GregK wrote: ↑
Sat Mar 17, 2018 5:50 am
If your Naish octopus 1-way valves aren't keeping the struts inflated after the LE is deflated, there is likely a tiny amount of debris stuck between the black rubber circular disc at the tip of the LE / male octopus valve and the valve body. That debris is preventing the disc from its function of sealing when the strut pressure exceeds that of the LE.
Separate the octopus valve. Gently lift the edges of the black rubber disc, clean its underside and clean the end of the valve end that supports the black disc when the strut is pressurized. Re-assemble, inflate the strut, and with luck, problem solved.
Yes, that's the right solution.
However, I wouldn't take apart an octopus system that is holding air well, only to fix a one way internal valve.
If all internal valves are doing this, then you may
have a safety problem in case your kite deflates during a session as you won't have the kite as floating device. But if you wear a life jacket or ride close to the shore and are a good swimmer, then even that may not be a good reason to take apart the octopus system.
'If it works, don't touch it', some people say.