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Author Topic: Leaders incorporated in bridle?  (Read 1233 times)
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« on: October 25, 2009, 12:47 PM »

For a long time is was thinking: Why do kite makes not incorporated long leader lines in their bridle design?
Sure can't be the extra bucks for a piece of bridle line?

I was intrigued to find out Viperkites has finally done it. Thumbs up. Like it.

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« Reply #1 on: October 25, 2009, 01:16 PM »

1 Less than 1% of sport kite flyers do yoyo tricks.
2 Yes, it does cost more.
3 However much leader line you add, some kiter will bitch there should be more.
4 If manufacturers did put on long leader lines, someone would ask why they couldn't just leave it off and give them the leaders separately.
5 You can't please everyone all the time.

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« Reply #2 on: October 25, 2009, 01:34 PM »

It's easy to add leaders to a kite and as you've noted some builders do.  I prefer to leave the leaders on the lines as I have fewer linesets than kites and kites are a little easier to pack up without the extra leader lines. Even when I tie bridles, leader lines are not added. Personal preference really.
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« Reply #3 on: October 25, 2009, 02:38 PM »

There are several manufacturers that add leaders built in their bridles now. No big deal to me I add leaders on my lines anyway. Although when I tie my own bridle I usually add enough extra for at least one roll up.

It maybe true that less than 1% (probably more) of sport kite fliers do roll up tricks I think that people that own the type of kites that have integrated leaders would be closer to 90% or more.

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« Reply #4 on: October 25, 2009, 03:52 PM »

I integrate the leaders into the bridles of all my standard and vented kites (basically very long towpoints).  I prefer to leave them off my UL because I think the benefits are not worth the extra drag (just my opinion).
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