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Author Topic: a smattering of into on UL single line kites....  (Read 11081 times)
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« Reply #15 on: October 12, 2009, 06:47 AM »

Horvath Hybrid 200 Update - I did purchase the Hybrid 200 and it performed great OUTDOORS. The SKATE may be equal as I was told this can be used outside also - still to be seen. Anyway - I took the Horvath Hybrid 200 on a three hour test run. When I started I let out about 75' of line and anchored the kite line spool in the sand. In very low wind say 1 maybe 2 mph the kite was able to fly back and forth (i.e., perform up and over) moves quite well with no bumps or negative flying characteristics. As with the Skate instruction being at an off-angle on the pull was key for turning and having the kite come back at you. Something interesting happen when the wind picked up to 3-5? mph. At this point the Hybrid 200 was not capable of coming back over me since any release of the line eventually sent the kite back out in front of me. This was still enjoyable. The kite was simply operating in a half circle instead of 360*. Why were these guys advertising this kite as a zero wind when I was till have a great time in a half circle?  Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy
I agree in zero or 1-3 mph this kite is in its prime. Depending on the wind direction at the beach or open area a clean wind is  key here with this kite so bumpy winds may be a real negative if you want to try 180* flights. I was flying in pure south winds. On my next flight based on the wind direction and number of people on the beach it would be more interesting/challenging to go to 100 or 125' feet. They recommend no more than 150' which seems obvious unless you want to get really aerobic in very low wind or simply a sudden gust of wind may damage the kite above this  recommended height maximum.
One question - I am using typical regular single line kite which seems to twist a bit at the connection point - as with dual lines I prefer the best as in Laser Gold - for this type of kite what kite line do you recommend and more importantly what pound strength for any ULSLK (Thief - this question is primarily towards you).
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In my kite inventory of Dual Line Kites: Benson - Inner Space, Signature Kite of Top Pilots on an Old Style Gemini ; L'Atelier xt.z. ; Fearless-Tatto (SSUL), Fearless - SUL, Light & Light-Vent , Transformer TL's: (SUL & Light), Transformer 2 SUL & UL.
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« Reply #16 on: October 17, 2009, 01:24 PM »

Now look what youve done !  Shocked

All this talking about how fun single-line kites are. How dare you, how dare you all !?

Result : Ive had to get one, to see for myself what all the hubub is about. Guess I will know soon enough, as a Stryke Fighter is on its way to Denmark...
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« Reply #17 on: October 19, 2009, 12:21 AM »

Oh, just got a picture of my fighter. Now it is up to the postal services, when I will be able to try it out.


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« Reply #18 on: October 19, 2009, 12:52 AM »

Is Paul Shirey (Aerostar Kites) still making those Stryke fighters, or is this a resale, or what? I've got one Stryke, and it's a nifty fighter, engineered within an inch of its life (like all of Paul's kites). It can also fly pretty well in pretty light winds -- but it's not a zero-wind glider-kite by a long stretch. . .
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« Reply #19 on: October 19, 2009, 12:58 AM »

Lets just say that Im a very lucky Dane. Guess I caught Mr Shirey at the exact right moment, and he agreed to make me this one. And no, it is not a 0mph SLK, but this thread has its share of the responsebility, that I ended up getting the Stryke. And officially it flyes from 2mph, which (according to most) is definately UL-territory.
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« Reply #20 on: October 22, 2009, 11:43 PM »

New info on indoor glider kites just posted on the Zen Indoor Glider Kite thread. . .
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« Reply #21 on: October 24, 2009, 06:44 PM »

That's a nice comparison of the UL SLKs! I believe it's the 1st one so far? Great! Have ordered a Skate, waiting eagerly for it!

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« Reply #22 on: November 12, 2009, 04:39 AM »

Ive got it !

Maybe not a no-wind-kite, and definately a fighter. But in my book also a UL SLK.





Now I got to learn flying a fighter.....  Cheesy
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« Reply #23 on: November 12, 2009, 12:09 PM »

Learning to fly a fighter is great fun, and the Stryke is a pretty good trainer. FIRST you've got to learn to release the line if the kite is heading down to the ground. Even dropping the line completely then is OK, and WAY better than pulling!

Once you can avoid crashing hard, you and the Stryke can have a LONG "conversation" about flying technique!

IIRC, Paul includes quite clear instructions on setup and tuning. Pay attention to that, even if you don't usually read instructions! You want around 1-2cm of spine bow (and don't even THINK of untying the knots on that tensioner!), and the flying-line attachment point should be centered on the bridle Left-Right and near the factory mark Up-Down. Moving it up makes the kite faster and spinnier, moving it down makes it slower and less turn-y (until it just hovers or "cobra"s and doesn't fly).

Have fun!
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« Reply #24 on: April 20, 2010, 08:42 PM »

Interesting overview - I used to have one of the "grandaddies" of the genre - the Windworks Second Wind kite. It was pretty cool - not sure if could "glide" though.

I envy anyone with a Stryke fighter - esp. with that adjustable sail tensioner!  Wink (My Howard Flick is a cool UL  fighter - and my Ludwig Light Wind Roo is handy too).

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« Reply #25 on: April 21, 2010, 11:43 AM »

the 2nd wind would glide a little bit....it was more like a big oversized fighter....that you could put spinney tails on to make it stable....wish i had one in the bag....................
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