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Author Topic: Prism Zephyr or HQ Shadow for my first low wind kite.  (Read 3967 times)
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« Reply #15 on: September 22, 2012, 01:28 PM »

I picked up a shadow yesterday, took it out for a bit earlier today, nice flying kite, I like it.



Great choice, I'm sure you'll enjoy the Shadow.  One tip I'd pass on, the knots on the bridle can slip as the bridle is tied from unsleeved Dyneema. If you rub a little Beeswax on the knots it helps to stop them slipping. If you find the kite is a bit 'spinny' (oversteers) after you have tried it a few times you can fit a 3 point bridle that stops 90% of it. Remember it responds best to gentle inputs, guiding it into you what you want it to do.

Did you get any weights with it? There should be 2 weights, one a piece of wire inside the spine that weighs around 4 grams and another 'barrel' weight of 12 grams that fits on the end of the spine for doing pitch tricks - yoyos etc.  Some kites seem to come with both, some with one and some with none.  I've found it flies best with just the wire weight fitted.  In really low wind take this out too.
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« Reply #16 on: September 22, 2012, 04:23 PM »

Hmmmm I dont see any weights..if i open the velcro flap i see the spine and a t type connector on the end of it.
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« Reply #17 on: September 22, 2012, 05:34 PM »

Hmmmm I dont see any weights..if i open the velcro flap i see the spine and a t type connector on the end of it.
Thank is it.

It should have a brass rod that goes into the spine.

I heard the barrel was only on the 1st version years ago. I have one but don't use it. It is very heavy for this kite. really up the wind required.
 
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« Reply #18 on: September 22, 2012, 06:16 PM »

Really nice looking kite. You should enjoy it.  Wink

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« Reply #19 on: September 23, 2012, 02:45 AM »

Hmmmm I dont see any weights..if i open the velcro flap i see the spine and a t type connector on the end of it.

Mine is the 'new generation' Shadow with the blue tattoo just like yours and I got both weights - it seems to vary. The wire weight is under the 'T' piece - a 4" piece of wire with a small piece of 5mm carbon glued on the end. If you have it you want to put a little grease on the wire as it can stick inside the spine, if you don't have it, it would be easy to make as it is very useful.  As Wayner says, the big weight isn't really needed - it's main purpose is to make the kite do yoyo's but it messes everything else up.

I'm working on a mod for the Shadow that lets it do one pop yoyo's and better pitch moves without the need for the big weight so you can still do all the other stuff too but it just needs a little more airtime to be sure it works.  When I'm sure I'll post it.
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