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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    Revs, Prisms
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    clackamas, or. 97015
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    United States
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    kites of all types, bowling and coaching bowling, working out at the gym
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  1. JORDAN AIR PRO bridle

    Are you also on FaceBook? The maker of those kites is fairly active on there and may be of help.
  2. Looking for the next step

    On the topic of "Lawn Darts": Panic! Kite is going to crash - what to do?!?! Let it!! That's right - let it! Stop pulling and learn to "Give to the Kite!"! All that pulling does is drive that kite into the ground harder! Step forward, create slack, and take all the "oomph" out, letting the kite fall as gently as you can. Better to need to set things upright, than to go down and find something broken and ruin your day.
  3. Looking for the next step

    Today - just about any kite is going to be carbon fiber framed - stronger and overall lighter than fiberglass. You will find better fittings too on more modern kites. The reason so many light wind kites are so expensive, is that the materials used are exotic, not the usual run of the mill stuff. Plus somebody spent a bunch of time figuring out how to defeat gravity! My Rev Zen sold for $440 new - not cheap! It's a trade off between the good boutique kites made especially for these conditions, or settling for something close and working on your skills so that when you can get that better kite, you appreciate it! So you're looking at a special breed of kite .....! All that being said - there isn't anything "wrong" with the 4-D. Smaller, easy to transport, flown on lighter lines - it is a different feel in your hands, but not necessarily a bad one, just different. I still own a 3-D from back in the 90s, used it as my travel kite, took to work, whenever I felt a need to fly, etc. Smaller and light and needed a light touch, not a ham-handed one. Doing research is great, but until you fly that kite in your hands, in your conditions, it is all a guessing game. Some connect with whatever it is they might fly, others just can't stand some stuff, they just don't enjoy that particular "feel". When I started searching for a light/no wind kite, I ended up going through several - why? Because they had abilities, but I had no skill. Whatever you decide on - there is NO substitute for this - Time on the Lines!! I don't call it practice, but that is what it amounts to! Every time out, learning more about the equipment (how it works, adjustments, etc) and how YOU interact with it! The only way to further your skill set is to get out and fly! And there is nothing wrong with having several kites to do the different jobs asked of them. Most dual line fliers end up with at least 3 - something for light, medium, and higher winds. And a bunch of lines to mix and match accordingly. Nice thing is after accumulating your kit - the wind blows for free!!
  4. Fluke's journey

    If I converted measurement correctly - that Expresso is less than 4' in wingspan? A bit weighty using 150# lines! Not knowing the weather you deal with locally, 90# lines might work? Really depends on the kite's design and conditions you use it in. Does the kite pull strongly? 85' sounds OK for length, just got to find a weight not too much for it. Or maybe both shorter and lighter? Sorry have no experience using this sail - kinda guessing on what could work....
  5. Tube Tails & Stunt Kite Air Brakes

    Looking closer at some of these - the ones on my Jam Session went from standoff to stand off, if I remember right. Didn't fly it in that configuration very much, so I might be wrong there!
  6. Kite Hard Case

    Good old Rev roll up bag here for my quads - just about all I fly at a festival anymore. I put a second strap on it and made it a backpack style, leaving my hands free to carry my cooler and small bag of flying goodies. In a pinch, I can roll a tarp and/or a sun shelter in it, especially if I plan on an all day affair!
  7. Fluke's journey

    Polyester is also known as Dacron and is not suitable for stunt kite lines. Way too stretchy, even in its best form. Good for single line kites only, that stretch will take up the shock of lulls and gusts. Would not advise for stunt use! Polyethene or polyethylene (dyneema, spectra) is for stunt use. I would suggest sticking with known lines - LPG, Shanti Speed, Shanti Skybond. If you can find them - the Prism lines are OK too. Some of the internet stuff is pretty much junk. Expensive - yes, but not the place to cheap out - IMHO!
  8. Fluke's journey

    This is just my opinion, but shared by many others - The only thing keeping you in contact with your kite - is the lines! Stretchy lines give you way less control, all the good stuff does. I've used just about every line made in almost 30 years of flying. I prefer NOT to skimp on my lines. YMMV
  9. Fluke's journey

    Most. Theresa at the Kite Shoppe, prestretches all her line sets before making them up. I've made many of my own sets using a luggage scale to evenly stretch all my lines. Eventually the coating will wear, the line inside wears, and they get plain old worn out. You can make "shorties" out of them if there is still good left.
  10. Fluke's journey

    Dyneema and Spectra are material names, not finished product names. Laser Pro and Shanti are both kite line makers, using Spectra and/or Dyneema in their manufacturing process. As with most raw materials, you can get differing grades of your raw materials. Kite line makers (known) use the best to start with, as it is a "niche" market. The issue is weave, tighter is better in kite flying. More direct feel between you and kite. The looser weave is for fishing, the looser weave absorbs shock of the hook set better. Why there is so much difference in price, they use less, that and the overall production percentages - probably something like 95% to 5%, fishing line to kite line, make our lines more expensive.
  11. Welcome Fluke

    Reason for the differences is that not every store or company supplies lines with every kite. You can order from a manufacturer, the "package" in many variations. Quads are an example: lines, no lines, extra frame, etc. Some stores buy a cheap set to throw in the bag after they get them. Some makers supply their "own" lines, that way they know what you are getting. Varies!
  12. Welcome scottweider

    Mr. Weedah??!!??
  13. Tail management tips please

    I use a regular winder for mine, but would use an old Carey winder if used much. That would wind them up so fast .......! Too bad you have to look hard for them - think they are out of production.
  14. Line Lengths for Beginners

    That long - I would suggest - yes, get at least 1 set of 50# in a length you like and will use! A lot less drag and can even lower that low wind capability for you a bit!
  15. Line Lengths for Beginners

    What lengths? Some don't like 50# much, too easy to snag on grass and damned near impossible to undo a knot. 90# will work pretty well as shorties, but there is a difference in the lighter lines, the longer you go! So it really depends on your favorite length, on the need for lighter lines. Even as a quad flier, I use 50# for several line sets in light winds - 30', 50', 85', and 120'. All but the 85' are my solo lines, 85' are my team's choice, along with an SUL. YMMV