Possibly the one thing I might consider mulling over the suggestion of pondering whether or not to take a risk on the chance of changing - this style of standoff connector can be line magnets when using thin line. 50# hooks up in there a treat so I'll have to remember leaders every time.
Thats right, very thin lines can possibly snagged with these standoff connectors. But I wouldn't ever recommend the use of Laser Pro Gold 23 daN or something equal without long sleeves ore leaders because thin lines can cut into the sail, the connectors and the frame.
Furys,DSs,Talons even my cheap Eolo have the outer part of the sail grabber concealed by 'fabric'.
There are different ways to do things and any of them has its own advantages and disadvantages. When you're flying on a hard ground, the covered standoff connectors will result in a damaged sail in less than one hour by groundwork. Generaly fabric isn't made for contacting the ground on a small contact point. The uncovered Jaco is durable enough for any ground. I'm using the Jaco connectors since they are on the market and I haven't ever had problems with snagging the lines. Whats better? The unlikely possibility to snag lines under very special circumstances or a damaged sail after flying a small time on short and dry grass?
The HQ sailgrabber with metal screws are nice
They would be nice, when the metal screws wouldn't be made of rusting steel. Also we are using unusual standoff material (Avia Microcarbon .125 and .95). The Jacos are made of very good material for drilling them into these measurements and they don't fix the leach line like the HQ sailgrabber sometimes do.
When the uncovered standoff connectors are the only criticism on the TNT, I'm happy.
On the left is the single-standoff-ed Zero (not even on the revamped website) which uses the same sail material as the Cosmic TC Ghost
It has less weight than the Ghost fabric, but its from the same producer.
Bridle lines attach to LSs. NOT a cross-bridle. Also not sure what this achieves but I'd like to hear an explanation.
This detail prevents the buckling of the lower spreaders in the higher wind range. We are using this bridle for extending the upper wind range of all our kites. It gives us the opportunity to use very short bridles for direct control.
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