It wonâ€™t be long now, before we will be getting user reports on the functionality and safety of the new â€œfour line with fifth line functionâ€ control systems such as that on the new Cabrinha and North kites.
I have put out a request on the 2 NW kite forums, that reports on the new control â€œsafetyâ€ system be posted. Hopefully, someone will test the feasibility and safety of the â€œdeep-water self-rescueâ€ procedure needed to bring these kites down and get them in hand, during an emergency self-rescue.
Here are the threads to follow, for those interested in this unique and possibly â€œground-breakingâ€ new kite control system.
So far, Cabrinha has not referred to the IDS as a â€œsafetyâ€ system, and North has implied in their ad for the Evo, that the 5th line system is still the safest.
Here is a copy of my request, which I posted on the above forums:
â€œFor those of you Puget Sound Kite participants and lurkers, who have an interest in all things kite-technical, here is a link to a thread, on NWKite forum (including a link to Kiteforum), where the new Cabrinha IDS kite control system is discussed.
Here is a copy of my request, posted on that forum, which I would like to extend to viewers of this forum:
"Here is the short version of my request that someone demo the new IDS system and report back to us:
The IDS control system is being promoted as having â€œ4-line bridle kite simplicity with 5th-line safety.â€ The system appears to be very similar to that of the 2007 F-one Delta-C kite, and appears to be the same as that of the new North Evo.
My request is that someone investigate this feature of the new Cabrinha IDS kite. I am not requesting that someone post a complete review of the performance of the new Crossbow, in that I believe that sort of review goes against NWKite forum policy, and only serves to initiate and fuel a â€œmy kite brand can beat up your kite brandâ€ pimping squabble. Letâ€™s leave that BS to other kite-forums. I am limiting my request to that of the relative effectiveness of the â€œsafety systemâ€. It would be nice to have the Cabrinha representative demonstrate the recommended procedure to be used with the IDS system in performing a â€œdeep water self-rescueâ€ procedure, paying particular attention to the importance of keeping the lengths and tensions of the two lines equal."
Please post this message on any other local kite forums, where you feel that interested kiters might demo these kites and report back to us.
Thanks for the help in exploring this new development in kiteboarding technology.