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Polar Bear Kite Club?

Posted: Tue, Jan 13 2009, 09:12 AM
by Mike
We're supposed to have sub-zero temps this weekend.
Should we have a polar bear club? Anyone who flies a kite while the temperatures are below zero Fahrenheit (zero doesn't count), is a member.

I'm not sayin' I'm gonna do it.
But maybe...

Re: Polar Bear Kite Club?

Posted: Tue, Jan 13 2009, 11:50 AM
by DB Cooper
I don't think my kite is rated below zero. I wonder if Ben has done any testing at those temps?

Re: Polar Bear Kite Club?

Posted: Tue, Jan 13 2009, 12:57 PM
by linekahuna
Nah! Don't feel like flying in below zero with no clothes on. BBBBRRRR!!!!

Re: Polar Bear Kite Club?

Posted: Tue, Jan 13 2009, 02:19 PM
by Mike
I think the kite will be fine below zero, at least I've flown in single digits without a problem.

While it's true that a true polar bear club would be in swimsuits, that's because they are going in water. I think this is crazy enough that you could do it fully clothed.
Bonus points for scantily clad fliers though!

Re: Polar Bear Kite Club?

Posted: Tue, Jan 13 2009, 02:22 PM
by Mike
DB Cooper wrote:I don't think my kite is rated below zero. I wonder if Ben has done any testing at those temps?

I just thought about how funny that idea is. I don't think Ben owns any pants that go below the knee!
I know he had choice words for me when I invited him to an Airwaves festival and we got freezing rain.

Re: Polar Bear Kite Club?

Posted: Tue, Jan 13 2009, 07:05 PM
by DB Cooper
Mike maybe you could email Ben and score a couple of Pro Series, a STD, Mid-Vent and VTD and we could all try one in the cold. You know quality control for Rev. THink he would be up for it? SHould probably try lots of different line sets and maybe one of their bags too.

Re: Polar Bear Kite Club?

Posted: Tue, Jan 13 2009, 10:26 PM
by Frodos Majik
Mike wrote:
DB Cooper wrote:I don't think my kite is rated below zero. I wonder if Ben has done any testing at those temps?

I just thought about how funny that idea is. I don't think Ben owns any pants that go below the knee!
I know he had choice words for me when I invited him to an Airwaves festival and we got freezing rain.


OH yes he did Mike!! :lol: and a huge grimace look on his face at the time too. I know I was there too. Boy it was NASTY that weekend!!! :shock:

Re: Polar Bear Kite Club?

Posted: Tue, Jan 13 2009, 10:28 PM
by Mike
He's in Florida for the annual kite trade show. If you went down there I bet you could try all kinds of new kites.
Of course, it wouldn't be very cold, so not as much fun :-D

Re: Polar Bear Kite Club?

Posted: Wed, Jan 14 2009, 08:41 PM
by Love2fly
I would like to see photos of the scantily clothed guys, I mean Polar Bear Fly.Image

Re: Polar Bear Kite Club?

Posted: Wed, Jan 14 2009, 11:08 PM
by Mux11
DB Cooper wrote:I don't think my kite is rated below zero. I wonder if Ben has done any testing at those temps?



Are you kidding Im not rated at those temps !!!

Re: Polar Bear Kite Club?

Posted: Thu, Jan 15 2009, 07:15 AM
by Mike
it's -11F right now in Champaign. Who's heading out today?

Re: Polar Bear Kite Club?

Posted: Thu, Jan 15 2009, 07:44 AM
by Jeepster
Mike wrote:it's -11F right now in Champaign. Who's heading out today?


Mine reads a minus 17 degrees this morning - and that's Fahrenheit, not those wimpy Celsius degrees they use where Jim lives. But, I'm so bummed 'cuz there's no wind, so I'll have to pass.

Cheers,
Tom

Re: Polar Bear Kite Club?

Posted: Thu, Jan 15 2009, 09:16 AM
by Mike
Actually it reads -14 here now. No wind either, but low wind flying is more exercise and will keep you warmer. Especially trying to run in the snow.

Re: Polar Bear Kite Club?

Posted: Fri, Jan 16 2009, 09:47 AM
by Anne
Alright, Whose big idea was this? You can't put a challenge up like this and expect my husband not to take it. It was -20 degrees when he was doing this. BRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!!!! Had to call him in like a little kid....he was out there for 30 minutes. :shock:


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Re: Polar Bear Kite Club?

Posted: Fri, Jan 16 2009, 10:05 AM
by Jeepster
Anne wrote:Alright, Whose big idea was this? You can't put a challenge up like this and expect my husband not to take it. It was -20 degrees when he was doing this. BRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!!!! Had to call him in like a little kid....he was out there for 30 minutes. :shock:


Yea, but he wimped out and didn't wear his shorts ... jeeez what a half hearted attempt. Plus, what's with the gloves?

Actually, it's extra funny 'cuz if my photographer hadn't come down with the flu this morning I'd have done the same thing. So, Mike, thanks for saving me from the pain and suffering needed to get a good laugh out of these hibernating folks.

Now, where's the phone number for those folks with the white jackets ... with the snaps and buckles on the back.

Cheers,
Tom

Re: Polar Bear Kite Club?

Posted: Fri, Jan 16 2009, 10:13 AM
by Jeff
Outstanding! :up:

Re: Polar Bear Kite Club?

Posted: Fri, Jan 16 2009, 12:41 PM
by Mike
you the man!!!! for 30 minutes!

My fingers are numb just looking at those photos.

Can I repost those photos over at the Rev forum?
People will want to shake your hand at kite party.

Re: Polar Bear Kite Club?

Posted: Fri, Jan 16 2009, 02:23 PM
by Jeff
If you still have a hand, that is.

Re: Polar Bear Kite Club?

Posted: Fri, Jan 16 2009, 06:20 PM
by prairierose
Holy cow!!
Now that's dedication! :up:

Re: Polar Bear Kite Club?

Posted: Fri, Jan 16 2009, 08:19 PM
by backdraft
Well guys its hard for me to turn down a challenge like that and it just seemed like the thing to do. In all actualilty I was having a great time and the kite was flying great, the wind was steady at around 7 mph.

I probably wouldn't have stopped if the wife hadn't called me in from outside, I might have been out there for an hour. I actually had Anne out there in that cold taking the pictures. But she was a sissy and ran in the house after she was out there for only 5 minutes. She thought she was getting frostbite and went in the house.

Mike feel free to do what you want with the pictures.

This was definitely alot of fun and I don't think I'll find a day as cold as this to fly again, but you never know.

PS: Mike let Rev know that their kites have been tested to -20 degrees and they fly great!

Mike S. :kid: