Wondering if there were any specifics on the "re-adjustments." It's possible that I avoided some of them due to personal preferences and general weirdness on my part.
Some general thoughts.
The battens are held in by velcro straps (similar to how the spine is held in most dual line kites). You generally cinch these in fairly tight. If you let the velcro load up with sand, leaf particles, general debris, I can see where this might be a problem until you clean the velcro. I have other kites where the battens go into a pocket and then lock into the leech line (the battens have mini-nocks on one end), and I actually kind of like that method.
The XL is a high aspect kite (read lots of leverage and fairly heavy. Bringing it down on one wing tip at speed would probably result in the following equation: Mass x Acceleration = <* Crunch *>
The wing-tip tension line is kind of thin and not particularly grippy. I can see where some slippage might occur here. Honestly, as a result of preventative paranoia this was never an issue for me.
On the Mirage, the nocks are formed of medium hard rubber. If you took the letter "U", extruded it, and drilled holes in the flat sides, it's pretty much what you would get.
The side holes are where you would snake the wing tip tension line through. Due to the snug fit, this kind of means removing the nocks each time you disassemble the kite. I was a little... <* whatever you are when you spend a lot of time furrowing your forehead *> about this arrangement. Partially due the amount of fiddling required and I wondered if the thin tension line would cut into the nock. Sooooo.... I took some 170# bridle line and made an loop that I tied a few pigtails in. I fed this through the side of the nock and larks head it to the lower leading edge. This is what the tension line is attached to and the nocks remain in place during assembly amd disassembly.
It's possible that the tension line locks in and slips less on the bridle line than the spar. The pig-tailed bridle line is at full extension and has no place left to go, so no slippage there.
I can't confirm if there are any issues with the original arrangement.... I tweaked it because it bothered me for no overly tangible reason. I am just weird about some things like that.
I read on a few reviews that the XL has had issues with things coming apart and having to be re-adjusted after or in flight??
If you can make appreciable adjustments to your kite in
, I am awed and a little scared . I generally assumed that required the use of (exceptionally well-)trained falcons.