- First time out with new reel bar. Is a little heavy,probaby about
the same weight as older model, large kite-ski bar. (I'm guessing)
Seems to be well constructed, sturdy. Some of the plattic parts that
cover the four spools could be broken pretty easily if it were to hit
rock with any force. The bar came with a 6 ft piece of tubing to
place over one line and then attach some type of leash. I didnt think
6 ft would be very effective at depowering a 15.5 kite so i put on a
A little background, Im still pretty new at this, using naish AR5s.
If i get back where started Im thrilled. Jumping is fun, although
the only landing method I've been able to master is kicking off my
board and taking a deep breath.
Went out with a 11.5, Launched real easily, "brake star" works
pretty good, you can operate with your thumb and seems to be very
secure once tightened. Unlike hand brake which was pretty much on or
off the brake star could be finely adjusted to where you could set it
to where the kite slowly reeled out all the way with just enough
power to stay aloft.
The inner harness loop was well placed, easy to hook into. You could
set this position of the trim with the brake or leave it to where it
powers back up when you get out of the loop. Once going the
additional weight is not noticeable. Worked the same as a nash bar,
or with the brake it can operate like an adjustment strap on my
longhorn bar(still have to use the inner loop to tighten and
releasing brake to loosen).
Bringing the kite down take a little more work than I thought but
manageable. I was able to bring it down faster sitting down, putting
my foot into the inner loop and pumping away with my leg. After the
first push out with your arms the kite goes into the depowered
position and stays there, was a tendency To fly past vertical and
then drop. Slight back and forth seems to prevent this.One time the
kite dropped and landed ind grassy area so I did the majority of the
wind up on the ground without a lot of tension on the lines. MISTAKE.
Left side had 4 ft unwound even though right side was completley
wound. Also as I let out the lines to correct this the line snagged
inside one of the reels to where the kite would not go out any
further. I had to rewind to a point, the snag came loose by itself,
and then unwound all the way and then rewound with constant even
pressure(kite overhead)and the lines were perfectly even.
Overall I like it. Reel is really helpful around lakes with trees,
Especially with my preferred line length of 40M. Cant sail with less
than full line length without loosing sheeting ability. I could stop
the kite before it was completely unwound by applying the brake, the
kite would be in the fully powered position. Depowering requires
releasing the brake, pulling on inner loop, and resetting brake.
sorry so long winded...
- Don't be sorry for giving us as much info as you can! Thanks for the
firsthand report on the Flowbee reel bar. May I ask: how much di you
pay for it?
And don't hesitate to be long winded again if you find out more as
you use it more. :)
(Hope this doesn't post twice since I got disconnected the first try.)
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, mdelliott@w... wrote:
<sniped lots of useful info>
> sorry so long winded...
- I ordered the bar back in May when the designer (Rick Hunt? I think
was his name, Mr. flowbee)thought the price would end up being less.
He let me have it at wholesale price, $850 if I recall, havent seen
the American Express bill. I think- the flowbeee web site says MSRP
of around 1200, flowbeekite.com.
In response to the weight issue from brought up by Ron, the weight
doesnt really matter when your up and going. You do notice when your
kite is on the water and your trying to relaunch (for me still
frequent occurence)and if the bar ends upside my head during one of
my not so graceful, fully powered, tumbles across the surface of the
water(fortunately not to frequent).
On the line length variability brought up by somebody else, Some
what.Might be easier to explain if I describe how it works. The brake
and the winding mechanism are only directly linked to the two front
lines in the center of the bar.The outside spools to the back lines,
are conected to the inside spools in such a manner that when the
center spools are locked, the outside spools are still free to turn
one revolution back and forth. When the lines are all the way out,
and you pull on the inner loop, The inside reels turn once before the
outside reels engage, your depowered. If you release the inner loop
it returns to powered. If you have the winding ratchet engaged(finger
operated switch), the kite will stay depowered when you release the
As you wind up the kite it is in the depowered position, you can
stop winding at any point and fly the kite. When you are letting the
lines out the kite starts in the depowered position but seemed to
tighten up the back lines and go into the powered position after a
few feet. Setting the brake seemed to hold it in the powered position
for flying with shorter lines. In either case with the brake holding
the inner reel you cant operate the inner loop. It did seem that when
winding up the lines, I could stop and set the brake, disengage the
ratchet, then release a few feet of line which powered the kite back
up, reset the brake and fly with shorter lines. To depower i had to
engage the ratchet, release the brake and give center loop a pull. So
somewhat you can vary the line length, you loose the quick and easy
trimming method you have when lines are all the way out.
I have still only used this once so far for a couple of hours.
Havent had a chance to get back out. Hope Im not giving any incorrect
In email@example.com, sammy@m... wrote:
> May I ask: how much di youtry.)
> pay for it?
> And don't hesitate to be long winded again if you find out more as
> you use it more. :)
> (Hope this doesn't post twice since I got disconnected the first
> --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, mdelliott@w... wrote:
> <sniped lots of useful info>
> > sorry so long winded...