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johnesso

Member Since 20 Apr 2007
Offline Last Active Oct 16 2009 09:44 AM
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Kite suggestions please

29 September 2009 - 05:55 AM

I have had 3 Rev kites now but don't know that I've found the one that suits me, therefore some sensible input would be appreciated. The first Rev was an SLE Standard. It allowed me to learn the basics. I fitted an EXP LE which made things better but when the wind picked up just a little I found the flight too bumpy. I then bought a Vented SLE and flew it mostly with the EXP LE. Much better - very smooth. I sold both kites and but miss the Vented and the smooth precision it offered. What I didn't have with both was the speed factor so I bought a new Rev2. Great little kite but my main concern was that I had little or no feel - I just don't feel connected to it. The wind on the West Australian coast has it all - light winds through to very strong. I want something that will give me reasonable precision as well as speed so I guess we're down to the Supersonic Standard/Vented, Shockwave or Blast. I'm favouring the Blast at the moment. Are there any downsides to it, or are one of the others better? Any input would be appreciated.

Race Frame for REV II

09 March 2009 - 02:34 AM

The REV II is high on my shopping list and the guys at Briskites (Brisbane, Australia) are sending off an order on Wednesday. I've had an SLE Standard and Vented (both sold) and am looking for something, other than the Supersonic or Shockwave, that will get around the air with a lot more zip than the 1.5 SLE's. It's now Monday night on the west coast of Australia and the kite shop is closed tomorrow. Therefore the question gets thrown to the forum.

There's an option available for a Race Frame for the REV II. Is the cost of this additional frame significant? - US Dollars will do.

Are there any lighter frame alternatives other than the Race Frame (just what is that precisely?) that would be strong and also give the REV II a lower wind capability?

I do have two L/E spars and the lower spreaders from an R-SKY Frenezy left over. The lower spreaders are Sky Shark II P200, each measuring 24"or 61cm. The L/E spars are Structil Hi Mod 1/4", or 6mm. Could these be put to good use?

If the Race Frame cost isn't significant then I'll go ahead and get one. But if what I have can give me a good alternative I'll save some money and modify those.

The shop have one B Series Vented (Purple). I think that one will be coming home to my place as well.

Any advice/information would be appreciated.

line sets

06 March 2009 - 05:23 PM

An easy one. From my understanding a REV 2 comes complete with everything, handles and lines included. Is the line set used on the REV 2 the same as a B Series Vented. The reason I ask is that I'm ordering either one or both of them next week and may be able to save a little by just having the one set of lines to change between the two sets of handles. So I have a couple of days to decide - do I get one or both. Also have to come to grips with the only colour in stock for the B Vented is purple. The REV 2 is not in stock and will have to be ordered in from the US. I'm on the west coast of Australia and the kite shop is on the east coast so I'm going to have to be patient I suppose.

Mid Vent??

02 March 2009 - 12:46 AM

I've noticed the term "mid vent" being used in some of the forum discussions on this and other sites. Is this just different terminology for a vented Rev with 4 vents. All that seems to be available here in Australia is the Standard and Vented Rev. Does another series exist between these two?

B Series SLE or Blast

26 February 2009 - 07:30 AM

I've just sold a few kites and plan on channeling the money back into another. One that I had sold was a SLE Vented. I'ce also had an SLE Standard - since sold. My choice comes down to either a Vented or Standard B Series - or what has taken my fancy lately, a Rev Blast. With the announcement of the 2009 Blast - apart the leading edge spar and sail colour - what are the other differences from the superceded model. Is the sail pattern and material still the same etc. I only ask as there are a few reasonable deals going on for the "older" Blast. Does it pay to wait or the new on or are the changes that small it doesn't make that much difference