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« on: April 19, 2012, 07:43 PM »

I'm working on a gemini overhaul pimpin. Found i had a crossactive bridle to replace the original and was looking at the benson site and saw it now comes with a tristar active. Any compare or contrast?
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« Reply #1 on: April 19, 2012, 09:50 PM »

personally I like the original crossover active bridle compared to the cross active.  Kite just feels lighter on the lines, more responsive and smoother to me.  WHen I changed to the cross active it totally changed the feel of the kite some tricks were easier but the overall feel of the kite is heavier and a bit sluggish.  Keep in mind though mine is a first generation.  The feel is going to be different if  you update it to the skyshark frame.
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« Reply #2 on: April 19, 2012, 09:56 PM »

Go for the Tristar.

It's the bridle the Gem has been waiting for all these years, better in every way than anything previous to it.

It's also nice that Andy got around to doing a tristar active for the Gem. It is, after all, the original active design.

Seriously better in every category.

No contest.

Except no substitutes.

Or wooden nickels...
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« Reply #3 on: April 19, 2012, 09:59 PM »

Just to add, as Ike brought it up, stick with the Structil frame if you can.

It's flies better than the SkyShark frame IMO.
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« Reply #4 on: April 19, 2012, 10:19 PM »

Go for the Tristar.

It's the bridle the Gem has been waiting for all these years, better in every way than anything previous to it.

It's also nice that Andy got around to doing a tristar active for the Gem. It is, after all, the original active design.

Seriously better in every category.

No contest.

Except no substitutes.

Or wooden nickels...
  IT should have a similar feel to the Crossover active since they are in a sense the same concept.  Active on all three bridle legs instead of just 2.  ONce I Get some other projects done I'll be making a tristar for mine to try out.
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« Reply #5 on: April 19, 2012, 10:22 PM »

OTOH, I'm sort of down on updating kites these days.

Better to keep them original as documents of their times IMO.
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« Reply #6 on: April 19, 2012, 10:41 PM »

Yea if at all possible.  Even Tim prefers the structil Gem to the skyshark gem but what can ya do when parts  are no longer available.  An update to the gem was necessary.
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« Reply #7 on: April 20, 2012, 07:13 AM »

I have two gems and want to change one and not the other. They both have the bridle that preceded the cross active. Was that the crossover?
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« Reply #8 on: April 20, 2012, 07:49 AM »

Yes. The cross over was the original bridle for the Gem.

If the bridle bends around itself on either side, it's the cross over.

I'm digging around looking for a picture.

No luck yet.

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« Reply #9 on: April 20, 2012, 08:27 AM »

Thanks skb. Wink
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« Reply #10 on: April 20, 2012, 05:28 PM »

+1 on Jim's advice for the Gem.
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« Reply #11 on: April 20, 2012, 09:31 PM »

This is probably a good review to read if you are updating:

http://v2.1.kiteclique.com/wordpress-3.0/wordpress/tag/gemini
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« Reply #12 on: April 21, 2012, 09:03 PM »

Hey JIm or SKB.  IF one of you guys would be so kind as to PM me measurements for the crossover active bridle so I can make a replacement I would appreciate it.

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« Reply #13 on: April 22, 2012, 06:06 AM »

I can do that. Do you want the cross active as well?
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« Reply #14 on: April 22, 2012, 01:01 PM »

Details on the Gemini cross active bridle here if you need them:

http://wardley.org/kites/bridle/xactive.html
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