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  1. 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. Djinn XT from Kite Forge, $405 value, in GREEN FADE! == Full info - https://kiteforge.com/djinn More videos - https://kiteforge.com/videos/ This package includes a Green Fade XT (EXTRA VENT) sail, Mystic 18 frame and a kite sleeve! NOTE: This is exactly the same Djinn XT configuration that I fly myself - no special mods needed, it's alre
    7 points
  2. Somewhat related... https://kitelife.com/2012/06/28/when-it-becomes-routine/ https://kitelife.com/2012/03/30/flying-with-intent/
    3 points
  3. Then what you described is the opposite of what Club 38 offers. While the other levels they presented are somewhat of a progression, they aren't linear. They won't tell what the other "skills" are when asked, saying you must progress through each level before unlocking the next. When I've asked a few times over the years I've been told that I could easily work through the videos to be declared a master, but they won't disclose what they all are. I was one of the first people to publicly view the program, one of my kites included their flier and I posted in their forums about a month
    3 points
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    3 points
  5. Happy New Year to all my kite friends. True to form, it is another holiday with rain for the entire long weekend. For me, 2020 has been a crappy year for kite flying. I’m hoping 2021 will be better. In the meantime, I’ll be in front of my sewing machine trying to improve my kite building. Hope this year brings more kites and good flying to all of you.
    3 points
  6. My new Freilein Windrider III UL (Ultralight) quad So, my eye was caught by a new Freilein quad. At least new to me. And it comes in UL! So, I got one for myself for Christmas! (Being in need of a new kite.) See the pics taken the day it arrived, earlier in December -- hope they work. Apologies for quality. Flown briefly just once to date, bad conditions for it. Points of interest, some of which may already appear in other kites; a few are shown in the pics: 1. Existence of the UL model in the Freilein lineup is new (to me anyways). It sports Crystal T1 spars, which ar
    2 points
  7. USPS just dropped off one of those triangular boxes that originated at The Kite Shoppe. I have it on good authority that it is a 3Winds SUL. I'll have to wait until tomorrow for pictures because, alas, today is not my birthday 😏.
    2 points
  8. I added lower bungee covers to the B Pro you sold me. Additionally there's leading edge t-connectors, aluminum end caps, and the upper bungee knots are tied off in the pocket formed between the dual layer of fabric at the top of the sail. If imitation is the highest form of flattery, you should be blushing 🤭.
    2 points
  9. I have both kites, and would keep the Kaiju over the 4d. Both are small, but the K is a little bigger. The K is also a little easier to get tricks out of. Neither kite is appropriate for winds over 5mph. Neither kite is a favorite, just because of their small size. I prefer a kite to be 7' or larger, smaller kites just feel like toys to me. But... that's just me. 😎
    2 points
  10. I'd love to see what you come up with. Inspired by two things - your comment in "Rotational Drills" about using them as warmups and your mantra of "don't judge success or failure until you've done five in a row", I developed my own sort of "warm-up" routine that I run through at the start of every session. I've been surprised at how quickly I've improved the individual skills. In contrast to Club 38, where you do a pretty long pattern stringing together sometimes unrelated or out-of-progression elements, I'm doing quick repetitions of smaller skills - 20 reps of X, then 20 of Y, no
    2 points
  11. Nice to see someone else adopt the bottom bungee knot covers, finally. 😇
    2 points
  12. I received a Lam Hoac Magic Angel 2 in the mail just before Xmas and holy kamoly...... First off....Lam is waaay kewl....nuff said! I've only managed to toss it around the living room, and yowee it's quite a bit different than any 0 wind kite/glider I have.....it's like an aerial boomerang or yo yo, and will glide forwards and backwards.....this in glider mode with no line attached! Lots to learn about this unit!!!! I won't know for a while how it will be outside because of the weather....finally stopped raining today..lol. I'm sure it will be phenomenal. However I can't judge i
    2 points
  13. My measurements also match. Also hopefully helpful, I took a video a few months back for something else. You can pause and zoom in as needed on various attachment points. https://photos.app.goo.gl/fZywNEbrnW6822LW6
    2 points
  14. I've been using it for close to a year. No issues, I like it better than the yellow stuff. I would put it next after LPG...
