eree wrote:actually it seems like working solution to me.
everybody knows lines are different. there are lines that just love to tangle and there are lines that unwind without the problems.
even if this line management tool costs same as Robertsons' duck call i see one obstacle that won't make you a millionaire. overwhelming majority of the kiters don't like to carry any additional stuff to the beach.
not so much because it is heavy, but because you have to store all those thingies somewhere and you still leaving them on the beach at the end of the day and losing them.
i could buy these line organizers for every of my bars, but in two month i'll probably end up without them. so knowing this i'm not going to buy them.
there are always some kiter on the beach who looks like the Arnold from the Commando prepared to invade the island. he has sunglasses, reel-leash, helmet with the camera mount, safety or impact vest, gloves, line cutter knife(s), camel back hydration system, knee guards, all the bells and whistles (literally), you can ask him for screwdriver for tightening your board strap screws and he has it. but he is one of the hundred.
i think this kind of line organizers or any other small useful tools should be made as a part of some main kiteboarding gear so you can not forget it on the beach at the end of the day. may be a part of the pump, or bar, or bar holster, or kite bag, or may be even flip-flops, who knows?
I see you are a strong believer in what some call the KISS principle. We at RK also are true believers in practicality & simplicity and we believe Quick Connect exemplifies this. It’s a compact and light weight tool that remains attached to your bar and is only to be removed in actually rigging process. After which, can be easily kept in the pocket of your board shorts and kept there throughout your session, to then be immediately reattached after your session back to lines & bar. Not quite that easy to misplace. Not to mention the real benefits with reductions in time and elimination of rigging hassles.
If you are fortunate enough to have a nice open launch site with time to spare, then we’d be the first to tell you that you don’t need this tool. However, if you are in the majority with small, crowded and/or sketchy launch sites then I can tell you will that you will most definitely benefit from this tool.
As to some of the kiters that you referred to has “Arnold from the commando prepared to invade the island”, I like to say that they exist on just about every launch site we’ve visited and they are some of nicest, most respectful and humble individuals we have had the pleasure of interacting with. Don’t be surprised, if even with all their gear, they can still beat you to a launch ready call, while placing their Quick Connect in their pocket