On 2002-10-06 10:16, Toby wrote:
without bridles the kite will react slower at steering. You will have more pressure on the bar, it is like driving a car with or without powersteering. But the sportscars need the direct steering so you can feel the road. IMO same with kites, if it is more direct to steer you know where the kite is and heading to. When I do high jumps with rotations I can feel if the kites flies the direction where I need it. This saves me from broken rips.
But if you use bigger kites like 11.8+ then a bridle is helpfull to make the kite faster and have less pressure to protect your arms.
With bigger sizes you still have pressure on the bar to be able to locate the kite without watching.
Thats right slower turning more muscle required enhances your feel for the loss in turning you have accepted, advantage it would seem is the hope i can make this turn feel of driving a sportscar just at the edge of your ability. nice for adrenaline rush, I don't think you could fairly say it enhances performance. have fun and enjoy the thrill. The front lines input kite pull directly to your center of effort thru the harness no loss of kite input, some prefer arm pressure nothing at all wrong there. If you hook in the hard loop for max air then you have transfreed kite pull to the harness so have only lost the ability to sheet, this is of corse a personal choice and not subject to critism as everyone makes thier own choices for their own reasons and they are stuck with them good bad or indifferent often this where is the kite thing is offered as valid reason for sacrificing turning performance, I know my kite is at the end of my lines and don't have to worry about feeling it in my arms because i feel it at my center of effort, I say fly what you will but be honest about why. I ride bridals because i like high performance, other take them off? maybe they like the thrill factor, to each his own, go big & be safe.
PS. This is not an attack on toby or his veiw points he goes huge and knowes best what is best for him. this is only a chance post on a subject i have an interest in that is the defence of bridals by those who sight the loss of arm pressure as a negative to kite performace to which I disagree.
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