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Reminds me of the time this summer I arrived late at Sherman. Wind dying. Folks coming in.
I blow up my kite down on the front beach, run out my lines and ask a guy sitting at the peanut gallery for a launch. He stands there looking at me.
I'm thinking: "WTF, dude, just launch my kite!"
He stands there, still looking at me. I stand there, bar in hand, hooked in, looking at him. Time stands still. "WTF"?
That was about when I realized I'd never connected my lines...!
I would totally agree with that. Is there a good reason to have completely different kites in your case?
Your bar setups sounds like an accident waiting to happen. I've always ridden a mixed quiver. What I've found that works best is to tune your bars so that all lines are equal. As far as the knot/pigtail gender problem, here's what works best for me. Go to West Marine and buy a few yards of 7/64" amsteel. Cut 4 pieces in 35-40 cm lengths. Tie an overhand knot and check that they are all the same length. These pigtails are reversible and I keep them on my bar lines. They can be mated with kite lines; loop to loop, loop to knot, knot to knot, and vice versa. With this setup, I can just rotate the pigtails to match whatever loop/knot my kite has, and all lines are always the same length.
Last edited by sflinux on Fri Oct 18, 2013 8:43 am, edited 3 times in total.
Great comments everyone, thanks for the constructive conversation!
@sflinux - you are absolutely right, and the same thought had occurred to me, but of course I hadn't gotten around to doing anything about it. Fact is I'm selling the older set of kites anyhow, but I like your solution & it definitely makes sense to have all kites / bars in one's quiver set up the same way. Totally agreed.
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