Wayne Dowler

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About Wayne Dowler

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    Hard Core Kite Flier
  • Birthday 08/04/1951

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  • Favorite Kite(s)
    Revs, Prisms
  • Flying Since
    1989
  • Location
    clackamas, or. 97015
  • Interests
    kites of all types, bowling and coaching bowling, working out at the gym
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    Male

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  1. none - never sit down
  2. First time using it yesterday, lack of a current roster is annoying. Never know who is actually on, unless they chime in. Other than that, went pretty much normal.
  3. As a follow-up to my Rev 1 experience - I got a 5th hand set of "B" pros several years ago. At this point, both the std and mid have finally given up the ghost and the f/v is a ticking time bomb waiting to fail. Homemade wear strips extended their lives some, but the screen tears and the sail fabric flat wearing out, has doomed them to strictly street duty as of now. (lots of tape to hold them together) Both sails tore right at the TE, from center panel out towards tip. Bought a std from Bazzer before he left for OZ, left now with figuring out where to get a replacement series. Time will tell.
  4. Several do 3 at once!! Bar in each hand and a waist belt for the 3rd! Look for a video of Ray Bethell.
  5. Planned obsolescence might be the way to describe it. Rev knew that their high end sails were in the hands of mostly serious fliers that would wear them out. Why do you think the "B" pro was developed? It found the weak points of the factory sail and strengthen or improved them. But even those wear out if flown hard. That mesh strip at the LE has always been a weak point, failure to do anything to improve it shows a lack of concern. On my own well flown Zen, I had to put home made wear strips down the verts to stop sail checking and fold strips to fix screen tears. But it won't last forever .....!
  6. Eventually if flown - sun wears the color and fabric from the UV rays it is exposed to every time you fly. Some parts wear faster, rubber fittings seem most vulnerable. Really old kites with vinyl fittings are terrible.
  7. 20 years??? SURE they will - if you never fly them!! Or at least don't push their wind range too much and switch sails as the wind changes. I do have an old Rev 1 from 98-99 still in my bag. Held up pretty well over the years, but I don't fly it a lot unless alone and want to fool around with something "old school"!
  8. The Ashes is a Phoenix - just the SUL of the lineup. I also didn't care for the TE vents at last years WSIKF, but that was definitely at the low end of the wind range for that sail (std). This was before the Ashes was added to his set. In their proper winds, one of my teammates that has a set, has no issues flying along with the rest of us.
  9. I got some stock in a bridge ...........
  10. If the winds are low enough to use a Zen - I don't recommend it!!!
  11. Where about are you going in Oregon? Portland is the major city, but there are many other places to see! PS: when in June? Lincoln City Kite Fest June 24 + 25
  12. Date you picked for this to end??
  13. OSK = Ocean Shores Kites in Washington State. Andy, the owner of the store up there, has direct input to the Chinese factory.The Vertigo and Exodus lines are made with his specs. He has specified things like fabrics used, rod construction and QC, even stitches per inch. Panels are cut by laser. For the money, a pretty decent product. I flew them last summer and was impressed with their overall performance and "bang for the buck"! The Windrider is their own product. It has been the subject of countless horror stories of bad lines, cheap construction, lousy materials, etc. Ever hear the term knock-off? This was among those that tried to make a cheaper copy of the Revolution kite, Most failed. Even harmed the reputation of quality kites available. I'd put it this way - cheaper isn't always better. Now to be honest in the comparison - the Exodus and Vertigo lines haven't been out very long compared to others, so the jury is still out on durability. But overall quality of construction and components seems to be far superior to the Windrider line. If price is your sole reason to choose, think of it this way - would a few bucks more spent now, end up giving you a longer time investment, than something that might need replacing sooner?
  14. Close is good, but equal is better. Most lines, even from the start, are rarely even! Few make exact linesets. It's you that has to check! riff's method of checking is a great field check to see how they influence flight. Nice thing is it can be done at anytime. Breathe!!!!