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  1. 2 points
    because the wind can blow for a longer amount of time on the sail when the kite is laid out on it's side inverted? the weight of the leading can "drag" the kite along for the ride (the glide) Upright hover is the least effective orientational use of the airstream
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    The health issues sound horrible. I know aging is something that happens to all of us, but it stinks when it does. I've had my own bouts of "Oh, that's what they meant!" regarding joint pain, but not the issues you describe. As for this: There are several active kite forums, and activity seems to go in cycles. Currently both Kitelife and GWTW Forums are more active than the Rev forums, although that can always change back. I think several things contributed to these forums dropping in popularity. The site took a big plunge after the revkites.com site was redesigned to be a more traditional sales site, they moved the forums to revkites.net which broke all the existing links, broke the ranking on search engines, and otherwise made it harder to visit. The expiration of the original rounds of patents (by several groups) also meant more competitors have entered the market, so while Revolution kites is still by far the biggest brand, they're no longer the only player on the field. There is the natural ebb and flow of the web, where content breeds more content and stagnation breeds more stagnation. Combine them all and the RevKites forums have dropped a bit in popularity for now. The cycle will likely change again over time, different web sites ebb and flow in popularity.
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    The new kites can't do some of the old stuff and the old kites can't do some of the new stuff. There are always design limitations -- compromises which can't be avoided. Which you prefer, new or old design, will eventually become clear depending on your flying style and what you want the kite to do. It's a journey of discovery that will last a lifetime. Come on in. The water's fine.
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    The differential in distance is greater from side to side than it is from top to bottom. In other words, the distance between the control lines on the left and right is greater than the distance between the forward and reverse control lines. This allows a more efficient angle of attack. You can hold an upright hover in the same wind speed if you bring in the top lines toward the handles, but you would lose control ability in other aspects of flight. As always, it is a compromise of adjustments that allow optimum performance. You can't have all the extremes at once, and once you go beyond any extreme flight becomes impossible and the kite falls from the sky. The surface area of the airfoil doesn't change, but its shape and orientation to the wind flow do.
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    Some of us were south of the river yesterday afternoon/evening for the Devonshire Road Nature Reserve event… Blackheath today was looking very ‘summer’ dry. The surface was crunchy underfoot not least because I have full hearing after a month of cotton wool and eardrops. Zens and CR sail today mostly green race, a great combination! The circular nature of the wind direction kept us guessing as did the drying flowerheads and their propensity to snag lines at launch. We all succumbed at one time or another. Not a lot called today but we did have the sound sticks in action… Terry Riley and Steve Reich again. Felix
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    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
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    What's up my fellow fliers I have been down and out for a while I had some life issues but I'm still here now that I'm back on my feet my son and I have been flying he is getting good on the revs and this year in wildwood I hope to have him and I on the beach flying ..It's such a great thing to see after all these years of flying to be doing it next to my first born ..nothing like it ..I have flown next to many but nothing like my little man who I hope will carry my love of flying into the future ..for those who know my stallion is now 12 years old and still flying strong I miss all of you and drop me an e mail. Revblast38@gmail.com. love and smooth winds to you all
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    No way. my flying has been limited due to some health problems and a lot of life changes as well.I do fly my back yard.those who know me know my backyard. to comfort my brain of my everyday stresses .this is one of the things that I can never stop as a true kite addict that I am ..I flew my stallion yesterday and it still looks so beautiful in the wildwood skies.i still have my ol skool rev bag that is always by my side..one kite in my bag that my daughter loves Is my pink kitty ..not more then me however.im forever greatiful for all of you who enjoy the winds as much as I do.the photo here us in 2006 when I got my stallion..today it's still flying as well as always.one thing for sure I never forget all of you who I have flown and got to know as true friends I hope to hear from you all I miss you guys and girls of my flying family ..just wait my son Ethan is ready to fly as he has caught the rev fever
  9. 1 point
    Just wanted to say how much I absolutely loved my very first Rev EXP yesterday. The wind was a bit sporadic and gusty, so the conditions weren’t quite ideal for a first attempt. My first 10 minutes or so were pretty sketchy. In fact, I was beginning to think I’d bit off a bit too much, having only flown a small 2-line stunt kite (Prism Jazz) previously. Finally, after about 15 minutes, everything just kind of clicked and I was amazed at how comfortable I was with my new Rev. Two hours flew by, and by the end of, I felt remarkably confident and comfortable flying. No doubt, I still have so much to learn, but couldn’t believe the EXP was truly as easy to fly — and every bit as fun — as reported online. Thank so much for making such a wonderful kite. I can’t wait for my next opportunity to get out there and gain some more skills. Meanwhile, my very first experience with a Rev was an exhilarating afternoon that I’ll never forget.
