Just wanted to say I expected a higher quality of the REV kites. Let me explain my disappointment, before everyone here shoots me.
2 weeks ago, just before I went on holidays, I bouhgt me a REV SLE standard + ultra light LE (normal 3 wrap). And I have been flying it for like roughly 25 hours. Wherefrom easely 15 hours in a bit higher windrange (15-20 mph). So the maximum for this model.
Already after 5 hours in this windrange I had a hole in the leading edge fabric, just where the connection is whit the vertical spar. I guess this is a known problem cause I've seen the extra reinforcement fabric on that spot. But even so, It went trough. Now I have 2 holes at each vertical spar. The second hole comes from the plastic bottun that hold the bungee together.
At the end of my holidays I also saw the mesh fabric is already torn apart off the normal fabric, for over a lengt of 5 inches. (Already figured ot how to repair this, but stil.)
If the wind was lower (5-15 mph) I used the ultra light LE (normal 3 wrap LE). I could see and feel 15mph was the max for these rods. But looking at the website its allowed. After several hours flying I even have 1 side rod where you can feel a smal well in it. So the friction of the vertical connection cap onto the LE rod has "eaten" away some carbon fibre!
And last, my ultra light LE broke! But That was my own fault by over compensating a stronger windgust and smashing the ground to hard while practicing the inverted hover.
Am I angry? NO, not even close. Only a bit disappointed cause the REV kites shurly aint cheap.
All I can say after 2 weeks: "REV flying is sh*tload more fun as dual line flying I remember from years ago." Even if ya can't do all the special tricks.
I'm just surprised the materials wear so fast when you fligh at the max of the kite.
On higher winds I felt the kite pulling allot, sometimes I even lost my ballance by surpise. But now I know, when that happens you need another REV for higher winds or stronger rods.
Personally I think it can be safer, for beginners like me, to lower the max windranges on the website a bit to have a bigger saftey margin to avoid the reasons above.
Again, no hard feelings towards anyone!
Now I have to go save me some money for a B vented and some race rods to compensate in lower winds.
KristofMember Since 13 Sep 2012
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