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 61 
 on: June 27, 2016, 08:15 AM 
Started by jasonrohrer - Last post by jasonrohrer
Whoops, I saw the "current stock" in the Sturdy Designs Shop and thought the Chiroptera was still shipping.  I now see the notice that the shop is closed.

Doug S, I can't find any info online about ordering your BOP.  Is there a link for more information?  And how does it fly outside in slight breezes?


In thinking about the Chiroptera's supposed 9:1 glide ratio,  I'm realizing that the Wala looks like it has more surface area per unit weight than the Zero-G, so maybe it glides better and thus is "easier" to fly?  The Zero-G has a lot of pole for those little wings.

I've seen a few videos of the Zero-G with inexperienced flyers where it looks like it drops like a rock:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zIQDGs-8hCU

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uE2IXjlHL34


And even for someone more experienced, it seems like they have to move quite a lot to keep it from falling:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zd9lArWlPkk


Anyone have experience with the Wala XL?

 62 
 on: June 27, 2016, 07:59 AM 
Started by misterbleepy - Last post by Frazer
Shame because its a great kite and I have been lucky enough to have flown various stages of its development with Chris.

Does it behave like the superfly or is it more conventional?
Its likely to be more conventional based on its sheer size alone.

Full sized likes are inevitably slower, more stable, more deliberate in transition.

I think this is universally true, certainly in my experience with the kites I've flown.

-Frazer

 63 
 on: June 27, 2016, 07:14 AM 
Started by jasonrohrer - Last post by Doug S
You could consider one of my Bird of Prey glider kites.  Just a thought.

Doug

 64 
 on: June 27, 2016, 07:14 AM 
Started by misterbleepy - Last post by jaydub
I've had some very positive feedback from someone else who has been involved in the testing of the prototypes, but will be interested in Tim's experience as well.

Hoping it's positive as I've already ordered one! Wink

 65 
 on: June 27, 2016, 05:28 AM 
Started by jasonrohrer - Last post by chilese
Chiroptera is an excellent low/zero wind glider.

Indoors or outdoors. Flown several.

Sweetness.

Should have gotten one.

 66 
 on: June 27, 2016, 04:45 AM 
Started by misterbleepy - Last post by harveystubbs
Shame because its a great kite and I have been lucky enough to have flown various stages of its development with Chris.

Does it behave like the superfly or is it more conventional?

 67 
 on: June 27, 2016, 01:45 AM 
Started by misterbleepy - Last post by Danceswithwinds
Shame because its a great kite and I have been lucky enough to have flown various stages of its development with Chris.

 68 
 on: June 27, 2016, 12:49 AM 
Started by jasonrohrer - Last post by KaoS

Chiroptera is twice the price of the Zero-G, but it looks like it might be made in the USA...


Was... not is  Sad

Will Sturdy has finished college and moved away from kite making to the next phase in his life

 69 
 on: June 26, 2016, 10:59 PM 
Started by jasonrohrer - Last post by coogee
The ZG is a great little kite. It also packs up small and is in a good case. Ideal for travel. It flies indoors and will fly in a fair bit of breeze out doors. I really like mine, in fact I have worn out my first one and have a second one. Not a little kids kite.

The Wala is cool and tough. Kids like the eyeball thing. Some weight on the nose is the go.

Both are a good price and nice kites.

I'm a fan of the ZG

Mike

 70 
 on: June 26, 2016, 09:57 PM 
Started by jasonrohrer - Last post by jasonrohrer
Well, maybe I just don't let the kids fly it, then!

Chiroptera is twice the price of the Zero-G, but it looks like it might be made in the USA, so it might be worth it (what a rare thing for a kite except for a Rev and a few others).  I'll email them to confirm and report back.

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