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« Reply #15 on: April 06, 2010, 06:21 AM »

Will have to try that when I get my Skate. 
 Playing with the Walla (Aerobe) last weekend in some really light wind I taped a 1/4 ounce lead weight to the nose piece.........really nice glides with the spreaders on front or back.  I prefer on the back though, seems a bit more responsive if there is just any wind at all.

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« Reply #16 on: April 06, 2010, 10:20 PM »

I will try to take some pictures, but in the meantime here's what I did:
Remove the tension line.
remove the spreader from O ring on back.
Insert spreader through O ring on front and attach the ends through leading edge holes.
The ends of the spreader will stick out past the leading edge a little.
Attach the tension line to the end of the of the spreader that sticks out a little with a larks head knot.
The tension line goes across the back of the kite to the other side where you use another larks head knot to finish.
It takes longer to assemble/disassemble because you have to completely remove and install the tension line, but for me it'a worth it. I larks head the tension to the spreader when I put it away so I don't lose the line.

 
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« Reply #17 on: April 07, 2010, 02:12 PM »


Here's a photo (bad cell phone photo) that shows the back of the kite, spreader is now on the front, tension line is now running across the back.

P.S. I keep forgetting on how to get a actual photo in here Sad



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« Reply #18 on: April 15, 2010, 06:55 AM »

Thanks tony,.   Mine is supposed to deliver tomorrow.  The New color pattern.  Will post a pic. 

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« Reply #19 on: April 17, 2010, 04:40 AM »

Got my new Skate.  Looks good,  will give it some air time this weekend.

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« Reply #20 on: April 20, 2010, 11:31 AM »

Focus Kite Designs has updated the Skate for 2010!

the frame has been ferruled to allow it to collapse down to about half it's former size.  The frame change is great news because it will bring the shipping length of the kite down to allow the Skate to ship to more countries outside the US.  It also means that the kite becomes much more portable, because the folded length is now no longer than the Skate's spreader.

Could someone with one of the new Skates measure the breakdown size? 

Mine are coming on Thursday, but I would like to have a travel tube ready for them, as they might be going South with me shortly after that.

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« Reply #21 on: April 20, 2010, 06:25 PM »

27 inches.

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« Reply #22 on: April 20, 2010, 06:43 PM »

27 inches.

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Thanks for doing that. Cool.... that's a tad shorter than expected.  Woo hoo.

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« Reply #23 on: April 20, 2010, 06:45 PM »

no problemo....
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