SkyShark rods...

SkyShark rods...

Post by Marty Sasa » Wed, 09 Mar 1994 06:57:01

I finally dug out some charts about SkyShark fames and how the compare
to other shafts. Please note that this chart was made by reading off
of a graph, so I have probably made small errors.

The weight is in grams and is for a 32.5 inch long tube. For the
metrically impaired, 28 grams is about an ounce.

The deflection is in inches. The smaller the deflection, the stiffer
the rod.

                weight  deflection
----------------------------------
SkyShark VIIP   21      .2
Rev4            27      .22
Skyshark VP     13.7    .36
Rev 3           18      .33
SkyShark IIIP   11.4    .45
Rev2            13.2    .45

If you want to compare againast other spar materials, dig out Simo's
test results.

To me, the results are pretty clear, a IIIP is as stiff as a Rev 2,
but lighter. The VP is slightly more flexible than the Rev 3 but over
4 grams lighter. The VIIP is lighter and stiffer than the Rev 4.

The IIIP stands up to abuse much better than the Rev2

I don't have current price lists, so can't give exact figures, but the
SkySharks are cheaper too.

SkyShark also makes an 8 gram rod, but they consider it very
specialized. It's pretty fragile, but is stiffer than the Rev 1.5.

Disclaimer: Health Sports Technology Group sponsors my team, Storm
Front, and Sasaki Kite Fabrications uses SkyShark rods in some of it's
kites.
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