Faxie wrote: woodfu wrote:
I dont know about any of the other models but the i have tried the Method 2. Impressions were that it has so much bar pressure that i couldn't get an impression of the kite at all. I honestly dont have the arms required to steer it and be able to get a feel for it without fighting with the bar to get the kite to turn.
Construction seems very hard. Certainly gives the impression of durability. Bar is also very hard. No padding at all and quite rough on the hands. Not for me.
The chicken loop like ALL
the big plasticky chicken loops that companies are using at the moment feels dodgy and seems to jam easily. I was given a demo setup on suicide and wanted to change it to flag out but couldn't get the CL to release easily as it was full of sand... not confidence inspiring.
I must say though that being able to easily order reasonably priced kite parts from their website is a god send and the service is good. Don't to know of any other companies that have that accessibility. Certainly not like Naish that seem to have a policy of ignoring anyone who contacts any level of their supply chain and making it pretty much impossible to get any parts without buying an entire new setup.
Keep that up and let me design you a better bar and CL so i can order some Switch...
Haven't flown the Method2, but it has lower bar pressure than the Method1, and I didn't even mind the pressure on that one really. But a lot of people apparently did... The only other option is no pressure at all I think. Why would you want that? I don't see a lot of people complaining about the V2 bar pressure, so I think you're one of the few and it probably won't really be an issue for the topic starter. It's not that much different from a lot of other kites. I would say it's just medium pressure.
Bar grip is personal preference... I, for one, like a harder more direct feeling bar (isn't even that hard if you ask me... ) over a spongy bar (I hate the Ozone grip for instance). I'm not looking to cuddle my bar.
-Every- QR can get jammed with sand if you don't rinse them once in a while, even the 'impossible to jam' good old F-One velcro release. I had a hard time pulling that one once. Unjammable my ass.
I think the release system is one of the better ones. Release grip - hinge - CL. That's it..(Epic and Best release are even more simpler I think, but those grips can jam as well) Plenty of companies are using that type of release.
You must have arms like a Mr Universe and hands like a stone mason. Do you have trouble gripping things without crushing them? Do cats run away when you pat them?
You should cuddle your bars once in a while. They get lonely being left in storage closets, garages and sheds when they're only taken out to get yanked on a few times a week.
Its all perception bro. And no the next step is not no bar pressure. There is quite a few steps in between the Methods bar pressure and the original GK Sonic which was the lightest kite on the bar that i ever tried and really seemed to have no bar pressure.
And you're right about QR's jamming. Though im yet to experience any of my Naish QR's Jamming ever. From 2006 on ive not had one fail to release when i've needed it. Though i wash my gear after i use it.
The new style QRs that Best, North (had late models from both of these companies be crunchy and difficult on me as well), Switch etc are using are a poor design imo. They have some good points like a central mini fifth and the piece that keeps the bar away so you can use the release where ever the bar is but the over all the design (the point of a CL is to be able to release) is a complete failure imo.
Still at least we've moved on from pin releases...