The Epic bar has adjustable rear line length and adjustable bar length. The rear line adjustment knots are several feet up the rear lines:BWD wrote:Sure you could adjust lengths at the bar and still have OS rings, just make the part below the OS the adjustable part.... Haven't done it yet but thinking of doing this to my ozone bar that has adjustability but no OS.
Naturally if you mod a bar, you want to make sure the kite/bridle in question reacts well to it before emergency use.
Good point. I see a lot of new riders suicide leashing. My old C-kites scared the hell out of me when I was learning, so I don't suicide leash much, and if I do I wait until I'm away from the beach. A lot of new kiters feel a little too safe, because the new kites are incredibly safe 99.9% of the time.CaptainArgh wrote: I think folks who came to the sport after C kites probably don't even know what they are.
True.OS handles are needed if your bar has a mini-5th line. If the wind picks up quickly and you need to self land, you need a way to be sure you're not going to get lofted on land.
Ever had a 5th line jam or break? What's your backup plan then? Ditch the kite? I prefer other options. Like if the kite rolls and 5th wraps it, release the 5th and switch leash to OSH, ride to beach with some safety...If you have a full fifth line though, I don't think you need it.
OSH is not better than 5th or mini-5th, it's a smart backup.I don't think the single rear line is any better than the single fifth line.
What's the benefit of an OS handle over a fifth line?They both would get tangled just as quickly from a kite looping multiple times.
davesails7 wrote: I'd trust the OS handle on the rear line much more than the line through the bar to the single front line.
BWD wrote:...Too many loops = best to ditch it all.
Same thingMost modern kites have two levels of depower (1 push out the bar. 2 release to leash) before you have to fully release everything.
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