I got to play with two "new" toys today which were both quite fun. The
first was an ultralight Rev II. This is a stock sail with 2-wrap
Advantage (as opposed to stock 3-wrap) and no bridle. The kite takes
almost no wind to fly, and is pretty nifty.
Much more fun than that, though, was the Super UltraLight Rev I, on which
I probably got in close to 3 hours. This is a 1/2 oz ripstop sail,
2-wrap Advantage (as opposed to 5-wrap in the stock and 3-wrap in the
UltraLight), and an ultralight bridle (300# spectra). I flew it on 20'
45# spiderline with the standard long-throw handles. Oh *my*.
This kite floats. It _leaps_ into the air in a 1mph wind. 360s require
no effort whatsoever. 3-d flying just happens without even thinking.
It's like a dream come true. I'd guess that a super ultralight Rev I on 20'
lines in a 2 mph wind is comparable in responsiveness to a stock Rev II
on 40' lines in a 10+mph wind. To be honest, I wouldn't have even guessed
you could succesfully fly a 9' kite on 20' lines, let alone pull off
propeller spins and other such moves, particularly in such light winds.
For the last year and a half, I've been quite bored with the Rev I. When
I fly it, it's almost exclusively stacked behind a 6'. After today, I'm
ready to put away the II in favor of the SUL I. If only I had the
money to actually *buy* a SUL Rev I. <sigh>
Dave Butler: yes, I know it's been a while, but I haven't forgotten your
query about the UL Rev I bridle which was giving you problems. I took
at look at the bridle on the SUL today. As I remember it, the vertical line
had a very large loop tied at the upper bridle point, and the horizontal line
had a much smaller loop. Obviously, the large loop was hitched into the
small loop and then left sticking out for the actual line attachment. As
I remember it, you said that on your bridle, both the vertical and horizontal
lines had large loops and you couldn't figure out which was attached
to which. If, in fact, your vertical line doesn't have a much larger
loop than the horizontal line, you may have a mis-tied bridle. If the
loops _are_ obviously different, I'd suggest two possible problems. The
first is simply a line-length tuning problem, particularly if you
were shifting from a pre-'92 bridle (uneven top and bottom lines). The
other possibility is that the verticl lines were attached upside down.
Hope that helps. If you're still having problems, I can try to pass 'em
on to the factory rep whose kites I was flying today...
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