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Revolution quality?

08 May 2007 - 11:32 AM

I've been flying revolution kites since they came to the kite scene and have some with many many many hours on them. And while they do last the test of time and abuse I ask myself why haven't they updated their build techniques to fine tune the finished product?

-Unfinished ends of the leading edge Dacron along with many of the Dacron reinforcements where you will often see fraying.
This is more of an eye sore and pet peave of mine when building my own kites. It could be fixed by a 1/4" hem before sewing. They wouldn't even have to be sewn just a little seam tape so they won't catch as you take the spars in and out of the sleeve.

-Knots
Bridle and flying line hang up on them while flying tricks and recovering from dead position on the ground. This I fix with an "after-market" end cap called the "Pekr fitting" where the knots are actually inside the cap out of the way from flying lines and bridles. Simple yet elegant solution that Revolution could incorporate for the comp. fliers to prevent tangles while flying a routine.

-Spar finish
A fresh sail is a beautiful thing and many people are delicate in how they store their kites. Even with that in mind landing the kites will cause the down spars to slide across the sail and wear off the finish from the sail. Another simple solution would be sanding the finish of the down tubes so there aren't any ridges left from processing. Or adding another heavy coat of epoxy resin to give them a soft finish.

Over all I'm happy with revolution kites for designing and offering some really fun kites. I just wish they could be built with a little more attention to details.

Non standard Bridles

01 May 2007 - 06:48 AM

I found these on a foreign site and thought they looked interesting. Anyone want to give them a try?

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They look interesting.

A single rev for every occasion?

20 April 2007 - 05:30 AM

I am planning on picking up a Vented B-series with an additional 2 wrap frame set because of our Midwest lumpy winds. My thoughts were to sew a strip of Velcro around the perimeter of the vented areas and make panels to cover the vents for lighter winds. Although this probably wouldn't work for flying indoors I'd imagine it could fly down to a respectable 1-2 with the right technique.

Any thoughts?
Could Revolution do something like this for me on a custom sail?