funny, you compared it with the probably hardest on the bar of all kites especially in the 1st models.
in most cases deltish kites equipped with 3-Y cascade bridles (plus pulleys) will have medium to harder pressure. Pressure may increase with bigger sizes. You probably wont be able to tune it for less pressure within this/current configuration a lot... but you can quite easily try it yourself, pls read one example below (VERY generalized interpretation) and keep in mind that you may change the characteristics of your kite also in the "wrong" way (normally the designer will know the correct bridle for the kite that's why it is equipped with it!).
1. I want a bit more freestyle feeling out of my kite:
- lets try to make it fixed bridle (no pulleys), with pivot point more to the wingtip
2. How to approx. "correctly" make pulley-less bridle
- shot the kite in the air, make as clean front view "2D" shot as possible
- get the picture into CAD sw and measure approx proportion of the lengths
- measure original bridled line (we will focus here on the lower most bridle cascade, the one which connects the flying lines below)
- calculate correct lengts of new lines
Now you can mount the new bridle and hope that your new bridle will look 99% original a-like. This will add a bit different behavior to the kite. BUT for more freestyle feeling you will need to move the pivot point more to the wingtips...
3. Set up a tunning options
- shorten one of the new bridle say by 15cm
- make a simple, longer pigtail like 30cm with multiple fig8 knots on it. One of the knot (say middle) is on 15cm length
- mount pigtail to the shortened bridle line on the bottom Y connection point
Now, if you re-connect the bridle to that 15cm mark knot (position 0) you get the same bridle as before. BUT as soon as you will connect to a different knot you will move pivot point left or right...
Get the idea...?
(depending of the bridle type you may need to work out the other cascades too...)
(pls note too that with each mod of the bridle you will gain something and also LOOSE something on the performance or behavior of the kite - well except if its mounted with the bad bridle in the first place...)
I'm considering changing my 14m switchblade 2010 to a 13m cloud. I have a neck problem and bar pressure is a MAJOR ISSUE to me. Do you think I'm going to experience a heavier bar with the cloud?
Is there something else you couldd compare between a 14m switchblade 2010 and a 13m cloud? Wich one is gruntier?
Thank you VERY MUCH!
The 13m Cloud has way less bar pressure than the 14m SB. You can steer the Cloud one handed easily. Some people would say the SB is gruntier (see grunt discussion above)