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« Reply #15 on: February 23, 2010, 10:43 AM »

Mike had the answer already,

You want 1 leg pointed directly at the kite and the other 2 legs upwind.

However, if the wind shifts 60 you're at the worst position.

Spikes as anchors always make me nervous. Maybe that's why I only fly small SLKs and not the big boys.  Shocked
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« Reply #16 on: February 23, 2010, 08:08 PM »

Hand held the 81 on a few occasions, not sure of the wind speed, during two of the San Francisco festivals, probably gusts approaching 10 mph when it would move me downwind a few feet. I do carribiner a dog leash to the line to hold onto to since even the 980 lb line I use hurts like ... 'Don't try this at home etc etc'. The kite isn't high, maybe 30 feet max with lots of slack line on the ground if I had to drop it, They drop quick when you let go so it'll stay in the field. The audience likes it, I've walked it to the sidelines to let those interested feel the pull. Proably 20 minutes in the air.

and no I'm not a big guy

I stake using Gombergs double stake method and have had the front stake pulled loose so you have to keep your eyes on whatever method you use.


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« Reply #17 on: March 03, 2010, 06:35 AM »

for anyone that might be interested, I have ordered a couple of these anchors, once I get some time with use of them, I'll report back on how effective...or not, they are.

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« Reply #18 on: March 15, 2010, 12:54 PM »

got a chance to try out a couple of these anchors yesterday, and, sorry, no photos. Haven't had the chance to try anything bigger, but did give the Claw a whirl with my Premier 36 sled, three Premier spinsocks (hydroid, cephlapod, myriapod), and also my 10' Gomberg Bol. Flew the sled solo at first, figured that would have the most high altitude pull, then added laundry one at a time. Both flown on 500# test line. The bol at times was up in the air for extended periods of time, not just rolling about the ground, so some extremely hard pull on that. Winds varied alot from NE to NW, more than 45 degrees of shift from left to right.

The ground was rather soft from recent rains, good chance to see what the Claw could do with these two hard pullers. Didn't use any backup system for the test. I'm quite pleased with these anchors, we had sustained winds of at least 10-12mph, many sustained gusts up to 20+ mph. The anchors didn't budge at all, no letting up on any foot of the tripod, not even a fraction of an inch. I'll give them another chance with the 81 sled I'll have in the air soon. So far, I'm very happy with my purchase, no issues whatsoever. Your turn to give them a try...

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« Reply #19 on: March 28, 2010, 08:24 AM »

I'm using a heavy duty fencing auger. Not sure how much force it will take in sand, but in the soft field, it felt rock solid, and easy to lock off onto the handle. 25 from the local builders merchant.


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« Reply #20 on: April 19, 2010, 07:11 PM »

As far as sand I like to use a sand anchor. I have one that's rated for 600# - works great
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