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  1. 8 points
    For all those that feel the B2 is too fast or twitchy.... Wind was way past Xtra vent or Polo full vent, so I pulled out the B2 vented on 50' LPG 90# line with a 4-wrap frame ... strapped the GoPro to my head and went for it.
  2. 7 points
    Look,, there's no way around it, if you fly a kite often enough it will eventually wear out too. It's made light weight, so durability is always a secondary factor. Enough hours of UV radiation, sand, your own abuse plus giving occasional lessons,.... These items assure you that everything will fail eventually. For me, I get about 2-1/2 seasons from a full sail Pro kite (and a Zen too) before it needs to replaced. Mid-vents last probably 4 and full vent will last me for at least 6 years. These kites are very seldom used locally, where most of my hours will be spent. You can blow smoke thru the sail material, stress fractures parallel with the down spars, nicks and holes in the leading edge (but NOT where it folds or at the center, 'cause I pay extra to have 'em built custom with these high wear spots in mind!) I break sticks too, usually into a seawall diagonally, not for years in flight though, HA! Thin spars are splinted due to abrasion between the caps and tubes. There's dust, dirt, pollen, sweat, bug-spray, Dugard's bubble solution, kids' hand and foot prints on the fabric. I have never washed a kite, but I have assembled 'em until dry, if used in tough weather conditions. I don't care that the leading edge rips away, everything else is going to fail right around the same time. Dantonio and my bride commented once, that the kite i was flying was an embarrassment to my family! I have since replaced a Zen, a full sail, mid-vent, and full vent pro, all were hot fade, black center custom constructions. The latest Zen had "more stuff tacked-on" than I have ever done before, and quite naturally, it was priced accordingly! Awhile back, I laughingly ordered this vented eyes in jest and surprise surprise, a few months later Ben shows up holding it out for me, then handing Barbara an equally surprising invoice. The only way a kite stays pristine is if you aren't using it enough! Do you think the people in line for your inheritance care about your great rev kite collection? You don't honestly believe a sport kite is a sound investment for future re-sale, do you? They're your thing, use it accordingly now. I can recognize friends on a full flying field just by the kites they own up in the air. That speaks volumes, use and enjoy, you don't know what the future holds. I spank 'em like step-children behind the woodshed. Try it yourself, it will take thousands of hours but you too can wear out a revolution and make wrinkles in your face permanent (from all the smiling) What a great time I have wasting money on all things kite related, decades of pleasure on revs alone.
  3. 7 points
    A fantastic weekend together with pilots from Germany, Belgium, Switserland and the Netherlands. Experienced teampilots together with pilots with no previous experience joined together. Tips & Tricks...a lot of practice...a lot of talking about Rev Kites... And it turned out all very well....we had fun !!! BIG fun.
  4. 6 points
    My 2 cents, (bearing in mind our weak Aussie dollar!) It might be psychological but I always found it easier to practice my inverted hover with a couple of twists in my lines. That is, launch and do a couple of rotations then try. The other thing that helped me was using a Mid or Vtd kite as they are a little less twitchy. The practice exercises in the Kitelife tutorial are worth a look too.
  5. 6 points
    Today we broke the World Record at 81 Revolutions flown in a 9x9 matrix. We flew for about 20 to 30 minutes flying Vertical threads, Horizontal Threads. 4 concentric rings and one huge ball. The Director was John Barresi who himself stood at a distance behind us in a place where he could easily observe every REV and getting us out of jams. In addition there were several REV fliers on the ground assisting us. Congratulations to everyone.With the Concentric Rings we performed both slow and fast burst. The bursts were performed in two fashion, one being all at once the other being sequential by rings. With the big ball we also performed a burst, however the ring was so huge that I being one near the bottom could only move a few feet before I was touching the ground. If you you look at the wiggly REV on Column 3 Row 7, that is mine being a yellow/black B Series. Almost all maneuvers were performed at least twice.
