All kites react slower when depowered. This has nothing to do with the 5th line which is "loaded" to maintain the kite canopy shape at all times.. at least this is the way North, Naish and other top brands are designed. If your kite is old and does not have a "loaded" 5th line then your 5th line should always be slack enough so it doesn't distort the kite. In either case a 5th line should not change the kite shape when depowering.
I do have three minor complaints about the otherwise very clean and addicting bar.
There should be slack under the Y regardless of how your trim setting is, otherwise your 5fth gets more tensioned when you fully powered up and that is not how the kite is designed or should fly. Naish did put a bungee in their 5fth line so there was alway slack below the Y. Sadly North only put some knots in the flagout line to accomodate for shrinking lines so you have massive sagging when you pull the trim or a too short 5fth when powered up.balticswell wrote: ↑Thu Dec 28, 2017 11:59 amYes, I fully agree on the (NKB) theory, but in reality there is a difference how the kite feels when the 5th line is loaded just above the Y and when its loaded through the whole lenght. Thats why Rebel and Vegas fly perfectly with a new (out of the bag) 5th el. bar, but after some time (when the lines get shrinked) it changes and you have to play around with 5 lines to get the primary performance.
Good that all the NKB kites are now on 4 lines, and I think its just a matter of time, when we see a 4lined Vegas also.
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