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    • I wrote the instructions up and posted them for your use. This takes a small Dual line foil to a whole new level. Stops on a dime and spins like there's no tomorrow. With a few materials and bit of time you can tweak an otherwise good stunt foil into a Quadline Contender.. http://www.riffclown.com/kites/HQ2.2.4Conversion.pdf Flying Demo And in a bit higher wind I even took my first buggy ride using this kite.. Enjoy..
    • By request a repost and update of my Reflex Review
          The Rev Reflex is a different animal indeed. The Springs do change the wing shape and dead launch from face down is almost as easy as a standard reverse launch.  The springs did however also change some of the responsiveness in the very light wind conditions.. When step accelerating a dive, you have the load the wing with a heavier hand at each step and plan again for loading the wing with the dive stop. It's almost like a delayed reaction. I like the larger size but, dislike that I don't have multiple frame options and interchangeability with the other Revs. This kite does makes a big difference at the edges.       Extreme edge of the window, the kite reacted differently than expected. I was at the point where the springs were trying to make it float but I was still able to give input via the lines.. Not necessarily a bad thing, just one aspect of this wing that I wasn't expecting. All in All a 5 star experience.  This is a very forgiving kite that will make a difference in the novice flyer and intermediate flyer's hands. I can't speak for the Advanced Kiter or Professional's take, as I consider myself neither of those. Looking forward to more handle time with the Rev Reflex.     About the video.. Some raw footage of putting the Reflex through its paces. This was only my second flight with this kite and it DOES act differently than a typical Rev. I intentionally tried to destabilize the kite at the end and flew it well past apex.. It floated right back into the wind gracefully.
          On the backside of each wing attached to the vertical spar and to the sail via velcro is a small metal spring that shapes the sail. IT keeps the sail from being perfectly flat and thus induces float when the sail is in any kind of neutral profile. It makes the dead launch from facedown possible and makes it more stable in the air.. But if any of your tricks or moves are based on a flat sail, you'll have to adjust, relearn or abandon.. After a lot of flying, the handles started to show a lot of internal slack. I used the following methood to tighten them up. . . I've let some friends from all over "test" the kite including Jim Cosca, Paul LeMasters and Fletch. Fletch used it almost exclusively for the ODSKC along with his Phantom SUL. In Paul's hands it truly got put to its paces and seems a capable durable kite. I'd like to see a bit more spring to the springs. Over time they tend to bend a bit and have to be reshaped.. All in all a nice sail with some unique characteristics.  
    • Thanks for the kind offer but sweetening the pot is plenty from my perspective@Happyspoon, I found I had two kites and there is someone out there needing to fly one of them! I hope to learn dual line on the other. This will be a sweet grab bag for someone. Looking forward to learning more about your project too!


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    • I've added neoprene sleeves to mine for just that reason after the ODSKC. Just haven't taken the time to take pics. Weather has been lousy hot. Photomom suggested a bit of sail repair tape on the backside of the velcro tabs but I have so much self adhesive velcro handy, I haven't opted for that particular solution but it seems to make the most sense without going into re-engineering the spring itself. I did do a review of the Reflex along with some basic flying video and posted it a few places.. I'll post it here if there's interest.. Many of you have already seen it at the other locations..
    • I'd be for adding some shrink wrap to the spar in that rub zone too! Wonder if anything has been done with the velcro on the spring end - heard of at least one instance of it coming off and getting lost! Growing pains!  
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