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  1. I’m in the process of doing a kite flying vid/sound design project and was ready to do some online testing.... Due to a situation these daze, and in my gathering of source material I remembered I had some vid of this kite so figured I would take a bit of a change of direction....and is appro...... https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=WDSj-RzbGLM bt
  2. Traded 2 for one dualie and a 0 wind Rev..... So down 2 then up one......16.... bt
  3. Wait a second....I used to have one of these in grey....wonderful kite....so what gives? http://www.kitepower.com/reviews/reflexreview.html bt
  4. Welcome Nigel, Great on ya to sign up..... I wouldn't say "better", just different...but to be confusing it is better in a way. I've never tried a B2 but I do notice a difference in flying a 1.5 vs a B1.5......more crisper for lack of a better term, so I'm imagining the same except a bit quicker... Others can explain better but the downward panels plus the deeper center panel do make a difference.... However I'm more partial to a Sedgwick style Rev 2 (as well as the 1's!!! See pix in link below.) I just like the sail/panel layout better. I wish they made a Sedg 1.5!!!! For example....but different sizes here....I have a Zen that is real nice but I also have a Robertshaw 1, which to me is more nice and it is somewhat based on the Sedg style..... They all are good!!!! bt
  5. You may also want to check this site out http://www.gwtwforum.com/ You have to join up to access the swap meet......I`ve bought and sold a bunch of stuff there over the years.... There`s kitelife as well. btw watcha got?? bt
  6. You didn't mention the two kites you have...1...1.5...2...blast....as there's another factor regarding line lengths...Yay more lines!!!! Use the 80' set as your median and get/make sets both shorter and longer....not to mention different weights... I don't enjoy 120' lines at all, so that means no team flying for me....sorry no interest either..... Fly pairs very rarely and we use 100' lines and both kites are vented 2's. 100' is tops and 40' is the minimum for me. And again different weights as well. Yay more lines!!! bt
  7. Thanks for reminding me... -1 1995 Rev 1... 19 bt
  8. I always thought a 1.5 in a Sedgwick panel layout would be way cool... I`m a huge Sedgwick fan and have both the hot and cool in both 1 and 2 sizes, plus an white/orange Sedg 2....also have a Robertshaw 1 which is based on a Sedgwick rather than a B/Zen layout.... I`d buy one! bt
  9. +1.....back up to 20. A Sedgwick 2!!! Plus a pic of the 1 and the 2...
  10. Was doing some line adjustment/attachment experiments....never mind didn`t work...today under a very interesting sky. When this happens I like to take out a mylar paneled 1.5 cause it looks really cool...refraction wise...and to see clouds/sun move through the panels....(not unlike seeing through the vents in a vented).... This makes for some fun and a bit different approach to flying. Flight is a little more "slippery"....this attribute also works well when this kite goes swimming.... Real cheapo camera....doesn`t do justice... I always thought an all mylar rev would be way cool.. bt
  11. -1.....solid red rev 2 Now at 19... bt
  12. +2 (20) Zen and Robertshaw 1 bt
  13. -3 sails here...kept the frames though. Down to 16 now. bt
  14. Yay for the REV 1!!!!! When the 1.5 was introduced I couldn`t stand them......too much of a compromise between the 1 and the 2 I thought...at the time. Took a couple of years....and many revs...to come to appreciate the 1.5 size and generally one of it`s models is the first out of the bag.... They are my "workhorses" but when a 1 does come out it makes it even more special. My 1`s always will be my faves!!! I have 3....2 Sedgewicks and a classic. Was going to get a Zen but spent the loot on some BMK dualies before they were no longer being made.....the 1 w/2wraps will suffice for now. bt
  15. Well there ya go.....now you'll have to get another 1 or two....what the hey.....might as well get a couple of 2's as well. I would love to get a Zen but in the last year I've been on a classic old school dualie kick....but did snag a "mini" Sedgewick 2 with a 2 wrap travel frame very recently....mmmm noodles for dinner again!!! bt
  16. Rev 1`s rule!!! I have 3 Rev 1`s and I really like an SLE in my (self)vented Rev 1. Not so much in a regular sail....but still ok. For those I have a 2 wrap and race frame set for one, and a regular 4 wrap in the other. The stiffness of the SLE (in the vented) in higher winds keeps it manageable for me. In lower to non existant winds I like the flex of the 2 wrap or race frames. I may be wrong but generally the naysayers to SLE`s....myself included...are directed at 1.5`s. I tried an SLE in both a vented 1.5 and a regular sail and ugh....no thanks!! The larger sail of the 1`s seem more condusive to an SLE imho. However....don`t stop there....get a 2 wrap or a race frame as well bt
