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PostSubject: correct Kite inflation for dummys   Tue Nov 04, 2014 6:27 am

On almost every use I am being told by the more experienced people that my kite could do with a "bit more air in it"

I am sort of pumping up my 11mtr grenade until it is quite difficult for me to push down and pull up on the pump handle and the bladders feel firm. I have tested my last inflate effort with an inline pressure gauge which showed abut 5.5 / 6 PSI

Is there a recommended inflate pressure for the renegade kites?

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PostSubject: Re: correct Kite inflation for dummys   Tue Nov 04, 2014 7:17 am

Yup generally around 8-9 for me but the test we show everyone is to bend the kite while it's on one wing tip...the other wing tip should not fold down too easy to the other.

If it folds in half too easy it will be way harder to relaunch when out on the water, as it could potentially fold flat!

It's a "feel" you will get in time, I can usually tell straight away when I pick someones kite when about to launch it, so a squeeze of the main L/E near the middle is a good first indicator and then when you go to roll the kite over to place it down on the sand see how flexi/hard it is then.

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PostSubject: Re: correct Kite inflation for dummys   Tue Nov 04, 2014 7:28 am

Thank you - I have noticed that the inflate feels different once my kite is wet

May be the materials "relax" a bit when wet or the internal pressure drops a little as it cooled by the water?
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PostSubject: Re: correct Kite inflation for dummys   Tue Nov 04, 2014 9:46 am

Pump till you can't pump no more! Mine sounds like a tight drum when I drop it on the sand. I smash my kites a lot, never once bust a LE or LE bladder.
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PostSubject: Re: correct Kite inflation for dummys   Tue Nov 04, 2014 10:25 am

Thanks for that peace of good information.

I am also one that does not inflate enough........ Embarassed

next session I will give my pump what for !!!
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PostSubject: Re: correct Kite inflation for dummys   Tue Nov 04, 2014 12:21 pm

Although in theory I agree with James, as beginners it's not such a bad idea to have the kite ever so slightly under inflated for those inevitable slams...at least when James slams his kite he is unhooked i.e not pulling the f*ing bar in and fully powering the kite into the beach Laughing
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PostSubject: Re: correct Kite inflation for dummys   Tue Nov 04, 2014 1:31 pm

I think I have got out of that bad habit.

when mine hit the water I am not pulling the bar. just swimming under water..Rolling Eyes
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PostSubject: Re: correct Kite inflation for dummys   Tue Nov 04, 2014 5:14 pm

Good point Marc. Once you're past the point of slamming it into the sand regularly though pump that kite right up! Mine flies like a different kite when it's ping sharp and for a C kite it really helps on the not so good relaunch if it can keep it's shape. As most kites are now one pump if you keep the valves on the struts open then it gives the air in the LE somewhere else to go if you do slam it, I wouldn't do this if I was miles off shore though.

With the high quality of manufacturing now on nearly every kite I can't remember the last time I saw a newish kite burst unless it was already damaged.
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