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Hi Kitelifers, 

 

I'm brand spanking new hoping to make some awesome new kite friends in the San Francisco Bay area..I'm in Santa Clara and frequent the Kite Lot in Mountain view by Google, flying RC stuff secretly.

Ive done research and know there's a Bay Area kite sport league or something, and big kite groups up in Berkeley.

That's just too far for my tight schedule.

So hoping to meet some folks around closer here that will be willing to "take me under their wing" (or kite).

I'm madly interested in the Rev kites.

Actually I'm this close to dropping my wallet for the new EXP Rx kite, but at the same time, I really rather just get the Classic 1.5 and spend longer in the learning curve.

I don't mean to start anything with the kite naming here, I'm just going with what is available to me today as a new comer.  I am aware of the history of Rev and the whole rebranding debacle that happened recently (yes, I've been lurking and researching a ton on Rev kites already even though I've never touched one yet)

A mentor and flying friend on the weekends will be awesome, hoping to meet someone really soon whos willing to help guide me to my first purchase. The summer is already here and the winds are insane!

Thanks and appreciate all of you.

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FIRST!!! Welcome to Kitelife.

As nice as the pretty new kites are, I'd recommend taking a good look at the used market first. This has nothing to do with Rev current offerings and everything to do with making the right choice for you. Start out with the OPK (other people's Kites) variety.. Fly a few times with local fliers who I'm sure will chime in shortly.. Then decide what you want.. You may even be able to score a field purchase of the OPK variety..

Start with a used kite of the venting level prevalent for your area.. Once you've got the feel for it, then base your next kite on what you like and dislike about your current sail. B-Series do pop up fairly often in the used market and not necessarily at a premium price.  A B-Pro will be much harder to find but that's also a different conversation entirely. If you really want a new kite check with some of the online dealers. At least one dealer is blowing out their EXP kites for $135 kite only or $189 with handles, lineset and DVD. As for the reflex springs, they aren't for everyone.. It does change the way the sail flies but not all of us consider it an improvement.. OPK should allow you to make a good choice there as well..

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Hi happysuperbutton,

Welcome to Kitelife! 

The Shoreline Kite Lot is a great place to be for sport kites. There are a number of us who frequently fly there, dual line and quad. I'm a bit surprised you haven't run into any of us. Guess you're good about being secret. Berkeley used to be a really popular flying spot, but in recent years, it seems to be shifting to Shoreline, so don't feel bad you can't make it to Berkeley. (Do check out the Berkeley Kite Festival if you can swing it the last weekend of July.) Some of us, myself included, compete with the Bay Area Sport Kite League as well, so feel free to pick our brains about it if you want to know more. 

As for kites...sounds like you've done plenty of research on Rev, but have you taken a look at the alternatives? I'm not trying to steer you away from Rev, just pointing out another avenue for research if you don't already know about it. Here's one thread: 

I'm busy this Saturday, but might be able to squeeze out an hour or two Sunday afternoon to go fly at Shoreline. You're welcome to try my Revs. 

Oh, and protip: check the Shoreline Amphitheatre concert schedule before going to the Kite Lot. Most of the area where we fly is actually parking for the amphitheatre, so there's not much room to fly once concert traffic starts coming in. This Saturday is actually a bad day to go kiteflying there. Sunday looks good though. 

 

 

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What they said -- ditto. Try before you buy. Consider all options.

Other pro tip, watch the video tutorials available on this forum, especially assembly, line management, and basic set-up and launch. If you have already watched them, watch them again and again until you're sick of watching, and then watch them three more times. Everything JB tells you is GOSPEL, and will save you much grief. Definitely get together with Dragonfish. She knows her stuff, backwards and forwards. 

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17 hours ago, dragonfish said:

Hi happysuperbutton,

Welcome to Kitelife! 

The Shoreline Kite Lot is a great place to be for sport kites. There are a number of us who frequently fly there, dual line and quad. I'm a bit surprised you haven't run into any of us. Guess you're good about being secret. Berkeley used to be a really popular flying spot, but in recent years, it seems to be shifting to Shoreline, so don't feel bad you can't make it to Berkeley. (Do check out the Berkeley Kite Festival if you can swing it the last weekend of July.) Some of us, myself included, compete with the Bay Area Sport Kite League as well, so feel free to pick our brains about it if you want to know more. 

As for kites...sounds like you've done plenty of research on Rev, but have you taken a look at the alternatives? I'm not trying to steer you away from Rev, just pointing out another avenue for research if you don't already know about it. Here's one thread: 

I'm busy this Saturday, but might be able to squeeze out an hour or two Sunday afternoon to go fly at Shoreline. You're welcome to try my Revs. 

Oh, and protip: check the Shoreline Amphitheatre concert schedule before going to the Kite Lot. Most of the area where we fly is actually parking for the amphitheatre, so there's not much room to fly once concert traffic starts coming in. This Saturday is actually a bad day to go kiteflying there. Sunday looks good though. 

