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  1. I find the tops should be about 6.5 to 7.5 inches further out than the bottom as a good baseline. Some people will go further out, depends on handles and flying preference, but the above is a good baseline. I don't believe there is any merit in going less than that on standard equipment unless you like to hold the handles at the bottom or something really obscure. I pretty much use one of two knots on my top leaders which cover me from light wind to overpowered. When handing off to someone who wants to give this flying thing a try, I will usually drop only one knot back on the top for them to
  2. I also use them as backup beach stakes (after cutting it back from where it broke) Not often I use it, but it happens
  3. And there you go .... variance across the same anatomical structure resulting in different outputs, but with a consistent principle. That principle is what lets one pick up any handle and find neutral and know you only ever need move a single knot. I've played (at length on each iteration) with different handle bends, foam thicknesses and foam position (among other factors), and each has their pros and cons. Where I feel I have a leg up on most is that I am aware of the differences and what I gain and lose on each variance of the possibilities. From there I can pick which one I feel is the be
  4. I have made a number of leaders since that thread, and different handles have different adjustments depending on when they were made. I set my neutral based on flight characteristics not a specific number. Once the neutral has been found, I am at the most efficient setup for my hand and body structure and moving 1 knot either way will account for environmental variables. This way I can pick up any setup from anyone with any handle, and as long as the top leaders are long enough, I will find my happy neutral based on the handling within a few minutes. As far as upright hovers go, I prefer to
  5. As a rule of thumb.... Light wind ... heavy wind .... I don't move more than 1 knot on the top leaders, and that's almost exclusively only for strong winds. Overly strong wind aside, the setup for most efficient and effective use of the air pressure is the same for normal or light wind - this is sheer physics. If you move more than a single knot either side of your average setup then I would question the setup to begin with
  6. Valid, but given the tensions and observations I saw and the frequency I felt ... unlikely. Curious indeed
  7. Hi Mark The kite flew evenly and without any asymmetric tendencies, with the exception of that pulsing coming down the lines. While I am capable of adjusting for a fair difference if something is out, I never felt like I was compensating for anything and the kite tracked as straight as any other. I have a decent understanding of what is happening on a Rev sail, but I suspect you are far more knowledgeable than me on the science of aerodynamics so it would certainly be interesting for someone like you to take a look at this ... even if only for curiosity sake. The trailing edge was definitely
  8. @makatakam Seems to be hit an miss from what I've seen (see my response to Kent above). The reason I got on the handles at WSIKF was because I wanted to verify what I had heard with my own experiences and not take the word of others. I couldn't tune it out and in one instance it was almost exclusively on the right side of the sail. We were on the beach so I wasn't able to strip the frame and do left/right comparatives. I know I flew the 3-vent when the vibration was on the right hand side, and if memory is correct the other sail I flew was a 2-vent model. I know I did not fly the standard o
  9. Absolutely Kent, no offense taken Mark (Air-4-ce) has not had this with his team NYM sails when I last spoke to him about it and I know others have also been fine. I have seen mentions of it before and the 2 sails that I tried out at WSIKF both suffered this problem. One of the sails only suffered this almost only on the right hand side. I looked it over, made sure everything was setup and tensioned right and even got a second and third opinion with no luck. I stood under the kite while someone else flew so that I could look at the filled up sail in motion (the vibration doesn't exist while
  10. kwmf

    Race Rods

    Full sail for sure .... Once the wind is up I switch to the mid vent with 3 wrap frame - a little venting goes a long way to making me look smooth and sharp
  11. kwmf

    Race Rods

    Just remember that low wind flight is dictated mostly by pilot ability and equipment makes up a small percentage of that equation. I use the heavier frames regularly back home because I have to fly on shorter lines and get some strong wind, but when I'm in the USA with longer lines I don't need it very often.
  12. Just to add to the above and clarify... The NYM is the latest/greatest produced by the Rev factory (some may say the B is the best factory but that's a different debate), whereas the Pro is the top of the line and hand made by Bazzer Poulter. As Kent alluded to, there is a lot of things that go into a Rev that make for a more naturally refined experience which may or may not be worth the money depending on what you want from a kite, the level you plan to fly at, your style of flying, how much you want to push the limits, etc. Like all revs in the line up, they all fly pretty decently (yes p
  13. kwmf

    WSIKF 2015

    @MisterNixter If you can hold the 4 basic hovers and have basic flight control then you're ready to get in line - it will only help accelerate your development
  14. kwmf

    WSIKF 2015

    There's always team flying going on .... I don't fly 32-26 hours each way to fly by myself ... LOL
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