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#92300 Gallery Size

Posted by awindofchange on 02 April 2013 - 10:42 AM

Yay!  Was able to post up the new pictures.  Thanks John.




#92147 Power Blast 2-4 hover mode

Posted by awindofchange on 19 March 2013 - 10:57 AM

You won't be hovering the kite while in the buggy.  Once you start moving, the Blast will be moving as well.  Hovering is not really possible.  Think of it as shooting the Blast out towards the edge, but the edge never arrives.




#92123 is dyneema line ok

Posted by awindofchange on 18 March 2013 - 11:51 AM

How the lines are constructed will determine if they are good quality or not.  I like to use the analogy of tires; Bicycle tires are not built the same as high performance radial tires - even though they are both made from the same core ingredient: Rubber.  Like tires, lines are not made the same either.  Even though the line may claim to be spectra or dyneema, how that line is made and produced will determine if it will be good quality or garbage.  Fishing line is the perfect example.  It is made from spectra but the way it is braided will allow it to have severe stretch so the line will not snap when you have a big whopper on the hook.  This is great for fishing, but terrible for kite flying.  Kite lines are braided in a special way to give maximum strength with minimal stretch.  This keeps you connected to the kite and allows you to have maximum control.  With a stretchy line, it will be like flying on rubber bands and will be very frustrating.

 

Also, different manufacturers will braid the lines differently.  This is the reason that you will want to check with the other pilots in your team (or general area) and find out what lines they are using (if you ever plan on flying team with them).  Because of the different braiding processes, different manufacturers lines will not slide across each other the same.  If everyone is using Shanti, no problem.  If everyone is using LPG, no problem.  If some are using Shanti and others using LPG, you may have some binding or lockup issues when the two different braides run across each other.  It could also cause some premature wear on both lines.   If you are only going to fly solo then it makes very little difference on which lines you are using as long as they are of good quality.

 

Generally, team flyers use LPG lines.

 

Before putting down some serious money on lines that are not name-brand lines (many dyneema lines), I would get a sample and test them first to make sure they are going to be a good quality line.




#91925 Headed To Kite Party to be with my Family

Posted by awindofchange on 07 March 2013 - 11:26 AM

On my way.  Should be there later tonight.




#91600 First time on the Power Blast 2-4

Posted by awindofchange on 12 February 2013 - 10:36 AM

Once you get in the buggy, things change a lot. :)  Locking in the power when you are moving is much easier to do because you are going in a linear direction instead of forming an arc back and forth, plus you never hit the edge of the window when you are moving.  Locking in the power does require a lot more effort on your wrists/arms than with a traditional foil where you can use the majority of your shoulders and back to hold the power.  The biggest advantage with the Rev is that when you do start becoming fatigued while buggying/flying, just let the bottom lines go and the kite dumps nearly 90% of all power while still staying in the air.  This is something you can't do on a foil.  So even though you are using more pressure with your wrists and forearms, you can dump the power when it gets too much very easily.  Dumping the power just a little will ease the pressure a lot while still giving a bit of power to buggy with.  Lock the power in and the kite screams to life.

 

Another huge advantage with the Rev's is their ability to go upwind.  On the right surfaces, the Rev can point a buggy nearly 75-80 degrees into the wind.  With the best of foils you can usually only get around 50-60 degrees.  The acceleration and speed of the Rev's is another advantage.  They'll fly backwards nearly as fast as the highest performance foils (with the right experience of course).

 

Foils do have a couple advantages over the Rev.  1) they are super easy to fly, just tug and hang on....no real flying skills needed other than not crashing. 2) they pack down super small and can be stuffed into a small pack. 3) They don't have spars that could potentially be broken on a hard crash.

There are no real performance advantages with the foils over the Rev's.   Even the sizes of the foils have a disadvantage.  The Rev Power Blast 2-4 designates the size and power of the kite.  It is a 2m sail area, but it produces the power comparable to most 4m foils.  The 4-8 designates the same.

 

The 4-8 really excels in the buggy.  When flying static you really don't have the room to fully appreciate the performance of this beast.  By the time it gets powered up, you are usually at the edge of the window and need to man-handle it around to fly back the other way.  On the buggy this kite is a dream to fly.  The 2-4 is a lot better for static flying but it too really comes to its own on a buggy.

 

The technique to fly the power blasts is much different than that of a traditional power foil.  It does require some skill and proper technique to get the most out of them but once you master them, they are awesome power engines.

 

Hope that helps.  If you have any other questions please let me know.




#91592 First time on the Power Blast 2-4

Posted by awindofchange on 11 February 2013 - 11:28 AM

The line settings will vary depending on how you normally hold your handles. What works for one person will probably not work for another. :)  As mentioned above, there is a very fine line between full power and over-sheeting (stall/reverse) or depower (rattling).  It takes a lot of time to really get one of these into control and learn the feel of the power, once you do it is awesome.




#91555 Getting back onto Quad

Posted by awindofchange on 07 February 2013 - 10:41 AM

8 stack....yea baby

https://picasaweb.go...394440840986210

 

Yea, that's me flying. smile.png




#91514 Antelope Island 2013

Posted by awindofchange on 01 February 2013 - 10:42 AM

Ya know, I may just have to come up there again this year Kevin. :) :) :) :) :)




#91455 My first 2-stack

Posted by awindofchange on 25 January 2013 - 11:59 AM

Awesome stacks!  Flying a stack is a totally new experience and an entire new bucket of fun. :)  One thing to help reduce the pull is to shorten your top lines a bunch, I would start at 1" shorter than normal and see how that feels.  With the stack, the brake lines are much more sensitive so you don't need to have nearly as much brake in them.  This also helps with the stack wanting to flip over or spin super easy and a makes the entire stack much less sensitive - will also help recduce the wobble in the rear kite a little.

