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#95084 Global Rev Count.

Posted by tommylurvebus on 14 June 2014 - 11:25 PM

After being totally BLOWN AWAY with the way my standard sail B2 performed on 30" lines during our recent hols in Majorca, I thought it was high time I invested in a vented sail.      





#94484 Global Rev Count.

Posted by tommylurvebus on 19 February 2014 - 12:42 PM

Got a 

+3 (14) Factory custom black/grey fade set.......... But it was nearly by accident and I am going to sell a couple of sails!!!. Thanks BIG BRI . I think some of you may know this  former forum giant ........ 

#94278 Global Rev Count.

Posted by tommylurvebus on 19 January 2014 - 02:05 PM

Ok if we are coming clean with unreported booty! Rev Polo by Los Hermanos  full vented in black +1(11)

#94219 Diamonds, diamonds, diamonds, are a Rev fliers best friend......

Posted by tommylurvebus on 06 January 2014 - 12:38 PM

Snap was pretty central just on the line of the diamond decal. Looking on the bright side this could be the start of a FAB mix and match travel frame. And the wife spoke to our dealer Stephen  today he has been very very kind  .. BIG SHOUT for KITEWORLD UK. Great service.

#94207 Diamonds, diamonds, diamonds, are a Rev fliers best friend......

Posted by tommylurvebus on 05 January 2014 - 02:51 PM

Tested to destruction.     So its been windy in the Uk as I am sure Mr Morttram will attest to.

My birthday was the 30th of December (never get a party the day before new years eve). My lovely wife Jade had conspired with Kiteworld UK to get me a set of fine new diamond rods.

 Now you guys know how it is right. New kit calls to you. Just 10minutes!!!! Just a little fooling around at the edge of the window!!!! Just to get the feel!!! The wind was low enough around 4-6mph for 99% of the time. I love the feel of these rods lighter than 2wrap and BlackRR whilst still feeling alive. It took me seconds to realise that those practically no wind days are gener be so much more fun.  The other 1% of flying time however consisted of gusts "I recon" 14+   (I was flying full sail) I could have gotten away with this on my Green Race rods 

Unfortunately a gust got me. Hmmmm I have never popped a rod before they do make a crack don't they.

Yes I know I should know better! but give me a break it was my birthdayani_giveup.gif I am hoping that Ben will be happy to supply kiteworld with replacement rods along with full sets with their next order so I can replace the jewel. Promise not to be quite so reckless next time Ben. 

So now we know (As if we didn't before) 14 to 16mph  on full sail for diamond carbon is probably not the best Idea. Happy New Year all x

#93952 Bridle stretch

Posted by tommylurvebus on 02 November 2013 - 03:11 AM

Hey guys. Only just got chance to have a proper look at the XVent bridle and YES! I had an extra knot in my bottom left hand line attachment point (leg) coupled with a 5mm longer knot to knot measurement on the bottom right. Together these added up to just under half an inch of difference. Thanks again for the pointers. Now I know I will watch for this in the future. Sure beats trying to re equalise already equal lines.

#93947 Bridle stretch

Posted by tommylurvebus on 31 October 2013 - 10:36 PM

Thanks SS I  do keep a close eye on attachment points at end caps as you advise . Dragonfish Wow I would have never thought about the potential for un noticeable  bridle wraps and knots hiding in there. Thats brilliant.

. Now thinking back to all those  catch a (wet fish ani_weightlift.gif  ) flapping sail moments on extravent  days.. I will check this too.. Big thanks for your input everyone.

#93935 Bridle stretch

Posted by tommylurvebus on 30 October 2013 - 12:35 PM

Anyone ever experienced bridle stretch on their xtra vent.? I have a strange situation where lines seem equal when checked and fly true across several different sails,  but on my X Vent  seem slightly out (enough to have to  make an adjustment on bottom leader to fine tune). I have flown the X V in winds upto 30. I wonder if it is possible to get significant bridle stretch to notice a discrepancy, or is that impossible due to the short amount of bridle line involved.   Could this be a perceived effect  due to other factors.  Just thought I would put this out there before replacing the bridle.

#92439 Just for fun

Posted by tommylurvebus on 16 April 2013 - 12:28 PM

Hi folks.
Didn't really know if I should post this video as it is certainly "lets say" a little rough around the edges. Filmed on my phone its not slick and not a skills showcase. This video is just about having fun and showing movement of kite and fly-er. There has been so much excellent flying and filming in this section that I have enjoyed over the past few years I felt the need to make a contribution of some kind. I hope you will enjoy the spirit of this video. Coz thats what its all about.

#91838 Short Lines in Moderate winds for Tight Spaces

Posted by tommylurvebus on 01 March 2013 - 02:11 PM

13s for me across the wind and kite range. Its nice to be moving the handles around a bit as well as the kite.

#91679 Short Lines in Moderate winds for Tight Spaces

Posted by tommylurvebus on 15 February 2013 - 12:47 PM

I fly mostly on 50s . Easily my favorite line length.   I love the direct control  and lively response, with just enough range to be  free. I think flying on short lines improves your flying and makes you use your imagination as you piece together moves in a limited window . The discovery that short lines are great fun in higher winds too really reinvigorated my flying. And as others have said short lines open up so many new possible flying sites.  I think we all get a kinda thrill when attaching our lines on pastures new. 

