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Showing content with the highest reputation since 05/24/2021 in Posts

  1. Jim, Marc and Fletch making it look easy
    3 points
  2. I bought myself an early Father's day gift, a Sky Burner quad-line Fulcrum. I have been looking at them for a while and it really intrigues me. I also have the advantage of being 15 minutes from Kites and Fun Things store and the owner John Trennepohl who worked with Carl Robertshaw in developing this quad. We get together with a group every week and fly at the local park. I have been flying a Rev EXP, XX and XX Tarantula (still working on the basics). I also have a Prism Tensor 4.2 power kite if I'm looking for a good workout. I put aside most of my dual-line kites for now
    2 points
  3. Saw a new Symphony from this years model line and HQ Kites is now putting the tabs on the kite for quad bridles from the factory. I'm not sure about which sizes have the tabs. Quad Bridles sold separately I think...
    2 points
  4. Hello everyone. Thanks to your advice and a lot of work, I finally made my first reverse slide. It is not perfect but here is 3 hours of work and it is there. I still lose altitude from time to time, which I corrected so early but I have the trick .... Thank you for your answer 😁😁😜
    2 points
  5. Keep in mind the distance between your handles controls the speed of the slide, the brake line in front during the direction of travel controls the altitude of the kite. The trailing brake line controls the attitude or angle of the kite . If you want the kite low and parallel to the ground: front brake = how high (minor control correction) back brake = how flat (Lots of little control corrections.) Distance between handles = how fast (Watch the sail and if it starts to flutter slow down) Keep in mind these controls swap when changing directions. All that being said, once y
    2 points
  6. still young if that is all you have, give another year, and let us know what is in your bag😇 about wind range: on the paper is one on the field is a bit different. a standard will need 3 mph and steps back to launch but to maintain the fly is depending by the pilot and that may happen even at 1 mph with stepping back and hovering in reverse for recovery how makatakam said. for vent, full vent and megaevent "reaccommodated" wind speed is more than informational, your flying abilities are the ones who will make the difference on the lower range. Yes, you will need a minimum wind speed for e
    2 points
  7. Tune all your quads so that they backup from resting inverted on the ground (leaders, add down) hide the speed differences (only going as fast as a side slide will allow, regardless of direction or orientation practice inverted until you also confirm,…… the kite is easier, more controlled, dare I say more enjoyable? Upside down! cheat? Add sissy sticks, you won’t bow tie it rigged w/“magic”
    2 points
  8. It looks the same speed because forward flight speed has been dialed in a bit, looks cool going forward and backwards at the same speed, don't fly forwards as fast and your reverse will look faster.
    2 points
  9. Believe it or not, add another knot of brake if you can..
    2 points
  10. Here is a link to the hidden "Easter Egg" from the Tim Benson/Andy Wardley DVD Trick or Treat. Sent from my Lenovo TB-8705F using Tapatalk
    2 points
  11. Is Karma Dead? We have all been impacted by things way beyond the norm over the last year. Our last Karma drawing was well over a year ago and even then the last 3 attempts to have a Karma drawing had no takers. Is there still an interest in Karma drawings? KiteLife's Karma Drawings have had ups and downs with some hugely popular drawings and some not as much but to my knowledge, this has been the longest period of no action in the history of Karma Drawings. This is an open discussion so please share your thoughts and insights on if this tradition should be carried forward and if so
    2 points
  12. We're pleased to yet again announce the next prize being given away to our most appreciated supporters, the Kitelife Subscribers... For roughly 10 cents per day they play a major role in keeping KL growing in every way. 50x Dermer Sled Kite Kits, from Kites in the Sky - $100 value, perfect for family or school activities! "The Dermer Sled kite has been used for decades in classrooms, children's fairs, kite festivals, and by recreation specialists who are looking for an inexpensive, easy to make and fly kite!" == This package includes all you need to make 50 sled k
    2 points
  13. View Advert Level One JTM Selling my Level One JTM. Beautiful kite, excellent condition. Asking $150 Advertiser synthexracing Date 06/20/2021 Price $150 Category Kites (Dual Line) Brand Model  
    1 point
