Rampage II: Instructional Manual
Congratulations! You’ve just purchased a high performance, user friendly, trouble free kite called the Rampage II.
If you’ve never kited before, we highly recommend seeking out qualified instruction to get you going. The Rampage II is suitable to learn on however, kiting can be extremely dangerous not only to yourself but to others as well.
The Rampage II is designed to be an all-around performer that gives you unparalleled range and ease of use. We would not hesitate to recommend the Rampage II to a beginner or to advanced professional riders. It has the ease and range of a flat/bow kite, the performance and feel of traditional C kite and is reluctant to invert nor Hindenburg on you.
The Rampage II also comes with one of the simplest bridling systems without awkward pulleys or excessive bridle lengths that seem to plague others in the modern kite world. It also comes with one of the cleanest single inflation system options available in the market. Windwing is committed to bring you innovation and options that will simplify and enhance your kiting experience. What follows are some rigging tips and design benefits for you that make the Rampage II . . . simply better.
Leading Edge Protection
With the release of theRampage II, all futureWindwing kites will come with the added wingtip elbow wrap around EVA protection. This will not only protect the LE from ground scuff but also from heavy abrasions caused by the bridling lines. The wrap around protection is extended to cover all three pick-off points while providing ballast to offset potential inversions. This added protection on the elbows of each tip is also quite suitable for snow or ground-boarding usage. Windwing has always made kites durable and of the highest quality. Compare our kite with any other kite in the market and you will see the dedication we put into aWindwing
The Ramapage II and most all Windwing kites give you three pick-off points on both the front and back line bridle attachments. Each attachment point has a specific function that will provide you with the desired performance. Familiarizing and understanding the effects for each of the attachement points will greatly help you to maximize the performance of your kite and the enjoyment of your session.
FRONT (FLYING) LINE PICK-OFFS:
BACK MOST PICK OFF: Provides a forgiving, less agressive feel for beginner and cruisers alike. FRONT MOST PICK OFF: Creates explosive pop (…and poop), lofty jumps, extreme hangtime and a more agressive feel. Note: As you switch pick-off points you will note bridle pigtail is shortened to maintain bridle length.
BACK (CONTROL) LINE PICK-OFFS:
FRONT MOST PICK OFF: Fastest turning, widest sheeting range, easiest re-launch. BACK MOST PICK OFF: Slower turning for beginners or cruisers, generates more powerful down loops for transitions or arials.
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Windwing’s simple bridle system gets the job done without the use of complicated pulleys and excessive bridling webs that generate drag and chaos. A critical but simple check bridle, designed with very specific lengths, custom to each kite size and purposely designed to prevent tangle with the wing tips and struts.
In addition, all bridles comes with “goof-proof” attachment points to give you the option you desire.
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Multi Inflation System
The Windwing Multi-Inflation-System (MIS) is a sensible, lightweight, simplistic option that will not only give you a pleasurable start to your kite session, it’ll make you wonder why we didn’t come up with this years ago…!?
The MIS is made to fit your Rampage II and all future or past kites made with multiple strut inflation nozzles on the LE. It is packaged as an option that can be installed very quickly without tools or messy adhesives. A single/double or even a triple inflation system can be made to your own design. Once installed, you will find the ease of inflation and deflation such a welcome bonus that you will never want to pump without it again.
PREPARATION: Remove packing foam and partially inflate the kite. Check for voids that are not being filled by the bladder to prevent blowout. Also check to see that all valves are fully and properly seated with no kinks or twists in the valve-stem. Once valves and bladders are checked, fully inflate the kite to 7psi using the standard valve caps and let the kite stand for a few hours to check for leaks and to properly seat the valves and bladders. Before installing the MIS tubes, double check each unit by blowing into each end while plugging up the other end with finger. TO INSTALL: Remove the standard valve cap from the valve head and remove it from the Velcro restraining tabs.
Replace it with one cap end of the MIS tube and insert firmly into the valve and strap down Velcro retaining tabs. Do the same to the other end of the MIS. Once you’ve joined the LE nozzle with the strut nozzle you’ve completed the MIS link. You can install the MIS to inflate just the outer wing-tip struts or both outer struts leaving the center strut independent. If you are going to use the kite in open waters and want the added safety of closed cells in case of bladder failure, you can quickly disengage the MIS and plug back the normal cap end.
Even with a major strut failure, the MIS is designed to allow the stopper balls to go into action and cut the flow of air between cylinders. Because of this, when inflating with the MIS installed, you may have to pinch the valve-stem to disengage the stopper ball and allow airflow to be completed. Normally this is not a problem as the pumped air is evenly and slowly distributed throughout the chambers. On occasions, however, when powerful compressors are used, one or two struts will inflate to a point and then the stopper ball kicks in. Continue to pump and then simply pinch the LE valve to the strut and even out the pressure.
When deflating the kite, release the main outlet valve on the LE and if need be, pinch to release the stopper ball on the strut valves that are not properly deflating. With the Windwing MIS, you can also have the option to remove the MIS valve caps individually as you would normally deflate a kite.
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There are some pretty sophisticated seams on a Rampage II kite. To start, all canopy seams are flat taped seams as opposed to folded seams so commonly found in most production kites. Although more expensive and time consuming, the benefits are quite obvious: Stonger. More acurate panel alingment. Smother canopy for better aero dynamics.
LEADING EDGE SEAM
The Rampage II comes with the third generation “Clam Closure Leading” edge seam developed byWindwing. The CCL along with a continuous curve LE provides regidity. It also distributes material load and prevents tearing at the stitching holes. This may not sound like much, but it took us 3 years to perfect it and is an integral and unique part of a Windwing kite.
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