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
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
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
Marty Sasaki Harvard University Sasaki Kite Fabrications
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