Harnesses for quad line

Harnesses for quad line

Post by al.j.sparli » Thu, 09 Sep 1993 02:52:00


I have finally flown the stack of eight Rev II's that I have slowly been
building this spring and summer (two were borrowed until I can complete
the stack).  I will admit that I was surprised by the amount of pull
eight light pulling kites could generate.  My main problem was in my ability
to rotate the handles.  Assuming that I can not relieve the problem with
tuning or different handles without distroying performance, I am considering
a harness.  I guess what I really need to do is to go to the health club
more and build up my wrists, but if a harness can connect to the tops of
the handles I can shift my grip downwards on the handles and get better
leverage to rotate the handles. Then I won't have to sweat in the gym so
much.

However, I am completely in the dark as to which if any harnesses work well
with quad line, how my ability to control the kite will be affected by the
harness, and which harnesses have dead man quick releases.  Any information
would be appreciated.

Alan Sparling

(708) 224-4242

 
 
 

Harnesses for quad line

Post by Sam Ritter x31 » Fri, 10 Sep 1993 22:02:01

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>However, I am completely in the dark as to which if any harnesses work well
>with quad line, how my ability to control the kite will be affected by the
>harness, and which harnesses have dead man quick releases.  Any information
>would be appreciated.

You can use a chest harness like the windsurfers use.  There are two options
go to your local kite shop and have them order the one that comes with the
larger quadrifoils( 50s and up ) or you can search the wind surfing shops.

The harness is basically a hook that is attached to your chest.  It takes
some time to get used to these because the line drops out of the hook if you're
no careful.  Oh yeah, there is a line that you have to attach at the balance
point on the handles.  ( ie.  when flying your kite with the harness, you can
take your hands off the handles and your kite will still be flying.

Hope this helps.

Good winds

Sam Ritter
Pres.  5/20 Kite Group -- Detroit

 
 
 

Harnesses for quad line

Post by Andrew Beatt » Sat, 11 Sep 1993 00:28:10


Quote:

>>However, I am completely in the dark as to which if any harnesses work well
>>with quad line, how my ability to control the kite will be affected by the
>>harness, and which harnesses have dead man quick releases.  Any information
>>would be appreciated.
>You can use a chest harness like the windsurfers use.  There are two options
>go to your local kite shop and have them order the one that comes with the
>larger quadrifoils( 50s and up ) or you can search the wind surfing shops.

However, a non-dead-man-release is not suitable for power kite flying.  The
only 2-line dead-man release is by Peter Lynn.  There is no 4-line dead-man
harness available on the market to my knowledge, however Mick Parsons of
the Welsh Sport Kite Centre (+44 792 456060) has developed one, but is not
yet manufacturing and marketing it.  If you phone him up and ask for one,
you may help bring this important product to the market more quickly.

Don't expect to get hold of him on the above number for a couple of weeks,
because he is running the Gwithian Buggy Event.

I am keen to see these handles become available, so if you want to buy
one and don't want to deal with international purchasing, drop me some
email and I'll see what I can do.

Andrew
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