Leading Edge Glides – an idea
I know that most new sport kites these days are equipped with covered leading edges that avoid the need for leading edge glides. However, I have been experimenting with adding my own ‘glides’ to some of my older kites. I started by using cable ties to cover the upper leading edge fittings. They work ok but I don’t find them 100% foolproof. I have recently moved to using a section of home brew syphon tube. I bought it off Ebay very cheaply but you could buy it from any home brew shop.
I start with a length of tube like this…
Next slit it in half down the length like this…
Finally, insert it into the upper leading edge cut outs
The finished item…..
I’m not sure if anyone else has tried this approach? I find it very successful. Although the tubing is a little bit heavier than cable ties, it works very well.
Hope this is helpful