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« on: June 29, 2012, 05:31 AM »

I have two kites made of Icarex now. I find rolling them up in the kite sleeves creates a lot of little wrinkles. Minor, but unsightly. Do you guys usually ignore those, or store them mostly assembled (untensioned, of course) to keep the wrinkling to a minimum?
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« Reply #1 on: June 29, 2012, 06:13 AM »

I store all of my kites tensioned and full length, in their bags. The wrinkling doesn't bug me, and it wont hurt the kite in my experience.
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« Reply #2 on: June 29, 2012, 06:18 AM »

I store all of my kites tensioned and full length, in their bags. The wrinkling doesn't bug me, and it wont hurt the kite in my experience.


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« Reply #3 on: June 29, 2012, 06:20 AM »

Mind you the leech line doesn't actually tension up until the kite is actually set up.
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« Reply #4 on: June 29, 2012, 06:22 AM »

I keep mine rolled up, just make sure you don't roll them too tight especially if they have any Mylar panels. I also keep LE's tensioned on my kites with straight LE's, Older kites with curved LE's are better stored untensioned.
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« Reply #5 on: June 29, 2012, 06:29 AM »

At my house Cool
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« Reply #6 on: June 29, 2012, 06:46 AM »

At my house Cool

If you run out of space, I can spare some over here. Grin

You guys keep the kites tensioned? I thought you weren't supposed to do that.

My 3D sleeve is wide enough that I don't have to roll it up too tight, but the SF barely fits into the sleeve (which is full-length) when it's broken down. I can't transport it with the LEs assembled, unless I lay down the back seat of my car, which is where my kid's child seat is. I assume it would fit the sleeve better (girth-wise) if it weren't broken down. I guess I need a fatter sleeve for it, so I don't need to pack it so tight.
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« Reply #7 on: June 29, 2012, 07:01 AM »

If your breaking your kites down in half you have to untension them anyway.
Personally I don't like breaking my kites down in half because of the wear it creates in the fold
On the leading edge. Also like I said the leech line may be tensioned when the kite is set up but once you take the standoffs out the tension decreases. Constantly breaking your kites down and fiddling with the tensioning lines is a lot of wear in my opinion.
Plus who wants to muck around with all of that when it's time to fly!!

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« Reply #8 on: June 29, 2012, 07:10 AM »

I had some good flying time with it a couple weeks ago.

I tried again yesterday, and WindAlert called for 10 mph winds, which is pushing the kite's upper range. Thankfully, the wind died down to about 0 by the time I got to the field. Roll Eyes

I've been mainly working on a decent half-axel. The SF takes it slow, at least at the edges, which is good for me right now. I have no complaints, but obviously I'm nowhere near pushing the kite to its limits.
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« Reply #9 on: June 29, 2012, 08:21 AM »

FW for some reason has been making their sleeves just big enough to fit the kite snugly.  Is a pain really and they probably do it to save a bit of cloth per bag which seems dumb but when your talking hundreds of sleeves, an inch of cloth adds up to a lot of cost savings.  Don't worry about wrinkles, they aren't a big deal.
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« Reply #10 on: June 29, 2012, 09:09 AM »

yep, the sleeve on my FW Soul is a very tight fit. I don't usually use the heavy duty sleeves that most kites come with but instead make up a light nylon sleeve which is then carried in my main kitebag.
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« Reply #11 on: June 29, 2012, 10:05 AM »

I don't actually roll the kite up. I fold the two leading edges together. Then fold the spine to the leading edges. I then gather the stand offs and point them toward the nose. I make sure they are free of the fabric. I then lightly bunch up the fabric and slide it into the sleeve nose first.

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« Reply #12 on: June 29, 2012, 07:31 PM »

I fold mine the same way, but I flighty roll up the sail, but not around the le's and spine.
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« Reply #13 on: June 30, 2012, 12:11 AM »

... and slide it into the sleeve nose first.

Nose First ??  Huh  That's bass ackwards!  Cheesy

Well we haven't done the "Which way to put the kite in the bag" thing in quite awhile. 

Same as most, I don't detension, leading edges and spine together, stand offs and bridle into the folds and lightly roll the fabric up to the spars. I don't break down except on the rare occasion I'm taking them on an airplane or packing a lot of stuff for a trip, but I do drive an SUV or Van and don't have any kids needing the back seat. I seldom (never) leave a kite together when transporting or storing and I can't see the wrinkles at 75 feet anyway.




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« Reply #14 on: June 30, 2012, 12:24 AM »


Nose First ??  Huh  That's bass ackwards!  Cheesy


Amen brother!  Smiley

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