hapes

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  1. hapes

    Flying near Pittsburgh, PA

    Northmoreland Park in Apollo? That's 35 minutes from me. Crooked Creek is about 55 minutes. Cooper's Lake is like an hour as well. There's an event? I'll have to check out the details. Thanks for the info!
  2. hapes

    Replacing rods

    I think it's mostly flying outside recommended conditions. I put a Midvent on my christmas list, that will allow me to fly in all conditions (I have an EXP and then a Vertigo Max which is more vented than a B full vent).
  3. hapes

    Replacing rods

    I intend to get another single EXP rod to replace the one that's broken right now, then pick up some better quality ones. I've gone through probably 4 to 6 rods in the week I was flying about 2 hours a day, plus going to the Cleveland Kite Festival.
  4. hapes

    Replacing rods

    As some of you may know, I have a Rev EXP. It has the green label rods (not the racing rods, just the new crappy rods with the green bands by the label). If I were to buy a set of better rods, would they fit in my EXP? Are there differences in size between Bs and EXPs?
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    Breaking spars

    http://imgur.com/5llyWGQ
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    Breaking spars

    OK, Freilein Vertigo Max. That's the kite I bought at Kites Unlimited. It's super vented. It's not that expensive compared to revs, and is probably considered a knock off of the Rev. But with the equalized lines and super vented, I was in nearly complete control. I mean, I'll not any good, but I figured out how to do tip landings with almost no force. I also nearly tip landed on my son's hand. My wife has a picture I'll post later of that. Anyway, victory! Thanks everyone for the tips!
  7. hapes

    Breaking spars

    That's my plan
  8. hapes

    Breaking spars

    So my best version of a setup to check length came up with this: http://imgur.com/St0lMjq So, yeah, not quite equal
  9. hapes

    Breaking spars

    Yeah, they were the EXP labelled ones, not race rods. I am pretty sure the lines are equalized, because I linked the top to bottom, white on black with a lark's head. Wound it up and when I got to the end, black on white with no slack. I guess it wasn't when I unwound it but...
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    Breaking spars

    Oh, to answer some questions: They are the green rods. I got replacements here. The lines are equalized, I could tell clearly when I unwrapped them the first time. My problems are based pretty much my lack of control, due to the high winds. So a kite designed for higher winds should resolve some of my issues.
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    Breaking spars

    Thanks everyone for the tips. I think the wind is just too much for the EXP. I picked up a vented quad and they threw in some knotted leaders for free. Kites Unlimited in Atlantic Beach, NC. I went back there after I broke the center leading edge spar. Bought another of those and the Freilite Max. Hopefully it will be more forgiving n the high winds.
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    Breaking spars

    First time flying my quad, an EXP, in probably too high wind. I think I have 85' lines. I got it in the air for about 3 minutes before slamming it into the ground basically out of control, snapping one of the vertical spars in three. I don't have a problem with buying new spars, but is there a way to slow down the turns so that I can keep control? This would only be until I understand the mechanics better.
  13. hapes

    Is this a crap kite?

    Oh, I get it. That's why I'm sticking to the rev SLE (or if 3wrapframe and my wife can come to an agreement on price, a B series). In other words, you guys convinced me.
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    Is this a crap kite?

    The consensus seems to be "the risk of it being a crap kite is too high." Since you are all experts, I'll have to bow to your wisdom. I thought Dyneema was acceptable in terms of stretch, maybe hyzakite got different lines with his Chinese RTF version. Some notes: I have a Rev EXP on my Amazon wish list for the gift-giving holidays. Not this one. And I was only thinking of changing it to increase my chances of getting a kite for said holiday. I live in Pittsburgh, PA, not Missouri, but I'm not sure how you would know that without stalking my profile, and that's not worth it, I'm not anybody interesting. The wind here is generally crap. I'll mostly be flying it during my yearly week-long beach vacations, where the wind is almost rock steady, 10-12mph. Vented vs. not is probably not an issue.
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    Is this a crap kite?

    Was surfing Amazon and bumped into this kite: http://amzn.to/1LQIbeh It's like half the price of an EXP, and undoubtedly is lower quality than a Rev, but it might be more appealing to people who wish to purchase a quad kite for me for the upcoming gift giving holidays, especially since I've never successfully flown a quad before. I know the regular recommendation is a Rev B, but at $335 without line, versus $130 with dyneema line (80ft/150lb), with my lack of experience and possibility of crashing... The reviews are mixed, but I'm sure I can manage to handle any difficulties with line length, for example, with the help of all the great people here