Tracks always seemed like extra weight, but held up well for me. No real issue with loose sliders any more so than with loose insert screws. Most of my use of tracks was on the Slingshot "Coupe's" that I owned. Then I started to use heavier boards and no longer cared about weight. And the boards I use now have inserts.
Lots of the kiters with surfing backgrounds, or strapless kitesurfing backgrounds, will talk lots about getting that mythical "just right position of the foot straps. When I switched back to strapped from strapless, and then really compared the two with some back to back riding, I realized a pretty big chunk of the strapped equation is muddled up by putting strapless variables into it.
With strapless, you move your feet to give different angles of pressure on the board such as: weight forward, back, twisting moment, and rail pressure
With strapped, you can: weight back by pulling upward on the front foot, weight forward by pulling up with the back foot, apply extreme rail pressure by prying up with the top of your foot against the strap and putting pressure down on either your toes or heels, or induce upwards AND twisting motion to the tail of the board.........plus many more combinations - some of which I am doing, but not yet fully conscious of to describe.
To sum it up - with straps you can do lots more with two fixed placements on a strapped board (under 6' of course), than you can do with moving your feet to infinite locations strapless. AND you don't have to move your feet when strapped, so it is quicker.
Given the above, your strap placement is not a determinate thing. You can put the straps on at the supposedly wrong locations and still have access to the full performance of the board. Even on TT boards, you have a pretty wide margin of error. What will change if you move from an acceptable strap location, is how much upward pressure on the straps you will need to exert if you move them more forward or back. So there is no need for a micro adjusting strap track. Inserts work fine. Tracks are pretty far up there on that list of useless kiteboarding inventions. They kind of look cool, though.
Last edited by Matteo V
on Mon Dec 04, 2017 6:25 am, edited 1 time in total.