  17. Added another......a rev 2 mini sedgwick with a 2 wrap frame. That`s 19 for now. bt
  18. Cool....to each his/her own!!! However..... 1. You don`t see tai chi or chi quiong players using music...it`s a series of moves. Now envision yourself doing improvised tai chi.......except you`re doing it with a kite attached to yourself....outwardly and inwardly... 2. Any music is "danceable"....ya just gotta do the appropriate dance... 3. As I stated in a previous post....John Cage`s 4'33.....dance (with the kite) to the music/rhythm(s) of your environment. 4. What is "music" anyway? I don`t have (or want to know) the answer and I`ve been a professional musican going on 35 yrs..... bt
  19. Realize the premise of the OP is taking a sideways turn but....silence can be golden. Mr. Bethell was a mentor to all of us flyers at Vanier Park in Vancouver. My tenure was from 1993 to 1996 when I moved out of the city.... Portable listening units were also slightly more cumbersome than today..... Ray didn't use one... http://www.raybethell.com/html/a_01a_10.htm bt
  20. You've answered your own question.....yes the dyneema lines will be ok. iirc they are most often offered in ready to fly deals. You may/will have to adjust after a bit but that's ok as well. Don't want to get into the nitty gritty of stretch factor as I'm sure it's been discussed at length here and on the GWTW site.... I have a couple of dyneema sets that I use in the winter over the ocean with the high tides in the daytime in order to save some wear and tear on my Shanti and LPG sets..... bt
  21. Six of one....half dozen of the other.... I don't think you'd be "missing out" at all as the ambient soundscape you are in can be the best "music" in the world....John Cage's 4'33 for example... At the same time it is nice to put on your fav ditties and dance with the kite. This can help with one's "timing" by all means. I'm a musician and am lucky to use kiting in my work....I can listen to stuff I have to learn or different mixes of pieces I may be working on. I also work this in reverse as I often fly a kite with no music, video the session, and use the kite movement as a graphic score per se... I have no interest in demo/competitive flying, so compiling a "routine" based on music wouldn't be part of the equation although I can see why/how that works. However if one doesn't like the music selection the appreciation of the live or videoed flying session/routine/demo is greatly diminished.....ie that god awful toon on the front page of this fine site.....sorry folks..... bt
  22. Well there ya go....this is the way of packing up the kite(s) I've used since day 1... This came about by assembling the kite though....I find it way easier to assemble the LE outside of the kite and just slide it through the kites LE rather than trying to fit the LE together inside the kites LE. Less wear and tear on the inside of the kites LE as well...just be gentle. Never liked leaving the LE in the kite while packed up. It's pretty easy to remove the LE....just as in changing frames on the fly..... I fold the kite in half longways with the bridle on the inside of the folded kite .....and vary where it's folded. Place the broken down frame along the edge of the kite just under the upper end caps and roll up the kite toward the bottom end caps....not too tightly. There's always going to be wrinkles due to the nature of packing up but I find my sails and mesh(s) have lasted for years...some since the mid '90's. I have also noticed the newer sails seem to wrinkle/crease more because of the "crispness" of the newer sail cloth. The old pre icarex sails are more soft and don't crease as much despite their age. However it's a moot point because the wrinkle will get flown out... bt
  23. Nothing the matter with nitpicking and pampering our bits of flying cloth at all... I have some Revs from the mid nineties and they are fine...mesh and all.... What can be done is to not roll/fold the kite up too tightly, and when in the bag fluff it up a bit...although there have been a few smallish rev bags lately...hmmm.. And fold the kite over in different places every time...this especially for the LE mesh. bt
  24. Nice stuff!! Thanks for the soundtrack...!!! bt
  25. I wouldn't say backwards but more a step sideways (if the quad Mojo flies good)..... Not all quads are equal and should be judged accordingly....Rev's fly like Rev's, Deca's like Deca's, Mojo's like Mojo's, etc....all quad's but way different approaches to a four line kite. I fly Rev's most of the time but really enjoy the feeling of a Deca (my absolute fav quad in real 0 wind!!), or a TC Ultra.... Never flown a Mojo...or a Spirit..or a Vampire Bat...but I wouldn't compare them to a Rev except they have four lines. Of course the Rev frame exchanging is a huge bonus, however changing a Deca frame for example just ain't gonna happen....not a deal breaker by any means. A totally different kite and purchased accordingly. bt
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