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#94429 Lines for Rev SLE 1.5 for beginner

Posted by Dayhiker on 09 February 2014 - 02:04 PM

After reading & posting on this topic I got inspired to fly my 120's today. I first flew with a 1.5B mid-vent & three wrap spars. I certainly did enjoy the larger window of the longer lines. In my typical inland changing wind I did see some sagging of lines when the wind let up. But during the mid level & higher winds I felt well connected to the kite. The stronger gusts had me at the top of the window with the lines singing their sweet whine I love so much. Next I switched to my original full sail SLE taking out the black race frame & putting in the unloved SLE. I had not used the heavy leading edge in a long time especially since getting a race frame. I noticed the window got even larger than possible with the mid-vent. I could fly locked into the power easily. I was practicing flying lazy eights in preparation for using Revs for buggy power. I suppose my skills are better than when I first flew with the SLE & I did not really have any struggle with control. I also realized that the 1.5 will be enough kite to pull a buggy on higher wind days.

#94373 Lines for Rev SLE 1.5 for beginner

Posted by Dayhiker on 01 February 2014 - 03:24 AM

When I unroll my old Skybond 150's it takes so long I almost forget what I'm out there doing. I did get a set of LPG quad 90# x 120's based on the large window idea & hope of team flying someday. But have actually only tried them once as I am a solo hill billie flyer.

#94227 Rev Maintenance Log

Posted by Dayhiker on 07 January 2014 - 04:26 PM

So as my experience grows I can change from "Fly em till they break." to "Fly em till they're rags." Rock on.

#94144 Global Rev Count.

Posted by Dayhiker on 24 December 2013 - 06:14 PM

Hello Revolution Forum.  I have just become a member today.  Reef Runner twisted my arm.  I have read this forum for months & decided this was the topic I would post to first.  I suppose I am now an official Rev addict.  Celebrated today with my first flight of a B series, thank you JB, & it also was my first vented kite flight.  Wind was strong & gusty with the 90lb x 85' lines singing at times.  My Rev count is 4 (+4) List is in order of acquisition.  First successful flights of the Sport Wings were early January.
Rev 1.5 SLE full sail
Rev Power Blast 2-4
Rev 1 Sedgwick
Rev 1.5 B mid-vent

Dayhiker - +1(5) acquired Rev Blast on the winter solstice 12/21/13

#94143 Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night

Posted by Dayhiker on 24 December 2013 - 05:48 PM

May you find a Rev under your tree & not in it....Joy to all on this eve.

#94006 My Blog is Back

Posted by Dayhiker on 21 November 2013 - 03:27 PM

I always enjoy the posts from Oz.  I am a fan of both you guys.  Keep it going, I'm listening.

#92993 Old Friend - FOUND!

Posted by Dayhiker on 09 June 2013 - 04:55 AM

In the long path of life I revisit the beginnings from time to time to remind me of how far I've come.  With Revs it's all new to me but one of my goals is to fly the Rev 1 well as it is the old school kite of the group.  The large sail always wows me when I see it on the end of the lines.

#92980 Anyone fly on Long Island ?

Posted by Dayhiker on 08 June 2013 - 08:20 AM

Looks to be ideal.  When I see the bag laying there I wonder what you flew after you shot the video.  You would get a kick out of some of my flight locations.  I seem to be specializing in parking lots lately.  As I sit here in the hollow on Sugar Street I see the maple tree motioning to me to come fly.  I long for some wide open spaces like your beach.  You are very fortunate.  I remember all the times I stood on beaches & did not have a kite to fly.  That won't be the case from now on.

#92937 New revr to be.

Posted by Dayhiker on 05 June 2013 - 05:17 PM

We all wish you well.  I hope you experience what I did when my enthusiasm carried me way past the learning curve.  Fair winds my friend.

#92908 New revr to be.

Posted by Dayhiker on 03 June 2013 - 04:13 PM

Greetings from the dark side of the Blue Ridge Mountains!

10-15-12 flight area - deer fields.JPG [at

#92882 Finally jumped in with both Feet !

Posted by Dayhiker on 02 June 2013 - 02:16 AM

Yup, I've been resisting for a long time. I'm tired of fighting cr@p wind for a good time. Wind like that is WORK with 2 lines, but fun with four ! 

Yes, I believe you've described some of the reason I started embracing many types of kiting.  Initially it sort of seemed like I was somehow betraying my original two line sport kites by moving on to others, especially the quad part of it.  Flying SLK's was going another direction too.  But when I began exploring the different disciplines my whole perception shifted.  I can enjoy them all now.  Gliders entered into the equation & I'm wowed again.  One thing I really like about my Rev flying is the ease & grace of landing when the wind dies.  I can wait a bit for the next puff & it's off I go again.  Zero wind flying may be the ultimate pursuit for me but my view changes often these days.  Flew at a Wally World parking lot yesterday in really bizarre wind.  I could feel the wind change as vehicles parked then left.  My passion now exceeds my shyness.

#92878 Finally jumped in with both Feet !

Posted by Dayhiker on 01 June 2013 - 06:59 PM

After seeing a video of you flying the full vent it did not occur to me that you would not be on this forum.  Look forward to your insight & talent to help a newbie like me.  I recently got my first vented kite of any kind, a 1.5 B mid-vent.  It is a different world of flight when you have intentional holes in your sail.  A while back I could not have conceived the idea of a vented sail, just wouldn't have made sense to me.  When I received the mid-vent I felt I had jumped in with both feet also.  But the pull of the dark side is strong.


 1-04-13 Haystack Hill Rev 1.5 about to crash.JPG  Image of my second ever Rev flight as I am about to land a bit hard to the right.  Note the fine arm position.

#92861 What's your favorite time to fly?

Posted by Dayhiker on 30 May 2013 - 06:23 PM

Lately it seems to be in the evening calm at dusk. I would not have thought that was even a possibility six months ago.

#92773 East Tennessee Spots?

Posted by Dayhiker on 19 May 2013 - 04:42 PM

Another place to fly in East Tennessee is Cades Cove in the Great Smokies National Park. A bit over three miles in on the loop road there is a parking area on a hill with a spectacular view of the cove. Flew the SLE there today at the below coordinates. You can copy & paste these into Google maps to see the location.

35 36' 19.07" N 83 49' 55.60" W

#92723 which big Rev is better in light winds?

Posted by Dayhiker on 14 May 2013 - 05:12 PM

Your description of light changing inland winds is similar to the conditions I fly in frequently. The wind blows nicely all day but by the time I get to the field it is approaching evening with the calm air & little puffs. I have a SLE, a 1.5 mid-vent, a Rev 1 & a Power Blast 2-4. I bought the big PB 2-4 hoping for some light wind advantage plus the fun it would bring in a good breeze. My skill set is minimal but these conditions give me plenty practice for light wind techniques. The PB is stiff & heavier than the 1.5 series. So if you stall it when the wind drops it just falls. It does glide well if you are at the top & turned away to gain ground. The best light wind set up for me at this time is the full sail 1.5 with race rods on light 50' lines. I watched JB's videos & noticed how he keeps loading the sail by sort of popping the lines then pulling a bit or maybe backing up also. That really helped me quite a bit during the lulls. But you are probably beyond my beginner status. I will eventually get a Zen & wear it out. Then there's the gusty high wind days....