SAFETY FIRST: The single most important feature for any kite bar should be the ability to STOP! Only Bars featuring instant 100% flag option, should be acceptable. All riders no mater how experienced may find themselves in an extreme situation, and need the ability to stop on demand. Dragonfly Kites will only ever promote this type of “Full Depowering” safety system.
Safety Training: Proper training is essential in the correct use of different kiteboarding safety systems. There are many different types of safety system, and variations. Never assume that one safety system will be exactly like another.
Flagging Lines: The current technology makes one front line the “Flagging Safety” line. Which means that after the CL quick release is activated, the bar will slide up the safety line “depowering” the kite. The kite will remain attached to the rider’s leash by one line. The kite is tethered by one line on one of the front lines, while the other lines are fully slack. This turns the kite end-on to the wind and allows its shape to flatten out. This should give the kite the lowest projected profile to the wind, for the least amount of power.
NOTE: even a flagged Kite can create drag, and can pull with some force.
Safety line. When the Chicken Loop is quick-released or when the bar is dropped while unhooked, the bar will slide up the safety line, quickly depowering the kite. We do not recommend the use of any “Stopper balls” on the safety line.
5th Line Option: Some kiters may prefer to set up an optional 5th line system. It should be noted that even in the depowered position the kite will have more friction than a side line safety, and can retain significant amount of power in very strong winds.
Trimming System: Often called the “Depower System” or “Depower Strap”, does actually not depower the kite. It trims the length of the chicken loop’s trim line. Think of it as shortening the front lines. The trim, which will ultimately control the way it controls the kite’s angle.
Bar Trimming is Essential: The bar must be trimmed correctly for each different rider. Factors to consider include; arm length, rider weight, and strength. The bar may also need to be re-trimmed for each different kite. The trim will be needed if you change harness styles, ride styles, or in different wind conditions.
Correct Bar Trimming: The rider should always be able to sheet-in and sheet-out completely according to their ergonomics (arm length/body position/harness height). This is vital to ensure that riders of different sizes can operate the kite safely.
NOTE: All riders need the ability to Luff the kite while still hooked in.
Above the Bar Trim: Our Kite bar features above-the-bar trim/depower strap using a Quality Clamcleat®. New riders should familiarize themselves with the correct operation of the cleat system prior to launching the kite.
Bar Ends: Our bar features rounded soft bar ends, for safety and added flotation.
Kite Leash: The Kite leash is essential at all times while flying the kite. Never operate your kite without the Kite leash. Make sure you are using it correctly.
Safety Recommendations: We do not recommend any type of fixed harness lines. We do not recommend the use of any trim-line “stoppers”, or bar keepers. We never recommend using any Suicide system or suicide leash. Always carry a safety cutter (kite knife). We recommend using a impact jacket/flotation vest, and a helmet.
Maintenance: Wash your bar, free of sand and dirt after each use. Keep it out of the sun. Replace worn lines before they break. Replace the complete bar periodically.