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  2. makatakam

    Whats the difference?

    The difference is 110 pounds , and that's because of the greater number of panels and some design features which both increase the amount of labor involved. The EXP is built for price point, intended for beginners and/or those who are not sure if they will really get into it. They will both fly and feel the same to a flyer who is new to quad-line kites, but the 1.5 Classic has performance and durability advantages over the EXP, so if you are sure you're going to continue flying and can afford the difference without hurting your pocketbook, go for it. The other option is to get one of the older discontinued 1.5 B-Series, on eBay or from a kite shop that still has old stock, either new or used. There are other quads available which are nearly identical in general shape and performance, but be aware that you will get what you pay for. Anything new for less than 120 pounds will cause you grief. If you have no brick and mortar kite shop in your vicinity, you can purchase on-line. There's quite a few in NW Europe that handle quads of all sorts. Oh, and welcome to the forum. Have fun, smile and don't forget to breathe.
  3. REVflyer

    Whats the difference?

    EXP is targeted (designed for) beginners and the other is for more advanced fliers, either one can do EVERYTHING, but one is more forgiving and easier to maximize it's capabilities. Unless you have some significant quad-lined experience you might not notice the differences initially, but as your skills grow they are in fact separate. Both of these current models come w/Reflex Technology (springs on the back of the sail to apply a pronounced curvature into shaping the airflow) Again if you are just starting out you may like this effect. The wily veterans have so many hours of practice they we find it unnatural and prefer the old school way. If you live near good wind & the beach then maybe the best investment is a mid-vent instead of a full sail quad-line. Consider other makers choices and if at all possible,.... go find another quad-head and learn from a coach. It is so well worth the time and financial investment to have someone standing next to you, I can't stress this enough. Equalize the string lengths or adjust the leaders on your handles (from a single well-placed stake or fence post) such that both tops and bottoms are perfectly equal side to side. This is a front end alignment on your racing vehicle, necessary before your get onto the autobahn and stomp on the gas pedal. Work on not flying, hovering, SLOWLY going in one direction and then immediately returning back to the starting point, control, relax your body, don't squeeze the handles, smile and breath. ENJOY!
  4. LancashireLad

    Whats the difference?

