wow!!!voodoo you rock man...I m fully informed even if I m kiting 10 years now with LEI.but what about safety when climbing mountains while snow kiting??is it more safe having those "kill" handle on your back lines?An uncontrolled up draft can kill you when you reach the top of a mountain
i hope u didn t confuse PMU with me......
no kites will save u from uncontrolled updraft...the quick release might.
the things to remember is:
- wind is stronger at the upper side of a hill (accelerate uphill)
- wind is perpendicalar to the hill ( u can have the zenith past your head)
the break line allow to land the kite and kill the kite power on the ground ( open cell foil dont stay in shape unlike closed cell kites) even in the top range of the kite (can also allow reverse launches easely if needed)
one thing that snowkiting made me learn is: how to QR in less than a sec without thinking.
better safe than sorry. my homespot has bypassers, skiiers, wooden houses, eletricity pylons, mechanical resorts, barbwires, backcountry circuits, the spot is not very big so many times, the kites will fly over people...
on my snowkite spot, riders have LEIs ( parking is 20m away, hehehe), open cell foils and closed cell foils( mostly flysurfers, sometimes Arcs)
2 days ago, 3 LEi died from ice/sharp snow et one dropped off right on a barbwire. u have a lot more of autonomy with an open cell kite , u can launch/land on your own wherever u r , pack it fast if u want to go downhill on ski/snowboard, on the other hand u lose 10-15% of depower.