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  1. @plummet - I get it. The deal with the body Armour is preparing for what might happen, not just for what will likely happen. I for one am darn glad I wore my girlie-man gear last summer....
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  3. Popeye the Welder is a legend in this sport. Take some time to peruse his website sometime. Buggy porn. At the top of his AQR article he mentioned Jeff Earl (BigKidKites). Jeff lives a few hours from me and I got my AQR from him. Jeff spent some time experimenting with various shackles to ensure he had one that would operate smoothly at the moment of truth. I saw some mention of stainless steel in one of the posts in this thread. That would be an absolute must-have I'd think. It will get wet, sandy, and salty depending on where you ride and the last thing you want is for the sliding pin to be corroded to the point where it is essentially welded to its sheath. Defeats the point. One other thing to keep in mind is that you need a different sort of harness interface with an AQR. You wont be using the standard hook. Also, the mechanism takes up some space between you and the pulley that your strop line goes through, so if you are stropped in with handles the strop is going to need to be shorter as you can't easily lengthen your arms. I use DP kites and hook the shackle directly around the chicken loop. Good luck! Super sorry to read about the OBE, pelvic fracture, etc. Man, that sucks. Get well soon!
  4. The gear looks good, very good in fact. I ride with about the same setup. Two things: helmets are often considered "one and done" for truly hard impacts. Hard to know if a used helmet has already been wholloped. Second, a good many of us in the US ride in the buggy with something called an Automatic Quick Release or AQR. This is a mechanical interface in series between you and your buggy that has a shackle. Depending on whether you are riding with FB kites and a strop or with DP kites and a chicken loop the shackle setup will be a little different. Either way, the idea behind an AQR is when you start to get lifted out of the buggy in an OBE the kite will disengage from your harness automatically and you won't OBE. At times the OBE force can come on so quickly that you don't have time to disengage before you are lofted. High winds combined with small rapidly moving kites seem to be a combination for this quick reversal of fortunes. Lower winds with bigger kites gives you more time to do things manually. I don't believe you are allowed to race with an AQR (could be wrong about that) so these aren't used by some of the best buggy pilots out there. I'm sort of a "gentleman farmer" buggy rider so I'll take whatever safety upgrades I can get. Good luck with your new sport! Say goodbye to most of your money.
  5. I've witnessed @Bladerunner hitting these sorts of speeds on stock Coyotes on Ivanpah. Balls like bull. Seeing it made me wish I still owned my 200x50mm Doom setup as we could have bolted his boots to my frames and really seen what a brave sole like him can accomplish. Alas, my former doom setup is in Alaska, holding up the father end of a father-son kiting duo. All of these speeds with skates underfoot are truly impressive and my hat goes off to all y'all.
  6. StreetStar now up on the Born-Kite website!
  7. The 1.5 would be a great kite for a 7 year old! Good on ya. That bar set up sounds perfect for him. I too had a short term (read one night stand) relationship with a 4.5m Uniq Quad. It's wind window and force ramp was really disappointing compared to the NS3s. The Uniq pulled hard downwind but tapered off extremely quickly. Much broader sweep with the NS3s.
  8. @Darren Tibbey Nice to see another 1.5m NS3 in the air! I like the colors you chose (readers: the 1.5m is a custom job and you get to choose the colors). Most of my flying with my little wasp-on-a-string has been on the beach static from handles with the bridling rigged z-style. I've only flown it in a buggy once on the Ivanpah playa and it was a fun but nerve wracking experience. It was also from handles strong arm style. The little devil darted all over the place and required constant laser focus on my part to keep it under control. One little twitch and it would go screaming furiously about. Certainly pilot issues.
  9. I owned the 6m and 12m P3s for a short period and then unloaded them. I had previously owned and really liked an entire quiver of P2s (4, 6, 9, and 12m) flying them primarily in a buggy on both small grass fields and large playas. I've never flown a P1. While it is completely true that the P3s are more refined, crisper turning, lesser bridling, much tighter in the air (decreased flapping) etc., it came at the price of hugely increased bar pressure. The part not mentioned so far in this thread is that Flysurfer elected to decrease the number of DP pulleys per side from 2 to 1. As such, while more "direct", the pilot also lost a lot of mechanical advantage over the kite. My only flying with the P3s was in a buggy on Lake Ivanpah, an immense dry lake bed on the border of CA and NV in the Southwestern US. You can go for many miles on this playa without turning. I got very sore and uncomfortable with the high bar pressure coming from the side with the P3s and really didn't enjoy flying them in this setting. I suspect they would be great from atop a land board where you face the kite, and further would be completely fine flown on a smaller surface necessitating many turns. Bottom line, I sold the P3s and stocked up on a quiver of Born-Kite LongStar-2s. The LS2s are most certainly in the same lane as the Peaks but have two DP pulleys per side and great bar feel and pressure and are also rock solid in the air. DP can be throttled off more completely with the Peaks than the LS2s, but the LS2s DP plenty. I'm not trying to bash the P3s unduly. There could easily be other pilots out there saying "Thank God they finally got rid of those extra pulleys and gave us some more direct control through the bar" or some such. Most certainly to each his or her own, but I thought XK users should know about this as it is a highly noticeable change if you are used to the P2 bar feel.
  10. @ssayre - I'm curious if the kite effectively had a DP function. Were you able to modulate power with the bar that resulted in changes of force as one might think about with a DP kite? Hard to tell for sure, but AOA did seem to be modulated a bit when I flew it static. My only flight was at the top of my driveway for a few minutes in truly crappy winds. About the most dynamic movement I was able to test was running about 10 yards with it. Hardly a test. Any video?
  11. Too cool Sean @ssayre ! This is exactly why I sent it to you, because I knew you could take it through its paces. I don't have experience or equipment for street kiting. I hadn't thought of the aspect of one handed control with your non-dominant hand. Agreed, that would be funky at first. I like that the kite takes some work to fly skill wise. Something to aspire towards! Rock on!
  12. That's a fine lookin' kite boy!
  13. Man, sorry to hear this. A good friend of mine (Mike Herring) was just forced out as the company President along with the founder who was acting CEO and on the board. Pandora has been hemorrhaging cash for several years now and they were just bought out by Sirius (satellite radio guys) and there are a ton of changes. My friend and team were unable to make the overall business profitable and I suspect their losses were particularly acute in smaller markets like yours. Shame, but many companies copied the essence of their engine and they quickly lost their uniqueness. My son is a musician and has always hated it. I like it but my son hates all my reasons. Go figure. Anyway, sorry to see you loosing a service you like.
  14. According to Steffen these will be available in August. I've not yet seen any prices, nor are they listed on his website.
  15. This "video" (collection of still photos) really gives you the chance to see how Steffen worked the bridling. Good stuff!