Dan-at-North wrote:I do not have any details on 2015 or future bars. My guess is that if there is a switch to a single-front-line safety it will be significantly different from the 2014 and previous linesets, top to bottom, so any 'conversion kit' would essentially be an entire new lineset.
I don't understand how the bar is for sale in a number of places, with photos and description and the web site doesn't still have them advertised and the manuals in PDF nowhere to be seen. It's strange how people from outside of North can have access to the new gear before the people at North.
As a sample look at the new Dice 2015. The North web says nothing.http://www.h2o-sports.co.uk/products/dice2015/north-dice-kitesurfing-kite-2015
This web site shows the new 2015 North quad bar:http://www.kitecentrezanzibar.com/de/blog/176-new-north-bar-2015
From the photos published in in that web site, it doesn't seem to be a complete new design. Just that one of the lines goes through a piece of plastic, no big deal. I'll wait to see when the they release more info on the bar or someone posts some more photos and details about how it's implemented the single line flag out, as it seems pretty simple to update the previous models.
Even North has created a video explaining how the 2 front lines safety system is not very good and it doesn't kill the kite. And just after they publish the video, they change the safety system to a single line. Well, that explains how confident they are on the previous years quad bars. I think they should help the existing customers to update their quad bars with the extra safety. I'm not saying to make the parts free, but not make money on the upgrade kit would be a good gesture from a brand like North that is so committed to improving safety in their gear.
I've got a 2 Dice and I've been using Rebels for years. The only reason why I didn't keep the 5 lines bar was because everyone said that the Dice don't fly as well on the 5 lines bar. And I can say that the Dice on 2 front lines when you release the safety is a big danger, specially with strong winds. It keeps so much power that still can drag on the sand.
A bit of help from North would be appreciated here.