Yo. Alright, I have wrestled with this problem off and on for a couple of years but it happened again yesterday when I was super overpowered and decided it might be time to see if there is any solution.
Problem: I unhook alot and when I do I have to pull in on the sheeting strap. Every once in awhile when I hook back in and power back up with the strap, the webbing will twist where it goes through teh black plastic piece and will bind up. This creates a problem because you can no longer depower the kite from the strap. It just binds and stays powered. It can be reset with a bit of work on the beach but so far not on the water. Any ideas???
Take 2 pieces of velcro ( 1 hook 1 loop) that are approx 2.25” long. Join the pieces together by overlapping them 1”. On the trim strap, where the webbing( that you pull to depower) enters and exits the ladderlock, wrap the velcro around the 2 layers of webbing making a channel that the webbing has to pass through. This ” channel” will ( in theory) keep the webbing flat so it won`t twist. Works in my basement. May have to wrap the velcro with tape to keep it together on the water. I`ll make one up here with a sewn webbing channel and test- Diablo 08 bar?
I wonder as well if - as we have discussed in the past - the black webbing is sewn to the end of the red webbing if this would hold the black flat and prevent it from flapping around and getting caught flipped over as Mike adds more power to the kite?
Might be simpler than engineering a webbing channel to hold things flat?
That or a small “guide” sticking out straight from the buckle to smooth the webbing as it enters the buckle, kind of like a cattle guard on the front of a train, as the webbing flows past it it is flipped flat?
Make the bar like the SLE bar with the cleat on the Chicken loop and the same depower system.(Add another cleat on the other side of the loop for the depower.)There is lots of room thru the bar for another line and do away with the old school strap system.The strap has really sucked for people with short arms and still does. I have an issue with the 5th line cleat.When the bar rips out of my hand when unhooked the bar slides up to the stopper.Works great! But it is hard to feed the line back thru to reride as the line always rejams in the cleat making it a sloooowww 2 handed job feeding it thru which usually ends my ride as by this time the kite has rolled into itself or other lovely scenarios.This is not an issue when relaunching the kite as I pull the 5th line above the bar to avoid jamming the line.Have you got a technique Wadem?I’ll see you in Kaleden tomorrow.I love everything about the Diablo bar except the 5th line cleat.Anyone else out there experienced this. :D
Hey Deano. Back in town. Out with shoulder problems for a bit so no kiting right now. Haven’t tried any of the ideas posted here yet, the only thing I have found is when it happens on the water and the kite puts tension on it you can mess around with it and get it to reverse on itself again. Still a pain but fixable. I hear what you’re saying about the cleat thing but I rode a few other systems at Nitinaht and just have to say that the OR sheeting system on the Diablo is still, in my opinion, the easiest to use. Those cleat things on other bars suck ass. Hard to dial in a specific length and then that f’in bobble on the end of them, when sheeted out, is always whipping around whacking me in the knuckles and wrapping around center lines. Give me a shout dude.