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« Reply #15 on: May 09, 2009, 10:36 PM »

Let's just say that, after having spent a fair amount of time trying this and that with kmac's kites over the years, I've come to the conclusion it really is not a great idea. Ken will tell you the same thing. He told me. I just wasn't listening.

You will get a lot of TE wear in short order if you fly them in high winds with loose leech lines. They also will not fly all that well in general.

They just do not like it.

I'd advise against loosening the leech line on the Exile, or any of kmac's kites for that matter.

The leech line tension that he sets is integral to his designs.

Loosening it off does nothing for any of his kites flying characteristics and, in fact, can cause trailing edge damage.

Ask me how I know..  Roll Eyes

I'll bite!

Relate that story to us, will ya' Jim?

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« Reply #16 on: May 10, 2009, 08:38 AM »

leech line stays as does the bridle i played with that as the kite was used it is now stock thanx ko

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« Reply #17 on: May 11, 2009, 12:58 AM »

I also got to fly the Sweet Emotion in high winds. Tracking was very good. Speed control was good. It rolled up very easily. The Sweet Emotion is the first kite that I've flown that was under $200.00 dollars, but feels like a $300.00 kite. A very nice kite at a great price.

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« Reply #18 on: August 14, 2009, 12:52 PM »

Glad you enjoyed the Sweet Emotion. The list price is $180, and I believe if you ask Steve, he can get them, If not, let me know.
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« Reply #19 on: August 14, 2009, 02:05 PM »

When the wind gets into double digits I start flying the Revolutions....
Get 1.5 and you will be set...
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« Reply #20 on: August 15, 2009, 05:52 AM »

Ditto on the Revs. I find high wind flying (anything over 10 mph)  is very frustrating. Flying a Rev mid vent or vented scratches that itch to fly for me.

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« Reply #21 on: August 15, 2009, 07:02 AM »

One solution, a DIY project:

Variable vents add 1/2oz. Wind range 4-20.  Tricking is iffy for me over 15.

Should proofread closer  before posting Roll Eyes
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« Reply #22 on: August 15, 2009, 10:07 AM »

wow nice looking kite Steve!

My kite inbetween the std and the vent is Wayne Knott's Saber.. it is a wonderful high wind kite..

"it don't mean a thing if it ain't got that string"
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« Reply #23 on: August 23, 2009, 04:40 AM »

wow nice looking kite Steve!

Thanks deb.  It is one of Ken's color schemes, very pretty.  This the third venting attempt and is probably the most versatile kite in my bag now.  It gets pulled out often. Flies like a standard with the vents closed and by opening the vents and adjusting the standoffs it will keep flying in anything I'd want to be out in.  If I had to take just ONE kite to that deserted island, this would be it.  Cool

Have never flown a Saber...

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