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    HQ: Jam Session, Maestrale, Infinity, Fazer XL, Tramontana Prism: Elixir, Alien
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  1. I made that decision recently - having a standard sail and choosing between a mid or a full vent. I opted for a full vent (it is being shipped now) without comparing wind ranges of different QLKs to the most common local winds. I instead considered the wind range of my DLK collection. That consists of kites for medium and low winds - no vented kites at all. I hope that QLK full vent is a way to do kiting on windy days without getting a workout (which can be quite fun b.t.w. with e.g. a Fazer XL), damage the kite or not being able to control it. I also intend to experiment with covering one of the vent pairs to create a mid vent. The approach I imagine is to use sheets of cellophane or ripstop to cover the vents. The tape would be of the type for construction site polyethene/polyethylene sheets. When not used the covers would be stored attached to a plastic sheet. That tape has never left any residues for me and never aged though I have had patches of the tape on the wall for years (for the purpose of reusing them), but I would need to verify it usefulness for kiting. Any better ways here? My background: I'm into dual line kites and have used my standard QLK sail a bit less than ten times. The only framed quad I've seen so far or tested is that standard sail.
  2. Perhaps you can find some comfort in that you can be more relaxed and be better prepared at a later festival. New things often have some hidden issues to be handled and one can also give a better performance if one is thoroughly familiar with the gear. I really understand the eagerness here though. I tried to improve well enough to do the dual DLKs during a kite festival i Stockholm in the end of May this year, while testing out line lengths/handles and also doing a repair without proper spares (a spar broke less than 48h before while flying ONE of kites). I managed yes, but it could have been better and a more relaxed experience.
  3. I did not know what a "burst" was in this context (I think I've figured it out now though). Would I have done so from the start my thoughts would probably have stopped with an image of five people piloting their QLKs and not seen the "arrangement" as a unit (then a SLK). Without the right/standard conclusion, a natural end to a thought, the mind goes on by itself looking for an answer/meaning. I'm not into kite building, but how about this?: Join the adjacent LE nocks together with short pieces of tubing (>4cm?), that the nocks just fits into, to form the QLK ring. Join the vertical spars together with stubs of tubing (bent to form a small "V") as well. Add a (slight?) V-shape over all to the SLK (or ring of QLK) that is held by crossing spars attached to points close to the nocks using commercially available DLK LE fittings (or short pieces of tubing with a hole in the tubing side wall). Perhaps the crossing spars configuration can be chosen so that the QLK vertical spars are kept close to the QLK ring plane, relieving stress from the joined QLK vertical spar tube connectors when under load from the wind. It is likely that one of the QLK LE segment (for each QLK) would need to be slightly longer to give room for the extra fittings or these fittings would need to propagate into the QLK sails(/LE channels) a few cm. Hopefully the added V-form would add to the kite's stability. Another variation if you have many QLKs (which seems not to be too uncommon around here). Using "only" (5) 10 more QLKs one could add (one) two more QLK ring(s) by using (two) four double length LE segments. How would that be for a bridling problem?
  4. From the album Exult's Photos

    Not bringing the sleeves allow you to have plenty of kites or room in the kite(/ski) bag. Necessity is the mother of all "inventions" I've heard. Did not try it out, bringing the kites without the sleeves i.e., until recently - I had to, due to limited space when packing for travelling. Are there any disadvantages with this method compared to keeping each kite in its respective sleeve? Before leaving home, this lead to a hunt for velcro straps that comes with the kites when new to keep each kite in a roll. Before I considered them not so important, which have led to that they have diffused around ending up here and there in the kite gear boxes*. The sleeveless transport urged me to mark the spreaders by putting a white tape strip around each kite's spreader where the name of the kite has been written - just in case any spreader would escape from a kite roll. Now this is not so likely, since when disassembling the kite I always put a rubber band around all spreaders. This photo was taken during a very sunny period during a vacation trip. Without the buff I would have been forced to much limit kiting and other outdoors activities. The buff is not any special UV buff to my knowledge and was originally used when(and bought for) skiing. I very rarely wear the buff in "mugger-mode" covering the whole face in the summer, but is instead mostly interested in covering the gap between the hat and shirt. Are the UV-buffs for summer use "only" and would they be much cooler than a winter buff? I have not tried any "pure UV buff" for hot day summer use so I can't tell about any perceived differences. These sunglasses are new to me. They are large enough to allow ordinary glasses to be worn under them. They cover field of view well, leaving very small gaps along the rim. A problem with these sunglasses is that the nose pads that supports the sun glasses on the nose are just a quite sharp edges (or strips at the wrong angle) which are not comfortable after a while. These strips go around the rim of the eyeglass chassis, sealing light and adding distance allowing the corrective (normal) eyeglasses to be worn under them. Adding some kind of nose pads or at least grind the strips closest to the nose somewhat could make them more comfortable, could be DIY project perhaps. *Yes I do have an aversion to getting rid of stuff (an especially high threshold for kite stuff). There is "always" a possibility of repairing, using in repairs, using as reference when ordering or using stuff as raw material for something else (but in general way to little time to do it).
