The large mesh mega vented quad design was gradually refined with the aim of making a kite easy enough to fly in winds of more than 30mph but still able to fly during the lulls.
This kite having 40 % of the sail area vented with standard glass fibre reinforced insect mesh similar to that normally found in the leading edge panel was found too heavy to have a wide enough wind range. During higher winds the fine mesh allowed too little air to pass through to significantly reduce wind loadings.
An early version with larger mesh size (7mm) used successfully in the sail, this kite had slightly too little brake area which was later increased.
With friends wanting mega vent conversions carried out I was lucky enough to be able to try small variations with a number of different kites.
Two blue nylon sails ready to have the edge bound 7mm mesh panels fitted.The sails have 65 gramme nylon leading edge sleeves fitted together with Dacron reinforcing points.Later the sails were modified by the addition of fine mesh panels fitted close to the leading edge sleeve.
Daz’s Icarex version flown alongside Colins B series, the frames are interchangeable.This mega vent has the least sail area of any made up to that point and comfortably performs in winds of 10 to 12 mph.
A mega vented SLE being tested in a light breeze.
Standard SLE kite.
Mega vented SLE.
Slightly larger vent panels.