    2 points
  15. Ok folks, got our latest member info squared away and we've got a winner! Huge congrats to subscriber #1359... This brand new spool of line is going home with @Tim Grosse! Deepest thanks to all as always, couldn't keep this site going without your support. Stay tuned for new prize info very soon!
    2 points
  16. @guitfrank Kites have shipped. Sent you info via email..
    1 point
  17. From the album: #BundukiVlieger

    Djinn MV Custom (Nederlân Series) x Bunduki Vlieger
    1 point
  18. lam's bridle, ..... commercially known as "Three Winds"
    1 point
  19. From the album: #BundukiVlieger

    Djinn MV Custom (Nederlân Series) x Bunduki Vlieger
    1 point
  20. From the album: Riffclown's Homemades

    Bridle Test 72" LE Extra small diamonds. 320+ panels in this kite.
    1 point
  21. A full sized SUL in light wind is divine. I am a size large person, so the small, light inputs required for the small kites just don't come naturally...
    1 point
  22. Hi, Danny. Pulled out my Zephyr and I think in stock form the spine has a vinyl end cap on the end of it. Pull or gently pry that off, and the shaft of the weight assembly slides right into the spine. And Bob's your uncle. .
    1 point
  23. Between hard ground in the winter and leaving behind many stakes on the field I decided to get magic sticks for the rest of my kites. I used them on my first rev and should’ve done it for the rest of them all along. The ability to just drop the handles and leave the kite with no worries is well worth it for me. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    1 point
  24. View Advert Revolution Old Glory Masterpiece SUL This sail previously owned by @Paul LaMasters and one of 2 Bazzer Old Glory sails with SUL Leading Edge. The two patches (one visible on the right) arenot repairs. They are reinforcements for the Magic Sticks. I have way too much overlap in my bag and some kites that never get flown. Here's your chance to plus up your bag with a rare masterpiece. This kite has a Black Race Frame (no Green Trim) Also has Paul LaMasters tuned Magic Sticks US Only Please Price include shipping to CONUS.
    1 point
  25. I've not had a DS for a number of years, but I found sliding the uphaul/outhaul knot position to increase the uphaul length by 0.5cm made the turtle sufficiently deep to make JLs significantly easier without detracting from any other tricks. Worth a try.
    1 point
  26. This type of In Search Of post works well for old, out-of-production models. Sometimes it can be the only way to obtain a decades-old model that is gathering dust in someone's closet. It doesn't make as much sense right now since it is the current production model. You can easily get them direct from the manufacturer in any color you want. Is there something I'm missing? Is this post just because you don't want to buy one new?
    1 point
  27. I love the Kaiju on light wind days. If wind is too weak to hold up other kites I can still fly the Kaiju. If it goes completely calm I can switch to indoor techniques but I rarely need to. At first I wasn't sure it could handle it, so I bought a second for outdoor flying, then within a month I won my third. Now I have two I fly outside whenever winds get light, plus one I fly indoors. Usually I set one up after my Djinn or Rev is struggling to fly, and keep at it until somewhat beyond the kite's rated maximum. My only difficulty in light wind is forgetting the nature of the kite.
    1 point
  28. In this particular post no. I’ve always loved how direct sunlight or the lack there of affects the colors. Even on sunny days when big puffy clouds roll over the flying field it can look one way and change as I glide across the field in and out of the clouds shadow. Even the black panels can look almost deep blueish (is that a color) with the right light. However, with wind range, I tend to pull this out as soon as my Polo UL starts making noises and with a bit of tweaking at the leaders the more vented kites don’t come out till it starts to really pull. so yes a 2fer in both instances.
