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Showing content with the highest reputation on 04/18/2018 in all areas

  1. Short video of some of my progress after flying quads for nearly 2 years give or take a couple of months. Thanks to all the people that have helped and continue to do so along the way. Really has opened a whole new world, an amazing community [emoji847] Sent from my [device_name] using http://KiteLife mobile app
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  2. A few months ago, one of the "evening kitelife group chats" I mentioned in the chat to JB the need of "Youtube Influencers" for our kiting community, to bring in the new generation of flyers and help create awareness of this amazing addiction. Just a few hours ago, Flite Test (huge channel for RC community) put up their very first kiting video!! Sure, it's showcasing a dual line parafoil (Prism Synapse, my favorites) and no quads/Revs yet... but maybe JB and iQuad could consider networking and getting a feature going with the Flite Test channel Josh and his crew, show them how it's done J
    2 points
  3. my first Rev was a Backtracker and i used to wait for high winds and then try to fly between two buildings (so it would "focus" the wind more effectively on the sail). I'd spend five seconds flying and 45 minutes untangling. I had that darn thing for two years before I knew they could even be adjusted! Watched Franck's video just now and wondered how he could fly at all with leaders the same lengths on the top & bottom. It all comes with unconscious thought now, but I used to struggle mightily particularly in no/low wind. My tip is to go to a coach if there's one nearby, i
    1 point
  4. Good piloting! I'm soon half way through that (framed QLK) time and you certainly offer no rest for me by showing this video. The high tempo in the video and chosen music match well - it kind of gives an impression of precise juggling.
    1 point
  5. Yup, and save all the bridle you don't use for other kites and future replacements. Just remember that you're moving the bridle further away from the kite. You may have to adjust if you don't like the way it feels. A bridle that is further out makes the kite feel spongier.
    1 point
  6. During the y2k debates I had a lot of family buying gold in case of a collapse. I always argued that if a collapse were to happen 100 lbs of salt and 10,000 bullets would be worth more than 50 lbs of gold. Gold doesn't help the individual gather, defend or preserve food. Never lost the argument as far as I could tell.The salt pan pics really make me appreciate my refrigerator . Like this KAP stuff a lot. Although, kites are for TRICKING!! Glad others are not so narrow minded as I LOL.
    1 point
  7. You're getting better at an exceptional rate. Keep it up and you'll be Master Level in no time.
    1 point
  8. Yup, making lines. Even if you don't regularly tie your own to save money, it's good to know how it's done so that when you have to, your day isn't ruined because you can't. Knowledge is everything, and I'm sure you remember everything he said, right? You can leave the kite end unsleeved. Less weight and air resistance that the kite must pull. Try it. You may like it. Just tie a knot at the end of the loop for something to grab when untying the larkshead. Less drag means you can use more brake and still keep up with the others. Less drag means your axels will swing around more easily and/
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  9. Sacrificial bridle loop pictorial. Create a 2 to 2.5" loop using single overhand knot. Trim and flame end. Put bridle leg loop, the one at the end of the bridle, through endcap. Attach sacrificial loop to bridle loop. (square knot ) Tighten and pull square knot through endcap. Loop sacrificial around endcap as you would normally the bridle loop. Tuck that ugly knot into the hole if you don't like the way it looks. It's gonna be a little tight in there, but that's ok because it will reduce movement and, therefore, wear. I have not done
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  10. I had a friend make a special winder that lets you bunjii the handles down, then wind to the kite. He actually put 2 bunjiis on it - one for handles, one for lines. Works great at festivals for clearing the field fast, then setting it back up to fly for performances. I only uae it as a temporary thing, I like regular winding at the end of the day. These were the basis, my friend expanded on the idea. Never did like the handle wrap myself....
    1 point
  11. I agree, save that 250# line for winds less than 10mph. All these 10'+ kites develop serious pull in winds over 10mph. I fly with mostly 300# and 500# line. This is what the double DC looked like yesterday in ~15mph winds. It was work to pull it back down !
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  12. I have found that DC and double-DC kites fly WAY better than traditional flat Deltas. I have a number of both, and that's been my experience. I've talked with others who claim to never have problems with regular deltas, but I find that they have a smaller wind range, and are not very tolerant of anything but smooth wind. Ghost or Pyro deltas are a different story, they are very stable in a wide variety of winds, but the traditional triangle delta is not a set it & forget it kind of kite, they will end up on the ground if not constantly tended to. One exception to this in my collection
    1 point
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