Wayne Dowler

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About Wayne Dowler

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  • Birthday 08/04/1951

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    Revs, Prisms
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    clackamas, or. 97015
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    kites of all types, bowling and coaching bowling, working out at the gym
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  1. You might measure - but those Vertigo rods might fit the EXP and/or mid too. I tried a Vertigo std this summer and put my black race frame in it with no adjusting. Really thought the sail came "alive" with Rev rods in it. Anyway - that would give you a nice selection of sails to match conditions!
  2. 4-6 rods in a week?? WOAH!! In almost 20 years I've only broken a few, and most of them I know why! Stepped on, not fully seated on ferrule, street contact, etc, all pretty much expected stuff. But 4-6 in a week of 2 hour stints?? Way too many - whatcha doing - chewing on them??!!??
  3. Yep - any 1.5 set of rods will interchange in the EXP (also a 1.5 size). PS: EXP stock rods are 3 wraps, just marked as EXP rods. No difference. I would hang on to the EXP rods (3 wrap) and get some other option like the black race frame or maybe 2 wraps. I would advise against 4 wraps, as it flexes the least and puts more stress and stretch on the sail, IMO. If it blows enough to want a 4 wrap - get a vented!
  4. I would suggest grouping according to manufacturer, ie SkyShark together, Rev rods together. That way you could look for a comparative rod in the chart, if you know your Rev rods as a sort of standard to be compared against. IMHO As fliers, we don't always go by flex, as much as the reflex - the ability to return to straight after flexing. Weight in general, is an after thought! Too light and the kite becomes victim of the winds, hard to control. For those of us that throw our kites on shorter lines, you have to have some mass or the kite gets blown off course or doesn't have enough "ommph" to reach the end of the lines. YMMV
  5. Agreed! Never needed them in a 1, 1.5, or 2! But in those that use them as a regular item - go for it!!
  6. Who uses an SLE rod set??? Never have put them in anything Rev! Good for staking tomatoes or corporal punishment - only!
  7. 10' . Some use 50#, some 90#. The Indoor Rev is very efficient, weighing in at only 4 oz's.
  8. You might ask Paul L. what length he uses there. He also deals (I'm pretty sure) with the weekend crowd. He might have some tips on how to avoid the dreaded "obliviots"!
  9. It will be nice to know if the new "GT" rods are different in both thickness and deflection. Been looking for the reason for them being "different" in feel and in breakage. PS: Been flying since 1989 and NEVER thought about my rods having a spine! Threw them into place, whether as spreaders on a dualie. or rods in my Revs. Any breakages have been explainable so far - ie, rod not seated fully, stepped on, contact with street, etc. Everyone of them was explained by circumstances. Have seen a flex difference with my own eyes, but not a weight comparison. Or variances in wall thickness. Interesting!
  10. Be careful - SLK line is abrasive and will wreck your Rev or dualie lines, It has a higher fiction point and can literally melt through a set of Rev lines. You might survive the immediate tangle, only to have your lines give way unexpectedly, way after the incident. The damage had already been done and a bit of strain = POP!
  11. The race and 2 wrap are pretty close in weight. Hear you on the 50# lines about snags, but if you do get to fly over better fields, the lighter lines do help. Might make some 30' and/or 50' x 50# to try at times! Solo, I use 30', 50', 85' and 120' x 50#, team, we use 85'
  12. Light wind flying is a bit of work, but getting good at it feels sooo good! Flying while others are sitting, gives a sense of satisfaction, some will never get! But it isn't easy! Takes time, learning to feel the sail through the lines, and most of all - learning to move! No flying with feet in cement here! You have to learn to give and take and when! Sometimes short lines work, sometimes lighter lines. Sometimes both! It all depends on you wanting it or not! (apologies PLM, couldn't resist) Try putting in the lightest frame set you have and go for it! Results - not guaranteed! But putting in the effort and trying again and again, pay off in the long run!
  13. As always - it's what works for you. A good test of top leader's adjustment - put on the farthest out knot - try launching - if too hard or not at all - move in a knot - try again. Keep repeating til launch is doable. Should take a little effort, but the "in air" performance should be much better!
  14. Try moving it out farther for more control - less speed. You may have to add a step back into your launch routine, but the extra control, once flying is well worth it! John's leaders are even longer!! Try out farther as it helps "square up" the sail to the wind, making it more efficient. Think having a ball in the center of the sail. As you move around, try to think about not dropping it! Differences? Slightly different profile, more bow to the LE, deeper sail at the "V", panel layout designed for controlled stretch, etc. Sometime lay one over the other to compare. Not huge differences, but refinements to the design!
  15. By the posts - Dr Zettl has a "B" and I believe he made the comment of him feeling that the other kite was "super brake heavy" and his felt like a rocket. Now that in my mind is backwards! With the adjustments on the "B" leaders - that shouldn't be. If anything, it should be the other way round!