Foil wrote: ↑
Thu Oct 04, 2018 8:06 pm
I bought the 3 click bars to safeguard my kit lifespan, as I was retiring and did not want to replace gear when my income was limited to pension funds,
I went the other way. I used to have a bar per kite, and then bought low price but decent quality bars. Now I use a single high quality (Cabrinha) bar for all my kites. I bought it on sale and it was only moderately more expensive than the cheap ones, but very much nicer.
The intention is to buy a new bar every year or two so I am always using newish bar and lines. The bar is the user interface and life is too short to put up with a crap kiting experience. The older bars can be reconfigured for different line lengths or spares or whatever.
Plastic coated centre lines, self rotating front lines, smooth depower, easy line storage are all essential parts of the kiting experience, especially when you're retired and kite every day.
I want to know how the 2019 Click bar is different to the 2018 model. I understand that the 2018 model had some wear problems.
Just as an aside, it seems strange the North brought out the Click bar at all. They're known for making good gear, but they're also known for being ultra-conservative in adopting new designs. They fought for years against one-pump systems, persisted with 5 lines, and resisted using plastic coated depower lines. All this when other brands did these things very successfully 10-15 years ago. Now they have one of the most advanced and possibly complicated bar systems on the market.
My mate is using the OR Shift bar and he is very happy with that. It looks easy to change lines and bits and pieces. It's on my radar for the next bar.