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 on: Today at 11:44 AM 
Started by Flyer - Last post by indigo_wolf

I just found this and it looks like a great option for attaching to line:

From the Kickstarter page:

"*** NOTICE *** The QuickIT (TM) is not designed nor intended to support human weight. It must NOT be used as a life saving device, fall protection or in any manner where failure could cause property damage, injury or loss of life."

If it can't support human weight, anchoring a larger single line kite seems like an getting in the express line to be on the 6 o'clock news.

Webbing, Carabiners and other bits and pieces borrowed from the climbing world are considerably heartier stuff.

Rob's suggestion of webbing and rope is probably the simplest route.  Otherwise, go back to the Gomberg site and look at the Anchor Straps or Figure 8 Rings.


 on: Today at 09:54 AM 
Started by Flyer - Last post by goestoeleven
OK, I'm not a large kite expert, but when I fly larger single line kites, I'll usually attach a loop of climbing webbing to a ground stake (or two for backup/safety), and then either attach the line onto a (heavy duty mountain climbing) carabiner, or I lark's head knot the line below the knot on the climbing webbing I used to create the loop.  The climbing webbing is very strong, cheap, and you can buy it by the foot from REI (where I also got the carabiners).  Once the tension is off the line, the loops will just slide off the carabiner (or if you are using a larks head or prussic, it will just undo itself once it's off the biner).

 on: Today at 09:38 AM 
Started by sanleonkid - Last post by adx1592
Total Eclipse, no question. Also the BMK Muse's.

 on: Today at 06:11 AM 
Started by Flyer - Last post by Flyer
thief: thanks for offering to help. I've got a lifter from Gomberg and the D ring from him also.  I can attach line laundry, but for the initial anchoring from the line to the D ring and ground anchor, I often get the line all tied up.  I can get the kite up and down (walking, as you say), but spend a lot of time trying to untie the mess at the end.  Any suggestions?

 on: Yesterday at 08:23 PM 
Started by breezin - Last post by breezin
I know but Iv'e broken them in light winds too. It's more piss poor skills than flying kites over their wind range. High risk high reward.Tomorrows forecast is 30 mph dropping to 18 by 5 pm. The Mind Trick will be intact by the end of the day.If I don't think like that and stopped at 10 to 12 I could't fly 1/2 as much as I do. Talked to Lam this morning and when he was in China recently caught some pretty high winds and flew without damage. One day I'll have a similar mind set that when I go fly I'll not worry about the wind and just grab the kite that'll work best. Got most of the kites I need now but I sure worry a lot and that increases my contact with Mother Earth. Used to have to pump myself up pretty good for 15 mph and up. Fairly comfortable in 20 and a little over now. Still pretty shaky in 25 + and 30+ is scary and not much fun. Yet. I'm starting to envision the ground like a line in a coloring book.Something you don't cross instead of don't hit. It lessens the fear and focuses my vision better.When I start handling 30 + decently I'll be getting another framed speed kite.Hopefully of my own making.Winds were forecast higher for today then actually blew so it was a Zephyr day.Hopefully tomorrow that will be the same and winds will be a little lower.Bought a Slingshot 8.8 couple days ago so I can learn to buggy. If I'm foolish enough to launch that tomorrow you will never here from me again LOL.

 on: Yesterday at 07:32 PM 
Started by Flyer - Last post by tcope
This type of device already exists in many different forms.

Want to use something exactly like this.... simply use a large wooden winder such as one of these:

Loop the kite line through the handle of the winder and then into the anchor. Many different ways of doing this.

 on: Yesterday at 06:41 PM 
Started by Flyer - Last post by thief
flyer what sort of issues do you have? what size kite? what size line?

Personally I rarely use metal connections on kite lines. I like to use rope and webbing tie downs to a hard anchor or sand anchor. Then to bring the kite down I walk it down (hand over hand or sliding a carabiner down the line) and untie the line to the anchor when it is slack.

 on: Yesterday at 12:09 PM 
Started by breezin - Last post by jaydub
You fly in conditions others wouldn't.  It's going to be an occupational hazard that you end up breaking your kites if you fly in the winds you do.

 on: Yesterday at 11:39 AM 
Started by Flyer - Last post by Flyer
thief: I struggle with the ground anchor sometimes on my lifter, difficult to "undo" my tie up.  Just thought it might be easier for that.  I'm new - probably just need to learn to do it right.

makatakam:  good idea!  I'll have to try with that first.

 on: Yesterday at 10:19 AM 
Started by Flyer - Last post by makatakam
You can do some interesting things with two links of 3/8" chain that are still hooked together and will cost you about $1 at the local Home Depot.

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