  6. 6 points
    Hey, Great news! I found a quiet field near the beach and flew my rev! After a few crashes and getting some muscle memory for the turning I tried out some basic hovers and then tried my luck at the 'plumet to the ground and stop a few feet off crashing' trick - with some success! I got to fly on 3-4 occasions during the week and found it hard to put the thing down! So thanks for your advice, help and encouragement!
  7. 6 points
    Street/Urban kiting would be flying in urban locations. This usually means that you would be in areas where both the surrounding is obstructed (surrounded by buildings) and the flying area is obstructed (benches, posts, fountains, etc..). I would say that street kiting is most characterized by putting a kite where a kite probably ought not to be.
  8. 6 points
    I've been flying my full vent 1.5b for a couple years when the wind was too much for anything else in my bag. This last fall & winter's wind have dictated that I only fly the full vent. So, now that I have learned to control (somewhat) my Rev, I got a full sail 1.5 Berkeley & after much thought, bought a 1.5b mid-vent as well. I had a great time watching all of you fly at Wildwood, even got my hat knocked off by a joker messing around with us by-standers ! The knot of lines was pretty impressive during the mega-fly, and the in-flight untie was even cooler. So, just wanted to extend greetings from Long Island... if any of you are out this way, I'd be happy to show you where the good wind is ! ~Rob.
  9. 5 points
    Well it's official the "Diamond Shafts" are in production here at Revolution, all the stickers are here, the graphite is bought, and the first major batch is coming out the oven, so it's a GO...... With all that said they are not going to be cheap but they are one of the best rods we have ever made, they are light, stiff, and the reflex is out of this world..... {my original post on these can see seen at "The Diamond Shaft" on the forum} What Im going to do is get my butt handed to me but "oh well", for the introductory price of $99.00 you to can have a set of the newest addition to the "Revolution" product line, this is a savings of over $40.00 and as always this is a direst sell item from me, which means you have to say (Bens sale oh boy) I love this job...... Ya this is a sale price and can only be had by saying (Bens sale oh boy), I do have issues..... Ben keeper of the madness Sale price is only good till the end of Oct.
  10. 5 points
    I have added yet another new item to my lineup! Intruducing the Go Pro Camera Stake. This stake uses the Go Pro camera flat mount on one of my stakes so the camera can be positioned on the ground for those down low shots. A big Thank You to Jim Fielder for the idea!
  11. 5 points
    Just created a tutorial on how to replace a bridle on a Rev. This process is the same for all Rev 1.5 (b-series, exp, masterpieces, etc.), 2, and 1 models, and is very similar to that of the Blast series or Speed series kites.
  12. 5 points
    Jason, I don't weigh the rods nor do I care what they weigh. For me it's about "feel" and "touch" also, "input" and "response" from my fingers to the kite and back. My unsolicited and mostly feeble attempt at advice would be to forget about the weight of the rods and just go out and fly the crap out of them in many varied conditions. Those are the kind of comps that should be made between different frame sets, not the frame weight alone. Read LaMaster's critiques elsewhere in the forum and talk to others who have used them in different sails and different wind conditions. All of the above not withstanding.....lets fly some kites dude!
  13. 5 points
    Final Status! I must confess that I was a bit pessimistic that we would be able to identify all the pilots and their positions within the 9x9(81) matrix. You can surely congratulate yourselves for your awesome efforts in completing this. WOW! WOW! WOW!
