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  1. The holes were indeed hot cut and left as is..ie "sealed". I traced around a salad or dessert sized plate. There was a thread on the old GWTW site about venting revs and I figured I'd give this a try. (Anyone remember the guess the number of holes in the cigarette burned vented Rev?) There were a couple of many small holes vented dualies as well..... I had previously vented a Rev 2 like usual....vertically, and sewed....very badly...some mesh screen and has held up for many years. I didn't want to do the same with the Rev 1 sized kite....sew very badly....as I bought both hot and cool Sedgwick's with the idea of reframing the cool one with 2 wraps and venting the hot one. I have regular vented and mid vented 1.5's as well. Keeping in mind I'm NOT a high wind enthusiast at all....very rarely will I go out when there's whitecaps on the water....however I have had this vented Rev 1 out in about 15 mph winds for about an hour and the sail and holes held up. It came with the SLE and I do quite like the stiffer LE in a good wind...and I did put an extra 4 wrap LE in the case just because. It hasn't really been flown that much as usually when the winds are higher I'll go with the vented 1.5 or a regular or vented 2. It was just nice and handy to have a "set" of Rev 1 sized kites...the 2 Sedgwick's, a Zen, and a Robertshaw on hand as the 1sized Rev is my fave to fly for the most part. bt
  2. I have one that is self vented...pic below...I am thinking of letting go..... Has a 4 wrap and an SLE. I'll message you later this evening (on west coast) with details.... bt
  3. No wonder these kites are loud....they come with speakers!!! Good ol' spellcheck....... Sorry can't help in with spreader info but that's a wonderful kite you've acquired...however check the sponsors listed on the right of the page as well. bt
  4. Never got around to stacking them but had thought about it. I was however doing a lot of one in each hand dual line flying, so tried a couple of minergy's....one in each hand (your white one plus another in grey/red sail sold earlier) hence acquiring the matching set(s). I remember twiddling with different handle designs as I never really liked the Deca handles...but that sort of fell by the wayside. As a touring musician I would take a minergy and a 0wind with me and fly inside appropriate venues but only singly, and upon returning home there were too many other kites to explore...!!!!.... Found an old pic of an old pic.....a local fellow had a huge telescopic pole with a camera mount that he used for forest photo's. That day he was at the beach... bt
  5. Again....wonderful... That's a real nice place you have to fly in!! That was the size(d) kite that would literally float and glide ever so slooooooowly. bt
  6. Probably as I've heard first and second hand accounts of his astounding flying...this done decades ago btw on his signature 1's. Which may or may not have some ramifications as back then there were only two sizes of Rev....the 1 and 2 (yeah the Bactracker for a bit so 3). Most Rev fliers nowadays fly the 1.5 size in it's various guises, and even though I have more 1.5's than 1's or 2's, I still think of the 1.5 as a compromise between the two....which in effect it is... as I enjoy the 1 sizes (1, Zen, Robertshaw) the best,and can do more "stuff" per se with those. I had a Supersonic that had some wonderful glides, as well as toss and catch. I've never tried them, but quad sticks and the reflex system probably won't help catch and throws. I have a Rev 2 setup with no bridle and a 2wrap travel frame for 3D flying. bt.
  7. Uh oh, now you've done it....wait until you get your mitts on a Pro Dancer sul..... bt
  8. It's not going to make the kite go faster, but with shorter lines you're going to greatly diminish your reaction time as things will happen way faster and a hard crash will certainly occur. Longer and heavier lines will increase your reaction time and add some more drag to slow it down a bit but really you'll need "brakes" as suggested. bt
  9. +1 on the two wraps....I have a "cool" Sedgwick 1 with 2 wraps...low to no...no problemo.....with varying length's of 50 and 75 lb line. Also have a Robertshaw 1 with a black race frame which works as well. Even though I have more 1.5's than 1's...the 1 size is my fav by far, especially in lighter winds. You'll also be quite surprised in how low a wind a 1 with a 3 wrap frame can go. bt
  10. mebeatee

    Vented Kites

    I got vented versions of kites I already had and are my favs to fly. Sometimes this comes as a "set" of kites per se....as any serious competitive flier or team does. I have no interest in kite competitions btw, but I know someone who does and has two different kites, but 4 versions of each one..sul, ul, stnd, vented. He is often in fly or die situations but that's competition. I have a "set" of Pro Dancers....sul, ul, and vented....alas no standard, plus two standard and one vented Aerie Air fx's. The flight characteristics are similar across the board. I have heard however some vented versions of standard dualies do not share these similar characteristics....be forewarned. These are the only vented versions of dual liners I have experience with, although I did have a vented Skyburner ADX I quite enjoyed, but sold it to someone who wanted to complete their "set". Quads are a total different story, but that's not part of your equation per se.... bt
  11. I'm coming at this from a different angle....the kite "writing" the music rather than flying to the music per se. I'm a musician and if I have to learn material then I'll fly to the music I have to learn for whatever or whomever I'm working with/for. However this isn't choreography really, as I'm reacting to the music or mixes of the music I'm working on, concentrating more on the musical parts and learning them. On the other hand I video the kite's flight and use that as a graphic score. I can play the vid on one computer and on another computer compose the music in accordance to what I'm seeing the kite doing....ie....if the kite goes up it could mean either up in pitch or up in tempo. I would assign musical moves to kite moves and work within these parameters. Keeping in mind I'm not composing songs but pieces of more abstract music....like an ambient film score using hardware or software synths. I used this technique when I was doing sound design for a video game company years ago....ironic as I detest video games but they paid me really well...so I could buy more kites!!! When I'm learning music and flying, or just flying to toons I'll do free or soul flying. When I'm in graphic score mode I sometimes may have a motif or idea in mind, or just improvise the kite moves with no music. Then as stated before I'll watch the vid and score from there, sometimes in real time depending on the sounds I'm using. On top of that I'll fly to no music except the natural soundscape so I can leave my job at home, but it sure is nice to incorporate kiting as part of my job. bt
  12. Oh man you've hit the jackpot!! Not only more kites but now more linesets.... As well as going out with enough kites to handle any wind speed and my flying mood, I always have multiple linesets in the bag, both in strength and length. Changing out kites and frames is one thing but changing lines can do the trick.....sometimes even better than changing frames. At least the option is there. The difference between flying on 70 ft vs 100 ft can be like night and day especially in a good wind, and reverse in low wind. I usually buy line in bulk and cut to length..... There's 50, 75, 90, 100, and 150 lb strengths in 30/50/75/85/100/120 ft lengths. Not all bought at once mind you as that would break the bank...... One more thing...handles. Over the years Rev has made and supplied different handle lengths for their kites. "Generally" longer handles in light winds and shorter handles for higher winds....at least for me. Then there's the leader lengths...... Others here may be better attuned to this than me as I have found my sweet spots on different handles and leave it at that. I can't stand the little extra bits of string flapping about if I was to shorten the top lines. Ah yes, the more options and the more idiosyncrasies for these wonderful kites....what a great dilemma to have! bt
  13. A lot of this depends on your flying style. I enjoy light winds and have a slow with a light touch style. I rarely fly when the wind gets to double digits and if so I would have a rev 2 in the air.....so there's a good excuse to get another kite right there!!!! Yes Wayne you are right in that it is a "feel" thing re a 2 vs a race frame as you have to be careful when using a 2 wrap. I will always go to the race if there is any doubt, however because of my touch I prefer a 2 but will change immediately if it's borderline, or put up another kite.....another excuse for another kite!!!! Of course there is the good ol' standard 3 wrap which would work in the lower wind range but then you'd have to be careful when those 18 mph bits come in.....a reversal of sorts. So this also means another frame so ya might as well get another kite to go with the new frame..... I have a friend who flew with iQuad for years and they used to do the doubling up for the leading edges....a 3 and 2 was their choice if I recall.... I've never done it but then again I've never been in the fly or die situation they were in all the time. It boils down to getting more frames and more kites more or less....lol. bt
  14. Changing out frames is another option. All of my revs have multiple frames in the bag, with a 2 wrap in every one. You'd be quite and pleasantly surprised how much lower the wind range in any of your kites will be when you put a 2 wrap in. A 2 wrap in a full vented will take it down to a regular sail's wind range no probs and will improve your flying skills exponentially.... A 2 wrap in a Rev 1 is just WOW!!!! I know folks will chime in with a race frame....weight of a 2...strength of a 3....yes...but no because of this. A 2 has advantages over a race because of the lighter touch you'll need. I have a full sail 1.5 with both 2 and race frames in the bag and they feel way different than each other. bt
  15. Right on Eric!!!!! Nice to see them flying again....or in some cases flying period...went to the right place!!! bt
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