#85623 Line give

Posted by tommylurvebus on 15 December 2011 - 12:31 PM

Hey folks. Big thanks for all your info, it has been helpful. Snags are a real pain and thats enough to steer me away from a 120ft line set. Some of your comments have made me wonder if I should invest in a lighter line set at all. But of course flying styles can be as different as their flyers personalities and some guy called John BarresiPosted Image thinks they may be worth a shot so I will be giving a set of 50# a try. Im thinking 50 or 60ft set now, less chance of tangle and may further enhance my connection with my kites. Radical! next thing ya know is I will be flying sleeveless without a bridle. Still cant quite get my head around the indoor scene though.
Cheers all xt

#82293 Endcap to shock cord placement

Posted by tommylurvebus on 26 July 2011 - 03:47 AM

Ok! Thanks for the replies everyone!

Maybe instead of rotating the endcap position every couple weeks, I'll reinforce the LE material where the endcaps sit with some tedlar. Just need a little patch.

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#77221 Sail protection

Posted by tommylurvebus on 24 January 2011 - 03:41 PM

Hey folks. I need some advise. Can you put dry lube onto Icarex safely. I have a can of Mclube Sail Coat. I bought it after reading a thread else where on this forum. I use Mclube to keep my lines slippy, to lube the dracon leading edge under sand caps and have used on my rods.
I only got my first Rev 6months ago. B series standard sail. I basically flew it to disintegration. The top panel beneath mesh has wear holes that are down to the "cloth" I wore holes in the leading edge and under the rods in several places. This was caused by many many sand flying hours, literally 200+ of hours of gaining experience, a poorly tuned sail and general lack of skills except in the crashing department. That sail is all fixed up and held together with teldar tape.
Anyhow when I bought my second Rev, I reinforced and applied dry lube sail kote to the leading edge I also applied the lube to the sail itself in the area where the sail contacts the vertical spars. It has worked well . All seems ok and after many hours of flying not a sign of wear, not even a mark. I have treated my full vent with the same product, which by the way has no Teflon or petroleum and is made for marine industry to lube,prevent wear, prevent mildew and waterproof rigging and sail cloth and just about everything.
So I got my fist Bazzer pro recently." Save it for best"I thought." Only fly it in good conditions, dry sunny summer evenings on soft lush thistle free grass with not a yappy hoping dog in miles" A few hours a week in the summer season" I thought. No chance. That kite wont stay in the bag. Im even taking a day out from work tomorrow to go out and fly it some more I am going fly this kite until one of drops.
Dont think wearing holes in the leading edge will be a problem as the pro has lovely slippy material reinforcements in all the right places but what about the sail itself. I certainly dont want teldar tape on my perfect new sail.
I am hoping there are some kite tech heads out there with an unhealthy interest in polycarbonate film coatings.
I know the stock B series sail is made of ripstop polyester which I assume has a polycarb coating. How do you know if this coating is worn away? Is it as with my standard sail that you can actually see the fabric with no shinny stuff covering it? How thick is the polycarb coat, is it only on the surface or is the fabric soaked in it? How easy is to damage?
Ok thats alot of questions. The main issue is that the pro is made from top quality Icarex which is different to the ordinary sails. But how different. Is it brand name only. Or do the 2 fabrics have different coatings.
Of course I can ask Bazzer but. A.... he may not be familiarized with Mc Lube and I know some of you guys are. And B. Poor bloke makes revs eats sleeps makes more revs and then repeats. He has had several PM s from me in the last few months and I dont want him to feel hassled. After all he is nearly British.
Thanks for reading x tommy

#76689 race rods green?

Posted by tommylurvebus on 05 January 2011 - 01:10 PM

Ahh so there is plenty of potential for sail damage. I will tread a little more carefully. Anyhow at last I got to get out with my new greens today. Good wind for inland SE UK. 11mph to 17mph according to my meter. First chance to use my full vent. The RR felt sound. I was surprised at how powered up the vented sail felt. I have managed my standard sail in winds like this before,although at the top end it felt inadvisable. The flex in these rods felt different to 3wrap. The rods really do feel strong (this is an instinctual feel thing rather than factual assessment) but I really need to get them in the mid vent to properly assess other benefits . At 17mph ish the kite was becoming to to fast to handle with any finesse, but I still felt confident in the frame. At this point though I changed up to 4wrap strong. First time with 4wrap too. I was glad to find I still had an animate kite with a more settled feel. I have seen videos of the SLE and have to say the sails look like they should have wide vehicle flags attached to the LE end caps. Indestructible but inanimate. So now I know or think I do, RR greens stronger than 3wrap. Glad I have them. I know they are going to be so sweet in the pro, Bazzer has kindly produced for me.
Oh and for those calorie counters among us. My greens weigh in at 16grams. 27grams central spar with ferrals....... Heavier then 2 Wrap, lighter than 3 wrap. Cheers all xtommyxPosted Image