if using a reel leash, (I think there is only one make now) there is a way to attach this device so it works without hindering the process,
Just getting one and attaching it to your harness will not give you the best experience.
there are 2 steps you need go through to ensure you get the best results,
first, if you right handed, fix the device to the rear of your harness with the reel locked on to the right hand side position, hard into the harness so it cant move around, i remove all the rubber padding from the reel and use the rear harness rings as anchor points, using a short anchor line between the rings with lobster claw quick release clips for easy on or easy off.
This takes a bit of working out as the reel needs to be tight into the harness without any slack at all, almost too tight, to prevent the line being caught around your back trapped behind the reel.
Then the end of the reel webbing needs to be pulled out around 10 inches and the hook removed, then tie in a figure 8 knot 10 inch from the fee end, slide on a stopper ball, lock in place with another knot, then tie in another stop knot an inch away, and slide on another stop ball and finally lock this on with a final knot, this is the reel complete and ready to clip on or off quickly
Now you need a length of free line with clips at each end, i use one around 5ft long which has a bungee line in internally (these lines come as spares with all new ozone kites) I use 2 of these looped together, but suitable white line is good, again the clips need to either be lobster claw types or other types that can be used easily with only one hand.
this free line I keep attached to my harness 100% of the time, even when the reel leash is left in the car, and is there for the times the risks are lower.
(this free line is clipped on to the reel leash between the 2 new stopper balls, fitted as above) one end clip of course clipped on to your harness hook or other suitable place at the front right hand side of your harness ready to finally clip onto your board.
Using this free line length on the reel leash is important, as it keeps your foil at a nice distance away from you as you mess around relaunching your kite.
Using easy to use clips gives you the option of getting free from the set up if things go wrong for some reason.
Tying the reel on in a way that means you cant detach any part of it is a bad idea, keep your options open.
A a over kill safety option I have removed the tiny hook knife on the harness and replaced this with a Whichard marine deck knife, which folds and fits perfectly back into the tight little harness pouch the hook knife sits in, this knife will cut through much thicker line/rope.
In all cases its worth remembering the reel leash option has it uses, BUT, can also work against you if you use it in the wrong conditions, high winds and waves are when the reel should be left off, body dragging out in onshore waves and wind is another time the free line should be left unattached until you get to deep water,
also if your out on the water practicing all your tricks or messing around in the shallows then again the free line should be kept off the reel.
finally, if you are just about to relaunch your kite when using the reel then ensure your webbing has retracted back before you get yanked though the air, the servere pull may damage your attachment point, nothing can ping back in any case as the webbing length prevents this 100%
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- TomW (Thu Mar 28, 2019 12:23 pm)