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« on: May 13, 2016, 04:44 PM »

Mine is on the way!!!!!!.. looking forward to exploring the differences in this new kite.. will post review, photos and Possibly vad as soon as I get a bit of handle time..
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« Reply #1 on: May 13, 2016, 05:52 PM »

It's supposed to be much more controllable at the edges.

Leading edge dead launch a super plus.
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« Reply #2 on: May 14, 2016, 10:07 AM »

My only concern is, I've heard it makes the catch and throw "un-doable" since the wing won't fully flatten out and dive from zenith.  We'll see of course.
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« Reply #3 on: May 14, 2016, 08:18 PM »

Yep, goes back into a glide. But, that wonderful glide might be worth it.


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« Reply #4 on: May 15, 2016, 12:44 PM »

Hadn't thought about that.. a leaf drop back into a control situation might be a very interesting thing to introduce into the repertoire... Will just have to get the kite to drift back into the flying window and remove the slack..  Awesome.. Thanks for the idea..

Could also be a unique way to finish a routine.. leaf drop from apex and let the kite just settle on its own. I do something similar with my 4 line foil. I collapse it at apex and left it drift down.
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« Reply #5 on: May 16, 2016, 07:01 AM »

I'd recommend a map case (from the artist supply store) to protect the mechanism during transport
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« Reply #6 on: May 16, 2016, 12:53 PM »

Good Point.. AND !!! The kite is in my hands.. Delivered TODAY!!!.. So looking forward to some flying time..
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« Reply #7 on: May 18, 2016, 01:18 PM »

Rain Rain Go Away!!!
Leave Some Wind So I Can Play!!
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« Reply #8 on: May 24, 2016, 02:23 PM »

Had a few minutes of weather break in light winds on Friday, enough time for a quick outing but not enough time for camera so before I start, keep in mind this is with light and variable winds..

First Impressions  Nice looking Kite that not only flies like a Rev, but is a Rev.. The Springs do indeed change the wing shape and dead launch from face down is almost as easy as a standard reverse launch.  The springs did however also change some of the responsiveness in the very light wind conditions.. When accelerating a dive in multiple steps to do a dive stop, you have the load the wing (with a heavier hand) at every step and plan again for loading the wing with the dive stop. It's almost like a delayed reaction compared to my other Revs. It will float much easier than any other wing I've ever used and never "fell out of the air" even when I flew it well past the window..

I like the larger size but inversely, dislike that I don't have multiple frame options and interchangeability with the other Revs I own.. This is a minor point but it does matter to me so thought I'd mention it.. This is a very forgiving kite that will make a difference in the novice flyer and intermediate flyer's hands...I can't speak for the Advanced Kiter or Professional's take, as I consider myself neither of those. Looking forward to more handle time with more consistent wind so I can give this wing a fair review with video to support any comments.
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« Reply #9 on: May 24, 2016, 03:09 PM »

Springs?HuhHuh?
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« Reply #10 on: May 24, 2016, 03:33 PM »

Onthe backside of each wing attached to the vertical spar and to the sail via velcro is a small metal spring that shapes the sail. IT keep the sail from being perfectly flat and thus induces float when the sail is in any kind of neutral profile. It makes the dead launch from facedown possible and makes it more stable in the air.. But if any of your tricks or moves are based on a flat sail, you'll have to adjust, relearn or abandon..


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« Reply #11 on: May 28, 2016, 06:55 PM »

MY completed review with added video..

The Rev Reflex is a different animal indeed. The Springs do change the wing shape and dead launch from face down is almost as easy as a standard reverse launch.  The springs did however also change some of the responsiveness in the very light wind conditions.. When step accelerating a dive, you have the load the wing with a heavier hand at each step and plan again for loading the wing with the dive stop. It's almost like a delayed reaction. I like the larger size but, dislike that I don't have multiple frame options and interchangeability with the other Revs. This kite does makes a big difference at the edges. 

Extreme edge of the window, the kite reacted differently than expected. My guess is I was at the point where the springs were trying to make it float but I was still able to give input via the lines.. Not necessarily a bad thing, just one aspect of this wing that I wasn't expecting. All in All a 5 star experience.  This is a very forgiving kite that will make a difference in the novice flyer and intermediate flyer's hands. I can't speak for the Advanced Kiter or Professional's take, as I consider myself neither of those. Looking forward to more handle time with the Rev Reflex.

About the video.. Some raw footage of putting the Reflex through its paces. This was only my second flight with this kite and it DOES act differently than a typical Rev. I intentionally tried to destabilize the kite at the end and flew it well past apex.. It floated right back into the wind gracefully.


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