  14. 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.. ***Note the plans are for 8 point bridles and will work fine.. The kites I customize will have a 9 point bridles which aids in reverse flight and stability. http://www.riffclown.com/kites/HQ2.2.4Conversion.pdf Flying Demo And in a bit higher wind I even took my first buggy ride us
    1 point
  15. 5% distilled white vinegar from the grocery store, old toothbrush, paper towels, slow and steady
    1 point
  16. I went into the store on Thursday and talked with John Trennepohl more about it, he had all the color sails to choose from. I wanted one with some contrast between the two colors to help with orientation. He's said to give him until Saturday and it would be ready, he needed to finish assembling the bridle, wing spines, cross spreaders and stand offs. To my surprise on Friday afternoon I got a call it was ready, couldn't get there fast enough. I got this with both frames, Standard and Ultralight. The stand offs you asked about are 7.125" long for both front and back. How long
    1 point
  17. Hi! Anyone know what frame comes in the standard Rev EXP? I've attached pics of the frame (silver sticker) and the spar (green sticker). Can someone please tell me what I have?? Lol - I know, what a noob! 😂. Can that spar be used as a frame? They appear to be the same length. I'm wondering because I also picked up a 3winds UL for those low winds days (it's truly fantastic!) and I was wondering about switching or mix/matching frames, compatibility, etc., with either these kites or future kites, stuff like that. Especially in case I buy a frame only kite in the future to keep costs down. O
    1 point
  18. The Emmakites wind ranges seem reasonable as far as they go, and in accordance with my general experience with Windrider IIs (the lower wind comment may be a suggestion that one may have to take a step back while launching at the bottom end). I have the Std, Vented, X Vented and XX Vented. Give your Vented a go and see how you like it before leaping, perhaps. I like mine but find I prefer a good 15kph (10mph) to fly it comfortably, and it is good to ~25kph (16 mph though will handle to 20+). My XX is good (for me) from 20mph on up. Have flown it comfortably up to 35mph-ish but that
    1 point
  19. Yeah, I saw that too and found it somewhat amusing but figured I would get her the benefit of the doubt. She also might be using a translation service.
    1 point
  20. I find this statement interesting and a bit concerning at the same time.
    1 point
  21. @Bigsnaff You should endeavor to advance your flying to the point where the kite is the limitation. At that point you start learning little differences in all the designs and can tailor your kites to fit your style AND your style to fit whatever you happen to be flying.
    1 point
  22. Both, for now you can work on the practice part. For me, the biggest help was to break it down. I could fly up, and slowly back down. Could I back down faster? Could I back down slowly with precision? That is reverse. I could fly up diagonally, and back down diagonally. Could I back down at a different speed, or more precisely? Again, that is reverse. I could do a dive stop and back up slightly to flip around. That little piece was reverse. If you can hold an inverted hover, that is reversed against gravity. Hold it steady as long as you can. When you are ready, s
    1 point
  23. Unless the more recent ones have changed, the EXP rods are 'three wrap'. And the vertical rods *can* be used in the leading edge of the EXP. (If there is a spring it will of course have to be removed.). Also, you can mix and match with certain of the other 1.5 type Revolution kites, in my experience. BTW, there's some interesting history on Rev rods by John Mitchell here (see also his other stuff): http://johnnmitchell.com/IntSportKites/rev_history/rods.html Once you start swapping brands, I have not tried it -- but if the ferrules in the leading edge accept the 'foreign' rod I see
    1 point
  24. If it makes you feel better....I'm "old" to this and it is indeed a work in progress!!! There's always something new to discover and is also relative to the amount of time you spend with handles in your mitts. +1 to what has already been mentioned previously.....OR....if you really really want to fly fast in reverse acquire a Rev Super Sonic.....whahaha!!!! Pretty difficult to bowtie that one!!!! bt
    1 point
  25. Well variables like wind conditions and what part of the wind window you are in also play a huge part when you are learning. A little swirl will cause you issues and you may not realize the swirl was even there. those blessed with smooth beach winds will know exactly where I'm coming from here. The design of the sail, type of bridle and finesse of your technique also makes a lot of difference. Some combinations just back up better than others. And as your technique gets better, so will your speed. Be patient it will happen.
