>For real high wind a would recommend Mirages or Speedwings. Master
>Flyer Chris Shultz told me he's flown fiberglass framed Mirages in
>40+ mph winds. He recommended stacking two rather than the usual
>three in higher winds.
I would guess that the Mirages Chris flew were also equipped with
"trusstix", an alternate spreader which has a double brace to the spine.
(these are fairly easy to make; put together a mirage, find the spots on
the spreader to divide the spar into thirds, then measure the distance from
that spot down to the spine. This is the length of your new post. Now
just add vinyls to the spreader and a second vinyl to the spine. Get rid
of the original post and use two new ones on either side of the spreader).
For *real* high winds, I can only recommend a Flexi. I've flown Stackers
in winds over 50mph with no trouble. A single 6' isn't hard to hold onto
in those winds. I've been dragged by 2 6's in a 25-30mph wind, so I
wouldn't recommend stacking in those really high winds. Do be careful to
avoid the ground with your Flexi, though...I've blown cells in high winds
through unplanned ground contact.
>I've got a
>vented North Shore VIP which works fairly well in higher winds though
>it can generate a bit of pull. I also use a vented Moriah, which is
>more of a ballet kite and doesn't generate as much pull as the VIP
Vented kites are great for those competitions when you have to fly, and
they do a good job of reducing pull and smoothing out flight in gusts. But
the effectiveness of the vents can only help so much. For winds in the
thirties, I'd choose a Mirage or two over a vented delta any day of the week.
I have a Tracer that I gave some huge vents, and it's a good precision kite
when the winds are in the twenties. It's ridiculously slow and still has a
good bit of pull. I don't like the kite much, and I don't fly it except
when I absolutely have to...I flew it at a regional skc last November and
did well with it--and ended up loaning it out to other flyers.
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