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Kite is gaining power as it ages!

Postby pj sofine » Wed Nov 27, 2013 5:00 am

Seems like my slingshot rpm 10 mtr has gained low end since I bought it in 2011.Wondering if anyone else has experienced this. I've been kiting since 2001 and I've never experienced this with any of my previous kites. I'm 220 and I'm often on my 10 when others are on 12's and 14's.What's the deal?

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Re: Kite is gaining power as it ages!

Postby Westozzy » Wed Nov 27, 2013 5:15 am

Using same bar and lines? Front line stretch maybe...

also you have probably become a better kiter.

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Re: Kite is gaining power as it ages!

Postby pj sofine » Wed Nov 27, 2013 5:33 am

Westozzy wrote:Using same bar and lines? Front line stretch maybe...

also you have probably become a better kiter.

Checked the lines and they're equal lenths.Even been using the bar with 20 mtr lines from my 8 mtr.And of course I'm getting older and better :naughty:

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Re: Kite is gaining power as it ages!

Postby Dirk » Wed Nov 27, 2013 6:49 am

Material stretch and the kite gets a deeper profile. Does the top end got worse?

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Re: Kite is gaining power as it ages!

Postby Kirok » Wed Nov 27, 2013 9:05 am

Some things get meaner as they get older :evil:

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Re: Kite is gaining power as it ages!

Postby el_guestos » Wed Nov 27, 2013 9:50 am

Can you see a slight 'bag' right behind the leading edge, it's usually easier for someone to see this as it's difficult to spot when your flying it

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Re: Kite is gaining power as it ages!

Postby Peter_Frank » Wed Nov 27, 2013 10:12 am

It might be the canopy that stretches slightly.

Could give it a slightly deeper profile yes, but even worse, is if the "line" in the trailing edge does not stretch the same, then you get a concave abrupt trailing edge, which at first feel seems to give a bit more power, but also a LOT more drag (and not much depower left), so not really desired IMO :wink:

Of course, most kites (in fact ALL kites/bars I've had or seen) will have their frontlines stretch over the years, just a tad.

We all know that, so the depower is pulled a bit more every year (or we change the rear line knots)

No lines are prestretched so much, that they will not stretch when used.
And even after the first half year of initial use, they will stretch further, is my experience :-?

But you have measured your lines when the kite was new, and now, it seems, so apparently not your issue...

It is very common and wellknown though, the linestretch over the years.


Canopy stretch, giving the kite a "saggy" profile, is my best bet, if you are sure your trim hasnt changed one inch :rollgrin:

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Re: Kite is gaining power as it ages!

Postby Jan:) » Wed Nov 27, 2013 2:06 pm

Peter_Frank wrote:No lines are prestretched so much, that they will not stretch when used.
And even after the first half year of initial use, they will stretch further, is my experience :-?

But you have measured your lines when the kite was new, and now, it seems, so apparently not your issue...

It is very common and wellknown though, the linestretch over the years.


Lines don't stretch. Lines shrink.
The frontlines don't shrink as much.

Obviously this cannot be avoided by prestreching.

You can usually fix that, by pulling hard on the steering lines until they are even again.

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Re: Kite is gaining power as it ages!

Postby SupaEZ » Wed Nov 27, 2013 2:12 pm

How old does a kite have to become to gain as much power as an Infinity ?
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Re: Kite is gaining power as it ages!

Postby 14ToeSide » Wed Nov 27, 2013 2:34 pm

2-4 years old. :desperado: :desperado: :kiff: :kiff: :kiff: :kiff: :happybirthday:


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