    1 point
  26. Between the post and the video, another successful snagless conversion. Thanks for posting this! 👍 . As I was working on mine, the biggest takeaway was to make sure the anchors you use have a shoulder on them to protect the leaders from the nasty metal. My anchors hung over the edge, but a little file work got them nice and smooth and flush so it was easy to get the cap back on. Cake!
    1 point
  27. I will definitely try that. I'm sensing that I could go with more brake in higher winds. I'm completely new to this so it's a work in progress. Thanks!
    1 point
  28. Who all from this group will be up in Michigan this weekend for the kite festival?
    1 point
  29. I am going to get out there on one of those days. I live about 20-30 minutes away. Looks like it will be in the 90's but no rain.
    1 point
  30. Vraiment bienvenue. Prendre plaisir! 👍🏻
    1 point
  31. thanks for that cerfvoliste, that era produced some awesome fliers, kites, music...
    1 point
  32. Hello guys, I'm Roberto from Sardinia, Italy. I love two and quad line kites; the my last purchase is the fulcrum. I hope for a fruitful exchange of opinions and ideas with the whole kitelife community. Roberto.
    1 point
  33. 50 sled kites? Just the thing for a father and son day at kindergarten :-)
    1 point
  34. I own a number of the Windrider II models, and one III model, and perhaps can share a little bit on them to assist. [edit: I was writing this when some of the above posts were made and before I saw them] The Windrider II comes in four variants that I am aware of: standard (std), vented (vtd), extra vented (x vtd), and extra extra vented (xx vtd). The venting on the the vtd model is approximately 25% of the sail area, and, as you would expect, the percentage goes up with extra venting. Unlike the Revolution style of almost vertical panels of venting, the Freilein line has the vents in a di
    1 point
  35. this way I did get a response.. so I address GammoRay who said he had one and I should check with him in January. Well I did and I did not hear anything. So Once more.. Are you thinking of parting with the Rogallo Flexikite??
    1 point
  36. Since seeing this about a month ago, I have tried it in a number of ways. I've sued the hitch on a 'biner as you show, but also on a ground stake as a back-up to a figure 8, and on the top of a metal fence post. quick, secure, super easy to take off, if you can give yourself a little slack.
    1 point
  37. Recently got bit by the single line bug, found fun 3d inflatable single lines, and pulled the trigger on a 5m bol. I am curious how to best anchor it. I do not know how strong it will be, it does not say what line test (rope?) I would need for it. I tried the search feature and read most of what I could find in regards to anchoring, but wanted to open up fresh thread for anyone to chime in and share their tips and trick for anchoring down bol kites to grass/firmer ground. I can use larger stakes there in my fly site since its not a sports field or anything. Anything will help. its been shi
    1 point
  38. Hey Mitch, thanks for the info. Also just noticed on your profile banner that your in STL? Im only a few hours down the road in springfield! Ever near by, hit me up! Edit- just bought the storm force kit. Thanks again!!
    1 point
  39. I'd tie off with nothing less than 300# line. I like dyneema. Agree about the Storm Force tie down, and especially with a bol, which pulls at a low angle. It's what I use myself. If you are in a windy place, I'd also get a couple of strong carabiners and a figure of 8 to make line handling safe and easy. Learn the spanish knot. Write back here if you can't find it elsewhere and I'll post some pics.