    Hi I hope you can help, in the past I have always made my kites, even an early revolution. Haven't done it for years, and not got a decent kite shop anywhere near me. I am looking to buy a Revolution, but which one?? what is the difference between Rev EXP Reflex £170 and a Rev 1.5 Reflex Classic £280, apart from size. I have flown quads before. We live near the beach, which is empty and huge. So generally have good winds Cheers
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  6. I could only cope with a relatively short flying session today after tackling part of the Cornwall Coastal Path yesterday. Two and a half hours from Eagles Nest to St. Ives was quite a challenge. The weather today, like yesterday, was sunny with clear blue skies. There was a typical Blackheath summer breeze from the east. Light and variable sums it up. Full sail 1.5s with diamond leading edges and race uprights mostly. There was a bit of called flying but I was definitely not able to move on the ground as normal so everything felt like ‘really hard work’. This is not how Sunday flying is supposed to be! I am sure that everything will be back to normal in tine for the Scarborough event next week. Felix
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  8. The forecast had not looked promising but the expected rain arrived further east and was somewhat less than expected. There was some moisture underfoot but not enough to wet the lines. The breeze was light and variable. We flew full 1.5 sails which seemed very small and light on the 120ft lines compared to the Not Zens on 100ft lines we had used so much in Cervia. We de-sanded the 20 square metre parafoil and checked the location of the small tear which needs to be ‘repaired’. It is on the upper surface towards the back of the kite so quite difficult to spot. I am hoping to apply the transparent patch from the ‘inside’ of the cell. This could be interesting… Felix
  9. We were intent on checking the team kites post Berck/Cervia, mainly to dispose of any accumulation of sand. In the event there was surprisingly little but we did shake the kites out before re-packing them loosely. We also took the opportunity to fly the original Zens against the ‘Not Zens’ especially with the green race rods that had worked so well at Berck and Cervia. I had also intended to compare the bridles but that will have to wait for another time. We did get to fly some called moves today against various pieces from the Decs recent repertoire. The wind on Blackheath was from the East but nowhere near as consistent as the Cervia variety. The thermaling effect was in full operation! This was a timely reminder as to why the flying in Cervia looked so good… Felix
  10. 02/05/2018 after Cervia Somehow the note making gets neglected towards the end of this event. The first clouds appeared on the 10th day. The eleventh day had a difficult offshore breeze, known locally as ‘the mad wind’ as I understood it… There was a little rain at the end of the day. The twelfth day was cloudy with light wind which eventually strengthened sufficiently to allow us some great final arena performances. In summary we had 10 perfect Cervia days out of the 12! We often had the ‘right sails and sparing’ just when we needed it… Altogether an amazing event. Felix 27/04/2018 eighth day Cervia There was a real 9/10 mph easterly across the Adriatic today so there was no issue with the morning breeze. We started with full vents local to our base. We switched to mid vents for the second after lunch session with our sound system in the North arena. Typically, even though it had been a steady breeze all day by 5:00pm we had to switch to ‘Not Zens’ for the second part of our arena presentation and the mini mega fly of 15 kites. Felix 26/04/2018 seventh day Cervia It was supposed to be a ‘no arena’ day today but did not quite work out that way. Not Zens first thing from some time after 10:30. An early lunch and we had anticipated going to the North Field but the organisers did not think it necessary. We did a short time in the arena and then the announcement regarding the North Field was made. The request was for the ‘designated’ fliers to move for the rest of the event. We did do a bit more in the arena before being asked to move on for a formal event. Come 4:30pm it appeared that the ‘no arena’ idea had been dropped so we diid a presentation. We opted for the mid vents which were at the top of their windspeed range really… No harm in getting to know the sails. The sand was beginning to blow. We should have been flying the RSS kites! Felix 25/04/2018 sixth day Cervia National holiday in Italy so very busy on the beach. Short fly in the morning after the breeze began to build at about 10:30. We had anticipated using the main arena after an early lunch but the organisers asked us to occupy the north arena which we did for about an hour and a half. We were able to utilise our sound system for much of the time. I did remember to take the units back to the hotel for a re-charge. ‘Not Zens’ in the morning, mid vents early afternoon and full vents for the 5:00 pm arena spot. A good 12 flier routine with Team For Fun Felix 22/04/2018 third day Cervia The parafoils, rokakkus and ‘tent’ had arrived the previous evening thanks to CR. We pitch the tent on the Bagno side of the beach as there was still space. A slightly ‘rusty’ set-up but I am sure it will get better during the following days. There was not quite enough breeze to get the Parafoil aloft but our efforts were sufficient to dry the sail from the previous evening. We had a morning session in the arena followed by an after lunch session. We decided to stick with the ‘not Zens’ after lunch despite the gradually rising breeze. We were just set to change sails when the formal presentations started somewhat after 2:30pm. Our next session was with the RSS kites and we found them to be fine in team. We even managed some fairly radicle 3 stack rotations in the sky. The 5:30 arena presentation was with the full vents, not least to be compatible with Team For Fun in the ‘mega’ team fly at the end. Felix 21/04/2018 second day Cervia Notable for the night fly after the evening meal on the beach. We flew the 20 sq Metre JMH Parafoil from the bridle. Various people took a turn and much to their surprise managed very well. The breeze was ‘just right! Felix 20/04/2018 first day Cervia We secured Bagno storage and set up all the Revs first thing. Setting up the kites is a ‘one off’ for this event… The new ‘not Zens’ worked well on the 100ft lines. We did check the 1.5 full sails with Diamond LE and Race uprights and there really wasn’t anything in it. Either kite worked but our preference was for the larger sail for the remainder of the day. Lunch was followed by a fairly long session in the arena before the formal event started at 2:30pm. The breeze which had been from the north eased around to the east and eventually pretty much died away in time for our 4:30 arena spot. We set up a bit early and did some slow flying but there was little else in the air on the festival site. It was a great start to the event but the strength of the sun left some evidence of over exposure… Felix
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  13. jakemoore

    stacking powerblast?

