Airtime wrote:can we hear a review from some of the testers now?
After I got my "LineCrawler" on friday I was very curious because I tried to construct a thing like that a half year ago. Well, my construction didn't work - the "LineCrawler" does! I tested it 3 times to solve the famous "linesalat" and 1 time to connect it to the kite. Couldn't yet test the "controlled drifting away" of the kite in a selflaunching scenario - no wind for me since friday so i couldn't test it on our local lake.
First of all:
Even if it looks a bit cheap and unstable i can say it is definitly none of that. Okay, the material is just plastic and it's not made of carbon, but who will care about that as long as it will work for some years
Upper-frame and sub-frame are connected with elastics and and can be fixed together with a velcro. In the "LineCrawler" are two blocks made of hard rubber which work together like clamp and a "stop-button" that can stop the lines from running through.
Now the points in which you will be interested when you consider to buy a "LineCrawler":
The "LineCrawler" promises that you can untangle your lines in very small places while not attached to the kite:
Well, even I hate the famous "linesalat" I produced it 3 times in the last 3 days: Unwinded the lines and mixed them
Important is, that you notice, that the "LineCrawler" doesn't solve this problem just by pulling it through your lines! That won't work. The real method is: Pull the "LineCrawler" trough them till it won't go further, then untangle the next part of the lines, pull it again - untangle - pull and so on. You will notice that you will produce a bunch of lines on the other "side".
When you are through, pull it again through the lines to the other side - this will be very easy and fast, because the lines are already untangled. Then you are ready to wind up your lines and with the help of the "stopbutton" you are able to do that as tight as with the hand. So it works even with just 2mÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â² space. Cool thing: You don't have to touch your lines when winding the lines up so that you won't have scratches because of salt and sand.
The "LineCrawler" promises that you can rapidly attach the lines to the kite tangle-free with minimal space:
Yes, that's definitly the best thing about it! Just unwind a bit of line next to the kite, connect the lines to the kite and unclip the "LineCrawler". -> Ready to go. If you don't want to unwind the lines when moving to start simply unwind them next to the kite, but don't throw your bar directly in your lines or they'll get tangled again. Put it in the kite or on the board for example.
So these are my experiences so far. I like this thing and will definitly use it on my next trips. It simply saves time when rigging the kite just like One-Pump-Systems etc.
Did I forgot anything?
Ah well, I tested with my Waroo and it's Bar. So it's a 4-Line-Bar.
I don't know how it will work with a North 5th Line Bar for example. And
because I don't have one somebody else will have to test it
PS: One thing which could make the "LineCrawler" better would be another velcro or elastic to clip it directly on bar - Not all bars have elastics at the barends like North or Cab. So that would probably be a nice feature.