NYKiter wrote:Great to finally see this. I like the no hook spreader option but I think the release balls could cause confusion under rider stress. One might be fumbling for the correct ball. I would think two distinct shapes would help the rider discern which is which. Something more ergonomic for the palm would be better instead of fine motor finger tips hitting the switch. Gregs an innovator.
The kite sits OK with the bar out, so maybe for spinning the bar it would be useful. Not so much with a Cloud though as the power can be turned off when looping it to unspin it.tomatkins wrote:To many kiters, the idea of not having a "stopper ball" might be a deal-breaker. A stopper is handy for a number of reasons, like spinning the bar, tethered (ghost, dog stake, etc) self-launching, etc... so these kiters may demand a stopper device.. or may reject the whole system, along with the clever innovations based on "simplicity"....
BRM control system
Sooo, for those that want a "stopper", there may be a simple modification to the system, where the "stopper" would be placed on only one of the two power lines, and secured with the "internal to the rope insert", like Naish used, at one time a few years ago. A LARGE ring or specially designed "funnel tube" would be placed at the junction of the two front lines… and this device would be designed so that the stopper could PASS THROUGH, when the "front line safety" system was activevated. This stopper device could be sold separately and easily assembled, by those who want such a device.
I will reawaken the thread "Stoppers… the good, bad and ugly" where a collection of ideas about the subject of "stopper balls" are located, and present my thoughts on this modification:
That could easily be done, making use of a completely different type of secondary "total release", as described in the following active thread on KF.BWD wrote:I think it's pretty cool but share the concern with the 2 releases being placed so close together.
To me it would make more sense to have the total release a bit farther from the flagging release.
Good point Ronnie... the ideal system would be designed so that there is no need for a stopper of any kind.... because it would be designed so that the bar, when released, would only go a half of a meter, or so, and would then STOP all on its own, and stay right there.... and would be easily within reach. Maybe this system, combined with the strutless kite, does this.... that would be great news!ronnie wrote:
The lack of a stopper is suggested as being one of the benefits of the system by BRM.
Their prices, however, are not at opposite ends of the scale. I don't think they should be at opposite ends, but my ignorant guess is that they could stand a little farther from each other in terms of pricing than they are right now.At the other end of the scale, the Cabrinha chickenloop and adjustable bar ends are examples of the high tech engineering approach.