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« on: December 02, 2015, 03:19 PM »

I have seen quite a few vids of folks flying with snow on the ground, but I'm wondering how much below freezing temperatures affect the flexibility of fiberglass and carbon fiber rods...  I remember seeing a corvette that shattered a fender in a parking incident when it was single digit (F) weather, so it must have some affect.

What are your experiences?

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« Reply #1 on: December 02, 2015, 05:15 PM »

I have flown kites in the winter for several years now as that is the time of more wind here in the mountains.  I have not seen any issues other than ice on the lines from ground contact.  I do like snow flurries as it actually allows you to "see the wind".  Broken spars have been from strong sudden gusts or unexpected landings.  Now that I have vented kites the gusts are not so daunting & most of my landings are planned.  I also carry kites in the car trunk in hot summers with no apparent issues, so far.... SHBKF

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« Reply #2 on: December 03, 2015, 03:42 AM »

Never had any problem with the cold effecting the carbonfibre/fibreglass rods themselves, only extra breakages have been due hard landings on frozen ground. If your kites have nylon sails, they can get waterlogged in the snow which effects the flight.

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« Reply #3 on: December 03, 2015, 08:49 PM »

I remember seeing a corvette that shattered a fender in a parking incident when it was single digit (F) weather, so it must have some affect.

With hundreds of thousands of Corvettes on the road, if this were an issue I think we'd hear a lot more about it.

There are a ton of winter kite festivals every year. We are talking even in the heart of Canada (on frozen lakes).

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« Reply #4 on: December 18, 2015, 08:53 AM »

Some years ago - about 15 years - a kiteflyer reported to me that he was in the antarctis at a Research Station. Here he went out with good clothing in very cold air - it was lower than minus 40 degrees when I remenber right - and was flying a stuntkite. It was a normal beginner stuntkite with dyneema lines, a HQ Chico and it performed well in this enviroment without any damage.

This gives hope for our normal flying in the snow, right?

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« Reply #5 on: January 01, 2016, 07:02 PM »

Does it matter? If it is a good day to fly, Then Fly! I have never had any problems with cold effecting kites. With that said, kites break, and then we fix them.
Sporting equipment gets beat up, it is the nature of engaging life.
Kites in unused condition are just that.

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