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by ToeKnee
Tue Feb 18, 2020 5:17 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Measuring jump height in a new way
Replies: 10
Views: 450

Re: Measuring jump height in a new way

Yes Flyingseb, that should work if you could incorporate a time signal that would start as soon as the climb started and end as soon as sinking began, the total climb would be calculable. Although, when I am standing on the glider launch waiting for a good cycle, my vario (old flytec 5030, not total...
by ToeKnee
Sat Feb 15, 2020 7:57 am
Forum: Snow / Land
Topic: Where to go for more LEI-like depower?
Replies: 15
Views: 517

Re: Where to go for more LEI-like depower?

I agree with Herman. Angle of attack may be too low. Try adding pigtails to front lines. I have an Apex 3, 7.5m. I bought it used with bar. It flies great, good depower with short bar throw. But one time I tried to tune it for higher winds by attaching the front lines to the closest knots. It was li...
by ToeKnee
Fri Jan 24, 2020 5:43 am
Forum: Foil Kites
Topic: 65 cm foil control bar
Replies: 7
Views: 345

Re: 65 cm foil control bar

Hi Carmelhill. A pulley bar will be a custom made bar. I don't think they've been produced comercially for over 10 years. Fifth line safety works fine with a pulley bar, no problem. The A15s can also be set up as single front line safety pulley bar or normal bar. I used the ozone trim pulley (not re...
by ToeKnee
Fri Jan 24, 2020 2:09 am
Forum: Foil Kites
Topic: 65 cm foil control bar
Replies: 7
Views: 345

Re: 65 cm foil control bar

A pulley bar really makes the 15m A15 work a lot better! Drawback of the A15s generally is that full bar throw doesn't change the pitch enough, at least in my gusty spots. A pulley bar will double the turn speed and double the effect of your bar throw. Also you won't have as much trim rope dangling ...
by ToeKnee
Mon Jan 13, 2020 5:49 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: McCammon's 6 risk factors for avalanche risk
Replies: 11
Views: 634

Re: McCammon's 6 risk factors for avalanche risk

Ya Poacher, I want one of those, I got out of the ski biz before they were invented. I do like skiing and kite skiing the steeps. Avy airbags seem very effective. But we should think of these as safety adjuncts, not something to rely on. Like, you don't want to be counting on the airbags in your car...
by ToeKnee
Sun Jan 12, 2020 3:06 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: McCammon's 6 risk factors for avalanche risk
Replies: 11
Views: 634

Re: McCammon's 6 risk factors for avalanche risk

....and regarding slope angles, there is a great online resource : www.Hillmap.com , click the 'overlay' button and choose the 'CalTopo slope angle' overlay to preview safe travel routes before your trip.
by ToeKnee
Sun Jan 12, 2020 2:12 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: McCammon's 6 risk factors for avalanche risk
Replies: 11
Views: 634

Re: McCammon's 6 risk factors for avalanche risk

I am not convinced current avy training is on the right track. About 1 year ago 5 participants in an avy course in southern Colorado were caught / buried during the course, unfortunately one died. As a former ski patrolman, ski guide, forecaster and avalanche mitigation specialist, my take away advi...
by ToeKnee
Sun Jan 12, 2020 1:47 am
Forum: Snow / Land
Topic: Kite-o-rado Snowkite Conditions
Replies: 522
Views: 82095

Re: Kite-o-rado Snowkite Conditions

Jarosa Mesa Jan.5, 2020. A ground bound, powder cruising vid, my little Apex kite won't jump, it's pretty fast though. We had seven kiters up there, so fun!

by ToeKnee
Mon Nov 25, 2019 4:44 pm
Forum: Snow / Land
Topic: Kite-o-rado Snowkite Conditions
Replies: 522
Views: 82095

Re: Kite-o-rado Snowkite Conditions

Just enough snow on Snow Mesa to ride the drifted areas. Still lots of rocks in places. Hiking access for now, need a lot more snow for snowmobiles. Hiked all the way down carrying the skis, 12" to 20" unconsolidated dry snow below the mesa top.
Storm's coming today!
by ToeKnee
Fri Jun 14, 2019 6:03 am
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Running Splice Cleat
Replies: 33
Views: 1698

Re: Running Splice Cleat

I got this kit from Jeff when I was in Corpus Christi, Texas last fall. Bought it for the release, I plan to stick with a clamcleat as I am sheeting in / out a lot with our gusty winds. His trim system is quite similar. Go to 3:30 on this video.

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