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#96155 Can you change the sail on a EXP?

Posted by Tmadz on 25 February 2015 - 04:32 PM

The EXP is the type of kite. You don't change the sail per se. The sail is the kite. You can change the rods (3 wrap, 2 wrap, race rod, green race rods) for conditions, but sails are different fabrics, different sewing patterns(i.e. different panel layout) when we're talking about modifying our kites we're usually talking about changing the rods used in the leading edge and upright, changing the bridle, changing the bungees used to hold the rods on, etc.


Sometimes people will take an old sail and make it into a vented by cutting holes in the ripstop or modify it some other way, but the sails usually stay the same. When the conditions permit, we'll change kites from a standard sail to a mid-vent, full vent, 


The types of kites/models are EXP (entry level), B series, B pro, New York Minute, etc. Just look at the products section of the Revolution main page to explain the differences.

#96006 SUL as my first Rev?

Posted by Tmadz on 05 February 2015 - 05:05 PM

It's the evening of my birthday and I got the official go ahead to order my combined Christmas/birthday present. A light blue/blue/white B series. Hopefully it will arrive at my office on Monday some time.


Thanks for your help and advice everyone. Photos will follow.



And so it begins. (maniacal laugh!. maniacal laugh!)

#95967 SUL as my first Rev?

Posted by Tmadz on 30 January 2015 - 11:00 AM

Being the closest to a newbie, this has been my progression.


I blew through the intro and novice videos by JB. Lot's of flying around learning basic controls


Intermediate videos were harder. Spent more time trying to hone basic skills. Also flying in different wind conditions because the seasons were changing.


Someone told me to fly with purpose when practicing and that helped to make more progress on specific skills.


Now, I'm learning more to play with tuning the kite or changing equipment for conditions. There are going to be plateaus in your progression, but it should always be fun.


Just don't try to do too much at once. I invested the time in some skills that were a great base for more advanced moves, but perfecting some things to keep in your pocket helps on those days when you feel like you're not making any progress at all.

#95866 SUL as my first Rev?

Posted by Tmadz on 26 December 2014 - 07:47 AM

First off BookBoy, your woman sounds like a great catch. Someone who understands your desires and is willing to play along.


I bought an EXP and all of my other kites so far have been bought used in nothing less than very good condition. Most Rev fliers take excellent care of their kites. I will say that I rarely use my EXP now. I save it for inclement weather or as a loaner. I like the B series because of the better sail, better bridle and color options.


I've only been flying Rev's for a year and a half so what I can do with a B series probably hasn't even scratched the surface. Having an alternate frame is extremely important for varying conditions as well as having a backup, but I haven't broken a stick yet.


If you're willing to wait until Bazzer comes back from sabbatical to build you a B-pro or buy one from a dealer, then by all means, but the improvements are more for advanced fliers and long term wear than specifically increased performance that newbies would notice. At least as it's been explained to me.


I think you would be very happy to own a B series and it could save you a few dollars. SparkieRob is right. See if you can network to find a flier or dealer that might let you fly or borrow. Kiter's try to keep everything above board because it's such a small community. Reputations are important.


Good luck and great winds. Post pictures of your baby when you get her.

#95839 Global Rev Count.

Posted by Tmadz on 23 December 2014 - 04:44 PM

Another 1.5 Hot fade/black center, full sail SUL Pro

with Eliot Shook's custom leading edge sleeve of mylar backed nylon and extra reinforcing patches at the folds and the center.  


I've still gotta' burn holes, add elastic & knot covers, frame it (diamonds or p-90s), plus the sissy sticks and french bridle.  


I might train this one with my matching Zen, probably on 5 foot lengths, if so then the training wheels will go onto the back kite so as to not interfere with the train lines when slack lining the 2-stack.

I'm embarrassed. It's like kite dirty talk. smiley-blushing.gif

#95757 New String-Art (Spirograph) Revolutions - November 2014

Posted by Tmadz on 05 December 2014 - 10:24 AM

I love the original I got, but boy would I love some more. Luckily some flight mates are getting a couple so I can.


Wayne, you are right. What I could do with some lottery winnings.

#95749 Diamonds, diamonds, diamonds, are a Rev fliers best friend......

Posted by Tmadz on 04 December 2014 - 06:20 AM

Wow. That is a totally wicked skin. I think Skin is more appropriate than sail for these works of art.


I absolutely love my diamond sticks. I have flown comfortably with them up to 8-9 mph. Great response. I encourage all Revers' to get a set.

#95648 Need a teacher in or around Central New Jersey

Posted by Tmadz on 30 October 2014 - 10:21 AM

Welcome James. There is another website with videos that will teach you the basics all the way from setup, flying, to putting away. Nothing beats getting time on the lines, but I will say getting time flying with more experienced fliers pays off in spades. Good luck. If you need any help identifying kites and or asking for help with parts, lines, etc. feel free to ask on this forum. Kite fliers are a friendly and helpful bunch.

#95386 Addicted to Shook Weaves

Posted by Tmadz on 09 September 2014 - 05:13 AM

Gotta save up and get me one for next year.

#95250 Vented or not?

Posted by Tmadz on 08 August 2014 - 10:03 AM

Don't worry about flying OPK. Kiters are some of the most generous and gracious people out there and Rev's are very sturdy. We wouldn't offer them if we didn't think things would be ok. You'll have people pushing their handles into your hands.


There are fliers all around you and I specifically know of one that lives in HMB. Let them help you. It'll save you money and aggravation.

#95246 Vented or not?

Posted by Tmadz on 08 August 2014 - 03:45 AM

Frankly, you wouldn't golf with only one club, but you could easily finish a round with 3-4. The concept is a little similar. Only one kite won't cover all of the wind conditions.


For the most part you need to figure out what the prevailing winds are in the bay area. There are plenty of other fliers near you who would be willing to let you fly their kites (OPK-other peoples kites) to get a feel for them.


Honestly, a full sail and a vented overlap enough to cover the widest wind conditions. I would stay away from a B2 to start. They are a smaller sail and more responsive to inputs which tends to make them twitchy. Any full sail 1.5 Rev would be the way to go. Probably with a 3 wrap frame would do you quite well to start. People who have been flying for a while and have a feel for all the different wind conditions and their kites are more able to switch frames to sail types to fly the best for their preferences. As with anything, the more you get into it the more you are able to tune your kite to fly the best for how you like it,

#95195 Flying a B Series at a Greek Beach

Posted by Tmadz on 15 July 2014 - 04:51 PM

Oooooo! I bet there are lots of spots to fly. Greece includes a bunch of islands, right? Look at that white sand and azure water.

#95159 Global Rev Count.

Posted by Tmadz on 02 July 2014 - 01:32 PM

+1 Mid-vent B series

+1 1.5 masterpiece SUL (6)

#95048 Ben says: Im really liking this design......

Posted by Tmadz on 09 June 2014 - 07:05 PM

Thank you John for an awesome design. The attention to detail gave me vertigo just looking at it.

#94970 Ben says: Im really liking this design......

Posted by Tmadz on 28 May 2014 - 03:18 PM

Just saw Sky Puppets ode to Diamond shafts. I can't wait to get this sail with the diamond rods to fly in the calm air.