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by br44
Wed Jan 13, 2021 2:19 am
Forum: Snow / Land
Topic: Snowkite harness options?
Replies: 21
Views: 1551

Re: Snowkite harness options?

Another option - Edelrid Huascaran. Bought one recently and used it for landboarding. Minimal padding but no discomfort when landboarding. Is much lighter and takes very little space compared to my Ozone Connect Pro. The selling point for me: only 3 sizes, with lots of room for adjustment. Thus a go...
by br44
Wed Jan 06, 2021 3:33 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Aftermarket Kite Bags - Any Recs?
Replies: 17
Views: 1130

Re: Aftermarket Kite Bags - Any Recs?

I’m after such a bag myself - light, around 100L volume, with compression straps and preferably not reliant on zippers - but after checking out the recommendations, there aren’t any to be had. Part of the issue is the different requirements. When riding on water, I need a large backpack that is chea...
by br44
Sat Dec 19, 2020 3:42 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Kit is becoming too expensive
Replies: 117
Views: 12507

Re: Kit is becoming too expensive

BTW the most I've ever spent on a new kite with bar/lines was $2,100 US and the least I've spent is $300 (kite, bar/lines and pump). The most I've spent on a new TT board is $400. I just can't convince myself to spend $1,000-$2,000 on a hydrofoil. Thinking about building my own "low-tech" HF and bo...
by br44
Wed Dec 16, 2020 2:39 am
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Any interest in eeeeee foils?
Replies: 80
Views: 7740

Re: Any interest in eeeeee foils?

What I would like to see here is a folding engine - (...) One way that might work is having the engine mounted in the front, on a bar that pivots on the nose of the board. Once you catch a wave, push down the bar (or just let go: the default should be engine turned off and out of the water) to lift...
by br44
Tue Dec 15, 2020 5:12 pm
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Any interest in eeeeee foils?
Replies: 80
Views: 7740

Re: Any interest in eeeeee foils?

What I would like to see here is a folding engine - and not merely a folding prop. The engine should be in the water ONLY when propulsion is needed - then for surfing and downwind, the engine should be retracted above the water. That way, you’d get both propulsion, and minimal drag for surfing. One ...
by br44
Tue Dec 15, 2020 1:01 am
Forum: Gear Builders
Topic: Yet another backline trim solution
Replies: 8
Views: 725

Re: Yet another backline trim solution

I used what I had on hand - 3 mm slippery Dyneema, buried about 6 cm. It will not slip under load, and I haven't noticed any tendency to slip when not loaded. Increase the bury length in case you encounter any slippage when packing or unpacking. Yes, I wanted to have OS handles. If you don't need th...
by br44
Mon Dec 14, 2020 2:36 am
Forum: Gear Builders
Topic: Yet another backline trim solution
Replies: 8
Views: 725

Yet another backline trim solution

I have tested a backline trim solution that I’ve been hesitating to build for a while, and found that it works well. Unlike the other approaches out there, this is bombproof, very simple, cheap, and easy to build: two splice cleats. Initially I was pessimistic that this would work. Who in his right ...
by br44
Thu Dec 10, 2020 2:04 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Comparison between drysuits with Neopren and Without
Replies: 23
Views: 1326

Re: Comparison between drysuits with Neopren and Without.

I've been kiting year round since 2010 and used to freeze my ass off getting in and out of a wetsuit while on the beach or standing around wet between sessions even with a neoprene jacket. Any conditions lower than 50 degree fahrenheit and I get cold. Bought an OR Soul last year and what a differen...
by br44
Wed Dec 09, 2020 1:31 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Comparison between drysuits with Neopren and Without
Replies: 23
Views: 1326

Re: Comparison between drysuits with Neopren and Without.

Why not a wetsuit? It is a perfectly valid alternative. Rather than get wet perspiring in a drysuit, better get wet with water. Changing, is thousand times more comfortable. This is very frequently quoted out there, but it's false. Wetsuits are not meant to be taken off after you pack your gear. In ...
by br44
Wed Dec 09, 2020 12:34 am
Forum: Hydrofoil
Topic: Facial injury
Replies: 32
Views: 2779

Re: Facial injury

It's not just about the helmet. Since this was apparently a board hit, it follows that a board with thick, softer rails would have inflicted much less damage; perhaps none? So: an inflatable foil board may be a good choice for safety reasons.

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