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 Post subject: Side Release Snap Shackles and Snow Kiteboarding
PostPosted: Wed Jan 07, 2004 4:25 am 
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I noticed a new snow kiteboarding magazine while in Switzerland last week. I almost bought a copy but the price of almost $28 USD (in Switzerland, it is less costly in other countries), the fact that I live in Florida and the appearance of a side release snap shackle as a QR option changed my mind. The magazine had a lot of good intro content (apparently, as it was in German in which I have next to no linguistic skills), illustrations, comparison of kites, etc. If I snow kiteboarded I would subscribe to this mag as a matter of course.

Side release snap shackles and the consensus of opinion about their unsuitability as a quick release for kiteboarding is fairly well known in water kiteboarding circles.

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Side Release Snap Shackle - MOST RIDERS AGREE, DON'T USE THIS FOR KITEBOARDING as it may not release in an emergency particularly if under load.

The fact that the rider is on frozen water, snow and/or ice is irrelavent as you can be just as easily dragged or lofted into a nasty impact. I am not sure if the word has been circulated all that extensively in snow kiteboarding circles about the problems with this type of snap shackle design or not. More about problems related to side release snap shackles appear at:

http://www.kiteforum.com/phpBB/viewtopi ... 19&forum=1


Last edited by RickI on Thu Jan 08, 2004 1:03 pm, edited 1 time in total.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 07, 2004 12:51 pm 
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go away!


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prariesurf, give rick a break he's trying to save someone from injury.

for snow kiting especially in the hills your safety has to be even safeer than it has on water, at least in water you can get some friction and stop, on snow you are heading straight off that big cornice and going to die.

dual redundency, the only way forward...


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ho hum


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choose to be ignorant is to choose to be a fool. Thank goodness there are morons everywhere, it keeps things more fun, and is exactly why Rick needs to keep posting this stuff.

Thanks Rick

Prarrie whatever, thanks for making it clear that there is a need to keep hitting people with this type of information.


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 Post subject: side snap schackle replacement
PostPosted: Fri Jan 23, 2004 2:36 am 
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Rick,
What would you recommend replacing the side snap shackle with?
I heard Wichard makes a center release one.
do you have a particular model name you recommend?
thanks bro,
Daniel
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we'll be in Cocoa beach in March.


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