Hi, anyone have much experience with the Rises in the cold? My 2010’s seem to have pretty stiff material in the deflate valve. I’m not talking about super cold, but even in -10C, I push the deflate valve really hard and usually figure once it is half in, based on how hard I pushed, it’s not going to come open, so I do up the velcro over it. Maybe one day the valve will open on me. I know that even on other kites I used to ride, those valves do get brittle in the cold, so I’m trying to prolong their life.
One thing I thought of was to take off the flapper on the inflate valve, and just leave the deflate closed for the winter (can that be done easily?). I can deal with the lack of flapper on a one-pump, BUT, that brings up 2 questions:
- will the deflate valve stretch out over time and get loose if it is closed for months?
- does my risk of popping open the inflate valve in warmer summer riding go up with no flapper behind it?