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#96638 Short line flying

Posted by Dayhiker on 01 October 2015 - 04:03 PM

I flew on 90# x 80' lines exclusively for quite some time.  They were the only set I used for my 1.5 SLE & my Rev 1 Sedgwick.  I tend to go with the "standard set up" on many things before I venture onward.  I did have a heavier set for my Power Blast 2-4 that I had purchased before I even was able to fly the SLE.  I did not fly the PB for some time as I was a bit inhibited by the big kite.  Despite all the disdain shown for the SLE leading edge I flew the heavy rod for months before trying the three wrap leading edge.  Finally I was getting ready to head for the beach & one of my mentors was cautioning me about flying in the summer crowds.  He suggested that I might want a short 30' line set to enable me to fly in a smaller uncrowded area like up next to the dunes.  Had a spare dualie set of 90# x 65's so I turned a dual set into a quad set of 30's.  I had already learned about some issues with 50# lines, snagging damage.  The 90# lines did not snag so badly on the hay field weeds.  So I arrived at the hot crowded summer beach & flew the thirties for the first time.  Love'd em!  Small window, fast action. direct connection feel & the kite was much closer.  I could see the inputs on the lower tips of the sail clearly.  They also aided my learning as I had to concentrate at an even higher level.  Later at home, I took the line set to town & did my first Rev urban flying.  Flew in the office front yard & had terrific fun landing on the porch roof & atop the neighbor paint store's sign.  Great stuff.  Power kite lines?  I use some lines from a 7 meter fixed bridle foil on my Power Blast 4-8.  It needs them....   SHBKF

#96477 Global Rev Count.

Posted by Dayhiker on 05 July 2015 - 02:14 PM

Acquired a 1997 vintage Revolution 1.5 that will be the middle kite of my now three stack.


A bit later received a 1995 Revolution 1, a curved logo Revolution Sport Wing.


Dayhiker +2 (18)


(This is really getting out of hand it seems.)



#96433 60 quad line rev lookalike vs a Rev 1.5

Posted by Dayhiker on 23 May 2015 - 03:19 AM

I wish I could come to Dunstable Downs myself.  Reading the forum & hearing the invitations extended over the last few years makes me realize it must be one of those special places in kiting.  But just as much it's the people & their connection to each other through the sky.  Perhaps one day I'll show up with my kite bag & we'll give em all a go.


Just out here in the sticks, SHBKF

#96361 First kite

Posted by Dayhiker on 21 April 2015 - 06:49 AM

After flying many Revs & expanding my collection all the way to the Power Blast 4-8 I can say with some conviction that I am very glad I started with the 1.5 SLE with 13" handles & 90# x 80' lines.  If you want to see my progression of Revs look at the Global Rev count post 2064.  That has most of them listed but will be updated when the B2 & Supersonic vented arrive shortly.  You'll notice that my second Rev was a Power Blast 2-4.  Flew the 1.5 SLE for some time before I had enough nerve to fly the larger sail.  

#96231 Power Blast 2-4?

Posted by Dayhiker on 06 March 2015 - 03:06 AM

I actually selected the Power Blast 2-4 as my second Rev thinking that it would have desirable light wind capabilities in addition to it's obvious traits. It does well in lighter winds but the skill to exploit it comes after more experience than I anticipated.  When I received the kite I still had not successfully flown my 1.5 SLE.  I had only had one brief session of about an hour but knew I was going to persist in my efforts.  I did not fly the big kite until I had gotten to the point where I could fly the 1.5 without major brain strain.  The call of the Dark Side was strong.  Little did I know that it would eventually lead to extensive selection of these fine kites.  I continue to flail away.....


Know Eye Deer, SHBKF

#96071 Global Rev Count.

Posted by Dayhiker on 14 February 2015 - 04:56 PM

Previously listed, in order of acquisition

Rev 1.5 SLE, black blue white, a gift
Rev Power Blast 2-4, blue white mylar, a gift
Rev 1 Sedgwick, Cool, turquoise blue lavender black
Rev 1.5 B mid-vent, blue gray
Rev Blast, red white blue mylar
Rev 1.5 B, blue gray
Rev Zen, left side blues on white, right side black & grays on white (the Dark Side) OPK from Kris
Rev Power Blast 2-4, red white black, OPK from Nick
Rev Power Blast 4-8, blue white mylar, a gift

Rev 20th Anniversary 1.5, blue white gray with autographs, OPK from Nick

       not a kite but - Rev roll-up kite bag, finally got one for Christmas but now have more Revs than will fit comfortably.