  14. 5 points
    There are different flavors of each type. All the way from uncoated nylon on one end to polycarbonate coated polyester on the other. There are different weights of materials available as well. Icarex is about .6 ounce per square meter, not counting the coating's additional weight. Some folks feel white is lighter in weight than other colors because it's not carrying the dye. Dacron on the leading edge sleeve is 3.9 ounces per sq/meter. Banner fabric is usually 1.5 ounce nylon. You could buy a kite made out of polyester fabric, but one crafted of Icarex will certainly cost you more. Some materials are laminated together to incorporate multiple objectives. Scrim in the mylar, or a mylar back nylon, for example. Poly doesn't gain weight as quickly when wet compared to nylon, nor does it stretch and return to shape. Surely you could see applications where both of these treats are desirable. How about in competition and you want the kite slower?, wetting a nylon kite is not news! Or you're just jacking around in bad weather, chasing seagulls on the boardwalk, then a more responsive poly kite is called for. Orcon can not be sewn or come to a sharp right angle in construction,yet it has uses for indoor kites despite these limitations. Many kite builders in my club begin with tyvek (like a Fedex envelope, synthetic paper) prototype. It might be stapled onto a dowel wood frame or duct taped together. The kite will explode and the stress points can be identified, subsequently reinforced and tested again with a more complete prototype. Different fabric colors can be combined, but mixing fabrics is a no-no for most builders. Some of the best do it anyway, it's all about color selection. If you needed 12 purples on your design you will have to mix fabrics. Different stretch and bias characteristics will need to be thought thru and planned for. I'm no scientist, but some materials are worth more time to use and funds to acquire in my experience. I live in the land of no-wind, I'll take catastrophic failure over stretch anytime.
  15. 5 points
    That's why I spend so much time answering questions on the forum. it's good to share the joy and so rewarding when people acknowledge it.
  16. 5 points
    Had the most wonderful two hours flying today. Everything seemed to 'click' into place and the overall control felt a lot more natural and intuitive. Was much more confident in controlling it and making it do (roughly!) what I want it to, and was less scared of the kite being damaged as a result. The wind was slightly lighter this time, about 10mph instead of 15mph, which also helped a great deal (a vented is now on my list for when it is windier!) Seriously got the biggest smile on my face. It was fun before, but the fun factor has gone exponential. I can only imagine it will get more so as you continue to develop skills. No hard ditches. Was able to use the inverted launch/hover to recover the few flops I did have. Only one brief walk of shame in the whole two hours, and that was only when the kite was already sitting on the ground and fell forward flat with the LE toward me (and I wasn't able to turn it by yanking on a single line). Even got spontaneous applause from a chap walking a dog behind me (unbeknown to me) when I was practicing dive-stops! Didn't even realise how much time had passed, got a slight hunger pang, looked at my watch and realised two hours had gone! Was so relaxing. I can easily see how this can become a way of life. Very glad I found the Rev world. That's amazing, guess they don't call them 'sails' for nothing! Looks very much like the individual sail(s) on a galleon ship but with dual rudders per sail. I originally assumed the spars on the back of the Revs were to keep the sail stretched and flat as possible, clearly not so as they bend and support the sail. A lot of complex physics elements happening here! I can see how some people put the spars at the front (like a dual line kite) by accident, although the stress on the frame and sail might be greater. The workings play with your mind a bit. John B, on another note - I have got to say - a huge thank you for all your tutorials on Kitelife (and youtube) - namely assembly/disassembly, line management (I unravelled and hooked up my lines today when setting up and there literally wasn't a single twist in them!), equalizing, setting up the bridles (something I needed to do when I got the kite second hand after the previous guy had it all knotted up), hovers (which I'm currently enjoying learning), flat relaunching (reduces the embarassment of the walk of shame, and increases the flying time) to name a few. They really have been incredibly useful to a solo learner/flyer like me, every one of them (as no instructions came with the kite). As well as your inspirational flying vids which almost single-handedly got me into Revs after stumbling upon them. We salute you!
  17. 5 points
  18. 5 points
    I always fly with music, keeps the voices in my head down..... Ben
  19. 4 points
    I just did a very simple 'test' of the Race and Diamond spars. Holding both spars firmly/partially on a table top I deflected both by the same amount and listened to the frequency of the vibrations. I could not verify the actual force of the deflection but the pitch of vibration suggests that the Diamond rod returns to neutral much more quickly than the standard race by virtue of pitch of vibration. <grins> Felix
  20. 4 points
    We met this guy flying a quadcopter with a GoPro camera mounted underneath it. That thing is super cool.
