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Bit disappointed in REV quality

29 September 2012 - 06:46 AM

Just wanted to say I expected a higher quality of the REV kites. Let me explain my disappointment, before everyone here shoots me. Posted Image

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. Posted Image So the friction of the vertical connection cap onto the LE rod has "eaten" away some carbon fibre! Posted Image

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. Posted Image

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." Posted Image 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. Posted Image

New in REV's

14 September 2012 - 01:00 AM

Hallo everyone!

I'm Kristof, living in Belgium and have my REV SLE for 2 days now. Posted Image

I flew yesterday for the first time and have to admit its way harder then I expected it to be. I used to fly 2 lines when I was a kid. But 4 lines is a way different story. I could get the kite in the air after a few attempts, but after a turn or 3 I mostly hit the ground again, no matter what I did the kite seemed to have his own will. Posted Image
It's gonna be my fault offfcourse, I just dont do it by intention.

I do have a few questions.

My left top/ bottom line are the same lenght as the right ones. But must the lines top/ bottom be the same lenght on the same handle as well? Cause now I saw, when I lifted the kite up (LE top) my bottom lines came above my toplines when rotating the handels tumbs back.

Now a way bigger problem, how to repair a smal torn in the sail (1"1/2)? The kite fel flat on his belly in the wet sand. It probably torn on a seashell when I pulled the lines to get it back up. Posted Image Lesson learned: when flat, stake the handles and walk to the kite.
Do I just tape it, or can I carefully stitch it?