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    Hi, fwimmer, and welcome to the forum. Join us on the KiteLife forum also. Your experience with the dual-line probably helped a lot. It takes most people a bit longer to get comfortable with a Rev. Some people have a very hard time with it, struggling for quite some time before it "clicks". I'm glad that you are able to begin the journey so quickly -- and it is a journey, very much like the one you are on with your Jazz. There's so much you can do. The easiest way to learn new stuff is to try to feel it. In other words, don't overthink what you're trying to accomplish. Plus with the quad you can control the speed of the kite precisely. Doing things slowly until you build up the muscle memory is one advantage of quads. Good luck on your journey. Smile, have fun and don't forget to breathe.
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    This setup is effective. I uses 2 1W 140lm LEDs on each side on "magic sticks", each LED pair is powered by a 10440 3.7v 600mAh protected LiPo Battery. About 40mn usage before changing the batteries. I have yet to find a way to light up the center of the sail but the billow does not help. Mine are home made in France... Mario Di Lucca in Vancouver BC builds a similar setup. Easy to make if you can do simple electronics oldering (use a 1.5ohm resistance in series with each LED)
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    I am adding a few images to show how a 1.5 bridle is fitted to compliment Watty,s excellent video on "Bridle Replacement" ! Don,t forget, vertical behind horizontal. You should be able to print copies if you require to ! Please add more/better images if you have them. Hopefully a picture is worth a thousand words! This is my old EXP with rods fitted. Bill This also applies to the Rev 1 and Rev II
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    The reason for the different handles is because the speed series flies so much faster and quicker than the 1.5 or the Rev 1. Flying the speed series on longer handles makes it a lot harder to control and much easier to over-control it. Shorter handles help tame the kite down and keep it in control. Rev supplies each of their kites with what they have researched to be the best accessories for the average flier. Giving a Shockwave or Supersonic to a complete beginner is very tough, now throw in super long handles and it makes it even more difficult. An advanced pilot will probably be able to adjust their flying technique to adjust to the difference in handle lengths, a beginner will not even know how to do that and may become frustrated with the kite and give up (this usually happens right after shattering the leading edge). Just as an example, try flying your 1.5 on 3 inch handles..... You should already see the problem without even trying it. Just not enough throw to get the control, the kite probably wouldn't even turn. Super long handles can also cause a problem. In the hands of a beginner extra long handles will cause massive over-correction and over flying the kite (wing tip flip-overs) which will lead to frustration. In the hands of an experienced pilot extra long handles can be very nice, especially for flic-flacks, axles, and overall precision control. In the world of Rev's, there isn't just one super wazoo setting that is the best of everything and will fit everyones flying styles. Thus the reason for different handles, different line lengths, different models, different spars, etc... The beauty of the Revolution kites is that Revolution acknowledges the different flying styles of their customers and makes customized options to fit those flying styles. I am sure that Rev would much rather sell everyone a standard, Vented, and SUL in each style of Rev, but instead they produce different spars just so you can customize your kite for your area/flying style. This doesn't mean that everyone in the world will need to do what you have done, it just means that with some simple additions, you can get the exact Rev you are looking. Different handles are just another way to customize your Rev to fit your style. Some may prefer longer or shorter handles, or the supplied ones will work perfectly for them and not even bother changing it at all. Generally speaking, the speed series rev's fly better on shorter handles, the others fly better on longer handles. Again everyone is different and if you like to fly different than the general public then no problem! If it works for you, do it. One of the most looked over areas of the Rev's is adjusting the kite to your own personal flying style. Don't be afraid to experiment with your Rev pigtails, handle lengths, line lengths, different spar combinations, etc... You may just find out that a little adjustment/change will make your favorite kite all that much bettah!!! Hope that helps.