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  1. So latest update: All fixed! Good to go! Just need to build up some coordination and endurance in the leg. May even salvage a little outdoor flying this year!! If not, at least indoors. For all of you that had me in their thoughts - Thank you!
    6 points
  2. I've been waiting for this question... 😂 Short answer, no. Kite Forge doesn't make "products" or "toys" for consumer use... Everything we make (and will make) fits specifically into use scenarios for me, Brett or our other house pilots, and the little quad kites just don't perform in any circumstance in such a way that is of any use to me (severe lack of natural precision) - no desire for a "wheeeee!" kite in the bag, we're all "drivers" or work directly with an incoming class of pilot (teaching skills). The next items on the white board, in no particular order or timing...
    5 points
  3. I finally got my Djinn out to fly. Winds were a little light and gusty and it wasn’t a flight worth an audience. But it felt good. Hopefully when the temperatures start to cool down to a more moderate level, I will be flying it more.
    5 points
  4. I'm going to be painfully honest here... The "redesign" involved in both the B-Series and B2 were minimal, ultimately minor changes to the panel layout and curve of the leading edge... Sure it helped performance some, but I was never allowed much leeway in the end result other than aesthetics, Rev is a "kite company" and with all kite companies, most of their product entries are to stimulate that next wave of sales, not toward a "mean reason" on its own, takes "everyday pilots" to go there - it's the very reason I'm where I am today, to be able to actually apply all of the refinements we've de
    4 points
  5. Yes! I like to see that 🙂
    4 points
  6. Sorry for the slightly click baity title. It's better than A noob's review of Veraton I guess 😜. I asked riffclown to make this to replace my lost Rev 2, and while it is a 72" Hadzicki style wing, it's not a direct copy of the Rev 2 nor was it intended to be. I will be comparing Veraton to my Rev 2 however. Appearance: This is the perspective style design similar to riffclown's #21-24 and #74. It might not be for everyone, but I really like it a lot. It's appearance in the sky is mesmerizing. Onlookers watching the kite tend to go into this trance like state. Especially if I say so
    3 points
  7. While it's not in line with everyone, I hope the razor sharp intent and principle is coming through loud and clear.
    3 points
  8. https://store.kittyhawk.com/products/skyscraper-stunt-kite-176336 https://intothewind.com/itw-hydra-blue.html I bought these 2 to learn tricks on first. I really wanted a Kymera but couldn't find one anywhere online. The Skyscraper is basically a Widow ng with a simplified sail design so its cheaper. The Skyscraper is very smooth, axles extremely easy, and loves being on its back in fades and turtles. The hydra took me longer to click with but now I do enjoy it more than the Skyscraper. But the Hydra does yoyo based tricks significantly better than the Skyscraper which for
    2 points
  9. @Sardonycus I'm very happy that you are happy.. Thank you for the awesome review.
    2 points
  10. Flip each handle once so the flying line supports the brake line about halfway out. Or just fly with one twist for the whole lineset. The intent is to let the flying lines support the weight and drag of the brake lines which generally are not as tight. Otherwise the wind can catch a brake line and apply inputs which you did not provide.
    2 points
  11. One point, Would recommend flying with a single twist on each side. otherwise wind resistance give you a ton of brake drag. A 1000ft spool of LPG or Skybond gives you a nice quad set of 250-ish. Will be a feat to get equalized the first time or two. It is both relaxing and addicting to fly on the long lines.
    2 points
  12. Takes forever to cross the wind window. 😂
    2 points
  13. june of this year marked a year for me in this sport/hobby/addiction and i ordered a pair of custom Skyburner Ticas to celebrate...see post above...well they arrived mid september and i have been flying them at least a few times a week since. most days the UL is now the first kite out, taking the place of my Widow Maker UL Pro, unless the winds get below 2. at roughly10.5 oz and with a bigger sail area the Tica UL is a like a bigger, slower version of the 8.5 oz WMP UL. for me slow is good as my main interest is learning freestyle flying and having a little extra time plus a bigger visual
    2 points
  14. That made all the difference in the world! 👍 Got a few more rungs strung together last night. Wind was very weak around 2-3 mph so it was kinda a balance act of getting that firm "out of my way" input and some slack followed by some backwards walking to get some wind back in the sail. 😎 But I managed to hook 3 rungs together and got alot of backspin practice from the turtle position too.😏 Thanks again for helping me get that trick unlocked!
    2 points
  15. Haha. It's hard to justify another kite to someone who doesn't fly. To them its just a different color kite. 😆
    2 points
  16. It's Ready for the Bridle Test. @Sardonycus You get to name this sail. It's 100% your call. My one suggestion: "Veraton" comes to mind. (Backwards for Not A Rev)
    2 points
  17. When I see that flying at shoreline, there won’t be any question who’s on the lines! Totally unique.
    2 points
  18. some people told you already: manufacture recommendations are more than informative an are not valid for two people. let say the manufacture have a master flyer for testing and with 3 wraps frame will give you 3 to 15 MPH. right? is not right because you are a beginner and at 3 MPG you will not even rise the kite and at 15 MPG will crash constantly because you do not have any control. i will not add the length of handles, the leaders knots setup, line strength and length ore a different frame than manufacture tested let say Sky Shark 120 witch is stiffer look at your car, they say use 8
    2 points
  19. Hi again, everyone - just wanted to let you all know that I've purchased a set of three used quads from a fellow forum member - they arrive on Monday and I can't wait for my first flight! (although lately all we seem to have here in the PNW is fog and/or smoke with no wind...) I've been watching all the instructional videos, but have never flown a quad before. I'll take it slow and easy to begin!
    2 points
  20. Well if ya got the loot then they all could be fun and maybe worth buying. I have met some folks who didn't take to a "Rev" type sailed kite but liked a Spirit or Deca better. At one time I was a huge Deca fan especially the zero wind ones...but they are all gone and my Rev collection is still here. However there is a reason why the Rev type sailed quads....Revs, Djinn, OSK, Riffclown, etc. will always be the benchmark....they just endure and work. bt
    2 points
  21. From the album: Riffclown's Homemades

    My 72" collection. I had 15 last week but the two lime and Black builds are in new hands.
    2 points
  22. The factory wind speed recommendations are only recommendations. What is possible in reality depends both on pilot skill level and the settings used. Different bridles, frames, and line sets will determine the limits. They are no more than a rough guideline. If you must know the original info provided by the manufacturer you can call Revolution kites at 858.679.5785 and ask. Personally, I feel that the information is totally useless, as wind quality and variability change the range along with each change in the wind, and that can vary greatly several times in the course of a few minutes.
    2 points
  23. This kite has found a new home..
    2 points
  24. This kite has a new home..
    2 points
  25. Call Flying Wings. I ordered several dt15 spars from them just a few weeks ago. Other shops may also have some, obviously, but they seemed to have plenty in stocks. From their receipt: Pacific Quest International LLC. Dba. Flying Wings Kites Toll-Free: 1.800.728.0704 TEL: 408-955.9804
    1 point
  26. I still sleeve everything. I have yet to experience a situation where that made a difference I noticed. I do use some very small sleeving though. I pull the core from 100# bridle line which leaves a nice sleeve to use.
    1 point
  27. There is a bit of a delay between input and reaction but like so many other things in our sport, you get the feel for it fairly quickly. Many people think it goes slower but in reality, it's only a marginal decrease in speed due to line drag. It's just the longer lines and distance to the kite makes it seem so. As you can see on the side slide, it reacted to inputs pretty well. @John Barresi was able to axels.. For me, Flying a quad on 240's is quite relaxing. Not a stop and pop reaction but you literally can sit back and fly under good conditions.. And the cool part is, the lines are
    1 point
  28. What's cool is Makatakum kind of had the answer in his post. The most common answer you will get is to add brake (using upgraded leaders if needed).. The buzzing usually is an indication of too much forward. Adding brake keeps the sail loaded. I personally like to have the buzz for a dive stop but outside of that, I keep enough brake on it that it doesn't happen as often..
    1 point
  29. I went through my share of ground recoveries while learning slack line (2004, but I started flying in 1990) And still have some when I dig deep and push it a little too far... Rubbing is racing. 👍🏻
    1 point
  30. That should help alot. Went out flying today but we have some strong and choppy 20mph winds around Seattle today so I wasn't tricking. Man am I ever looking forward to chaining 15 jacobs ladder together! It'll be my right of passage. 😏
    1 point
  31. Man I really hope you get that kite. That'd be really lame if someone is scamming like that. I too would really love a nirvana but they're hard to come by locally and I can't commit to the shipping from overseas yet. I just bought a Dream Machine SUL from Lam and will say its an amazing kite. It tracks perfectly straight, tricks very easy, and its just a blast to fly. It makes me look better than I am. 😀 Lam goes way above and beyond in his communications and sale to you. You can tell its not about the sales to him but advancing the sport. His kites are a bit pricey but I'd
    1 point
  32. Whoa, @Sardonycus I just realized your Shoreline is the same as my Shoreline (though I haven't been out there much lately). Been following riffclown's build of your kite. Welcome. And I didn't realize there are so many other Shoreline fliers on here too. Hi everyone!
    1 point
  33. Yeah, this is a fun kite.. Needs a touch of breeze but it'll be fun and quick.
    1 point
  34. There are a couple popular ways to get out of a roll up, assuming the lines have landed on the LE in such a way where there is still some control (yoyo stoppers keep the lines in this area - miss and its usually a crap shoot)... 1 - In the roll up, facing up, GENTLY push your hands toward the kite to tilt the nose away VERY slightly, then immediately bring both hands firmly down to your hips... This should do the job. 2 - Flying straight down (having made a wider than usual turn to get there in the roll up) with your hands back near your hips, about 25'-50' up, from the ground - quic
    1 point
  35. 1. How dare you. 2. WHEEEEEEEE kites are the best!!!! 3. Love yoooooooooo 🪁🤣
    1 point
  36. Hey John, I assumed that your redesign of the Rev 2 was a labor of love. Did you consider this project as only to broaden the customer base? Many people seem to love and enjoy it.
    1 point
  37. What this does assure, is that EVERYTHING we make is made to an true ideal, truly flight / hard use proven - not merely to appeal to more customers or to fill out a "product bucket".
    1 point
  38. "develop your own feel" it takes time, be patient, enjoy the journey of exploration comparisons are great fun if you have a partner, just change one variable and see how it feels "better or worse:" WHY? A kite club starts by you showing up to the same spot repeatedly and sharing your passion with spectators
    1 point
  39. Sorry to have been quiet for so long, but life has dealt me a setback. I will be getting a new replacement hip on Thursday. Something about my body is rejecting the replacement I had done in 2009. The doctor isn't sure what he will find until he gets in there and sees for himself. I'm not kidding when I say I'm a little nervous about this. When they were replaced them before, I knew why. This time - not so sure..... Any way, I thought I'd keep you up on the latest and promise to post as soon as I am able. Fingers crossed and all that...... Wayne
    1 point
  40. Shoot! - I mean congratulations @edub, but please understand/forgive me – almost all of my quad line sets are now quite worn/high friction.
    1 point
  41. Living the Dream; One Nightmare at a Time.
    1 point
  42. Nirvana WW is now my SUL. Love it. First brand new R-Sky
    1 point
  43. That was Scott Aughenbaugh. Video from another event, same move partway through...
    1 point
  44. anyone foolish enough to sponsor me, that's my favorite kite shop!
    1 point
  45. This tutorial will show you how to install a leech line on most dual line kites. Keep in mind that you do this at YOUR OWN RISK!! This tutorial is for reference purposes only and I can not/will not take any responsibility for damage incurred from this process. If you take your time, and follow the steps, you should have no problem installing this line on your kite. What you'll need for this project: -- 8-10feet of 30# spectra line (or Dacron, the smaller diameter the better) -- a blunt tip needle -- a lighter -- a marker -- needle nose pliers -- a wash cloth (you may not need this, but hav
    1 point
  46. Trying to backflip into turtle I've over rotated a number of times and I've got some questions about this configuration. First of all I've been flying my ITW swift when winds are right and sitting on my hands when the winds are too strong until I get parts in for my Kymera. The Swift doesn't have yo-yo stoppers. Does this mean I can't shouldn't roll the kite up or is it just less ideal? Would it be wise to get yo-yo stoppers for it? I've also noticed the lines digging into the trailing edge of the sail. Is this bad or am I worrying about nothing. Most importantly, what is the most beginner fri
    1 point
  47. Well, the Swift is probably too light and flexible to make a good trick kite (yo yos, etc)... 1 - When the kite fully wraps up, the line around it creates compression (requiring some stiffness in the frame to sustain), and the lines can abrade the trailing (or leading) edge material if it's not "rated" or reinforced for this type of use... No guarantee the Swift can't handle it, but I know it wouldn't have been specifically designed for it. 2 - There is also the issue of weight... In order to flip the kite (yo yo), a little weight / inertia is needed, and the Swift is pretty light, so if you d
    1 point
  48. I've been doing this since 1992, but had a particularly great outing at Kasai in Tokyo yesterday after not doing it for more than a year... (photos courtesy of Iijima-san) The dual line (a Shiva by CDC) is attached to my belt loops (steering with my waist), and the Rev (custom B-Series) in my hands. Did a lot of stuff I'd never done before, to mention a few: Simultanious spin landings. Flying the dual around the stationary Rev (while rotating the Rev - matching a wing tip with the dual). Docking/refueling (flying the dual into the "V" of the Rev), dual on slightly longer lines. Anyway, just
    1 point
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