I don't think anyone has actually answered this question.
sparr wrote:I'll bail at the first 20mph gusts. Getting out and anchoring it might take a minute. Deflating it another 5 minutes. Have I under-estimated how fast the wind can pick up on the playa?
the resounding YES
from every experienced person here?
Ulisse wrote:If you get to rolling with the wind, how do you stop?
Eric wrote: It could also be a blasted hell-scape with dust so thick you can't see 10 feet, in which you wouldn't want to bring it out since there would be a very good chance of endangering someone else (no, I'm not exaggerating )
My gut answer would be to leave it at home.
Meat Hunter wrote:All jesting and poking at you aside. With a potential for 60+ mph wind sweeping across the playa unexpectedly and at anytime, no one would be able to help you. Bringing your zorb is not a good idea a'tall.
Drawingablank wrote:I have no experience with a Zorb - but I can't see using one on the playa having a happy ending.
Simon of the Playa wrote:i saw these on the TV the other day and immediately thought "wow, there are going to be a few stupid fucks who actually bring this idiocy to the playa" and i was right...
maladroit wrote:And wind loading is no joke, it's a lot more force than most people realize. Keep in mind that playa winds rolled trailers and RVs over last year during early entry and everyone still thought this was another pretty easy year for weather.
Do what you want, but you are severely underestimating what the wind can do out there. And it can happen without any warning too.
Last year a few days before opening it rolled a mobile home (not a camper but and actual mobile home).
Just last weekend it wreaked havoc http://www.burn.life/blog/the-playa-strikes-back
Meat Hunter wrote:This will be your first Burn and you know absolutely nothing about the conditions that you are going to face or the personal and property damage that you might do to others.
Most of the comments that you have received in this thread are from burners with years of surviving all that the worse that the playa can throw at them.
Ask yourself, how many of the comments from these veteran burners were supportive of what you are proposing?
I am out of here. Let him bring it on because he is not listening and get what he deserves; hopefully he will not hurt or kill someone else.
Drawingablank wrote:Funny, but I have an image of a big brown ball moving at warp speed right over the trash fence and ending up 200 miles away.
Ratty wrote:Sparr, You seem unwilling to take the advice from virtually everyone that this is a BAD idea. When the wind reaches over 60 mph and you try to take shelter in a porta potty what will you do with your precious plastic ball? If you bring it, (and I have little doubt that you will), We will all be looking for you. Eplayans love a good show. I fear the Leos would put a stop to your fun due to endangering everyone else.
GreyCoyote wrote:For the record I think you have NO CLUE what the playa can throw at you, and your grasp of the resulting physics is tenuous and wishful at best. This is indeed a foolish and dangerous endeavor. Not so much for your riders (because hey, its burning man, and if they really want to kill themselves, thats just ducky with everybody else!), but for the poor schmoo who gets his neck broken when this contraption clobbers him off his bike. Thats just an unacceptable risk you are imposing on the general BRC public.
The playa has an amazing way of debunking bad science. You'll see.
maladroit wrote:I'm putting odds on seeing this roll into the center of a giant dust devil and get some air! That would be awesome! And very likely result in injury, policy changes, etc, but still something you'd never see otherwise.
maladroit wrote:I'll summarize the points above:
Letting it loose on the playa could be an extremely bad idea
Mojojita wrote:I'm far less concerned about someone being hurt while using the Zorb, but my concern would be for the person who gets knocked down by it once the user has to bail out in a high wind. The speed and bounce it could pick up once empty could certainly knock someone down or off a bike. It is an environment where things do become airborne that send people to the hospital - even things that have been tied down. It can be a lot more like the flying house scene in Wizard of Oz than one would wish.
Are you seriously saying you don't think anyone has adequately warned you that this is potentially dangerous?! You are a menace. A wilfully ignorant self centred menace. I hope to god the only person's burn you manage to ruin is your own.