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  1. Apart from low wind and arm flailing, how did it feel and respond?
  2. I'm curious about different density of material, very sparse at top and wingtips, solid at bottom. I imagine reverse and inverted lifts will work, but I have a hard time imagining air flow for forward drives and sideways hovers. I hope it works out.
  3. What kites and styles do you fly?
  4. For light wind, I typically use 50 foot or shorter. Lightest of all wind is indoors, where I have sets from 7' to 15'. Short lines mean a smaller window, meaning less legwork to work the wind window, which is often necessary on UL/SUL conditions. They are also lighter. Nothing prevents flying on long lines if you want if the conditions let you. And as for specific lengths like 85' or 100', those really only matter with groups. For dual line teams both 85' and 135' are common, so they are good to keep on hand. I flew today with two novices that happened to be in the park; the
  5. Same, I have SkyBond, Speed, and LPG in my bag. I have thought about getting some Matrix line for comparison, but have not. I have a slight preference for SkyBond at the beach because when I clean up it tends to have significantly less sand and grit in it, but all the lines pick it up. I soak and shake them all out when I get away from sand. Even so, I use all three. I tend to prefer LPG overall. All my oldest line sets are LPG, so they have proven to be the most durable for me, and over time they feel least scratchy. Ultimately I fly whatever comes first to hand from the bag,
  6. frob

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    The good news is those short leaders effectively give the kite a lot of forward drive. It is like having the gas pedal welded down and you drive by applying or releasing brakes. As your goal is to launch and use forward movement, they can work temporarily. You will want to learn how to use all the lines effectively both forward and back, but in the first few flights having the accelerator slammed down is a relatively minor problem. You want it to "go" and it has "go" built in. Watch all the intro videos again and again, then head back to the field and try to lift the kite. Since yo
  7. frob

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    There is a big learning curve. If you are learning from video without a guide, probably around 10-20 hours before getting consistent flights rather than exercise walking to the kite and back.. A skilled guide can help reduce it to 10 or so but usually it still takes several flight sessions. Be grateful you have videos and online resources, many of us learned to fly before them; I first learned to fly dual lines from magazines and library books. There is no substitute for time on the line. Get in person help if you can, but keep trying on your own. Record videos and share them when y
  8. It does provide a resource. While the teaching isn't amazing, it does offer some information and some guidance. It builds a framework of ordered skills. Sadly it is locked at each step, uses different terms, and is outdone by many other free and paid resources, but even so, it is a free resource presented in a format some people like. If it helps somebody, if people gain insight, if it helps people improve, that is wonderful.
  9. There are some options, but they depend on how you fly. The Pro Dancer SUL version is the most recommended for a full sail light wind, but it does not trick. The Badass ultralight version is good for light wind tricks. Several other light wind options from other brands. If you switch from light wind to no wind, there are also options of indoor kites. To name a few, the 4D, Kaiju, and Echo as small indoor / no wind, the Pro Dancer SUL, Badass ultralight, Automatic Trick Machine ultralight, Prism Zephyr, HQ Shadow, R-Sky Nirvana SUL, ... Some of these kites are ultralight or super ultralig
  10. I just realized I have written about it in other places, but not here. Following up on the topic. TL;DR: Surprisingly durable outdoors, no broken parts despite a bunch of hard landings. Shakes and deforms but survives about 10 mph gusts. This bit is all about flying the Kaiju outdoor, not my indoor practices. In my lovely inland location highly variable conditions are the norm. Wind forecasts may say 5G15, and in the field wind varies from a breath's force to decent speeds from moment to moment. Often I find myself setting up a Kaiju on 40' lines as a backup plan whe
  11. The leading edge, split at the ferrule, a common break. I have managed to find a source for the spars, plus some extra for future repair. It took a few phone calls, but found them at a decent price. I love A Wind of Change. They were my local store for a few years, and I still use them for occasional mail orders. Like most surviving shops they do a great job and do all they can to help. In this case New Tech (my local shop now) had one spar in the back which they were happy to finally sell, and Flying Wings is shipping the rest.
  12. Neither is particularly novice friendly, both will experience damage and require repairs after hard crashes. Beginners crash hard and crash often. Both will require several repairs as you learn tricks. Plan on replacing multiple spars learning tip stabs and coin tosses. For a true beginner friendly kite go for a small parafoil or a durable model like the FW Beetle. These can still be damaged but are likely to survive major crashes unharmed. People often hand over kites to strangers knowing they are fun, willingly risking $20-$50 repairs, or hundreds in replacement costs, often beca
  13. Just went to the shop to ask about spars, they are definitely open as there were five of us in the shop at the time. They close in about 20 minutes if you see this right away. If you catch this later call during their business hours. The number I have is 1(512)250-9454
  14. Also note that by being discontinued, parts are harder to come by. I just called ITW about a replacement spar for my kite pictured above. They told me they don't have any more of the original spars in stock, he described them as "more spiky" than normal, and it's a surprisingly expensive $60 for the generic (non-original style) spar which I would need to cut to size, plus another $14 in shipping. (In contrast, spars are often $5-$15.) I'm shopping around for replacement parts, but I'm thinking it may be cheaper to completely reframe the kite. :-(
  15. Video of my kite bridle, not fully set up due to a broken spar. The clip shows the connection to the upper leading edge with an adjustment knot, the connection to the center, and then to the lower leading edge, and out to the leader line. Finally, the short LE tension line. https://photos.app.goo.gl/fZywNEbrnW6822LW6 My own modification was melting a hole in the end cap and threading it through the tension line so it doesn't fall off or get lost. I think you are referring to the leader line. Connect your flying line to it.
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