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NorCalNomad Very Frequent Poster
Joined: Thu Feb 13, 2014 4:40 am
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Local Beach: San Francisco
Gear: Why should it matter?
MacG wrote: ↑
Sat Jun 17, 2017 6:02 pm
This is a kook's review of the new North Click bar.
I had a great 4 reaches using my new 8m North Neo and North click bar yesterday. I loved how clean the bar was and quickly embraced the click system. I felt dialed in gusty 30-40miles/hr wind.
That was until my chicken loop decided to release because of a huge user error on my part
After re-assuring a friend I was OK I yarded the safety line in and reset my bar only to have it pre-release again.
This time my kite started looping around and some primitive instinct took over and I accidentally released the secondary release.
After a long swim and multiple other kiters herculean efforts my gear was rescued and my ego was only bruised.
Please do NOT make my kook's mistake. You can set up the click bar wrong and still make your jibes.
MacG Rare Poster
Joined: Sun Apr 30, 2017 6:29 pm
Kiting since: 2013
Local Beach: Wabamun U of A farm
Favorite Beaches: White Salmon Bridge Manzanita Tofino Kanaha Key West
Style: Snowkite; Freeride; Hydrofoil
Gear: Flysurfer Speed 4 Lotus - 8, 12, 18m Flysurfer Speed 5 - 6m North Wham 5'7" Slingshot 54" Dwarfcraft / Hover Glide NF2 foil
Brand Affiliation: None
The intention of my post was to discuss a near miss situation in an attempt to prevent similar errors in the future.
When bad things happen (like plane crashes, surgeons amputating the incorrect limb or fellow kites get hurt / lose their gear) it is generally due to a combination of human errors and system errors.
By incorrectly securing my CL I made a huge human error. DON'T DO THIS!!!
The fact that North has a well tested CL that can be secured 2 different ways and ridden 4 reaches before the error is discovered is a system error. The bar needs to be changed or new users need to be warned about this problem.
Faxie Frequent Poster
Joined: Tue Jun 19, 2012 10:39 pm
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Local Beach: Netherlands. Maasvlakte, Slufter, Scheveningen, Domburg, Rilland, Brouwersdam, Ouddorp, Binnenschelde, Vrouwenpolder, Oostvoorne, Rockanje, Grevelingen, Borssele.
Style: Freeride, freestyle, wave.
Gear: Switch Helium V1 18m Switch Element V3 13m-7m V4 9m-5m Switch Legacy V1 10m SS Fuel 2005 Switch MJComp V2 136x41.5 Firewire Hellrazor 6.1 timbertek Shinn Shinnster Nobile 555 125x38
Brand Affiliation: None (well, got my preferences, but arent' getting any money :( )
'Geez I wonder where that metal lever inside the QR is for?'
North can change the QR all they want, fact is there will always be someone that manages to screw it up...
andylc Medium Poster
Joined: Fri Apr 07, 2017 3:26 pm
Kiting since: 2005
Local Beach: Exmouth
Favorite Beaches: Saunton Sands
Gear: JN PD3/6 North Jaime
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The North Iron heart is the best and easiest QR system I know of, and is really easy to reset. I'm not sure how it could be any better. You had to try very hard to get it that wrong and not notice!
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