    A web search and I found this old thread LOL! Dannyj - nice video! It looks like they were locked in together quite nicely. My forearms are sore just from watching your video. Powerbar - those sound like some sweet stacks! Sylvian Bouju - I've always wanted to fly a Peak. I'm thinking about 5-7 m/s plus. In follow up I did stack the 4->8 under a Flysurfer Speed 7. (The original speed with a modified 4-3-1 bridle) The power increase was cool but the difference in flight speed too great to synchronize. The powerblast would move forward back or turn in the wind window too fast for the Speed. My interest was in having the super fast turning performance of a Rev with enough power for kitesurfing. Now I'm just happy to have some time to spend on the water.
  14. awindofchange

    quarter inch spars

    The 1/4" spars are still being used for the Rev Classic, Rev 1, EXP models and for the Vertical rods on the Reflex. There is no change in production and no plans that I have heard that they are going to be discontinued. The new 5/16" spars for the Reflex XL and Reflex XX are for the leading edge of the Reflex and will not work with the older 1/4" caps. New caps are available for the Reflexr sized rods. The SLE rod is still available as they are used in the leading edges of the Speed Series and Power Series Rev's The 1/4" rods are still available in all wrap configurations as well. 2,3,4, Race and green Race. The 1/4" caps will work with the standard 1/4" rods and the SLE rods because it fits over the 1/4" rod but inside the SLE rod (5/8"). The 1/4" caps will NOT fit inside the new Reflex 5/16" rods so they can't be used. Hope that helps.
  15. makatakam

    quarter inch spars

  16. Delivery of the new Rev sails occurred on Monday 9th April. 41 Rev kites were duly packed ready for Berck and Cervia. We had an excellent four days in Berck. The 20 square meter parafoil flew beautifully, initially just from the bridle point, hand held, and later on the 100m x 5.00mm spectra which was wonderful to handle, and again, basically hand held. Our older (to us) parafoil needs some tuning. The new ‘1.5 proportioned Rev 1 format sail’ with green race rods worked very well indeed. It was ‘out of the bag’ and straight into an arena spot there! The mid vented JMH sails definitely filled the gap between the 1.5 sail and the full vented. Just what we needed. The wind today, Tuesday, was not as strong as forecast so we did not get to fly the RSS (Reflex Super Spider). 'Rest day' tomorrow than flying Heathrow to Bologna on Thursday ahead of 10 festival days in Cervia… Felix
  17. REVflyer

    quarter inch spars

    Does Revolution still create spars in the 1/4 inch format, even if only for a customized order of some decent size? or is everything leftover from previous seasons in this size? And only larger diameter spars will available in the future, such as the formats that support Reflex tech (5/16") or SLE (7/16")? Lastly: Do the end-caps currently provided fit both sizes of tubes (1/4 and 5/16") on the RX or Classic Reflex models?
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  19. The rain/drizzle almost stopped for a while but there was little or no breeze so we did not really get any flying today. Rowan persevered walking and running 360s… I ran out a set of 150ft lines and briefly flew a Zen using longer handles. Typically I needed a small increment of extra forward, much less than the leaders offered. The new sails have arrived in the UK. I hope that delivery will be as advised on Tuesday. I will then have to shuffle the team kit box ahead of our departure to Berck on Friday. All being well, in addition to the new Rev sails we will also be flying a ‘new to us’ 1991 Jørgen Møeller Hansen parafoil. Felix
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  22. makatakam

    Happy Easter to my fellow kitefliers

    Happy Easter everyone.
  23. Last week the slow recovery from ‘flu’ and the clock change conspired against me so I did not get to fly… Today the Easter Circus was on our regular field so I set up on the ‘church’ field just before the footballers arrived. They were intent on using the marked field so there was no conflict! A light northerly breeze was not particularly consistent and I was not in the ‘mood’ for running around so full 1.5 sail, diamond LE and race uprights… The forecast had indicated higher UV levels and despite the thickish cloud my glasses were at their darkest. We will have to do a kit check ahead of Berck and Cervia next weekend. Hopefully this will include the new sails! Felix
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