I have two new 2009 OR Rise kites with apparent strut problems.
On July 13 I pumped up my brand new 2009 8m and 12m Rise kites
for the first time to check them out.
The centre strut of the 8m kite seemed a bit wonky, as shown here with the gauge showing pressure at about 8psi.
It remains wonky at 9psi. (Yes I trust the gauge. Plus, with the pump it’s about the highest pressure that I can reasonably physically pump, plus it “pings” nicely with a finger flick.)
The next photo shows the strut from straight-on, shows slightly off kilter.
The next photo, is similar at 9psi.
If I push out on the canopy material as advised at
the most-curved portion of the strut improves, but a kink appears further out. I’ve tried 3 inflations, pressing on the canopy, and gentle manipulation of the strut at 3/4 full, but can’t get the strut to remain sitting without a kink.
In contrast, the centre strut of my 12m Rise seemed just fine, it fits nicely against the canopy.
But there’s more to this story than just a single strut. Today after reading
and more closely inspecting the other (non-central) struts in my 8m and 12m kites,
I’ve found that **most if not all of all** of the non-centre struts in my 8m and 12m have an apparently non-removable kink between the attachment point to the main bladder and the valve.
Example on the 12m kite is shown in this photo
In this example the size of the gap is big enough to fit my thumb through.
In summary, almost all of the struts on my new 8m and 12 kites seem kinked.
It seems that one possible explanation is that the wonky struts, where they attach to the canopy away from the leading edge, were sewn too close to the front.
Consequently, there wouldn’t be enough room for the strut to curve properly against the canopy.
These kites are **early production** 2009 models, so I’d assume that that explains it.
(I’ve noticed a separate post from OR advising that some kites were shipped with the anti-snag straps were mis-sewn to also be too tight.)
I am obviously concerned about the risk of blowing struts (as mentioned for example at
Please advise here or by PM.