This isn't a rubbing thing, it's just when canopies get old they will tear at the point of the most accumulated stress which is on both sides of the center strut. Typically this will happen in a kites second or third season depending on use and conditions. SQ, it sounds like you guys have the right idea.ScottM wrote:Makes sense SQ, just wondered where Kitekarl saw the tearing? Is it caused by rubbing on the strut?
I put fair mileage on my stuff, just wondering where I should be looking to spot potential trouble?
sq225917 wrote:scott the CFT runs along the TE then down the side of the strut and the opens out along the back of the LE. it's between the strut and canopy along the entire length of the strut.
principle is that it's a tougher cloth, cut on the curve with no quick transitions so it allows impact stress/loading to travel along it and through the entire kite. rather than hitting the first edge or corner and tearing and lifting off a strut.
it's just where it needs to be, where material chnages and component weight is located.
Thanks Dewey. After an extended battle with Fedex I finally got my 11M Sonic back so I'll seeya out there today if the wind at SI stops being a finicky little bitch.dewey wrote:Carl,KiteKarl wrote:It seems like when all kites get old and get the inevitable canopy tear it does so on either side of the center strut. Knowing this, why don't manufacturers put a heavier guage material on the canopy on both sides of the center strut? Now you can say "planned obsolescence", but I would gladly buy a reinforced canopy kite and pay more as well as deal with the extra weight. One or two seasons for a kite is not alot of value at these prices.
Where have you been? Paul and I were out at Sherman with only 2 others all afternoon lit. Paul was asking what happened to you. Do you have any kites left? I know it's been a bad year for you. I still have my kites from last year that you could borrow if you need a kite. Let me know.
sq225917 wrote:i've got 3 words for you...
'canopy framing technology'
on all our 07 kites..
runs from the trailing edge up the strut and spreads out again behind the LE. every canopy section has it.
Then it should be mentioned that Slingshot were the first to do it, with the Splitstrut Fuels.aahi wrote:.... that they borrowed from the rrd type wave ....SQ, it sounds like you guys have the right idea.
I know everyone borrows ideas from everyone else, just want to make sure that the credit goes to the right people....
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