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Slider Rope Spreader?

Postby PurdyKiter » Sat Jun 29, 2019 3:52 pm

I am now with both Clouds & a Soul in my quiver. New to foil kites. What are the pros & cons to using a slider rope spreader bar with a FS Soul? As it sits now I'm traveling with two harnesses.... fixed hook with the Soul, Slider for the Clouds.
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Re: Slider Rope Spreader?

Postby FLandOBX » Sat Jun 29, 2019 4:19 pm

Why are you using a fixed hook for the Soul? Based on your profile, I'm assuming you are hydrofoiling with both harnesses?

I'm traveling with two harnesses, too. But I use a slider (on boardshorts harness) for hydrofoiling, usually with a FS Soul 10 or smaller LEIs, and a fixed hook seat harness for twintip, primarily for boosting and airstyle. I have found the slider and Soul combination are perfect for hydrofoil.

Pros for slider include facilitating toeside riding and heel-toe transitions. Cons of slider include slippage during waterstarts and less stability during jumps. Some recent discussion of the issue appears here:

viewtopic.php?f=196&t=2403188&hilit=slider

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Re: Slider Rope Spreader?

Postby PurdyKiter » Sat Jun 29, 2019 4:24 pm

FLandOBX wrote:
Sat Jun 29, 2019 4:19 pm
Why are you using a fixed hook for the Soul? Based on your profile, I'm assuming you are hydrofoiling with both harnesses?

I'm traveling with two harnesses, too. But I use a slider (on boardshorts harness) for hydrofoiling, usually with a FS Soul 10 or smaller LEIs, and a fixed hook seat harness for twintip, primarily for boosting and airstyle. I have found the slider and Soul combination are perfect for hydrofoil.

Pros for slider include facilitating toeside riding and heel-toe transitions. Cons of slider include slippage during waterstarts and less stability during jumps. Some recent discussion of the issue appears here:

viewtopic.php?f=196&t=2403188&hilit=slider
Thank You, This is the answer I was looking for. I just assumed fixed hooks were better with foil kites. Need to watch more videos. I've only been out 4X on a FS Soul 12m. All hydrofoiling.

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Re: Slider Rope Spreader?

Postby grigorib » Sat Jun 29, 2019 5:34 pm

I think I found an amazing solution for my “two harness travel situation”. As much as love foiling I like twintip a lot
Mystic Stealth spreader bar. Looks and sounds amazing. Combines both slider rope and small loop for twintipping.
Good bye hook
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Re: Slider Rope Spreader?

Postby zerogee_ca » Sat Jun 29, 2019 5:55 pm

I have been using a rope on my spreader bar with hook still attached. Never did get around to cutting it off. The hook hasn't been an issue. If my rope breaks I just recover and hook in.

That Mystic spreader bar is very nice. We have a few guys using them. The quick release is awesome.


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