I just want to reinforce my posting. I 100% believe that a QR is an essential part of ANY kite rig! It is shackling in that I am in question of.
I bet you guys can tell us 100's of stories where your QR saved your ass, no doubt. Let's ALL be thankful for QR's. Maybe even the same amount of stories to back up the Shackle. But time will tell as it always has for us in the past.
But shackles I am still very scared of. but bad data Yeh 'dude', I know it's a personal preference, and I know it prevents problems like coming unhooked and not being able to hook back in. BUT, if you are following safe kiteflying guidelines, are you not at that point to fatigued to be flyinga kite that size?
Anyhow, I'm sure theirs more stories where QR's have saved lives than not. BUT...I am just speculating here, but I forsee some more dangers headed your way of you continue to shackle in. It just doesn't seem wise to me to be THAT attached to the kite. WHAT IF!! I mean really, what if you are being drug toward a stone wall, and you release your shackle and it doesn't release...or it snags. Do you then have a backup release like the releaseable spreader bar? If you don't, I'm going to have to bet that you end up hitting that wall, because even if you were to do as I did and just go at the chicken loop with both hands, it WONT come off cuz it's stuck in a stuck shckle.
I don't condem or even judge you guys for using them. I am just trying to question their real safety. Are we doing right by using snap shackle? I personally find them to be as dangerous as they are safe.
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