Y bridle (with at least some pulleys) allows the kite to better change the angles, allowing the kite to roll more easily and to relaunch a bit easier on a shorter bridle. Drawback is less power.
V (bridge) bridle has more power but it also can not change angles so much at least the one w/o pulleys, also the relaunch is a bit harder with more pull from the kite.
The feel from the kite is also a bit different, load distribution also.
C Johnson wrote:Just curious why so many kite companies seem to use Y front lines these days. From what I've heard they pinch the kite shape and cause it to fly less efficient. If this was the case then why would Best, Cabrinha, North and many other manufacturers be doing it with all their kites?
Whats the benefit of Y front lines?
Whats the benefit of V front lines?
Is it worth while to convert one to the other? It seems like Y front lines are gaining popularity. Is this the way forward?
I currently fly Switch Element kites which use a V front line setup. I'm kinda curious what a Y setup would ride like. I understand I would have to retune the steering lines to make up for the added pinch (shortening of the front lines).
Interested to hear what everyone has to say.