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  2. Kalib perry

    Revolution B series Midvent

    PM’d you Sent from my iPhone using KiteLife mobile app
  3. RobB

    LBI Fly

    I'll be there Friday-Sunday. Here's to some good weather...
  4. Yesterday
  5. John Barresi

    Welcome deckardjk

    Hello @deckardjk, Welcome to KiteLife®! Although this is an automated message, it is written with heart - I love kites deeply, and I believe the KiteLife community represents this passion with a very friendly and helpful environment for everyone. Please feel free to browse around and get to know the others. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask. Need to tweak settings? Edit your profile here - View Member Edit your settings - http://kitelife.com/forum/settings/ Other than that, here are a few handy links that you might have a use for... Member Chat Member Map KL Shop And while it's never an obligation, we always love hearing about our new members if you'd like to share some of your kite stories, videos, and/or background... Tell us a little about YOUR kite life!
  6. Wayne Dowler

    Newbie Journey, Rev learning tips

    Kite Shoppe uses LPG bridle line and pulls out the core to make sleeves. You can make those short sets with no sleeves, just add a knot to the loop for undoing a larkshead. I use an old Shanti Spleever for sleeving. A guitar high "E" string works too. Just fold it in half and away you go! Others have used floral wire!
  7. Exult

    Welcome Andrewinsa

    My own experiences with foils are limited to the three foils I own. Hopefully there is some new angle to your choice of foil to be found in the below text. I guess it can be seen as a lengthy way of saying that quad line foils (QLF?) also can be fun: Peter Lynn 5m2 Peel quad foil. At the time, soon 20 years ago, I was much into learning to handle (framed) DLKs and the size and absence of tricking possibilities made it feel like a large mattress with brakes. Did some limited traction on skies. Yes, the comparison to trick kites was unfair, this foil was a tool of traction that also (obviously) could be used by a rookie. A small budget two line foil with very poor flight properties. It easily collapse, kind of pulsates when flying forward and is only stable and begins to pull in a tight spin. A better than nothing kite. Spider Kites 1.1 m2 Smithi pro. Sold as an extra controllable foil, including reverse flight. Can more or less be operated in two modes. You can fly it like a QLK or forget about the QLK thing and let go of the wrist control and fly it like a DLK with decent cornering (feels speedy then, but I have not much to compare it to). Some differences from a Rev(-like) perspective: It is (after not so many hours) in my hands less precise (but then compared to Revs I have only used it a fraction of the time) and demands much active input if you want to somewhat approach the preciseness of a Rev. I also get a collapsing wingtip when side sliding upwards. It also behaves somewhat differently when pulling back your arms to power up the sail. Otherwise I believe that the similarities are there so that QLK control can be learned on it (without breaking spars). If flown like a DLK (no reconfiguration of the kite – just how you use it) it can be flown just by left/right pulling without much thought (none) on how to angle the handles just having the handles in neutral with loose wrists. For that type of turn it is easier to control than a Rev. Though I’ve done several comparisons to Revs there are other properties to explore. E.g., I got two kites that I can do bouncing reverse landings/takeoffs My HQ Maestrale (due to some flexing glass fibre battens when 2 point landing) and my Smithi pro (both designed by Christoph Fokken btw). A bouncing landing takeoff is clearly not something you would like to attempt with a Rev. I’d say my Smithi pro is the most fun foil of the above ones – controllable and with some pleasant pull in non-light winds, but have not tried any other foils than the above ones. If you intend to use your new foil on a beach a couple of times per year and have no intention to move on to (framed) QLKs then it would be easier to go with a two line foil, handling only one pair of lines. On the other hand if you like to learn both DLK left/right control (obviously without duali tricks) and QLK control, Smithi Pro could be an option (and looking on the above text I do realize that it was a bit pro Smithi ).
  8. Cosa

    Goodwinds Kites Wind Cheater

    Thanks for the suggestions. Posted on both sites and emailed Goodwinds. I found a few posts on Kitebuilder from people that had built the Wind Cheater, all from 10-15 years ago, so I sent them PMs. Fingers crossed.
  9. Breezin

    Ultralight Freestyle Kite Build - Plans?

    Since I got my Tekken SUL my Zephyr has been a bit neglected. When first flying it all the negative things I'd read about it not being a true UL but more a light standard seemed true. As Iv'e gotten better the kites usable low range has dropped to 2 to 3 mph. Winds were roller coasting today from 0 to the highest measured at 16 mph. Stayed on the Z with stock line set. Thought about getting lighter spreaders but haven't and probably won't because of my other kites. I've flown my Tekken in 15 mph plus gusts on 50# lines but I'm heading to the edge in a hurry. Close in size to the Z but the pull is a lot lighter. Think the Z or Pro Dancer SUL could break the 50s at 8 to 10. For me the Z has been a very methodical learning process. No great epiphanies just very rewarding as I progress. For example today I did a combo sequence I'd never done before. What The, into Oh No,directly to the LOOK OUT ending on the WOW Lucky,Lucky,Lucky. Great fun.Changing the frame just a little can change a kite for the bad more often than for the good I've heard. BUT being a poor student it couldn't hurt to much to try. Sky Shark P200 spine , lighter spreaders and a 50# x 80' Shanti line set might get you what you're looking for. I wouldn't go any lighter on the spine because of the weight of the rest of the kite and balance issues .That opinion is from reading not experience. I've got LPG 50#x 120' but they say Shanti is thinner, lighter and stronger. Shanti will be my next 50# x 80' and then I'll have more nerve to fly the Z on 50s. Should be even better from 3 mph down. If the frame mods don't work out for you build a kite that has the same spine and spreader specs or a little smaller.Spent some of my kite fund recently buying a few older kites. Thought about selling the Z quite a bit to fund a boutique UL. Glad I haven't and don't think I will any time soon if ever. Kite demands patience and a easy touch from me below 4. Taken awhile to learn that but well worth the effort.
  10. gljjr

    Looking for fabric.

    Andy at Ocean Shores Kites has some PC20 Icarex. But it is very spendy. The least expensive Icarex I have found is Emma Kites. But I’ve yet to order any.
  11. John Barresi

    Stunt Kite Clinic (Aug 11-12, 2018) **canceled**

    Apologies in advance, this clinic has been canceled due to lack of sign ups - that being said, Scott Weider, Paul de Bakker and myself look forward to planning the same type of event later this year or early next. As always, big thanks to all who showed interest, we’ll see you somewhere, the learning never stops!
  12. Last week
  13. Sorry Guest LeeBB, I haven't been on this site for a long time. I have qty 8 left but am working on a quote today to sell them. If anything is left I'll contact you, if that is possible with a Guest. Not sure about that...
  14. LookuPLars

    Karma - Prism Quantum (7/30/18)

    Awesome looking kite ive been wanting one of these for awhile now so im in please Sent from my iPhone using KiteLife mobile app
  15. John Barresi

    Karma - Widow NG (July 10, 2018)

    Glad to see it well received, enjoy, great choice for the Karma relay too! Locking this one down, new drawing is up. 👍🏻 https://kitelife.com/forum/topic/9104-karma-prism-quantum-73018/
  16. riffclown

    Inverted Kip to 2 point landing

    Full Speed, SlowMo, Full Speed of the Inverted Kip to 2 point landing
  17. riffclown

    Icarex

    Diamonds Flights form the Wright Memorial
  18. LookuPLars

    How and why

    Mad max Sent from my iPhone using KiteLife mobile app
  19. John Barresi

    Welcome SurfCityVortices

    Hello @SurfCityVortices, Welcome to KiteLife®! Although this is an automated message, it is written with heart - I love kites deeply, and I believe the KiteLife community represents this passion with a very friendly and helpful environment for everyone. Please feel free to browse around and get to know the others. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask. Need to tweak settings? Edit your profile here - View Member Edit your settings - http://kitelife.com/forum/settings/ Other than that, here are a few handy links that you might have a use for... Member Chat Member Map KL Shop And while it's never an obligation, we always love hearing about our new members if you'd like to share some of your kite stories, videos, and/or background... Tell us a little about YOUR kite life!
  20. riffclown

    You might be a kite nut.

    I can tell you've never been around me and Snow Crab..
  21. John Barresi

    Welcome M1k3

    Hello @M1k3, Welcome to KiteLife®! Although this is an automated message, it is written with heart - I love kites deeply, and I believe the KiteLife community represents this passion with a very friendly and helpful environment for everyone. Please feel free to browse around and get to know the others. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask. Need to tweak settings? Edit your profile here - View Member Edit your settings - http://kitelife.com/forum/settings/ Other than that, here are a few handy links that you might have a use for... Member Chat Member Map KL Shop And while it's never an obligation, we always love hearing about our new members if you'd like to share some of your kite stories, videos, and/or background... Tell us a little about YOUR kite life!
  22. Earlier
  23. Bill Clay

    40th Annual Wright Kite Festival 14-15 July 2018

    I’ll be there on Saturday! Wind forecast looks good NE 12mph! Sent from my iPhone using KiteLife mobile app
  24. Guy Capra (Alomphega)

    Rainbow Sled LS 30 by Skydog Kites (8/10/18)

    This one will be mine ! (BTW : "Hello John !" ;-) ) Guy
  25. Exult

    First Time Out With Rev

    What – leaving the kite in the car? Are you out of your mind?! You can never expect a lasting relationship if you make it feel neglected!
  26. wakechick

    Lil Dreamer by Skydog Kites (Jul 10, 2018)

    Hey! Awesome! Way to go, Mom!
  27. My rev spars have had several negative excessive stress events. It's sad. These are the "new" cheap-ass ones with the green ring near the labeling (not the green race rods, I haven't got those). I'm going to Atlantic Beach, NC in August, first thing I do: go to Kites Unlimited, get some NOT CRAPPY spars for my rev, and also see about fixing the bridle on this Griffin.
  28. John Barresi

    Subscriber Number?

    Welcome to our latest members... 1514 @Zzizzy25 1515 @Little DAB 1516 @rem50 1517 @runamuk0 1518 @NCREVR 1519 @Cosa Active subscriber count, 371.
  29. AERIALIS Kites

    Hi all!

    Yeah, those were the days! [emoji5] BTW I'm currently re-publishing quite a few of the old articles on the new website. Hope you like them! Sent from my Moto G (5) Plus using KiteLife mobile app
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