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Robtulloch last won the day on April 26 2016

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About Robtulloch

  • Birthday 03/26/1975

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    Perth, Western Australia
  • Interests
    Stacking Revs and my crazy little B2.
  • Favorite Kites
    My pimped out 1.5 SUL, French Bridle, Diamond Frame and Mgic Sticks.

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  1. Slight topic deviation; Does the Pheonix not count due to a licensing issue?
  2. I'll be honest, I only skimmed the responses.... but As the second frame, get a black race. Some dealers even give you the upgrade for only an extra buck! A black race will be marginally, a couple of grams if at all, heavier than a 2 but the workability of it is much higher. The loading of the race will have you going lower and higher on a given sail compared to a 2. Some cases a 3! A race frame loads/unloads far easier and faster than a given wrap frame. It reacts to inputs faster. A Race can work the gusts and lulls better (read more efficiently) than either 2 or 3 frames. I have popped 2 Race spars but that was my fault. Too much wind in the wrong sail and the verts broke. I use a Black Race in my Standard and MidVent sails with a 3 in the Vented and PoloVTD (like an XTRA). Yes, it will work in ALL sails but effectiveness is greater in the Standard. All told. My absolute favourite set up is a Standard sail with a Black Race frame on 30 footers. And trust me on the 0 to 20mph wind range!
  3. Are the bottoms being pulled inwards into the handle? Not sure if similar construction to the Indoor handles but I had my leader pull through the plastic grommet. After threading back through, I tied a big (literally) knot just as the leader came out of the handle and now I attached my lines to that. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. Do you have a picture? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. It's all there, you just scroll down to it. The Zen is under the PRO Series tab. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. This is good stuff. Lessons from Joe! AWESOME!!! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. Challenging winds are horribly discouraging. 80 feet makes 30 and 50 really easy and gives more options. Just for next time. If you measure your handles around the curve, are they 11 or 13. If you just measured tip to tip, that isn't how they are graded. Longer leaders on top (of handles) square your sail to the wind. This means that the largest amount of sail can catch the wind. However. It requires an input to get going. A small thumbs back and a short, sharp pull on the lines produces forward drive drive. A quick thumbs forward stops it. I fly inland and also around building. Wind shifts of 180 degrees and just completely dropping out are the norm. I fly on a lighter frame, 2 wrap outlets with a Black Race centre on 30 feet of line. It's a small window but I'm only on the ground when I want. Learning to regain ground is a skill. When the wind is light you back up. When it blows you walk forward. Light wind is challenging. Having to set up for variable conditions is very challenging too. You use your whole body to pump air into your kite then glide out. Practice practice practice. There's no real cute other than that. 40 foot lines will feel greatly different than 80. Working them in variable conditions will be easier than 80 for sure. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. The hardest thing to do when starting is keeping it small. Small arm movements. Small wrist movements. Small body movements. If to can imagine your wrists in a set of handcuffs. This goes to reduce the big arm and body movements. Also forces you to concentrate on small wrist inputs. I've even used a big elastic band to physically stop it. Works. Feels weird but works. Worth remembering that you stake your "top" lines and set the kite back up with the Leading Edge on the ground. Keep the lines relatively tight when setting up and you won't get any tangles. Or minimise them at least. Stick with it. It will happen. Breath lots. I learnt on my own but I had lots of help from this forum and others (Kitelife). The handles that come with the EXP will be 13". You measure the length of the rod around the bend. 11" come with the Rev2/B2 platform. But yes, smaller handles minimise inputs. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. That and I wasn't being too gentle with it...Much happier with the Frenchie, suits me better.
  10. SparkieRob -1(9) Moved on my beloved B2. I know it will be appreciated. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. SparkieRob -1(9) Moved on my beloved B2. I know it will be appreciated. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. Never flown the Zen or Green Race frame so I cannot make a personal comparison, sorry. Cath and Eliot Shook at Flying Smiles Kites have French Bridles. Don't worry as they come with very good instructions on how to install. Youre dead on about "just flying". That is the best thing. Your confidence and skills increase every time. Watch what other pilots do to stay up in low wind. If you can, meet up with others and learn from them. Jump in, the waters fine....
  13. If you have a "full sail", that is a sail with no other venting screen other than the strip that runs along the leading (top) edge, a set of lighter rods will serve you better than a new sail/kite. 1) Diamond rods are very light, Revolutions lightest, and they snap back into shape very quickly after they have been compressed. They aren't cheap but are brilliant for very light winds. 2) Black Race rads are light, not as light as the Diamonds, and snap back in a very similar way. They are a bit more robust and can take a bit more sail pressure. If you have a 2 wrap frame that will serve you well while you practice your light wind flying. Technique will serve you better than all of these. Each component helps but learning how to cycle your ground, when to load and unload your sail all will teach you more. Also, light wind flying is outside most people's comfort zone to start with. Very frustrating. Stick at it. There are tutorials specifically for light wind flying on a Rev, JB has done some on the Kitelife forum. The Magic Sticks are the framework sticking out from the back of the kite (rhs of pic) picture I posted. They act like a truss to stiffen up the frame. The extra weight isn't as much as you think. The French Bridle is in place of the normal bridle (on the front, lhs of pic) and acts to change where and when the forces on the frame are distributed. Ask questions. Poke around the forum. There is lots of quality information on here.
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  15. I have the same kite. I have a Diamond frame, a French Bridle and Magic Sticks. I use 15 inch handles. Wind range on that set up is a true zero to about 16km/h(10mp/h). It's still relatively comfortable at the upper range but I have other kites so have never needed to push it. It will happily fly in the middle of that range on 120 foot. But the bottom range at that length is working it. At zero wind on 30 feet it's is really a slow walk to keep it going. I got the extra bits as I wanted a Zen like kite but a little more 1.5 responsiveness. The Spectre bridle that it originally came with I didn't like at all. I had one knot that kept coming loose. I painted it with nail polish and put a stop to that but it just didn't feel the way I wanted. I got the Diamond frame with the French Bridle as a support. Diamonds aren't cheap. The shop I was getting them sold the Magic Sticks so I got a set to try out. Low wind weapon, yes it is. BUT. You will need to give some movement into it. If you can "feel" a breeze then that is enough to stand and fly it.
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