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bbailey49

Member Since 23 Feb 2013
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#93615 Rev folded sizes

Posted by bbailey49 on 26 September 2013 - 03:59 PM

[quote name="REVflyer" post="93515" timestamp="1378812049"]Any kite can take a travel frame, you might have to dremel the spars and ferrule it up yourself.  Luckily for us, the Revolution factory recognizes (STILL!) the advantages of great customer service.  Their clients requested and they complied.  Call 'em and ask for what you want,.... many times you'll find you can have it or something close enough to suit your purposes! 
 
I've been doing this rev-thing for a couple of decades and the equipment, plus the available instructional guides are so much more advanced as time goes by.  The kites leap into the air with a stationary pilot now, instead of sluggishly moving as we ran around.  We used to have to make our own customs to get it to fly in my local conditions.  Honest to God, I could make a kite better than the factory when I first got into it!  (great builders in my club, National Champs even).  Today, if you are willing to invest appropriately, you can get a spectacular flying device right out of the shipping tube.
 
The EXP is a fine kite, many of us started there, my advice is different though.  I want you to eat ketchup sandwiches all summer and use those saved funds for the best rev models.  Those are Shook mesh and Bazzer crafted customs.  It's not that much more money!  It's worth the extra expense even if you can't feel it immediately upon receipt.
 
Why learn to drive a bus in the super-store parking lot when you could take a Ferrari out onto the test track instead? Either way you're going to crash learning, maybe even break something (not a spectator!)  The top end Revolution product is just as durable as the entry model.  Why not have it crafted in your choice of colors, frames and targeted towards your local wind conditions?  Eventually you will buy the best stuff and if you aren't hooked right away a top-end Rev has some immediate resale value.
 
The best investment is to go hang-out with other Rev pilots at every opportunity,.... for a couple of years!  Learn on OPK (other people's kites).  Experience different techniques and equipment.  Then, when you know exactly what you want (and have saved enough ketchup sandwich money!), you can pull the trigger on the kite of your dreams.  Regardless if you acquired a five designer masterpiece or a 2nd hand EXP, it will be your first REV and loved like a new child blessing the household.
 
If waiting for weeks is expected where you reside already, heck!, what's another couple more weeks to order direct?  Find somebody going to the USA that you know and trust.  Arrange for the factory to freight the order to the friend's hotel. You want a travel frame and they have "nothing to declare" for tariff snoops upon returning home.  It fits in the luggage easily!
 
 
 
 My sentiments exactly. Buy the best one you can afford. It will pay for itself eventually!


#93508 Help please.

Posted by bbailey49 on 09 September 2013 - 05:18 PM

Please allow me to share my personal observation/experience concerning Revs. Buy the best one you can afford. B-series at least (pros are better), full sail or mid vent cover a large wind range, get a Zen if your wind is predominantly light. It is worth the investment and if you get one of the "entry level" models...exp, sul, sle, you'll just end up getting the other ones also.


#93161 The Force Is Strong..

Posted by bbailey49 on 28 June 2013 - 05:20 PM

Just have fun. Enjoy the purity of sport powered by Mother Nature.


#92203 Global Rev Count.

Posted by bbailey49 on 24 March 2013 - 03:26 PM

All, I am in the process of developing a new Revolution Global Kite List that will capture the same information John has been compiling through this topic (i.e. number of kites between number of flyers), and also a breakdown of numbers of each model and an option for each flyer to have a link to a page that lists a categorical breakdown of their personal collection by Rev model. A few forum members are testing my processes to help me minimize issues once it goes live to the community. I am also working on gathering up the info from the 94 pages of this topic to keep from having to start the list completely from scratch on day one. Please give me a little patience. I hope to post the instructions for the new count in the next couple of weeks. Keep watching, I will post here and the quad heads topic on KiteLife. Good Winds, Barton


#92083 East Tennessee Spots?

Posted by bbailey49 on 16 March 2013 - 02:47 PM

With a westerly wind and no leaves on the trees, the field next to the oak ridge civic center is a decent spot. The first good day of flying that I've ever had without being at a beach. We'll see what it's like when the leaves come in, but for now...Yeehaw


#91851 Global Rev Count.

Posted by bbailey49 on 03 March 2013 - 08:05 AM

Hi guys... LOVE this topic, want to see it keep going...Bottom line though, between regular life, travel, work and my more than likely upcoming AKA duties, I really am too busy to keep up with the updates.Anyone up for taking over this responsibility?Send me a PM with any questions you might have. wink.gif


JB, if you still need help with this, I'd be willing