downunder wrote: ↑
Wed Apr 10, 2019 1:19 pm
This is not a discussion about safety,
Trust me, the more "bulletproof" solutions, more simplistic and shallow approach to this sport = more incidents.
Why would anyone use a normal chicken loop on a sliding rope is beyond my understanding.
I'm trying to understand your logic here, simpler bulletproof solutions are bad = more incidents. So since the wichard is simpler and bulletproof it is also bad?
And this is not a safety discussion but about one handed operation and release under load, which are of course about safety.
If you can't understand why someone would use a normal chicken loop with a rope slider? Really?
The wichard gate opens out, so you want to be clear of the gate. The release is small so you have a small string with ball or I used to use a small piece of webbing, orange. It is one side operation, that is you want to grab the ball from the side that it will open.
It does not have a bearing and so doesn't rotate very well. Although there are plenty of other solutions that don't rotate very well. The duotone with the ceramic bearings does.
Agree, a lot of people don't unhook, hence donkey dicks. Cabrinha has their fireball which eliminates the cloop and by some accounts partially addresses the needs for a rope slider.
The wichard is very compact solution but you are going to bypass the through the quick release front line flagout. This was a major advance in my opinion.
I think it is a testimony to the wichard that it took years for the kiteboarding industry to match its reliability under load.
As for one handed operation, it is only an issue when there is a load in which case you are grasping the line above the release with one hand and engaging the QR with the other. So functionally there is no difference between the ozone click and wichard.
I'm glad you like it. I don't think it is for everyone. I used it for a number of years.
I think the duotone rope slider with the iron heart quick release and the ozone click n would be the superior solution for a rope slider, but that doesn't exist.