Windrider wrote:BOGUS! You folks must come from places where the wind variance is minimal. The amount of play on the bar is what you use to tune your kite as you ride. The de-power strap is to make larger scale adjustments to compensate for wind gusts/lulls that are more than just a tad. I use the de-power strap constantly while I am riding for gust/lulls, to depower the kite when I catch a wave or repower when I want to jump, or head back out etc. I use the depower strap a lot. I can do that because it is so easy to use with the ATB design. I could never do that with a BTB cleat setup.
Interesting question, tho: How much do you use the de-power strap when you are riding? I use it a lot because I like my bar position to be in the middle of its range so that I can tune up or down with the bar. If I'm riding with the bar at either extreme, I use the de-power strap to adjust so that the bar is in the middle again.
Second interesting question: Do you have an BTB (below the bar) or ATB (above the bar) depower system?
Third and last question: Do you find that the location of the depower system affects how much you use it for normal riding?
I use it a lot. I have an ATB. The fact that the depower is ATB makes it easy to use, so I use it a lot.
My point is that it is a Trim strap and it is there to adjust the angle of the kite. The wind and kite size are what gives it power. Well when it comes to kiting I guess I'm lucky. I'm short and only have to trim my kite very little. I keep my kites trimmed so I don't have to adjust it to unhook since that is the position my bar is in. I all so adjust my lines after every few sessions so I can keep my trim strap set all the way out.
Our wind is pretty steady as long as it is not off shore or coming from a storm. And most of the time with a little extra driving you can solve the wind direction problem.