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« on: May 08, 2010, 09:52 PM »

Whats up with the banana handles?

What is the difference between the shockwave and the supersonic rev's?
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« Reply #2 on: May 09, 2010, 12:24 AM »

"Whats up with the banana handles?"
Because the watermelon handles are too heavy and hard to hold:)

The Supersonic is a little smaller than the Shockwave, I think most people prefer the Supersonic.

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« Reply #3 on: May 09, 2010, 12:35 AM »

Banana Handles? you mean the curve to them? If so the curve places the wrists in their natural position when flying so your neutral point is your natural position. It also provides a self correction of sorts & keeps the handles oriented toward the kite.

The original handles were designed to balance on your index finger when it was placed at the top of the foam handle, that would be a neutral position leaving the kite in a hover mode. Not sure if that holds true today with the longer handles used on the smaller 1.5 as popular now, it was just something the Hadziki's pointed out when introducing their new kite back in 1990, doubt anybody ever spent much time balancing the Rev on their index fingers.


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« Reply #4 on: May 09, 2010, 09:07 AM »

I met one of the brothers, and they still set up beginners, especially people with dual line kite flying, so that the kites have a lot of forward drive, and balanced on their index fingers.  So, instead of pulling with your arms, its sort of pulling by turning your wrist or sort of pulling downwards with your ring fingers.

I'm probably not explaining it correctly, but tactilely (sp?) it makes sense.  In a good wind, it feels like you "pull" left to make the kite go left, and "pull" right to make it go right.  As the beginners progress with left/right, and see how they can make the kite stop, then the handles are set up with a more balanced neutral hand positioning.

For more info, there's a *lot* of good info on the revkites forum
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« Reply #5 on: May 09, 2010, 10:35 PM »

Whats up with the banana handles?

What is the difference between the shockwave and the supersonic rev's?
Hey Ben ~ Banana handles?!  Cheesy  That's a hoot!

How's the flyin' going on the (your) SLE?

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« Reply #6 on: May 10, 2010, 11:58 AM »

The difference between the Shockwave and the Sonic is that the Shockwave has a lot more pull in the kite.  The Sonic is just a tad faster through the air with less pull than the Shockwave.  Both kites are extremely fast and not really recommended for beginners to start out with.

I enjoy flying the Sonic and Shockwave in winds starting around 8mph and up.  Under 8mph both kites are very floaty and not that exciting to fly (IMO).  But when the winds pick up to 10-12, they come to life and are a total riot to blast through the air.

The banana handles - or curvature in the handles allow for faster snaps with the wrists for precision flying.  I have flown on straight handles and it is very difficult to do as well as very uncomfortable.

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« Reply #7 on: May 13, 2010, 04:38 AM »

My first quad was a Supersonic. I had a hard time learning inverse hovers and side slides because it was too fast and twitchy. Years later I got the B Series and precision is a whole lot better. I suppose the Supersonic is nice if you like speed but the 1.5 is so much more fun for precision.

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