  5. A geometrically playful arrangement. This would also do as a SLK with an interesting shape IMO.
  6. I'll include it in the exercises and learn that thoroughly. Initially I had problems switching between holding inverted and non-inverted orientation (like entering two different modes), so I still do some focusing on the transitions between the orientations. Already holding them very light. Also thinks that some of the low wind techniques from DLK carries over into QLK. But thank you anyway! It is time for some more QLK practice. Even though I don't have any kite flying surrounding I always plan ahead, moves in planned paths/figures between tricks (DLK) and (obviously) try to make it look as good as possible (DLK and QLK). So in this aspect I guess it could be considered as a (non-existent) team flying preparation. However it feels very unfamiliar when flying two DLKs and the lines cross - so that is an aspect that remains getting used to (and flying two DLKs in itself still requires some more "getting used to"). The least (solo) teamflying-like is trick flying in my opinion, especially when randomizing input to see what the kite wants to do.
  7. I bought this line set ready made 15m long (49 foot). I kind of figured that since QLK is more of precision and positioning the kite in different places 15m would not result in a too small window considering that I sometimes do fly the 4D on 18 foot lines (6m). But as I said I just started out learning so I'll will surely notice the difference and possibly I'll change my mind when I meet more wind. Good to know (assuming that "the verticals" are the two spars connecting the front and trailing edge and that they snap in high wind). My DLK reflexes knows this thoroughly, while my QLK self knows this mostly only limited to theory unfortunately. Most often I only pull the brake(/rear) lines when the kite to ground distance rapidly decreases. On the other hand normally you fly faster and more frequent in the forward direction. Hmm.. possibly I should do some fly fast-slowly-fast exercises with varying line tension (and pitch angle) to get this going?
  8. When warming up for the dive stop I do horisontal flight with the leading edge first and then do the sudden stop instead of starting out with a more dramatic vertical dive. The input is the same as when doing the dive stop to my understanding. This developed into an exercise flying from side to side, turning by making the sudden stop and then the actual 180 deg turn on the spot to fly off in the other direction (but that is another story). But bear in mind when evaluating my answer, in this aspect, I am a beginner as well.
  9. From the album Exult's Photos

    To describe someone who had changed their ways/opinions/activities with age (often to something milder) my father used the expression(/proverb?): "When the devil grows old he turns religious". OK, this may not be the a perfect application of the expression, but here is my first framed quad, on a beach in Sidmouth (UK, Devon). Except for one day the wind here has always been much lower than the forecast making (especially inverted) hovers difficult to practice. I unfortunately didn't bring the lighter set of spars (the 2 wrap ones) during this vacation trip out of fear that my rookieness would break them (they remain at home in their original bag). What is the most common way of breaking quad spars - breaking the spars in the air (due to high wind/hard input) or when doing "unplanned landings" with a powered kite with tensioned lines? So far I've only tried the 15m lines, mostly due to the low wind (and sometimes lack of space), but I find it an OK length of learning on (without having tried the 25m line set yet). I'm sure that previous DLK experience makes it easier to pick up QLK. The make shift thought model that the brake lines (rear lines?) corresponds to pulling the right/left DLK line gets you far. To start with QLK has also given me perspective on DLK. The DLK precision in figures, starting/landing, etc..., that I've taken for granted is more evident for me now when I can compare it to my currently more wobbly QLK piloting.
  10. An interesting and original arrangement! - I'm sure it took several attempts to get the spacing good. A colourful photo!
