jaystore wrote:Contribution to the discussion is welcome and bricolage should be posted in the "handmade" section. Ask Toby to open it!
I admire your entrepreneurial spirit and applaud your bringing a polished product to market, but that last bit.... THIS is a forum. Your are welcome to advertise but no single thread is an advertisement and any attempt to make it so is unwelcome.
I would never have posted these without that post:
Here is a super clean super safe DIY version that is every bit as slick as commercially available products, cost is about $60. Mostly for the high end snap shackle that has a working load of 880 kg a breaking load of 1500 kg and swivels. Do your research on shackles. This is the safest option for kiting. Photos show minimal mods to a standard dakine spreader bar pad and can be done inside a half hour if you know what your doing. I run a dedicated short line wave bar as shown and a regular commercial bar for unhooking/fixed hook twin tip riding. Shorter QR set up than standard chicken loop + hook means less loss of sheeting range when using slider. Slider line and ring stow cleanly. Tie downs at bottom stop spreader bar from flipping and are tied through pad. Fixed hook does not interfere in any way with sliding system or its safety. Leash is to mini 5th or single line flag that is independent of sliding system should it fail in any way.
Very, very nice clean system ! Congratulations.
I especially like that the fixed hook remains and your QR stopper ball solution. Also, your other post concerning alternate snap shackels is exactly correct.
1. Why a ring instead of a pulley ? It seems likely that the ring's friction will wear the line much faster.
2. Is it possible for the QR ball to get snagged in the hook with slack lines ?
3. I purchased that same size Wichard about 10 years ago for $60 but the last time I checked ( 1 or 2 years ago), it was about $150. Have you found a reasonably priced supplier
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