    1 point
  40. I was thinking the dead blow would not be good for the metal stakes. I’ll keep it for camping and get a smooth head long handled framing hammer. Thanks again!! Sent from my iPhone using KiteLife mobile app
    1 point
  41. I'll try it. I often fly alone and controlling the line as it pays out and then locking it off is a challenge with big stuff. I've used the Spanish knot but when the strain is on, it is sometimes hard to set the slack you need to tie it. If nothing else, this could provide that slack!
    1 point
  42. figure 8 tool is a special design (old but secure) made for a certain kind of climbing lines. the two 0 what create the 8 figure are meant to be putted on to a certain direction depending on what to do, go up or go down. also there are if i am not wrong in 2 dimensions to cover all thickness of climbing lines. if you will want to use a figure 8 for kite lines you will need to build one what will accommodate less tick kite lines usually used for fast descending but controlled speed may be also used to go up in line if you do not have the special tools for that (belay) use GammoRay
    1 point
  43. Bridle Test Swirling Breeze, 12' lines.. Very pleased with results on this kite.
    1 point
  44. I tried the anchor method but couldn't get the anchor to hold tight, probably a size issue. I had some 5/16 oak dowel lying around. Running a 5/16 inch drill inside the handles removed the inside lip left by the pipe cutter when the handles were made, at which point the dowel fit in fairly snuggly but not super tight. I cut four 2 inch lengths of dowel, drilled a 3/32 hole 1/4 inch from the end and used some old epoxy to glue these into the handles to remove any chance of them moving. I also added some heat shrink tubing I thought would make it hard for the end caps to move. As others note, th
    1 point
  45. That rig is what "Whatakite" used to use. It will work well. My only concern would be the plastic cleats but only for the reallllly big kites. I launch kites on the beach with ppl all around me. Give me 25 feet and I'm good. Here is what I do when I race to the flying field/beach 1. Dig hole for sand anchor or pound stakes 2. Hook quickdraw carabiner to sand anchor or quickdraw carabiner to a rock climbing sling to stakes 3. Pull 15 feet of line through carabiner and wrap it off. (Sometimes my bridles are long and there will only be a couple of feet of line)
    1 point
  46. 🏁 Great show of respect and a prime example of how to do business as part of a community.. Wish I could like it twice!
    1 point
  47. I won’t be bringing Djinn for sale on the Berkeley field (if I have them by then) out of respect to Highline Kites (no Djinn resale yet) and to Revolution Kites who pays for a learn to fly field and supports the festival as a sponsor, though it might possible to meet somewhere offsite... IF they’re ready by then.
    1 point
  48. Some impromptu Quad Ballet from @John Barresi & @mystainedskin Symphony 2.2.4 and B-Series. Was very fun to just sit back and watch..
    1 point
  49. Currently my favorite shop is Ocean Shores Kites. Andy, the owner, is an avid flyer and great at repairs. I've had him fix a bunch of kites and he's very creative and capable. Nice to have a kite shop owner who knows his way around a sewing machine. They stock lots of high end kites, Duals, quads and SLKs. The SLK stuff is really great. Tons of 'biners, pulleys, sand anchors, etc and lots and lots of kites. Lifters of all types, an entire sled section, all sorts of DDCs, some double Fench Militarys, and some costum pieces as well. They also have some large inflatables to fly below a pilo
    1 point
  50. Addendum: my bottom leaders are generally about 5" long, with 1/2" knots. I use these strictly to equalize R-L unbalance as I switch from line set to line set in a hurry. All tuning (throttle/brake) is done on my top leaders. Re tuning for newbies - the best approach I've found for folks trying to find their "feel" on the settings... 1 - Start with good, long top leaders (maybe 12" long with knots spaced 3/4"). 2 - Let your top lines all the way out on the leaders, and try to launch. 3 - If you can't launch, pull in one top knot and try again. 3a - If you can't launch, pull in one top knot an
    1 point
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