  11. I've been completely off from KL for a >month (really "enjoying" the time by doing overdue paperwork of the type I-don't-even-know-how-and-where-to-start and handling family issues - OK, not all was a boring horror - I did something unusual, for a change I bought a framed quad (in fact the first that I ever seen)) and what happens: First, there is a quad clinic in Denmark, i.e. relatively nearby (extremely rare), which tuned out to be sold out (OK I'm a duali type, but hey contacts are worth gold in my kite forsaken part of the world). Second, one of the participants turned out to be a man that I've have received so much good and early advice from. This is my old kite guru from the days (end of 90-ies) when I started out seriously, that suddenly surfaced here after about 18-19 years! I'd say that he is the one who really introduced me to kiting. From looking on his profile page (as of Fri Jun 30 12:41:53 BST 2017) I'd say he has chosen a much humble approach here. In addition to the "Aerialis team captain" he is a kite designer, (former?) national director of STACK Sweden and a former kite shop owner. His more recent achievements, i.e. during this millennium, I'm not updated on with the exception of being one of the organizers of a recurrent kite festival i Denmark, "The Nordic Kite Meeting"/"Blokhus dagefestival" ( https://kitelife.com/kl-archive/nordic-kite-meeting-2013/ ). Thank you @Anders Matson for time after time sharing advice patiently (phone-wise) at a time when it really mattered!!!
  12. Hello Kevmort or anyone else close enough, This is a long shot, but if you now happen to be any where near Sidmouth (Devon, UK), possibly on vacation, I'm here for a week more (ending early July 2017). I brought a decent sub set of my kites (mostly duals, but also my new first framed quad (and yes I'm really a rookie here)). I don't have a car, but could imagine going by bus for an hour or so if someone happens to know "the perfect field". I'll be in Sidmouth and be able to do kiting until Thursday 6th of July (or possibly parts of Friday the 7th as well). How is Sidmouth as a kiting area? - well OK if the wind got any south component in it, ie coming in from the sea. Surprisingly quite low winds, so so far I've mostly been using the HQ Shadow mostly. Otherwise it is cow dependant, i.e. which pasture they happen to be in, which can lead to long walks if you are determined to do kiting. If the tide is in the remaining part of the beaches consists of sorted round pebbles typically in the range 2-7cm. Most places they slope rather much.
  13. From the album Exult's Photos

    A few times the kites collided with a muffled sound. Well nothing broke but one time the kites started to spin and left the four lines in a twisted mess. I guess that I could offset the kites by making one line set a metre shorter than the other. In this way the "hit effective cross section" should be reduced and only be limited to kite/line collisions and exclude the kite/kite collisions. Would one notice in any negative way, a metre of difference in lengths between the line sets for a line length of 30m (98ft)? It just struck me that the "reflexes" to give line to make any kite to ground contact milder should ideally apply to kite collisions as well.
  14. From the album Exult's Photos

    Afternoon, 6th of May 2017 Ladugårdsgärdet, forecasted 4-5m/s 2 x Kymera on 30m 50kg lines Ready to roll up into launch position by using a hard wind parking method (the lines/leaders up and around the trailing edge so that the kite can be rolled forward into launch position by pulling the lines). It wasn't always necessary with this type of start, conditions were quite OK today, but was sometimes a bit on the lower side - no tail weights fitted (serves no purpose here anyhow). If you want to apply low wind techniques you need to have both the noses pointing either up or down at the same time. The wind range that I can do do dual DLKs is quite narrow given my current skills. Low wind means that the kites needs to be synchronized as just stated when flying up/down and hard wind well that is just makes the kites move too quickly. Perhaps going to 40m would allow higher wind speeds, since there would be more room to maneuver the kites? Most of the time I let the kites go left right in rather synchronized way. Often had them high up in the window, so my neck got a bit sore after a few hours. When doing normal (single) DLK tricking, I'm closer to ground most of the time which doesn't strain your neck. Even though I kept it simple, mainly striving to keep the kites in the air and avoiding the un-planned landings (which worked for some minutes at a time at best) I was quite satisfied.
  15. I think that the Infinity (246cm/97" span width) can be a good second kite once you are well beyond the stage of un-planned landings. It is a robust kite that only broke once for me when I really asked for it. It is good natured when it comes to turtles and lazy susans. When entering a fade from a fractured axel it it the kite that gives me the highest success rate. It is not for the lowest wind range and got some mass/response that you can feel when tossing it around (which I like). I have not found anything I didn't like except for the turning radius at the edge of the wind window, but this get less pronounced when adjusting the bridle for somewhat higher wind). I remember that you recently discussed line lengths (http://kitelife.com/forum/topic/7880-welcome-philm63/ and http://kitelife.com/forum/topic/7889-line-lengths-for-beginners/). When being out with the Infinity I normally use 20m (66 ft) and 25m (~82 ft) lines.