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Taihapemike

Member Since 30 Nov 2010
Offline Last Active Feb 16 2011 12:16 PM
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In Topic: Understanding lines and handles

16 February 2011 - 03:08 AM

After rereading your post I think I've answered the wrong question. You didn't want to improve the REV's low wind performance, (SORRY) rather seeking an explanation on why the foil flew differently on your REV handles. My bad!

The difference is less drag on the thinner lines, as well as your tuning on the leaders from the REV handles. A foil (or stack of REVs for that matter) would have much more forward drive as you wouldn't normally be backing up or intending to stuff the sail with maximum pressure always. Bleeding some of that pressure off of the bottom/trailing edge is normal flight tuning. The Rev handles probably has more "DOWN" in the tuning, so you're capturing more pressure, that's quite necessary in low wind conditions.

Shorter handles are smoother in transition between forward/reverse + they work better when used with a 2-handed effect technique (one handle starts the action ~ the other stops or partially restricts it). Long throw handles aren't smooth, they are about maximizing the flyer's input thru an extended action. They will reach further, so you don't have to! They allow for dramatic changes, that equates to twitchy for some or as I like to call it responsive. You can dump all the pressure with a quick flick, then snap it back to loaded sail again just as instantly.


Thanks so much- actually you first reply has also been of great help to me too!

But I think I've worked out what the biggest difference is... I think when I put the rev handles on I took better care of my flying style as I didn't know what to expect. Insted of my usual foil flying style of " how much drag can I get from this thing" I started to see how much control I could get. Now I can get it to fly with the heavy handles and lines but far prefer the rev set up ( also makes for quick kite changes when the wind drops )

If there is one thing I have learnt about revs it's that people are so keen to help other flyers- and thats the kinda people this world needs!
Cheers m

In Topic: Where do I buy spars from?

15 December 2010 - 04:21 AM

I've also been thinking... It costs the same to ship a vented rev 1 and some more spars so it would be wasting money to not get a new kite with my spar order ;)

And can anyone tell me where I find this forums search function if I'm viewing on a iPod touch?

In Topic: Where do I buy spars from?

09 December 2010 - 11:06 AM

Thank everyone
I've had no reply from the listed nz agent
I have a old rev 1 (t300 in yellow and pink!) I thought I would just get 2 complete sets of spars . One set tough/ one set light.
Would that be SLE and 3wrap?

M

In Topic: Rods on the front or back side?

06 December 2010 - 02:53 AM

Here is a giggle for you all... My 2nd hand t300 rev 1 arrived 4 days ago and on the instruction on the old owner I loaded vert spars upwind.
I've logged 8 hours so far and have been so impressed with what I've been able to do that I'm now trying to fathom what I will be able to do !

As a side note- I got my duel line delta out today and kept trying to curl back my pinky fingers to brake: )

In Topic: Solid rods

06 December 2010 - 12:12 AM

I have just inserted a piece of 6mm carbon tube into a 4 wrap I broke today ( I grabbed the LE in the wrong place in a high wind - my fault , not the spars...)
The wind is too good here at the moment to not make an effort to get in the air again tomorrow : )

Any one want to field bets on how long it will last? (1990 rev1 in 12 knots average)