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How many sessions to replace a kite

Postby Samee » Wed Jan 24, 2024 11:20 pm

I know it depends on kite accidents and drops on different surface but let's assume no cuts in the kite at all and just normal usage. How many sessions does it take you to replace a kite?

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Re: How many sessions to replace a kite

Postby Wolf of Ainsdale » Wed Jan 24, 2024 11:27 pm

Had my north reaches 12 9 7 for 5 years. No pinholes but had to replace the valves on two of them. Still going strong. Going to fly them into the ground. Hopefully get another 5 years out of them.

Washed after every use with clean water and stored indoors. Fly them about twice a week.

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Re: How many sessions to replace a kite

Postby Toby » Wed Jan 24, 2024 11:31 pm

Completely depends.

If you ride in strong sun areas, with strong salty air, and good winds, and have it sit on the beach for a longer time, one year!

If you pack your kite quickly and ride on close places etc, the longer it will last.
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Re: How many sessions to replace a kite

Postby thewindego » Wed Jan 24, 2024 11:39 pm

Its not so much the sessions but how long it is in the sun. Flapping on the beach in the tropics will trash it fast. Pump it ride it pack it.
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Re: How many sessions to replace a kite

Postby Vivo3d » Wed Jan 24, 2024 11:41 pm

Depends also what brand and model. RRD for example is a brand that builds very durable kites. My SLS on the other hand very likely won't hold that long.

@Toby why is strong salty air not good? And could you also elaborate on close places?

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Re: How many sessions to replace a kite

Postby jakemoore » Wed Jan 24, 2024 11:44 pm

Wolf of Ainsdale wrote:
Wed Jan 24, 2024 11:27 pm
Washed after every use with clean water and stored indoors.
I always thought it was better to leave the kite salty. The less you do to it the better. But 5 years is a good run so you must be doing something right.

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Re: How many sessions to replace a kite

Postby Windigo1 » Wed Jan 24, 2024 11:46 pm

As Toby said it really depends I know people who go to the beach to talk and pump their kite and leave it there to bake in the sun and only ride 30 minutes. I have seen kite that were cooked to the point the the canopy would rip very easily. If you are super careful and pack your kite as soon as you're done and you don't crash it too much you can probably get 10 years and hundreds of sessions out of it. The performance will degrade a bit over time the conopy and bridle will strech and the valves start becoming unglued etc.. at some point it's time to let it go. I usually don't get there as I keep my kites a few years normally

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Re: How many sessions to replace a kite

Postby Vivo3d » Wed Jan 24, 2024 11:52 pm

jakemoore wrote:
Wed Jan 24, 2024 11:44 pm
Wolf of Ainsdale wrote:
Wed Jan 24, 2024 11:27 pm
Washed after every use with clean water and stored indoors.
I always thought it was better to leave the kite salty. The less you do to it the better. But 5 years is a good run so you must be doing something right.
I got told by an Austrian couple, that they never wash them with sweet water. And their North branded EVOs where still top when I saw them in Brasil. They do quiet a few kite-trips to Lo Stagnone in a year and other places as well. But always with salt water.

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Re: How many sessions to replace a kite

Postby Blackened » Thu Jan 25, 2024 2:31 am

I replace mine after a year or so, depending on usage. Generally this is about 80-100hrs. There is still plenty of life left in them for a new home, but I put them through their paces and prefer the crispness of a new kite. As others have said, it's multiple factors:

1. Rider weight
2. Intensity of use (lit vs light, hard vs soft)
3. Crashing it
4. Flapping/sandblasting on the beach
5. UV
6. Rolling with sand/shells/whatever
etc

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Re: How many sessions to replace a kite

Postby suisd12 » Thu Jan 25, 2024 3:49 am

What always questions me if the salty kite will be more vulnerable to uv?


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