen Blast users explaining how they actually harness all this wonderful power.....In the video Joe Hadzicki appears to be using powerkite handles with no strop.....Presumably therefore the Blast handles themselves are not suitable for use in traction sports?

Based on what I've seen so far I would be extremely reluctant to trade in my fixed bridle foils for a Blast in the expectation of power.

So, come on Power-REVvers.....Convince me that I'm wrong! Believe me I'm more than open to persuasion; I was once adamantly against both Arcs and landboarding, but after being shown the way by experienced users I now own one of each and wouldn't be without either. Indeed I'm already partly converted to REVs, as I have come to believe that static flying powerkites is pretty pointless once you own a REV, but I'm still going to need some convincing that flying a REV for traction is worthwhile when you own a quiver of powerkites (or one good depower).

All the best
Andy S.

In Topic: Latest New guy

12 April 2012 - 07:30 AM

I'm a powerkiter hoping to get a straight answer about Blast kites, so far the silence has been deafening.....Any chance of some back to back comparisons with powerkites of various sizes?

All the best
Andy S.

In Topic: Well, it's finally happened.....

11 April 2012 - 02:17 PM

Weather's been barmy lately.....Had to pack away sharpish today when what had been a lovely sunny day with a steady(ish) 8-10mph suddenly turned into thunderheads, hailstones and REVbending gusts of 20mph+!

In Topic: UK Flight Sites

10 April 2012 - 05:37 PM

Do you ever get to Aberavon (sounds like a song)?

Haven't had the REV out there yet, but my faceprint can often be found on the beach! :kid_smartass: