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Stryker48

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About Stryker48

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  • Birthday 01/14/1958

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  • Favorite Kite(s)
    ones that fly
  • Flying Since
    1980
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    Toronto
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    Canada
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  1. Agreed! anything over 10mph I would definitely look at packing the 4D away and using a better suited standard kite for the wind conditions. Kites are designed for various wind conditions for a reason. There is no one kite that can fly in all wind conditions. If you're serious about flying and want to be able to fly in any and all wind conditions, you will need at least 3 kites to cover you for that. (UL, Standard and Vented) That been said not all kites are created equal, so finding the 'right kites for you' and your budget will be the challenging part, especially if your budget is on the lo
  2. The Prism 4D is quite capable of pulling skywriter tails up to 100ft. with enough wind. There are many Youtube vids showing the Prism 4d with 50ft. and 100 ft. tails. Good Luck!
  3. From my own multiple kite flying experience, with many trials and errors, I too had difficulty in finding the "right kite" with as little pull as possible and still offer good precision with slow to moderate speed. Most full size kites will have considerable pull and might not be the best option to hone your skills on. That been said, it also depends on your wind conditions. In low winds under 8mph, a full size ultra light will have manageable pull and not be too overpowering. Ideally you would want a SUL or UL for those very low ind days and and standard kite for winds from 8mp up to 15 mph.
  4. Michael, Every kite is different. Some kites have attachment points, sewn on at the factory. Some don't, and you have to get creative. As for the damage, I think that was mentioned, when someone attached a tail, up in the middle of the spine, near where the bridle lines were attached. Attach the tail at the bottom of the spine. As for the wingtips, make up a couple of short pigtails (3"-4"), and lark's head them to the loops, down near the wing tip, where the tension line or bungee is attached. Then lark's head your tails onto the knot in that pigtail. What ever you do, when attaching
  5. I agree, tails look good on kites and also revs. Here I have attached tube tails to my rev:
  6. I have 2 'new' identical SKYDOG Dream on kites (rainbow on black) which have been flown once which I'm possibly looking to trade. The kites were very recently purchased for the purpose of flying multiples (one from each hand) however the pull is a little too strong for my liking. The Dream on is essentially a team kite offering excellent precision and tracking with decent trick capability. (Kite of the year 2012) I would be willing to trade for 2 full size UL's .... depending what they are (don't mind old school) or 'possibly' for a Rev quad complete with line set and handles. My location -
  7. Unlike most folks, I personally prefer to fly on my own without spectators. It allows me to concentrate on honing in on my multiple kite flying skills without interruption. That been said, I have a plethora of kites (way too many!), single line, dual line, revs and power kites and have found from personal experience that these days power kites seem to attract more spectators than any other and I can only assume it's because of their current popularity, especially with young adults. I can only assume, the average person who doesn't know a thing about kites, assumes kites are for "kids" (yes th
  8. You're welcome! I haven't tried mine out either. Hopefully in the next day or two.
  9. This is the response I got back from Shawn T Just off of the phone with Jon T: There are a couple of things on the earlier models, that are causing the problems. both of them are an easy fix. 1) There were inserts placed in the upper LE fitting. These are keeping the Upper spreader from going all the way in. The nose needs to be pulled in a bit. His suggestion was to remove the insert by, squeezing the fitting with pliers, to break the insert. Use any type of tool to remove the pieces. This will allow the spreader to seat fully. 2) The bridle needs t
  10. Thanks Merlion, I will contact Jon Trennepohl re the Widow. Hello Gentlemen, I am not sure if you have been made aware of this yet. But there are some modification's that you might need to contact Premier about for the Widow. These are both structural and bridle mods. If you can't get the information direct from Premier. Then may I suggest you contact Skyburner Kites, and ask Jon T or Marieanne T to email you what is necessary. To then improve your Widow's. I fly a Widowmaker, and have heard from them direct that these mods need to happe
  11. I don't use weights if I'm pulling any kind of tail. As mentioned, I'm hoping to get into doing some tricks this summer. I will use the Widows for sure! This is not a light wind kite and needs at least 3 to 4mph to fly without weights and/or tails. For light winds I LOVE my Desire UL's for flying multiples. The frame is too flexible to be a light wind trick kite.
  12. Yes I got the 2 red ones. They do look very cool in the air. I'm still going to keep them as I do want to get some tricking under my belt.
  13. As mentioned, I had not covered the Widow's trick ability, which I'm sure as you mentioned, is very capable, which is what it was designed for. For my purposes however, where I'm flying one kite from each hand and putting in very sharp inputs like you would controlling the kite with 2 hands, is near impossible, so the oversteer is there to stay for me with this kite unfortunately. Flying tails off the wing tips will help somewhat. So for flying multiple kites, IMHO, it's not the best choice of kite. That's my opinion and I'm sticking to it! Since this kite was primarily designed for doing t
  14. I purchased a pair of Premier Widows for flying multiples and was also somewhat disappointed in the kites precision. The kites have lots of oversteer at all of the bridle settings. Definitely not a precision kite, but then again, that's not really the purpose of this kite. (I don't think it can/will compare to the Widow maker):http://ca.youtube.com/watch?v=HYZw3RE6dZM Since I'm not into tricks and somewhat inexperienced in that department, I won't comment on the Widow's trickability. So for my purposes, it's unfortunately not a great kite, which is a pity as it really looks great in the air.
  15. Hi my name is Steve, I have always been fascinated by those few in the USA & Canada, (Carl Bragiel, Ray Bethel, Troy Gunn, Joe Perrone & Gary MacEachern .... apologies if I have excluded anyone) who are able to fly multiple kites, so I did some research and thanks to Gustavo Di Si's very informative article on multiple kite flying: http://www.batoco.org/bibliotoco/files/MSKF.pdf I decided to take the plunge and started to learn flying multiples in April 2007, by flying one kite at a time from one hand and alternating: http://ca.youtube.com/watch?v=aWCOEHLoSH0 In the month of June 2007,
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