(Ian Young) writes:
<< I've not had any problems with line jamming in the V cleat on my Arc yet.
.... these kites use
trailing edge line steering ie that these two lines are to the outside of
your bar and people thought that it was too hard to feed these lines in &
out easily >>
Does your Arc bar* adjust the trailing edge lines? That could explain the
lack of cleat jamming (less force on line), although if it flies similar to
an AR5, you may find in really light wind you want to have nearly all the
force on the trailing edge lines anyway (for max. AoA & power).
* I couldn't open the files you sent (is there a website?)
<< in fact in gusty/ overpowered situations I
find that if you're not hooked in then there is an increased risk of getting
yanked over the front - more importantly if you are hooked in you can
transfer the excess energy through your harness (not your arms) into the
board to edge it harder upwind. >>
Exactly. You're unhooked (for whatever reason - jumping, jibing, etc.), then
you get overpowered. Now you can't get hooked in (to attempt to take one
hand off) to depower, because you're fighting getting yanked over the front,
& because all the excess energy is on your arms!! Like I mentioned though,
it should still work about as well as any of the sled systems that have no
"trim" harness loop, which is MUCH better than having no AoA adjustment (like
most foils now).