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jdvoracek

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  1. Had I purchased my Shook first, I wouldn't own my full vent or any other vent.
  2. Could you borrow one of those Best Masterpiece Contest meshes submitted by Eliot for a few days of testing and let us know what you find?
  3. I echo this. The mesh just flies better, "more like a Rev". I purchased the full vent for higher winds before I was aware of the mesh. The full vent felt sluggish, and some days I was flying in 30+ mph wind, so I purchased a mesh and never looked back. There must be an aerodynamic difference between a few large vents and several smaller ones.
  4. Hear, hear! A favorite flier and handsome kite is my Carl Robertshaw. Glad that Eliot Shook is in - without his mesh I would be grounded on our windy days.
  5. The flying techniques series on the Rev home page overwhelmed me when I first started flying, and I forgot it was even there. Instead I found a number of You tube videos and the tutorials on the Kitelife pages, especially those by Barresi. However, I've rediscovered this resource, and I'm working through it. I still can't do clockwork for beans, but one practice skill that is starting to help is doing snap turns starting inverted and finishing inverted as well as starting 90 or 270 degrees from horizontal and finishing the same way. Thanks to Rev crew for these.
  6. About to put a 3 stack up. Did you adjust your lines letting the brake lines out a few inches as some suggest? I've also read that's not as necessary for a 3 stack as it is for bigger stackes (4 to whatever). John, TX
  7. Time to try stacking (3), but which Rev? I weighed a couple of my kites: 1.5 Barresi with 3-wrap frame: 224 grams (7 & 7/8 oz) 1.5 SLE with SLE spar: 274 grams (9 & 5/8 oz) The 1.5 B is almost 2 oz (24%) lighter than SLE with SLE spar, but I can buy 3 SLE's matching in stock and less expensive. I know a stack is a compromise of compromises, but any thoughts on 1.5B's vs SLE's HUGELY appreciated. It's been suggested to lighten the back two SLE's using a lighter spar and maybe even the front SLE using a 4 wrap regular spar. Surely that will par some weight. Thanks in advance. John, TX
  8. Thanks for all the replies! Question clearly and conclusively answered.
  9. I (briefly) flew my 1.5 SLE in wind more gusty than I realized. Can I replace the "Ultralight" gold label vertical spar I snapped with an "Ultralight" silver label spare from my 1.5 B? There is about 1/8 inch length difference which is probably insiginificant aerodynamically. The gusts were so bad I ended up flying my full mesh, and I kick myself in retrospect. Thanks in advance, John
  10. jdvoracek

    new kites

    My SLE is my most recent kite, i.e., I flew the 1.5b and 1.5b full-vent first, then the SLE. There is a hard to describe quality that defines how they differ if flown in the same wind, say 10-15 mph. I think I would call that quality responsiveness although sensitivity or perhaps just speed would also be proper. In that 10-15 mph range, the 1.5b is more responsive, more nimble than the SLE. It's noticeable but not as hugely different as the full-vent is from both of the others. The full vent in that wind range is noticeably more sluggish (or stable). I'm thinking it has to do with the loss of lift due to the vents, perhaps in a stablizing manner. I actually got comfortable with inverted hover using the full-vent. It was easier to keep inverted and in the same place in the sky, but it also was slower to spin for the same reason. On the other hand, I could fly it on days I was afraid to get the others out. So, yeah, you will notice a difference. I generally prefer the 1.5b when wind allows. The SLE is less comfortable at lower wind speed (more weight to lift?), and is flyable at somewhat higer wind speed than the 1.5b, but it's not as responsive, yet in a way, it is easier or more relaxing to fly. Maybe I don't try to do as much with the SLE and just let it float along more. To me the full vent and open mesh Shook seem to need more input when partially or fully inverted and that is easier moving the reverse lines in one knot (or you could let the top lines out one knot). I just weighed my Revs. Remember the Zen has more airfoil due to being larger, so it's lift to weight ratio will be the best even if it is a bit heavier. Also note the vented Rev's were weighed with 4-wrap frames compared to the 1.5b. 1.5 Barresi with 3-wrap frame: 224 grams (7 & 7/8 oz) Zen with std Zen frame: 253 grams (9 oz) 1.5 SLE: 274 grams (9 & 5/8 oz) 1.5 Shook vented mesh 4-wrap frame: 278 grams (9 & 3/4 oz) 1.5 Barresi full-vent 4-wrap frame: 280 grams (9 & 7/8 oz)
  11. So cool! Why didn't I think of that? Thank you!
  12. Agree with all who say favorite determined by wind with some overlap: A few to about 12 mph: Zen 8 to 20 mph: B-series (don't own B-pro) 12 to 24 mph: B-series full-vent 18 to whatever mph: B-series Shook mesh I use the "flag" SUL mostly for special occasions. It has about the same range as the Zen plus a few mph. If I could own only one kite and had to cover as many wind conditions as possible, it would be a B-series mid-vent with 2 and 3 wrap frames doubling the frames in heavier winds. Or maybe with just the new race rods based on what I have heard about them. Favorite line is 120 feet 50# or 90# depending on the wind and if I am feeling lucky. They all fly a little differently!
  13. I would think NV winds to be variable rather than steady (jealous if so). I have both 50# and 90# lines for my Zen, but both are 120 feet long because my winds are ALWAYS variable. In light winds I spend a lot of time just staying aloft and use the lighter lines. I rarely try much slack line work in those conditions, and every time I do, I am waiting for the line to snap . The lines I use don't feel mushy or maybe I would not know if they did. I am a lot more comfortable with the 50# lines, however, now that I have a pair of those FABULOUS new NO-SNAG Rev handles (15 inch version).
  14. Is this a problem with only B-Pro sails or with other models too? While reading the description of this tape it struck me that perhaps the problem is really the surface abrasiveness of the spar. If that is the case, then putting the tape on the spar instead of the kite might be an alternative? This would reduce the likelihood of stretch and dirt problems posted by tommylurvebus earlier for those who use tape. Does this make any sense? -John P.S. This is a UHMWPE (Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene) product.
  15. Do you use it like the new wear strips, protectively along the spar lines? Thanks, John
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