I figured sence I now have the time to comment on this, I'm going to! Getting back from SCHOOL at roughly 1130pm is ALWAYS a good time, especially on a saturday. BAH!
Ike, thanks much for your views on the Solus UL so far. To you and ANYONE else please please please keep'em coming! I'm really curious to hear everyones opinions because I'm not in Michigan anymore with the new school year and all, and I am pretty out of the loop with kiting so I use this place to kind of keep myself updated.
My goals for the Solus's were to have a kite with a big wingspan that has a big presence in the sky, but I wanted to have a kite that was fun and very easy to knock around and snap a corner out of with small inputs, especially on higher wind days. That was basically my main goal for the standard the whole time. Big kite= Big fun & Less work(inputs)=More time flying(more fun) was logic at least. I'm confident this will come through in the kite's characteristics, but I'll let the kite speak for itself.
As for the UL, a HUGE thing I kept in mind (well before we even had one going) was how much I wanted it to roll up in one pop, be able to stay really flat and floaty, and most of all still be able to take a strong gusts of wind, much like the UL Ocius on the skyburner line. Zach Gordon and I have flown UL/Std (I flew my UL, he flew my Std) pairs in 12-14 MPH on the night of the night fly at Two Rivers for about 45 mins before it stormed. The UL held up well, so that was more or less my final reassurance that the kite was the way I wanted it to be, especially after not being able to fly them for awhile because school had started for a bit.
Also, Jon and Marieannes help/support through this one 1 year+ process has been awesome, and I can't thank them enough for all the things I've learned about kiting and how kites really work (in the air) through this whole thing. I also wanted to thank Mike and Pam for doing the sails on these kites and Jon and Marieanne again for all the fantastic tubes that are used in this kite.
All of Jons advice on the this whole adventure have been documented in a kiting binder that I now started and will be used later on after I'm done with school and have a job. The dream is to play in a contemporary orchestra (or classical symphony orchestra, as those groups are kind of hard to make a decent pay on) as 1st horn, and after I gain tenure in the orchestra then I'll hope to open my own hand made kite company, but thats years down the road. All of this info has been fantastic for this goal.
Anywho, just figured I'd post something kinda quickly to say thanks for the posts and all that jazz! If anyones headed to KP and has a Solus, send me a PM and maybe we can fly pairs or team or something along those lines (no pun intended) in the early morning or later at night or something! Can't wait.
Also, Mr. Lummas, I'm very interested to hear your opinions of the kite from a professional pairs/team prospective. Hopefully I'll get some more experience with these in a team setting on thanksgiving break in a month or so!