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« on: January 07, 2011, 04:36 PM »

I would like to carry a kite or two with me whenever i go abroad, but the problem is that, breaking the leading edges down in two parts is still a bit too long to fit into my suit cases ( i do not want to carry them as a separate piece ) .
I thought of making the spine to fold in two and the leading edges into three or four, but not sure if this will work. Then there is the matter of the lower spreaders.
Any help or suggestions  Huh?
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« Reply #1 on: January 07, 2011, 04:38 PM »

I think a smaller kite like the 4D will fit into a suitcase if that kite is your cup of tea.

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« Reply #2 on: January 07, 2011, 05:05 PM »

Revs travel easy.
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« Reply #3 on: January 07, 2011, 05:21 PM »

If you can do frame work and use straight tubes like the Sky Shark P series, you can add ferrules and break the frame down into shorter segments.  A three or four part leading edge, two part spine, and two part lower spreaders will fit into a suitcase pretty easily.  Use a little scotch tape to hold the lower spreader segments together.  The leading edges and spine are under pressure which holds those segments together.  This adds a little weight and increases setup time but travels well in a suitcase.  Take a look at this and related pics in the folder:




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« Reply #4 on: January 07, 2011, 05:48 PM »

Depending on how long you will be there, you can always Fedex the kite to where you are going and back again.  I did this the last time I went on a long trip.

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« Reply #5 on: January 07, 2011, 06:01 PM »

Not only will it add weight and increase set-uptime, it will also change the flex characteristics of the tubes. (leading edges anyway)  It probably won't make that much difference, but it is a consideration.
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« Reply #6 on: January 07, 2011, 06:11 PM »

Not only will it add weight and increase set-uptime, it will also change the flex characteristics of the tubes. (leading edges anyway)  It probably won't make that much difference, but it is a consideration.

Yes, though in practice tube flex has not been an issue.  You'll notice the added momentum of the weight in the LEs which in some cases is nice.  I have two kites with this config, a std and UL which go to the beach, been beat on, and have held up pretty well.

As Allen says, Revs break down pretty short for travel. I miss my dualie fix though...
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« Reply #7 on: January 07, 2011, 08:08 PM »

My solution has been to ship the kites to my destination and back. It has always worked for me, for a long trip (like 3 or 4 weeks).
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« Reply #8 on: January 08, 2011, 03:54 AM »

Thanks for the replies guys.
 All my kites are 230cm and i have not gone to the dark side as yet.
Shipping the kites to where i am going and back is out of the question for me, so as i see it , the more practical solution will be to shorten the spars and use more ferrules to join them.
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« Reply #9 on: January 08, 2011, 06:38 AM »

I would like to carry a kite or two with me whenever i go abroad,...Any help or suggestions  Huh?

A completely different approach might be to use the trip as an opportunity to visit a local kite shop abroad and just pick up a new kite.  At the conclusion of your trip you could ship the kite home or sell it locally.  Just consider the cost as "rental fee" for the kite.

When my parents lived 1000 miles away in South Padre Island, TX I would make an annual kite purchase at the local kite shop when I went down for a visit.
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« Reply #10 on: January 08, 2011, 07:18 AM »

Here is a thread about taking kites on airlines.  I personally have used a 36" rolling duffel with a hard sided bottom as check in luggage.  You can fit in quite a few kites as most kites break down to ~34" normally. 

http://www.gwtwforum.com/index.php?topic=2087.0

The travel frames are good for those short 1-2 day convention trips where I take a single carry on with no check ins.

If you just want to zoom around, foils are easy  Cheesy
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