kitexpert wrote: ↑Tue Sep 10, 2019 6:23 pmThat is a seriously damaged kite but still repairable. What I can see from the pictures line attachment points don't look very strong, this is probably because nowadays kites should be light weight and also cheaply produced. Details in reinforcements are costly because foil kite like Halo has dozens of line attachment points.
Repair should be done by opening the seams, adding similar fabric to the sides of the panels and then sewing parts together. If repair is well done kite will fly as well and is as strong as it was new. In general foil kites are well repairable.
10m kite is used in moderate to highish winds so there is quite a lot strain in it, especially if big jumps are done. When that kite rip down there was apparently a kind of chain reaction which lasted until kite didn't produce much lift any more.
It may be Halo isn't the best choice for big air, at least I wouldn't recommend it to anyone who jumps 50ft or more or weighs more than average. Damages in the pictures and user report suggest that kite structure just failed.
Point me one big manufacturer that properly tapers the splices in their flying lines. I can't remember I have ever came across one in all my years of line repair.
My guess is that the line broke right after the splice or however you call the blue thingy in the picture below so exactly where the thicker and thinner line are sewn together. And that caused all the other reactions, sadlyHorst Sergio wrote: ↑Tue Sep 10, 2019 7:53 pmHi ronniejamesgio,
as far I can see with the given information I don't think it is about the kite:
It could be just about the bar, its flying lines and their combination with use and sand.
It looks like there is a ripped of frontline at the bars splice. At this point sand enjoys to enter into the splice and can then work through the material until it breaks. And when one front line breakes and you have thin backlines it is not impossible they also break by the shock load they see in this moment. In the same moment the inner connection lines of the last connected front line will also see an overload situation towards the side with the broken front line, so the canopy can open here as you see in your picture.
FS used to have a tutorial demonstrating a tapered splice with an XActo knife. I can’t find it. There were a few reports of pigtails breaking at the splice a few years ago. It seems to me FS have stood by their work when things break. My experience with them has been very good.
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