    1 point
  29. [emoji1690] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    1 point
  30. A bit late(only 2 yrs[emoji12]) but once Polo went solo I did get myself a UL and I never shared a pic of my custom job. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    1 point
  31. Wow, best prize I have seen offered,, but I am a fairly new member. Ej
    1 point
  32. indoors or outside, depends on the kite model applied and your objective(s). You actively fly 'em, like a sport kite, some have superior negative glide capabilities (Janus by Bill Biggie), some float on a fart (iFlight), some you'll "add weight to" in an effort to alter the glide (Manta, up to a pound!) some are compound shaped like the 61/49 by McNeill and need some slight breeze, .... Skate glider kite can fly unattended if there's even enough to feel on your neck~kind of wind glides are single lined kites, but all single line kites are NOT gliders
    1 point
  33. Seriously well organized! – Should ensure that none of the essential stuff is forgotten at home. My pre-session organisation is mostly limited to keeping my kite lines etc in a plastic bags: one for short no/low wind quads indoors or street, one for quads on a “proper” field and one for dual lines). The kites to bring I mostly pick on a wind/session basis. How was this roll-up bag made (or is it more of a packing list?)? I like the area for the snack – a small piece of chocolate that can allow one to go on for an hour extra if required. A chocolate bar is also well wrapped to be handled b
    1 point
  34. That's simply amazing! I cannot thank you enough for your help and support! The sketch is very easy to comprehend so that I'm preatty sure I can handle it. Have a good one!!
    1 point
  35. Basically that is correct, except to recognize that the measurements are of the bridle line off of the kite. That is, the measurements include the sections that tie around the rods. Also The O to I you show is only to the end of the loop that larks heads to the pig tail. Here is a rough sketch of the bridle and dimensions. Good luck tiering a new bridle. Take your time and measure carefully.
    1 point
  36. Sweet! Thanks KF [emoji173]️ Sent from my iPhone using KiteLife mobile app
    1 point
  37. Any difference you felt is due to how they were braided and coated (or not coated). LPG are my softest lines because they are not coated. Skybond are very stiff because of the waxing yellow coating. Both are Spectra. Matrix lines are somewhere in between (but closer to Skybond) and are not Spectra trademarked material.
    1 point
  38. 90 wow. Nice collection Riff I’d love to try one of your home built kites someday. My next purchase will probably be a Djinndoor when they get to market.
    1 point
  39. A few largish stitches with a needle and light thread would help reinforce either the sticky-back velcro or glue methods I should think, eh? Add a tinsy drop of glue to the stitches as well. (Weight c/b a factor, however.) .
    1 point
  40. The Midvent would be an Exodus since the Vertigo isn't available in that format.
    1 point
  41. Not sure the model, but I flew one of the Freilein sails early on as a tester. It was before Andy went to holes on the LE and still used mesh. He gave me 2 to try for a weekend at a festival, a std and a mid. Winds were right up the std range. It flew just fine. At that time, it flew just about as well as anything on the market. I felt it was a great choice for anyone starting out. IMO PS: I did end up using a Rev race frame in it, just to see how that felt - I liked it even more!! I'm sure that Andy has plenty of available options for one now, depending on your use. I think at th
    1 point
  42. This is universally true, no shame in that. As you grow into the hobby, you can start saving money until the budget grows into it. Some people also build their own, choosing to save a lot of money in exchange for time, sweat, blood, and tears. Line sets cost about half as much but require buying in bulk up front; yards of kite fabric cost have some waste as you cut around, but then you've got people like @riffclown who make impressive patchwork kites from hundreds of tiny scraps of fabric. Assuming you stick with the sport, you'll have one, then another, then another, then you'
    1 point
  43. I think I settled on a package to make sure I am in this for more than just a thought. THe EXP for 185 RTF is tempting. Comes in under $200 RTF to my house. But I settled for a Freilein Vertigo for 199 with Freilein handles for 49 and LPG 90#x80' lines for 71. All of it together for 320 to my house. Still wondering if I should have gone with the EXP first, but ohh well .... I had really great advice from all of you, especially riffclown and John and I am very grateful for your guidance!! That's also why I renewed my subscription here too to put back in. If I get the hang of it and stick with
    1 point
  44. Wow... these subtleties are difficult to understand / translate in a foreign language. If this explanation is still valid in this simple form, then I understand the concept of "whump" :-)
    1 point
  45. I'll see what I can do. 🍀
    1 point
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  47. Have you ever checked out Randyg's sportkite blog tutorials on you tube? He puts the kite into a very slight turtle before the upper wing "pop". I don't know if it's necessary but I have a lot of respect for the tutorials because it's where I learned almost all my tricks.
    1 point
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