I am having trouble with my NEXUS kite.
A little about me: I have about 6 months of solid kite flying. I have been doing nothing but control flying the last 6 months. I decided early on that I would follow the advice of most and learn control before moving on to the stunts. So…I have been learning control for the last 6 months.
I own mostly PRISM kites (4D, Hypnotist, Quantum, Nexus, Zephyr, Quantum Pro SUL, and a few others that you would recognize).
At a local kite festival, I was asked to teach people how to fly stunt kites.
So...with all that said…I would say that I can fly a kite.
Nexus: I bought this thing at REI for $49. I bought it because I heard so many people said it was a blast and a good fall back to kite.
I tried 4 separate times to get the Nexus airborne. Each time I adjusted the bridle and thought the wind was sufficient to do it. All 4 times I had to nearly run backward to keep it off the ground.
So…I thought it was the Piano and not the player and returned it to REI saying that there was something wrong with the kite. I got a replacement. Oops…it is the player?
So…today I went out in the high wind and rain with the specific goal of getting it off the ground.
The wind today was probably 10 mph…The 4D was ripping back and forth, the Zephyr was strongly flying
back and forth, and the wind was making noises in my ears.
I tried 60 ft, 50 ft, 30ft and finally 18ft lines. Same results.
I tried the bridle at the normal, HIGH WIND setting and at the LOW WIND setting. Same results.
Then I put the knot in the bridle PAST the low wind setting and moved it about ˝ inch on the top side of the LOW WIND setting.
It finally staying in the air long enough to fly back and forth for 20 seconds.
What the heck…is this right? I need to move the ABOVE the highest knot ˝” to make it fly? How in the the world does the casual user use this kite?