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Kite U.S. Forums _ Kitesnowboarding _ Any tricks for inflating inflatable kites in cold weather?

Posted by: snowkiter Dec 2 2004, 05:40 PM

I wanted to see if any of you guys have any tricks that i do not know about as far as inflating inflatable kites in cold weather. On really cold days, it is really hard to pinch the valve.

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snowkiter

Posted by: SaulOhio Dec 2 2004, 06:26 PM

QUOTE(snowkiter)
I wanted to see if any of you guys have any tricks that i do not know about as far as inflating inflatable kites in cold weather. On really cold days, it is really hard to pinch the valve.

No wise cracks about getting a foil smile.gif

snowkiter

The problem I see with inflated kites isn't pinching the valve while inflating, but launching and landing it unassisted. I flew my 12M Gaastra once last year on the ice, and needed help, which was a problem since nobody at Erie PA that day had any experience with inflated kites.

Posted by: mIKAEL Dec 3 2004, 08:40 AM

Maybe it would help if you don't pinch the vavle, but simply put your thumb on the hole to seal it. You have to be quick but it works really well with a little bit of practice.

As for launching and landing, a helper is nice if you don't have a relaunch system on your kite (Naish Shift, North 5th element, Cabrinha Recon, Windwind Jump Start, Wipika CLS etc..). Otherwise not really a problem. You can use the snow like you use the sand for self launch too.

It's always better not ride alone anyway in case you get into trouble.

Posted by: SaulOhio Dec 3 2004, 05:32 PM

QUOTE(mIKAEL)
As for launching and landing, a helper is nice if you don't have a relaunch system on your kite (Naish Shift, North 5th element, Cabrinha Recon, Windwind Jump Start, Wipika CLS etc..). Otherwise not really a problem. You can use the snow like you use the sand for self launch too.

It's always better not ride alone anyway in case you get into trouble.


But in Erie, where I usually ride, there is often no snow on the ice. And its not that I ride alone. Its just that the people I ride with aren't very experienced with inflated kites. They've been doing this for almost 15 years on foils.

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