acquired on Valentine's Day 2/14/2015

Rev Shockwave, dark turquoise black mylar, OPK from Allen


Dayhiker - +1(11) 


Just one more & I'll have a pretty good collection.  A little over two years ago I thought Revs were too expensive & maybe I would get just one....  SHBKF

#95873 Rev Bag

Posted by Dayhiker on 27 December 2014 - 05:05 AM

Well I guess you're never too old to be a kid waiting for Santa.  With great anticipation I got up at five A.M. Christmas morning, lit the tree & waited for my wife to come down stairs.  About dawn we turned on some seasonal music, sat in our overstuffed chairs & drank coffee while going through our stockings.  Then the much anticipated exchanging of gifts began in earnest.  A couple toys for the boy were under the tree.  The third package was the prize I had hoped & hinted for, a Revolution Multi Kite Bag.  I was now finally an official hard core Rev flier.  As the music played we continued unwrapping more gifts.  I swear my wife must be secretly reading these kite forums as she also presented me with a pair of Maui Jim sunglasses & a Tilley Hat.  I sat on the floor with my hat & glasses on excitedly planning how to load my new kite bag.  My eyes welled up with moisture & it seemed like I was still ten years old somehow.  SHBKF

#95753 Kite skiing

Posted by Dayhiker on 04 December 2014 - 03:07 PM

Here's one of the videos that comes to mind.  It helped convince me I needed one of these kites.  After I got mine I realized how well this flier is doing.  The monster Rev PB 4-8 is a very different kite to fly.  It has a bit of oversteer to contend with when compared with smaller Revs.  I am sure more time in the air would produce even better results.  Back in the day Rev 1's were listed as kites to consider for buggy engines on some of the old fax newsletters I have read.  Today the Power Blast 2-4 is considered a good choice for Rev power.  There are stack fliers using Revs as buggy engines but not many that I have heard of personally.  Others will have more knowledge for sure.  SHBKF


#95597 Is this a trick?

Posted by Dayhiker on 23 October 2014 - 04:21 PM

A stall, a maneuver, a recovery, all intentional.  If it is all repeatable, then I would say it is a trick.  But maybe that's a dualie viewpoint.  If there is no current name used maybe you should name it yourself.  Up over to down under or something like that....

#95569 B-Serie with green race frame

Posted by Dayhiker on 20 October 2014 - 03:13 PM

The above three masters have taught me much in the past two years of reading their posts.  While I don't have the time on the lines or the many variations of frames & sails, I do have their expert help.  The journey I'm on will be long and full of kite joy.  Many thanks for the thoughtful answers & also thanks to those who post the questions.  I am just out here in the sticks flailing away.


Solo Hill Billie Kite Flailer,  SHBKF

#95552 Indoor Rev

Posted by Dayhiker on 16 October 2014 - 06:58 PM

A little bit of "Kite Magic" I would say.

#95543 Revolution ZEN

Posted by Dayhiker on 11 October 2014 - 06:10 AM

This all makes me glad I got a Zen.  I have the tool & now the rest is up to me.  Thanks!

#95204 WSIKF 2014

Posted by Dayhiker on 18 July 2014 - 03:34 AM

Hmm, only 2,733 miles & 41 hours away.....& lots of Revolution kite fliers to meet!

#95138 Prism Line OK?

Posted by Dayhiker on 25 June 2014 - 01:38 PM

I have done exactly that to make a quad set in order to fly in smaller areas.  I wound up with five Nexus line sets when I bought five blue Nexus RTF kites that I needed to make my "Blue Meanies" stack of kites.  So with some of the extra sets I made a 65' quad set & a 30' quad set & still had two dual line sets left.  I really like the 65' line length as I can see what the kite is doing better & still have a good size window to fly within.  The 30' quad set is fun as the kite is very close & seems huge compared to the view with a more typical 85' line length.  Things happen fast with the smaller wind window of the 30' set.  But the set up is quick with the shorter amount of line to unwind.  I also made a quad set out of two extra 50' x 50# Prism line sets.  There is much discussion about team flying so I did buy a 120' x 90# LPG set in case I ever run into a team flying opportunity.  Flown that set only twice just to see what a bigger flying window was like with a Rev.  But mostly I am just a solo hill billie kite flailer.  SHBKF

#95061 Global Rev Count.

Posted by Dayhiker on 10 June 2014 - 03:21 PM

+41 (75)


I waited a few years for the 2000th posting in this topic to become available, I really thought it would get here a long time ago.

Wow!  That's more Revs than total kites I have & I thought I was getting a bit carried away....Rock on, Rock on