Subj: Follow-up (was Product info - Skyshark 3P spars)
I put 3P frames in my Rev II and Skyburner Pro Dancer a while back.
Regarding my comments that the stock Rev II needed a good breeze to fly in,
Jeffrey Burka responds:
>fly a stock II in wind around 4-5 without a problem.
I spent a lot of time pulling through the lulls, doing ground recovery,
and fighting to stay off the back line. I should have named my routine,
"The Joy of Running Backwards". My skill level is only intermediate,
and perhaps some better flyers could keep it airborn, but personally, I
would be reluctant to say that a stock Rev II can be flown without a problem
in 4-5 mph winds. Yes, no, maybe? On all other points, I defer to
Jeff's expertise and experience regarding this subject with no disrespect
intended with this minor difference of opinion.
I plan to compete again, and really, if my stock Rev could fly in 4 mph,
I'd have just bought another Advantage spar after I broke the original.
But, memories of "The Joy" motivated me to look for ways of lightening my
Rev II up some, after I had tried the UL set and didn't like it.
I flew this past week-end in 11-17 mph winds with sustained winds (up to
30 seconds) of 14-15 mph. In the air, the 3P frame holds up just fine.
However, I broke my leading edge twice hitting the ground. I put a 5P
leading edge in, and things worked out just fine. Personally, I prefer the
heavier stock frame in the stronger winds... the kite is slower, and easier
to control. After I busted the leading edge up, I had enough little pieces to
be able to construct a symetrical leading edge like the one Jeff recommends.
Folds up a lot nicer, too. In the 4 to 12 mph wind range, the lighter 3P
frame is really nice. In stronger winds, the 3P framed Rev is quicker
and harder to control so slipping in a heavier leading edge, helps. If you
have better touch than I do, and can avoid the inadvertant slam dunk landings,
you could keep the 3P frame in I suppose. I'm considering just getting
another Rev II for those situations. (BTW, Jeff, have you ever seen an
Icarex Rev II? Or, flown one?)
My 3P framed Pro Dancer is holding up great. The frame matches up well with
this particular kite in that in strong wind, it bends just enough to slow
it down some and reduce pull a little bit. In the 3 to 12 mph range,
the flex is not a factor but the lighter frame makes the kite more agile
as well as quicker. I like this combination a lot.