I have a standard 9 ft Levitation Delta and have it found it to be a reliable flier for my KAP rigs in the 12 - 20 MPH wind range. I have flown it in higher winds but this is outside of it's designed wind range (flies erratically and pulls too hard).
I was out flying a couple of days ago in 20 to 30+ MPH winds. I typically use a 7.5 ft Conyne delta or Trooper delta for these higher winds, but wanted to try something that would provide some additional lift. So, for the fun of it, I substituted the shorter Conyne spreader spar into the Levitation and it flew suprisingly well. The stock spreader that came with my Levitation is 46.75 inches long. The Conyne spreader is 39.5 inches (7.25 inch difference).
I flew the Levitation for about 20 minutes with a single fuzzy tail and captured some of it on video (see below). It flew at a relatively high angle (50+ deg) in winds ranging between 20 and 30 MPH with a measured line pull of 10 to 15 lbs. It provided more pull and was more stable than my Conyne and Trooper deltas. Levitation (short spreader)
I'm not sure if shortening the spreader this much is a good idea or not. I've only tried this on my Levitation once but the results were surprisingly good. I am wondering if others in the kiting community have tried shortining the spreaders this drastically on deltas and if it is a good approach for obtaining higher wind range or am I asking for trouble?