 

 

Dragonfish hello!

Thanks and yes I have read that thread prior to joining the forum to post , I like Freleine as an alternative, but with all alternatives I got interested in, there's no difference to entry price point, so might as well go with Rev right...there'll be more around I could test compared to the still-growing alternatives.

And yes I have seen many of the prism Delta fliers as well as a few revs the times that ive been there at the kite lot.

I was actually around that day flying my RC stuff at the opposite end for what I believe was also the day of the BASKL Fun Fly event day in mid April. There were like 12 revs flying solo, lots of people chatting and flying other kites too. But I had to rush off and missed the opportunity to check out  the revs or meet anyone as that period of time was really busy for me. Dust settled now though so back to the kite lot when I can.

Would be cool yeah maybe this Sunday we could arrange a first meet/look at any revs you wouldn't mind showing me. We can discuss over pm if you like !

 

15 hours ago, makatakam said:

What they said -- ditto. Try before you buy. Consider all options.

Other pro tip, watch the video tutorials available on this forum, especially assembly, line management, and basic set-up and launch. If you have already watched them, watch them again and again until you're sick of watching, and then watch them three more times. Everything JB tells you is GOSPEL, and will save you much grief. Definitely get together with Dragonfish. She knows her stuff, backwards and forwards. 

Yup haha I actually watched a lot of the "Kitelife" YouTube tutorials videos like months ago during research.

Looks easy to get in and difficult to master.

But even then I have my reservations still lol.

Excited, looking forward to meeting more of you soon.

Also now really interested in purchasing used revs as another buy-in option. The hunt begins with any willing hearts lol.

Thank you!

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Cool! So you've seen us out there. Feel free to come talk to us whenever you have time. Most kitefliers are happy to talk about kites and show you theirs. Let's discuss over PM about meeting up this Sunday. Hopefully I'm not exhausted from Saturday. Alternatively, you could just show up to Shoreline on Sunday and try your luck at running into someone. 

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I'll head out there on Sunday then, will pm to arrange, looking forward to it :)

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Quick shoutout to dragonfish for showing me the ropes on revs today!

Winds were rather fierce at like 20mph+, but she's well experienced and had her collection with her so we flew with her vented bseries. 

Much easier to tame than dual line or parafoils I tried in the past and what I had expected going in, was easy enough getting it the the air and back down and some newbie control turns here and there haha, I had fun. No real "splats" today. I've spent lots of hours researching and reading on revs and today's quick field trip has me sold!

I'm quite interested in buying a used rev to start with, so if anyone knows anyone looking to sell a bseries, mid vent, maybe handles too, it'll be great if you could connect me! I think local would be a plus so we can skip the shipping hassle. Mostly fly in winds at around 10mph and above as anything lower I'll be occupied with rc stuff.

Thanks again dragonfish! Looking forward to flying more soon :D <-- happy rev newbie

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I'm glad you could get out there with Dragonfish and get some idea of what Revs are like. You WILL make some hard contact with the ground as you learn so keep that in mind as you acquire your Rev. You should now be able to make a more informed choice. If you have any questions, shoot. We'll all do our best to help.

10mph and up is midvent to full vent territory, depending on experience and wind quality. I recommend starting with a midvent if you are sure you will ignore wind that's 10mph or less. If you think you may do some flying in wind less than that, then you should start with a standard sail, and get a full vent as your second kite when you are ready for it.

As I said, ask all the questions you need to. We don't bite.

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Thanks makatakam!

I have a question.

I was browsing for revs using the Kitelife Amazon widget and found this SLE

http://amzn.to/2roCSgg

Thoughts? It seems like a perfect entry price for my budget and it comes with handles, extra frames, sleeve, except lines.. but not sure how different it is from the vented bseries I tried out.

Don't think I've been able to find such a good price to entry anywhere else yet.. so curious now.

Yeah as much as I love to support revs and the hobby, just not in the best financial statement yet so any chipping of costs to entry for me (like going with used kite) is important considerations. I can't wait to go flying hahaha. I'm quite sure I'll end up with more than just one kite anyhow.

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No price or availability when I looked today. Don't forget that lines, if new, will set you back $75 to $100. Look for an RTF (Ready To Fly) package deal. It's the best value for the money. Keep an eye on eBay. Used ones from people who didn't get into it show up frequently, and many that have just been taking up space in the garage for the last 10 years. Take your time. I know how much you want to get into it, but it will cost you twice as much as it should have if you make hasty decisions. Show up at the kite lot some more and get to know the others. Ask around. Many Rev fliers have kites that just sit in their bag taking up space. On the field is where you find the best deals. Go to a festival. Haggle with the kite retailer(s) present at the event. They always seem to be more generous on the field than back at the store.

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