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« on: May 23, 2012, 09:38 PM »

what are line leaders used for?
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« Reply #1 on: May 23, 2012, 10:59 PM »

Usually an easy way to adjust differences in line length without having to untie sleeving & adjust, etc.
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« Reply #2 on: May 24, 2012, 12:26 AM »

besides the obvious wear to the kite benefits, when doing rotational tricks the slight bit of extra weight allows the lines to drop below the kite, avoiding tip wraps. when you do get a wrap it's usually a snap to get the line free without walking to the kite.

depending on how many consecutive rollups you do they're usually between three and nine feet but i've heard of some (benson himself) being as long as twenty.

they really do help reducing wear on your fittings quite significantly.

attach a pair to your line sets and you'll never have to fly a sport kite without them.

170# bridle line works great.
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« Reply #3 on: May 24, 2012, 12:36 AM »

Ah, sorry I misunderstood..  Cool I guess there are two types, at least that I've seen in the past:  line leaders (at the handle side: for fine tuning lengths) and bridle leaders (at the kite side: for reducing wear on fittings, etc.) as described here.

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« Reply #4 on: May 24, 2012, 10:19 PM »

thanks everyone for your replys
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« Reply #5 on: May 24, 2012, 10:37 PM »

I look at it this way......most modern designs have some amount of leader built into the bridle, but not always.   One French builder, in particular, seems to ignore them.   Heck, even my favorite designer/builder has them very short to my liking.....

Technically, I would imagine you want enough leader extension to go around the kite once (as in a yoyo) and then back down low enough to ensure potential contact with the trailing edge during a lazy to unroll. 

Now, maybe these folks have much shorter leaders than I would implement for a specific reason (I would think so as 14 inches of leader is rather easy to just go with otherwise).

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« Reply #6 on: June 05, 2012, 06:34 AM »

Here is a couple of examples of my leaders.




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