One bar makes it more difficult selling second hand kites. That's why i always but Kite+bar.
Maybe its different in other locations, but here you always make more money selling second hand kites seperate from the bars. When you sell them together people expect a discount.
I used to have only one bar. Flew all kites from 7-15 on 55cm. Now I have some 5 line kites, some 4 line, so need both types of bar. Also have a 4:1 race bar and a regular bar for the 5 lines (I don't like freeriding with the race bar line dangling around). So now I have way too many bars!
Joined: Sun Nov 03, 2002 1:00 am Posts: 3585 Location: OUTER BANKS (NC) USA. Owner of EPICKITES
All you need with the EPIC kites is one bar. You can fly the our smallest kite the JUNIOR PRO 4 or the RENEGADE 5 all the way to our biggest kite the INFINITY V2 with our "XTEND BAR 45-55cm" bar. So no need for more then one bar. And I strongly beleive that every company should have just one bar for all their kites to make things much easier and less expensive to the customers. You can check all the info here: http://www.epickites.com/products/xtend_bar.php
Joined: Wed Dec 14, 2011 10:49 pm Posts: 22 Location: San Diego, CA
I love my Slingshot 23" bar, as much as I would love to use my newer 17" or 20", the 23" makes every kite I have turn on a dime, especially since I chopped the 27m lines down to 19m , and I've had some nice saves, by really being able to "poke out the longer bar". Got used to flying my 2012 Blade Trigger with their 19m line setup and loved it, looks like they are still doing 19m on the new bar, but including extensions. If I'm inland, I'll use my new back up Slingshot 23" with the 27m lines; can't bring myself to hack a new line set.
60cm bar for my 27m line set and 50cm bar for my 20m line set. Longer bar compensates a bit for loss of manoeverability of longer lines. 27m lines for freeride, 20m for super gusty/out of control/hardcore wave. Kite size is irrelevant - my Rebel 5m goes beautifully on 27m+60cm.
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