My GF has the following issue. She has quite short arms and whenever she lets go of her bar or fully depowers she can't/it is hard to reach her bar anymore. So the issue is that the length between the chicken loop and inner lines is too long.
Any tips or advice when looking to buy a new bar? Shorter bar or different line size?
Secondly, for myself, I kite with a 10-12-14m kites and I'm hesitating for a bar that will suite all kites well. Will a 59-65 cm bar be too large? Better go for a 49-56 cm range?
Thanks a lot.
Last edited by sebastienbolhuis on Thu Sep 13, 2018 11:45 am, edited 1 time in total.
The ultimate short arm setup:
1. Seat harness
2a. No hook but slider rope and North/Slingshot QR
2b. Boardriding Maui Cloud CCS setup.
3. Kite with relatively short sheeting range.. i.o.w all power off at limited bar throw distance.
wait a second .. further alternatives to 2...
2c. Backline depower bar (Ocean Rodeo, BWS or North/Duotone )with stopper ball.
2d. Custom bar setup by Infexion (Evan) (handig want net als jij ook in Nederland)
My wife has short arms and can't reach the trim strap on most bars. The Cabrinha 1X with trimlite bar's trim cleat/strap is 2"-3" closer to the rider than most other bars. That, combined with using a seat harness, makes it so she can adjust the trim strap while riding, and the bar is not out of her reach if she lets go of it. Her reach is 2 ½" shorter than mine, so I also added 2" pigtails to the steering lines which makes up for her shorter reach and helps her to trim the kite better.
I have had great success fitting smaller riders with both the Ocean Rodeo Shift bar and the Cabrinha Overdrive w/Recoil. With OR's Shift Bar, you can move that sliding stopper wherever you want. Makes it really easy to keep the bar within their reach. And it's adjustable, so if they happen to shift between waist and seat (like I do), you can even adjust it to fit that. It's also much easier for them to just push the knob with their wrist and depower the kite, all while keeping both hands on the bar. Their chicken loop is now a little smaller than it's been in the past, so that helps, too.
The Cabrinha Recoil system has those spring-loaded depower/repower toggles that keep them a little more in reach. That seems to work a lot better than something else, say, the Trimlite (one of my personal favorites). Good luck getting her comfortable. The better she likes it, the more you'll get to kite yourself!