Does anybody out there with a 2007 Cabrinha kite have this issue?
The glue that strengthens the seam which connects the LE to the Canopy has completely deteriorated on my Xbow 2 - 12M (manufactured in June 2006).
As a result, the load of that connection is now carried by the stitching, but since the LE fabric is light, the stitching is now pulling apart the LE fabric, thus exposing the Bladder. 1 good LE crash and I think she'll blow!
The attached photo is of the area where the damage is the most severe, but after very close inspection, the glue is useless for the entire length of the LE, so its only a matter of time before this issue spreads along the entire LE.
I'll post more photo's if there is any interest.
Note: I do not overinflate (due to previous blown x-blow LE that was not warrantied) and I do not leave this kite in the sun or any harsh elements.
I going via my local shop for a warranty claim, but am curious to know if:
a) my kite simply has a bad batch of glue
b) this is normal wear and tear for a kite flown approx 30 times
c) Cabrinha may have a serious issue to deal with
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happens. Seamstick doesn't do too much. Even on normal sails, you'll see it as the seams creep and stretch. the stitching should hold, though. If the material's pulling apart, it sounds like an issue. Do you keep your kites in the car? That will speed up the seam stick showing up like that, but it shouldn't ruin the integrity of the LE. Only the bladder valves