History of the Revolution II

researched and written entirely by

John Norton Mitchell



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             (This page covers every REV II sized Revolution kite including the John Baressi signature series B2.)


1990

The smaller REV II Basic was introduced. It had all the hardware characteristics of the REV I of 1989. The sail was a single piece thus being a single color. There were numerous sail colors and logo colors and mixtures there of. The bridle was setup for control lines of equal length. The standard rods, were three wrap carbon fiber which had an outer ferrule. Since the Rev II was smaller with much less pull then the Rev l, 50 pound line was chosen. Since this weight line is very delicate, Kevlar was chosen to improve the line durability. This REV II Basic series with the same logo design was produced through 1996.

The known colors, though most likely not all of them, are:
  • blue - pink logo
  • black - red logo
  • pink - pink logo
  • turquoise - turquoise logo
  • purple - pink logo
  • yellow - pink logo
  • red - blue logo
  • violet - turquoise logo
  • turquoise - pink logo
  • white - pink logo
  • black - pink logo
  • yellow - blue logo
  • yellow - turquoise logo




  • 1991

    The smaller REV II was also introduced in the classic panel layout being similar to the REV I classic. The hardware was the same as the REV II basic. Both Black and Blue logos were known to exist in this series. This REV II Classic series was produced from 1990 through 1996. There were quite a number of color combinations manufactured.

    The known colors today which most likely are not all of them, are: (Center, Tips)
  • yellow tips - center blue with black logo
  • black tips - center pink with black logo
  • blue tips - center red with black logo
  • orange tips - center white with black logo
  • pink tips - center yellow with blue logo
  • blue tips - center yellow with black logo
  • black tips - center red with black logo
  • yellow tips - center white with black logo




  • 1992

    The REV II Rainbow was introduced. There was a number of color combinations produced. Logos were all black except for maybe one case where a pre-production version owned by Felix Mottram had a red logo. The REV II Rainbow series was produced through 1996.

    The known colors though most likely not all of them are:
  • black, purple, blue panels - teal center with black logo
  • red, orange, gold - yellow center with black logo
  • blue, pink, yellow panels - blue center with blue logo
  • teal, pink, yellow panels - yellow center with black logo
  • black, aqua, purple panels - white center with black logo
  • pink white, teal panels - blue center with black logo
  • red, orange, gold - yellow center with red logo
     (the only one is possessed by Felix Mottram)




  • 1996

    The first REV II vented was introduced. It is based off the REV II rainbow design. There is one large vent on each side replacing the second panel from the right. Apparently very few were made.

    The colors known and/or seen by me, though most likely not all of them are:
  • black and blue - teal center with black logo
  • red and gold - yellow center with black logo




  • 1997

    The REV II Neo-Classic went into production, The Neo-Classic had similar panels to the REV I Neo-Classic from the same year. It was also available in a SUL version similar to the 1992 REV I SUL differences. The center panels where all white with black logo. This was only produced in 1997.

    The colors on the outer panels were
  • blue, yellow, raspberry - center white with black logo
  • turquoise, blue, black - center white with black logo
  • black, red, black - center white with black logo

  • A REV II Neo-Classic vented was also produced, though somewhat rare. The color were apparently the same with exception of the panel that the vent replaced.



    The REV II basic was available with the NEW logo. It is not clear whether it actually went into production as apparently only two pre-production versions have been seen recently. There were also several more in a photo for the 1997 brochure. If produced, it would have probably been only in 1997.

    The apparent colors available were:
  • black - pink logo
  • blue - pink logo
  • light blue - pink logo
  • pink - blue logo
  • yellow - blue logo
  • violet - pink logo
  • red - blue logo

  • A REV II A-Symetric was produced in 1997 and it is a rare one. It is not clear whether more than one was ever produced. This one is owned by Daryld Gutierrez.


      The A-Symetric was only available in two color schemes:
    • blue, yellow, raspberry, light blue panels - center white with black logo
    • black, violet, sky blue and black panels - center white with black logo





    2007

    It was mention from 2003 through 2006 that there would be a special offering for the REV II. In 2007 the REV II rainbow (now Sedgwick) standard was again in production. This one had the same layout as the 1991 REV II rainbow, but with different colors and the new logo introduced in 1997. It was available at least through 2009, maybe later.

      One of the know color schemes availabe was:
    • red, black, red panels - white center with logo black



    In 2007 the REV II rainbow (now Sedgwick) vented was again in production. This one had the same layout as the 1991 REV II rainbow, but with different colors and the new logo introduced in 1997. It was available at least through 2009, maybe later.

      One of the know color schemes availabe was:
    • red, "vent", black panels - white center with logo black





    2008

    In 2008 the REV II a three leading edge was added. This made the REV II more compact and easier to transport. This later became the standard production leading edge for the REV II. Previously with the two piece leading edge, the packed up REV II was longer then the packed up REV I.





    2009

    A new panel layout for the REV II was introduced in 2009. This panel layout is similar to REV 1.5 panel layout started in 2004. All center panels are white with a black logo.


    The2009 colors available were:
  • aqua, black - center white with black logo
  • light blue, black - center white with black logo
  • red, white, blue - center white with black logo
  • gold, raspberry - center white with black logo
  • blue, white - center white with black logo

    • for 2010 additional color schemes were added for the REV II.
    • lime, blue - center white with black logo
    • red, black - center white with black logo





    2011

    This year a totally new REV II model was introduced called the "John Baressi REV B2". It retains the same width as the original REV II. It is a bit taller. There are now 5 rods versus the original REV II 4 rods. All rods are the same length.

    Basically speaking the B2 is a scaled down version of the "REV 1.5 John Baressi". The shape and panel layout is identical to the "REV 1.5 John Baressi".

    The colors available were:
  • blue and gray - center white with black logo
  • black and red - center white with black logo
  • lime and gray - center white with black logo
  • red and gray - center white with black logo
  • black and purple - center white with black logo

  • For 2012 additional available colors for the B2 were:
  • black and lime - center white with black logo
  • gray and purple - center white with black logo
  • black and teal - center white with black logo




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