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Created by flow001 4 months ago, 12 Mar 2019
flow001
17 posts
12 Mar 2019 7:34AM
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Hi
does the kite s fabric of a brand new kite weaken overtime (i mean 5 6 years) if it stays in its bag.
cheers

jms
NSW, 121 posts
12 Mar 2019 10:13AM
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My guess is no, it's UV light, sand, and flapping on the beach that does the damage. That and crashing it onto rocks and sticks.

2stubborn2quit
WA, 118 posts
12 Mar 2019 8:29AM
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Agreed. The only other thing would be storing it wet and unable to dry. Especially with fresh water. My experience packing a kite slightly damp with salt water is not a bad thing as long as it is well ventilated.

flow001
17 posts
12 Mar 2019 9:46AM
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thanks guys. it confirms what i was thinking.
cheers

quikdrawMcgraw
1127 posts
12 Mar 2019 9:56AM
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I had kites sitting in a basic open shed for 3 years, vermin got into one kite and ate plenty of wholes all through the canopy not worth fixing...makes you wonder how desperate for a feed they were

Gateman
QLD, 286 posts
12 Mar 2019 2:44PM
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flow001 said..
Hi
does the kite s fabric of a brand new kite weaken overtime (i mean 5 6 years) if it stays in its bag.
cheers


I moved to a cold climate in 2006 and had my old 2003 and 2004 kites in storage for 6 years. Pulled them out in 2013 and had a fantastic first session (and lots of comments about my "retro" kite)
Upgraded within a few weeks after seeing how easily the new kites relaunch, amount of de power etc.
Never had any issues with kite in spite of its 10 year age however I have noted that the rubber/silicon type fittings on other items I've had stored has degraded severely even when stored in a cool dark place. I suspect the valves, "one pump" tubes and bladders will degrade before the fabric on kites in long term storage.

cauncy
WA, 7300 posts
13 Mar 2019 9:21PM
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I'll check my missus lingerie
draw, it's been 9/10 years since she got out my fave bit of material

wishy
WA, 1372 posts
14 Mar 2019 4:34PM
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I pulled out an Ozone Sport+ 2009 the other day. Good as new, still a nice kite to use.
The colours are terrible though, it's basically white and grey with some crappy writing on it.

bjw
NSW, 2692 posts
14 Mar 2019 9:12PM
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cauncy said..
I'll check my missus lingerie
draw, it's been 9/10 years since she got out my fave bit of material


Any luck with the strap on?

You'll probably find one hole in it

cauncy
WA, 7300 posts
14 Mar 2019 8:42PM
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bjw said..

cauncy said..
I'll check my missus lingerie
draw, it's been 9/10 years since she got out my fave bit of material



Any luck with the strap on?

You'll probably find one hole in it


storage not bondage

Happy2kite
QLD, 13 posts
15 Mar 2019 10:43AM
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As stated Uv and flapping on the beach. And talking on beach instead of riding with kite flapping and exposed to uv will definitely help break down the lifespan. But good trick is its if being left for a while. Buy a car windscreen cover and wrap your kite bag in it as its insulated that is also vital if storing it in your car boot all day before arvo ride.
But the new material will still be like new only issue might be valves losing air as the glue 6yrs ago isn't as good as current glue used as people had issues with valves. Now get it out of bag and onto the water

NorthernKitesAUS
QLD, 753 posts
15 Mar 2019 3:23PM
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It's the bladders and valves that will go first - if at all. The kite material itself is quite good, even from 10 years ago.



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