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« Reply #15 on: October 07, 2017, 06:36 PM »

Correction!
Boas were always made from tubular webbing. Newtech made them out of flat webbing.
I have original sets that are still flyable but are nothing compared to my leather ones (yes, you read that correctly, leather straps!!!)
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« Reply #16 on: October 07, 2017, 07:21 PM »

but are nothing compared to my leather ones (yes, you read that correctly, leather straps!!!)

Might just be me... but that just sounds strange. At least for kite flying.
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« Reply #17 on: October 07, 2017, 10:44 PM »

I'm so old I fly MLD straps I bought from Steve Grin  I keep some equally old Premier straps to lend to newbies. I suspect one day I'll go into my kite bag and find only a pocket full of nylon dust.
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« Reply #18 on: October 08, 2017, 03:49 AM »

but are nothing compared to my leather ones (yes, you read that correctly, leather straps!!!)

Might just be me... but that just sounds strange. At least for kite flying.
So comfortable on the wrist, but I am a "pinch grip on the section below the ring" flyer..... So the natural give in the larger does not change flight control...

There was a guy who walked into my shop -probably 1998- who was looking to market them.  Left us a sample that I have been using ever since.....
His suggested retail was 29$ so he never broke into the market.. But they look nice and feel great... Talk about molding to your hand!!!!
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« Reply #19 on: October 08, 2017, 07:49 AM »

I simply can not wrap my head around this, especially with YOU being such an avid kite flier. It only goes to support the fact ALL of us like something different, so go with what suits you best. I can't seem to get a "Horse Collar" visual out of my mind. I am still asking myself: Why Leather?   

when I first started working in a kite shop I came in one day and my boss tossed me a pair of straps....."I know that you will use these" she said to me....
1.5" wide leather straps with a big metal D ring....
I have been flying on them now for 12 years easily and these are still my favorite straps to fly on.....
in lighter winds I will put my wrist through the strap and let th rest hang loose....then if I pop an Axel the weight of the ring gives a nice big centrifugal kick to the pop....double axels are nothing!!!and triples on the right day are possible too....(bruising about the knuckles are a possibility as well)
in higher winds I hold the straps by pinching the sawn area with my thumb and forefinger....
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1) I am not a new school trick flyer so I am not certain if these straps would hinder at all
2)I am not a precision flyer....my lines are probably not the same length at all....and the straps are no longer the same length either....
3)they have molded to my hands and wrists over the years and fit - well like a glove Wink
they were originally sent as a sales sample but the guy wanted llike 15$ a pair to him and 30$ to sell them.....yeah how many fliers are going to pay that for a stretchy pair of straps???
gotta find the pix i took of them...
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« Reply #20 on: October 08, 2017, 08:39 AM »

I had a pair of very nice soft leather straps way back in the day, but they eventually got so sweat stained and stinky I put them away (or threw them away). Haven't thought of them in years. But, Yes, I can see using leather. I mean, they make nice gloves out of the stuff, right? Why not comfortable flight straps?

Cost and cleaning would be the issue for me.

Abit of history, GWTW used to sell two brands of leather flight straps:

https://web.archive.org/web/19990922014735/http://www.gwtw-kites.com:80/straps.html


The two types of straps I've used for years would make this group of "connoisseurs" laugh (cringe).
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« Reply #21 on: October 08, 2017, 11:26 AM »

yup ... remember those leather straps. hated them.
my favorite straps were the shorter Boa "Juniors" (they came in two lengths). I still have a pair or two hanging around.
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« Reply #22 on: October 10, 2017, 09:12 AM »

I had a pair of very nice soft leather straps way back in the day, but they eventually got so sweat stained and stinky I put them away (or threw them away).
Ya, but you probably didn't get bruising about the knuckles?

in lighter winds I will put my wrist through the strap and let the rest hang loose....then if I pop an Axel the weight of the ring gives a nice big centrifugal kick to the pop....double axels are nothing!!!and triples on the right day are possible too....(bruising about the knuckles are a possibility as well)

This sounds like S&M flying to me.  Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy






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« Reply #23 on: October 12, 2017, 05:51 AM »

As I got older I learned to fly a dual line without any wrist bending (i.e., keeping a stiff wrist for all push/pull inputs). The finger straps were key. Tried two of Norm's straps and they are perfect. One recommendation however in higher winds (>12 mph) and if you are going to fly all day place a band-aid on the forefinger (upper loop finger) for some added friction protection. Normally in SUL/UL winds there will be no issue. These are the best finger straps I have used. Metal BOA straps look interesting and comparable. But Norms hookup to a knotted end has less wear and tear? Will check the BOA - what company sells them ... ?
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« Reply #24 on: October 12, 2017, 08:11 AM »

Tried two of Norm's straps and they are perfect. These are the best finger straps I have used.
Glad you liked the two pair.

Metal BOA straps look interesting and comparable. But Norms hookup to a knotted end has less wear and tear? Will check the BOA - what company sells them ... ?
John, to my knowledge no Company is making Boas. I made the metal hardware pair as an experiment. Might make a few more pair this Winter.
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« Reply #25 on: October 12, 2017, 09:05 AM »

Ya, but you probably didn't get bruising about the knuckles?

in lighter winds I will put my wrist through the strap and let the rest hang loose....then if I pop an Axel the weight of the ring gives a nice big centrifugal kick to the pop....double axels are nothing!!!and triples on the right day are possible too....(bruising about the knuckles are a possibility as well)

This sounds like S&M flying to me.  Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy

Yeah, I will admit that I am not a great trick flyer Wink and i have switched over to more of a grip between fingertips instead of flailing the strap around Dodd style now.
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« Reply #26 on: October 12, 2017, 09:31 AM »

flailing the strap around Dodd style now.
This explains a LOT. I'll tell you a story about Dodd and his flight strap technique later. I'm heading out the door for a week of fun in the sun and a lot of flying. I needed your explanation.  Cheesy Cheesy
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« Reply #27 on: October 12, 2017, 09:47 AM »

Dodd is a close friend of my old boss and so he visited Newport often and we always had a Flight School video playing in the shop too....
I learned a lot from him of all manner of things!
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« Reply #28 on: October 12, 2017, 10:28 AM »

I just got some straps from Norm, they are VERY nice! Thanks Norm!
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« Reply #29 on: October 12, 2017, 01:29 PM »

Norm's is just higher end. The ITW straps I have always used are fine and are always available. But there is more comfort and BETTER CONTROL if they cover more surface area of your two fingers which obviously Norm's straps do as compared to the thinner ITW straps. Ironically over the LBI event in really high winds for me anyway at >12-14 mph on a Lam Hoac Vent while doing some hard core twisters a 90# dual line broke. But with Norm's straps I doubt the break will ever be AT THE FINGER STRAP END but either at the kite hookup bridle end or somewhere else in the line (as it was in this scenario) as there is NO WEAR at the two finger hookup point due to the knot hook-up capability. It was a 50' line so I just tossed it as it was 5-6 years old anyway and was as mentioned an approximate mid-point break.

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