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Author Topic: struggling with the fade  (Read 4187 times)
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« Reply #15 on: June 22, 2014, 05:48 PM »

The main point is that stability in a fade, or lack thereof is a design element of a specific kite. Generally speaking, a kite that is easier to rotate in the pitch axis (rollup) is less stable in a fade.

Example of a large sail with this characteristic is the Prism Prophecy. You can literally stake it out in a fade in any consistent wind.


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« Reply #16 on: June 23, 2014, 01:01 AM »

The weight on the DS is a flat weight covered in Velcro and sits under the Velcro spine tensioner.

If it's not there you, you can buy one off the Benson web site.

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« Reply #17 on: June 23, 2014, 07:59 AM »

Some kites will sit happily in a fade as long as the winds are smooth. Trickier kites aren't really designed to stay parked in one position; they are meant to flow from one position to the next.

Smooth beach winds make it so much easier. Inland/bumpy winds and you are doing constant tending.

I prefer to use a small sandbag instead of a stake when parking a kite in a fade while I go get a coffee.

If it tips out when staked, you'll often get a pretty heavy Lawn Dart.
A small sandbag will slide as the kite powers up and the kite will have a much softer landing.

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« Reply #18 on: June 27, 2014, 06:34 PM »

Smooth beach winds make it so much easier. Inland/bumpy winds and you are doing constant tending.

I experienced this one today.  I had a good session with an onshore clean beach wind and all the difficulties I had with the fade disappeared. 
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