 

Speaking of wobble, if you shorten the bottom stack lines on the rear kite just a bit (about 1") it will help keep that guy in line more.  With pigtails this is easy to do, just add another knot that is closer to the kite and attach your stack line there.

 

Hope that helps.




#91437 B Series Question

Posted by awindofchange on 24 January 2013 - 11:08 AM

When you order the B-Pro, it comes with one frame of your choice - of course you could always add on two or three more frames when you order it, but Revoution includes one frame of your choice.  Store owners may add in their own special deals above or beyond what Rev offers for the B-Pro's.  The standard B-Series package comes with two frames, normally the Vented is frames with a 3 wrap and a 4 wrap.  The standard and mid vent are packaged with a 2 wrap and 3 wrap.  Again the store owners can order specific frames and packaging options that may differ from this, but this is what Revolution includes in their normal packaging.

 

The above info regarding frames and conditions is spot on.




#91436 Lighter rear lines for Revs?

Posted by awindofchange on 24 January 2013 - 11:02 AM

The load is more equal on all four lines than it is with a power kite.  With power kites, you do 90% of all control and power with the top (leading edge) lines.  Because of this you can usually go much lighter on the rears.  With the Rev, all steering and control is done with the bottom (trailing edge) lines.  Totally different than the normal power kite.

 

I recommend going 90# on all four lines for nearly all conditions.  For indoor flying, you can switch out to 50# lines and if you are going to be flying in 20+ winds, you may want to move up to 150# lines (depending on if you have a standard, mid vent, full vent etc...).  Normally  a good quality spectra 90# line is all you ever need.




#91178 "B" series vs. "B" series pro

Posted by awindofchange on 20 December 2012 - 11:26 AM

You are most welcome.

 

John B.  Edit now seems to be working so I edited my original and deleted the duplicate.  Thanks.




#91137 "B" series vs. "B" series pro

Posted by awindofchange on 19 December 2012 - 10:18 AM

PC-31 is Icarex's method of designating what the fabric is.  It stands for polyester carbonate at 31 grams per sq. meter.  Icarex is also a company owned by VliegerOp (aka. Peter Lynn Products) in the Netherlands.  Regardless if it is Texlon or Icarex or whatever brand, it is all polyester reinforced ripstop material.  Icarex tends to be what everyone quotes as "the" best material, truthfully there are many different designations for Icarex material.  It is like saying an adjustable end wrench is a Crescent wrench.  Crescent is the brand name that originally manufactured the adjustable end wrench - These days, there are many manufactures that make adjustable end wrenches.  Some brands are better than others and you can argue that Snap-On or MAC makes a better "crescent" wrench than Crescent does....

 

The big difference is not necessarily the fabric itself, but the coatings that are used on that fabric.  Icarex has a special way of coating their fabrics that works exceptionally well for kites without adding a lot of weight and lasting a very long time.  It is also coated on both sides where as some other manufacturers may (or may not) only coat on one side.  The cost on the fabrics are all pretty close in price and usually when a manufacturer such as Revolution chooses a particular fabric for it's B-Series kites, it is chosen on color more than manufacturer and price.  Icarex is a company that produces a majority of material for the kiting industry, so that is usually what most companies tend to choose, but if a certain color or style is not available from Icarex, then other manufacturers are considered. 

 

Most people would never "feel" or know what fabric is actually used in their kite without physically looking at the material, they are all so close to each other in quality and weight that it is difficult to know unless you have spent thousands of hours flying each type and style in the same wind conditions...then you may be able to feel a difference from the pilots end.  As you change from Ripstop Polyester to Ripstop Nylon, the differences become much more noticable but it would be exceptionally difficult to tell the difference between a sail that was made with 100% Icarex brand materials and one that was say 50% Icarex and 50% Texlon.

 

That being said - and the fact that this topic is noted as differences between the B-Pro and standard B....

You can most definately tell the difference in overall flight and control between a normal production line B-Series kite and a hand made custom B-Pro produced by Bazzar.  The difference is not so much the material used, but more in the details and the tedius way that Bazzar assembles each kite.  Bazzar does things on the B-Pro that would just be too expensive and time consuming for Revolution to do on each of it's B-Series, things such as the extra details on the leading edge ends and the finishing details on the trailing edges amoung other things.

 

Hope that helps, this is the best of my knowledge of what I have heard/learned from others who are much more experienced in materials and such than I am.  Please forgive me if any of this is not correct.




#90881 Black Friday / Cyber Monday deals

Posted by awindofchange on 26 November 2012 - 11:15 AM

Hey everyone, just wanted to drop a note that we are offering a couple deals for Black Friday and today, Cyber Monday.

1st deal: We are offering a special free ground shipping on all orders over $50.00 (U.S. destinations only).

2nd deal: Enter in the discount code: blackfriday5 during checkout and save an additional 5% off of your entire order! Combine this with your AKA and you can save 15% off of your brand new shiny Revolution kite!

3rd deal: We're still offering a Race Frame upgrade on all B-Series and B2's for a buck!

These deals will be available for the rest of this week, ENDS FRIDAY! So let all your friends know that they no longer have to borrow your Rev and can now get their own! LOL

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#87310 Kite buggying hits NABX Rev style!

Posted by awindofchange on 02 April 2012 - 01:34 PM

So here's my buddy hitting 34.3 mph buggying with his 1.5 SLE at our NABX event. Need to get that boy a Blast!