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Spars For Revs

Posted: Sun, Sep 23 2007, 09:50 PM
by Roxy
I have 3 sets of spars. What is the recommendation with which ones to use in the wind?

Re: Spars For Revs

Posted: Sun, Sep 23 2007, 11:18 PM
by Jeff
Roxy wrote:I have 3 sets of spars. What is the recommendation with which ones to use in the wind?

Those 3 sets have different weights and strength.

The ones labeled "Professional Use Only" are also called 2-wraps. They are the lightest and most flexible. They are for lighter winds. If there's enough wind or gusts to start to pull the kite to the point of significantly curving or bowing the leading edge, then you need to step up to the next set.

The ones labeled "Ultralight" are the 3-wraps. They are a little stronger and will be better for when you are in what I'll call a moderate wind.

The ones labeled "Revolution Equipped" are the 4-wraps. They are the strongest and the heaviest and you would use them in a strong wind.

You're pretty much going to have to get a feel for what the wind is like through experience. I will make a guess, and then just change if I need to. I'd say 90% of the flying we do is on 2 and 3 wraps.

Another factor is the vented kite. Since the vents relieve some of the pressure of a heavy wind, you could more easily stay with a lighter spar than a solid sail kite.

For the most part, I'd say start with the 3-wraps unless the wind is very light or very heavy. If the wind is light enough that the kite is having trouble staying up, try the 2s, and if it's strong enough that you see the leading edge bending, get out the 4s.

Re: Spars For Revs

Posted: Mon, Sep 24 2007, 06:27 AM
by Mike
What Jeff said sounds good to me.

Re: Spars For Revs

Posted: Tue, Sep 25 2007, 11:31 PM
by Roxy
Thank you for your input!

I shall get this to fly before the first snowstorm.