  21. 4 points
    Sometimes it not about the journey but more about the people you meet along the way, this video is just that not so much the journey but the people.... You know there's so many of you that I need to thank but what I'll do rather than running thru all of you I'll just say "thank God for putting each of you in my life"...... Each of you have been there for me, believed in me when I did'nt believe in myself, and mostly just held my hand thru it all..... Ya the journey has been unreal but more importantly it's been about all of you...... I really do love you guys and I'm so thankful for having you my "Family" in my life so remember where ever this journey takes you remember you take a part of me and I will always have a part of you...... Ben:blue_wink:
  22. 4 points
    ....not where "not to be" just where is hasn't been yet!
  23. 4 points
    No Arvo Flight Yesterday, Responsibilities are beginning to creep in on my flying time Well I Joined up to KiteLife… Very Happy about that. I feel that the Contribution that KiteLife makes to the Community needs to be supported. And all those Sweet Tutorials are Pretty good too I have been Downloading them onto My Ipod Touch. To Paraphrase SparkieRob, I have a John Barresi In my Pocket. This morning was nice, Light to Moderate winds when I set up the STD with 3 Wrap and 80# lines I got in about an hour of Side Slides and Hover Position Practice. Also doing some Power Dives too, that sudden stop is so sweet. I was about to pack up when the wind dropped right down, A smile came across my face as I remembered my recently created 50# X 50’ lines. Away went the regular lines, Out came the 50’s, Frame change on the standard to 2 wrap all round. In under 5min I was ready to go. My First though when I was standing there, handles at the ready, “Hey the Rev Looks bigger up closer” Then it was only a matter of remembering all the Light Wind and Sail Loading stuff from John’s vids.... With A couple of Refresh looks at the Vids (Go go Pocket JB!) I was away. I was able to Power up to a good height with 4 steps backwards and do Inverted Glides with 9 steps forward. Easily making up Ground.. Yeh! I got the Side-Side climb going a few times too. All in about 3-5km/h (2-3mph) Ok not super light but Much lighter than my Previous flying efforts. Awesome Morning. Two Great winds. I would like to take a moment to talk about my Rev Kit. I Have: B Series Blue/Black STD (3 Wrap) B Series Purple/Black VTD (4 Wrap) 2 Wrap Frame Second 3 Wrap frame 2 x Standard Handles with the B series Leaders 50# x 50’ Lines 80# x 85’ LPG Lines 150# x 85’ LPG lines 2 x Weight sets for the B’s Golf Ball stake (Given to me by SparkieRob, thanks again) (Soon a Mid vent Lime/Black will pop itself in there on the spare 3 wrap, Sail only on the way) All of this is kept in a Hard case from a Dual line kite I have had for ages. One thing that is awesome about this is, I can fly with my Kit slung across my back like a quiver. I even have my Wind meter on the Strap. I can walk around as I fly without needing to stay close to my stuff. If anyone needs the Area I am in I can walk the kite elsewhwer and not need to go back for anything. I highly recommend keeping your kit easily portable if you can. Of course if You bring a dozen Rev kites with you that’s great too. WA
  24. 4 points
    Learning to Fly (Pink Floyd), “Into the distance, a ribbon of black Stretched to the point of no turning back A flight of fancy on a windswept field Standing alone my senses reeled A fatal attraction is holding me fast, How can I escape this irresistible grasp?” These Lyrics are from The Pink Floyd Song “Learning to Fly” Clearly someone had been flying a Rev when they came up with these. Well not really, it is about flying a plane, but there is certainly an “Irresistible Grasp” with Rev Flying. I expanded my Flying choices with a Supersonic and an SUL. The Supersonic was chosen as a Fun Machine, something to rip around the sky, giving me a break from technical Practice, yet still using my Quad skills and techniques. I believe I will be spending as much time as possible on the Quad lines for the foreseeable future. So I want to make sure I have options available. The Supersonic provides me a new outlet for Quad line. The SUL is white. I fell for it because, apart from its LE etc, the Sail is all white. I know the B series STD is very nice in light winds, I do use it on light days. The SUL provides slightly different response characteristics that are fun to play with. Besides, the White Sail floating gently in the Pre-Dawn breeze. Just Beautiful. I have had a whole bunch of great sessions lately. Every one of my Rev’s has given me some great Airtime. Yesterday I flew the Supersonic in some Moderate to Moderate-High winds. Boy is that thing fast. I know I over steer it a lot but it is so much fun. Fast Reverse, Super fast ground sweeps. The Dive Stops are the Best. Day before it was the Standard and the Mid. Swapping between as dictated by the wind. The B series are great kites, Stable and predictable. A couple of Mornings ago I floated the SUL around for 20 min as the Sun came up behind it. Then that afternoon I tore up the Sky with the Full vent in winds strong enough to make me step forward a few times. Each day the winds bring me something, never certain what it will be. I will offer up a Rev to the sky, every day I can. The Supersonic and SUL are fun, but they are not my focus. I am really trying to clock up the hours on the B’s. I understand that nothing will happen overnight. But I can see the good that the practice is doing for me. So Practice, Practice, Practice is my plan. But the Plan is what I am doing, not what I am having… Fun, Is what I am Having, as I “Learn to Fly”. WA
  25. 4 points
    I am a Husband, Father, Brother, Son. I flew kites as a young kid, but my memories are vague at best. I really got into kites about 25 years ago, Single line kites to decorate the sky. My Interest has peaked and fallen a few times over the years. I was a member of the West Australian Stunt Kite Association, I met lots of great people and borrowed Many fantastic kites. We flew Dual line demonstrations at various places. Some of my Greatest Kiting memories happened with the WASKA. But then other things crept in and took my time away. The WASKA is no more now. I dont even know what happened to it. Over the years I have collected Dual line kites to cover wind range from 0-50km/h (0-30mph) I have single line kites too, from indoor gliders to display kites to a Big Sled. I have even made a few Single line kites too. My Pride being a 1.4m x 10m Hi-Viz Greenish Yellow Dragon. I got into Power Kites at some point. I have a Big Dual line Foil, and My First Quad a 2m sq Foil. Great fun but nothing like a Rev..... Back when the B Series was new I got a Black and Blue Standard (Package) and a Black and Purple Vented (Package) I had no real understanding of what I was getting though, and lacked confidence with them. I made a few attempts to fly them, but never got anywhere. So they got put away...... Some years later I find them again. I look upon them as a mistake, and decide to sell them. A friend of mine (A Single Line Kite Enthusiast) tells me "Never sell anything you have worked to save up for, you will always regret it." So I listened to him, and I kept them. A few months later I am posting on a different forum, about my Glider Kiting. It is a very slow forum though with few members. I ask a friendly member "Are there any better Forums?" I got supplied a nice list. Upon posting to one of these Forums, I Discover another West Aussie. I Enquire if he Flies Single Line, Dual or Quad. Quad is the reply, He even told me he used to have a Duallie but gave it away. Well now, Here is a chance to get some advice on the Rev thingies I have. I dust off the Case and we meet up. Well "SparkieRob" you opened my eyes. The Tips, the techniques, the enthusiasm, Awesome. Most importantly you gave me the Confidence to Try. Since that day I have not missed a weekday flight. I have been practicing everything I can. Hovering at every angle. Sliding in all directions, etc Since (Re-)Staring Quad on the 23JAN2013 I have been loving it. I hope my story was not too long, I hope you got something from reading it. I am still learning Quad, I probably will always have something to learn. My Kites are not "Pro" but neither am I.... WA

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