The intention of my post was to discuss a near miss situation in an attempt to prevent similar errors in the future.
When bad things happen (like plane crashes, surgeons amputating the incorrect limb or fellow kites get hurt / lose their gear) it is generally due to a combination of human errors and system errors.
By incorrectly securing my CL I made a huge human error. DON'T DO THIS!!!
The fact that North has a well tested CL that can be secured 2 different ways and ridden 4 reaches before the error is discovered is a system error. The bar needs to be changed or new users need to be warned about this problem.
I was curious and tried to repeat this on my Iron Heart IV QR, and I can see how it happens. All you have to do is have the lever already closed, place the chicken loop on top of the closed lever, and let the cuff slide down. About one in four times the cuff clasps the chicken loop tightly and the system seems secure. Only indication that anything is wrong is that the cuff is not fully seated.
Not saying that an informed individual should make the mistake, but given that I have developed such a strong liking for this QR, I likely would have trusted it if I got it to appear to clip down after resetting it in the water. Basically, without this informative post, I can foresee having reset the QR in foamy surf, not noticed the chicken loop was on top of the QR lever instead of below it, and continued riding. I work in aviation, and when we see an issue the can be prevented by design instead of training, you push for design.
I can certainly see a simple improvement for the Iron Heart VI: Make the QR cuff opaque black plastic (Versus the current translucent red), and make the underlying body which is normally covered by the QR cuff red. That way if you make this mistake there will be a red band visible since the cuff is not fully seated.
Makes me want to play with the new Cabrinha QR again to see if it has a similar problem. In my dealing with it so far it seemed pretty similar to the Iron Heart IV except that it was more automatic: The cuff stays up when pushed away and you did not need to engage the lever with your thumb before closing the cuff. Seemed like a refined Iron Heart design. I do not like the PU cover depower line though, as an unrelated personal observation.
Thanks for the report! I know I am happy to hear about something that can save me some trouble, especially with a product I had total faith in.
I also think the Iron Heart is the best setup i have own. I have slingshot, flysurfer, naish and, cabrinha. Every year manufacture come up with new gear so is impossible to ride the best because they are so expensive. You can buy a used motorcycle or a car for the price they ask for the control bar