4052Re: WARNING TO SNAP SHACKLE USERS!!!
- Jan 24, 2003Good point Hung. The added wind range that the chicken loop allows you to
handle does up the anty for misfortune as compared to going with a kite with
no depower capacity, two line or four line without/chicken loop. With no
chicken loop the main factors that allow you to increase your wind range
with a given kite size are skill, line length and board size. Permanently
connecting to a traction kite is always a serious decision only more so near
hard objects. I concluded about two years ago that in doing so I could be
seriously injured as a consequence.
In the case of avoiding the chicken loop, I would still advise having some
form of mechanical release for the main harness line. Ideally, this would be
a reliable pin release on the harness line. About three years ago this month
I treated myself to at least a 100 ft. high speed dragging across sand with
a FIVE SQ. METER Wipika Classic. I couldn't unhook at one point aside from
which the early depowering leash design had tied into a tight knot by the
dragging. I didn't appreciate the significance of kiteboarding in unstable
weather in those early days. I do NOW!
Anyway, having an option to manually unhooking from the fixed harness line
such as an integrated pin quick release would be worth considering.
--- In email@example.com, Hung Vu <hungvu@n...> wrote:
>There is a simpler solution to all these: Don't use the chicken loop nor
>The danger of the chicken loop (or shackle in the front lines) far
>out-weighs its advantage (if there is any). The number of serious
>accidents in the past invloving the chicken loop (or the shackle) more
>or less has demonstrated this.
>P.S., The "spin leash" can be implemented without having to have the
>chicken loop (or shackle in the front lines) part.
>"flkitesurfer " wrote:
> > > Hello George,
> > > Please check with your local kiteboarding gear retailer to see if he
> > has one. NSI, Kitehigh.com, Murrays.com and many other sources have
> > these modified "trigger" shackles available. I M P O R T A N T :
> > Make sure that the Wichard or Tylaska shackle has been modified to
> > facilitate release. Some prefer a cord and knob others prefer the
> > kind with a metal bold and two knobs on either side of the shackle.
> > Using the shackle as it comes from the manufacturer for yachting
> > applications is NOT ACCEPTABLE. A modification to facilitate
> > release MUST BE DONE kiteboarding.
> > > Also, if it hasn't been obvious to this point, there are no perfect
> > solutions at this point. All the quick release options that I am
> > aware of have their own issues. The side release shackles may not
> > release at all under certain circumstances. The Wichards and
> > Tylaskas may release too easily and prematurely. If I had to choose
> > between no release or premature release I think I would go with the
> > later option in kiteboarding. The pin quick releases may bend or
> > require excessive force to release, etc. As with many other aspects
> > of kiteboarding, the rider needs to inspect, test and carefully
> > maintain things himself. Talking about your experiences and
> > observations in these Internet forums will spread the value of what
> > you have learned to others.
> > > FKA, Inc.
> > > transcribed by:
> > Rick Iossi
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