19393Tip: users of AR5 of similar depowersystem
- Sep 26, 2000This is a tip for users of AR5 or similar kites with this
I guess most of you sail with the depowertrimloop connected to the
Some of you don't like the strap to be so far away from the bar and
put the strap directly to the bar. In this way you don't have the
trimloop anymore and you cannot depower with the loop on your harness.
I put the strap directly to the bar, let the line go up for about 1
meter and put a pulley there and let the line go back to the bar
where the trimloop now still is.
There are two advantages and one (on first sight) disadvantages to
this system. Offcourse you now have the strap close by and you can
also use the trimloop. Also, because of the pulley, it is very easy
to depower. It takes so less effort that you can depower with two
fingers even in a major gust.
On first sight it may be a disadv. that the kite depowers only 50 %
(because of the pulley when you pull the strap for 10 cm the
frontlines go down fo 5 cm), but is practice (I tried it with AR5 5,5
and 7,5) it is very comfortable to not have the kite to be depowered
so fast. With the pulley the kite depoweres but does not looses all
the power at once. I think it is an advantage to have the kite
depowered like this. I noticed that I use the strap more often then
the trimloop and only use the trimloop in major gusts or on the
beach. Besides, you can make the trimloop line go up and make it
longer then the standard gray Naish loop (wich stretches anyway).
This standard Naish trimloopline I replace. I use a dyneema line (6
mm) and take the nylon protection off. Now I only have the 100 %
Dyneema and use this as trimloopline (like 40 cm). If it is worn out
I just replace this line (it is connected to the line wich goes up to
the pulley and down again to the strap on the bar.
The first original 2 meters of backline I also replace because after
litle time they stretch. I use 4 mm dyneema (with nylon coating).
simple picture of the system: http://www.jumptobigair.nl/bar.gif
Ben from Holland
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