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Favorite SUL?

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14 hours ago, cjay said:

 

Sounds like the AC is more stable, and has more forward momentum than the PD under 3 without as much running. And it can handle some variable winds also.

That is a excellent way to put it. Last year at WSIKF Lam said Jon T on a Pro Dancer  and him on a AC were flying in next to nothing side by side. 2 completely different kites and would have been a sight to see.Can't really run much at all. Fairly slow pace when backing up on the AC. Between the 75' and 120' lines a little lower flying on the 75'. It's so small a difference I'll most likely use the 120' set the most. Going to get some 30# next trip to town but not sure it'll be that dramatic.  Not a natural by any stretch, I just get to fly A LOT. Kinda envy those that fly precision and ballet. Watching videos of that stuff is really cool.Esingers video on a beach flying a glider at sunrise is one of the best. I can go maybe a minute see a set up and can't help myself.Gotta trick.Think the VII will help me focus more on what the kite is doing rather than what can I make it do.Lam said the bigger one would take more effort indoors. Since I won't be flying indoors much leaning towards the bigger one. Had no intention of getting a VII until I flew the AC. Light bulb went off and that kite will force me to become a smoother flier. For me the rush of high wind flying is where the pure fun and excitement is. Inputs need to be FAST and correct.That makes me tense up so I can pounce on the next move or yank and spank out of a mistake. Flying like that doesn't translate very well from 12 mph down. Below 5 not much at all.Low wind flying is the most rewarding and the beauty of the kites moves are on full display.Really, really hard to fake it in 5 mph though 😡.

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I glad you enjoyed the video Breezin. I enjoyed making it.
If you're not planning to fly indoors, I'd stay away from the VII. It's a better indoor kite than outdoor in my opinion. The larger one seems more like what you might be looking for

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4 hours ago, Breezin said:

Can't really run much at all. Fairly slow pace when backing up on the AC.

I hadn't considered the AC as a SUL choice until you talked about it. Sounds like a really good option. And it has a fairly versatile wind range also. Would be nice to have a few SUL kites.

4 hours ago, Breezin said:

Between the 75' and 120' lines a little lower flying on the 75'

I have 85', and 100' lines, and find that I like the 85' lines the best. I can see the kite better, and still have a decent sized window.

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I'm happy with my AC SUL. I can't compare it to a lot of the SULs the are around today, since I haven't flown many. I also find 80' lines to be the best length in general. If I had to select one line set to take anywhere with me, it would be 80' 90# lines.

 

 

 

 

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For tricking in low wind, Lam's kites are my choice. I have a Fearless Tattoo and Snow Devil SUL, and have flown some of the newer offerings, but not the latest. Absolute Zero wind, I prefer the PDSUL for its full size, closely followed by the Prism Ozone. 20+ year old designs, but they're hard to beat when there's no wind...

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For zero wind dual line flying I have a Peter Betancourt - Vanishing Point. It's not a trick kite, but tricking in no wind isn't for me (unless it's indoor) I need a slight breeze at least

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Most indoor kites feel pretty limited outdoors. They usually are flown on  short lines and there really isn't any "wind" to speak of. It's really easy to yank them out of the sky if you are too aggressive with your controls. Indoor has a certain style and outdoor conditions seldom favor it. Another reason most outdoor kites don't do well indoors. Too heavy and no "wind" to keep them working.

I fly an Ozone, but you still have to be gentle or risk jerking it out of the sky. Light wind in general requires a certain finesse, it's a learned experience! 

For festival demos - bigger can be better! Full size SUL's really catch the attention of the viewer. But because of the specialized materials used - they can be pretty pricey. Back in 2002-3, my Ozone was $175? or so. Now for a good ultralight, you're looking at $300 on up .... unless you score on the used market.

 

 

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I agree, the PBSK Vanishing Point is a great low wind kite, but mine needs a little bit (0.5 mph) of wind to get going. Or effort. The PBSK can do a few tricks more easily than the ProDancer, but the ProDancer needs less effort to keep in the air at really low wind speeds. I like the look of the PBSK better, though, and there are some Vanishing Points out there that are to die for !

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I have never flown a Pro Dancer, so not sure what I'm missing out on.

Here's my Vanishing Point and last year I also picked up a used AirZero PBSK

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Love the design on the Zero. The VP looks familiar...

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Thanks RobB,  I purchased the VP new back in the 90s

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The Pro Dancer SUL is one of my secret weapons for 0-2, 50#, 50’ or so... So easy to generate pressure with a drop of the hands, super stable with the flat sail, it likes small inputs (less wind dump) and will drop a vertical tip stab from a full 10’-12’ off the deck if you hit it right (called a black hole). One of my faves. ❤️

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On 2/12/2019 at 2:39 PM, John Barresi said:

 

On 2/12/2019 at 2:39 PM, John Barresi said:

 drop a vertical tip stab from a full 10’-12’ off the deck if you hit it right (called a black hole). One of my faves. ❤️

 

Hey I did that once. Called it the O'Dang Snap. One of my least faves 🤢. Musta dunnit ron.

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