Oldnbroken wrote:I've never had any kite or bar of any brand, look like the pair pictured.
The 2011 and 3G Epic kites all use the same Dacron strut material, the S10 LTD model strut material is not different from the other Epic models, it is also the same Dacron material that was used by Blade and several other companies, all made in the same factory, on the same sewing machines, with the same people sewing them.
Nobody else has reported six strut failures on ANY Epic kite, so something unusual is going on with the pictured kite.
I would think that it is a bad kite, but Caesar reported that his last S10 LTD got trashed as well, that would suggest something particular to the user.
The first kite crashed as a result of the none-working QR. I could not open that darn thing when I was bashed around on the beach when one of the lines went underneath the bar and the kite was dead-looping. The kite ended up in a tree after I was dragged around through sand for about 100 meters. That was the reason the kite was a write-off.
Oldnbroken wrote:Bars are a personal preference thing.
There is another thread on the forum right now, with someone complaining of his bar being to rough on his hands.
Make them soft enough to kite mega sessions and they will be too soft for some, make them harder and folks complain of blisters.
I have an Epic bar, Blade bar, Best bar, Slingshot bar, Switch bar..three are soft and two are hard.
I prefer the harder bars, they feel right in my hands but all the cover materials are in the same shape and all will show wear, none will ever look like Caesars bar.
None of any bars I had looked like that Epic bar either. None!
I have a2011 Cab bar here which I purchased in 2010. That bar looks like brand new still. The lines were replaced with Q-Powerlines. Want to see a pic of that bar in it's perfect mint condition?
Oldnbroken wrote:The lineset that Ceasar is complaining about is my least favorite lineset.
Lots of companies had those white with flecks of color lines on their bars for a couple seasons, mine were on two North bars, and I'm glad they are no longer the lines of choice.
But line stretch is normal, so I don't understand that complaint, I don't know how all his other linesets had ZERO stretch, something there does not add up.
Not sure where you got that from. I never complained about the Epic lines. I only criticized the excessive wearing of the Epic bridle lines because of the ring or slider. But D. finally realized that and is testing proper pullies now.
Oldnbroken wrote:Seems folks who have problems with Dacron, also have problems with valve nipples, linesets that stretch, bar covering that gets thrashed, chicken loop releases that don't open, depower straps that don't work, wrapped lines & death looping kites.
Not sure what that says, but is says something.
That bullshit you could have kept for yourself! There is no need to bash down what I wrote and experienced, or to make up things in order to protect your mate Dimitri. Read again what I criticized and why I switched to another brand.
I didn't have problems with the line set, neither did I have problems with the depower strap or with any nipples. Valves were de-lamination. I never had such a problem with any Cab kite. But several valves of my 3 Epic kites came off.
If you still have a 10m LTD, pump it up, put it up to 12 o clock and see how it wobbles around there like jelly pudding. That might be the reason for the strut breakages...