Jensb wrote:Why not red/green ? (looks nice dosent count if there is an impact on safety imo)
Roughly 10% of the male population is red/green colour blind. These people cannot be deck officers on ships, nor can they be airline pilots. Both of these disciplines require testing to ensure that the individuals in question can correctly determine the direction other craft are headed at night.
There is no such test for the sale of consumer products like kite control bars. While I understand the appeals for standardization and the historical reasons for port/left/red: red/green is a horrible choice to standardize on. A colourblind rider would see only two barely distinguishable shades of grey/brown.
Toby's suggestion is the best: red on left, neutral colour (ideally black or white) on the right. Blue wouldn't be too bad either. At any rate, the important thing is contrast and red/green doesn't do it.
Given that the market is mostly guys, and 10% of them can't tell the difference between red and green, it's probably a good thing we haven't standardized on red/green.
Some of you may be wondering how these people are allowed to drive: Traffic lights have a standard orientation: Red, amber, green from top to bottom. The whole point of a spinning kite bar is that the orientation can be changed.
Just to confuse matters further, I'll add that we could also standardize top/bottom with a 'right' and a 'wrong' tone facing the rider--like on the Epic bar which has (had?) 'WRONG WAY' emblazoned near the hole.
As it stands, I'm happy with 'red on left/not red on right'.