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post Mar 29 2004, 12:08 AM
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Has anyone had any experience using Naish's UDS bar?
If so, on which kites and what's your take on the system?
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post Mar 29 2004, 05:50 AM
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I've only used it on the snow once, so I don't have a lot of experience on it yet, but here's my thoughts so far using it with a Naish Boxer 12m:

1. More complex. Assembling the reride system takes some getting used to if it's deployed to deppower the kite versus the normal quick release loop. Also, takes a liitle more time launching your kite because you have to "loop in" and connect to the spinnable static leash line.
2. Seemed to pull a lot more on my arms versus the standard bar. I've never read anybody say this, so this may be incorrect. Potentially, I was pulling in so much on the bar that I was pulling in on the static leash line versus it being straight and transferring the load to my waist harness. My arms got so tired that I hooked in to take the load off and it instantly took the load off.
3. The instant depowerable capability is great
4. Launching and landing are safer, but potentially more dangerous. I'll cover this more in a follow up post.
5. Everything thing I've read is, "try it for at least 16 times before drawing permanent conclusions". This is because it is so different from a standard bar, it's going to feel different and weird at first.

I'll explain more about #4. Do a search for UDS at http://www.kiteforum.com to read a lot about it from other people's opinions.

UDS will work on any kite, although the depowering capability will work better if the kite has a lot of depowering capability like Naish Boxers. If you've ever flown too large a kite for the conditions, you'll know what I mean, slacking the rear lines past a certain point isn't going to depower the kite any more than with other bars. UDS' strength is that you can fully depower in an instant (great for gusts) versus taking the time to pull on the adjuster strap.
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post Apr 4 2004, 10:23 PM
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There's a lot of info at http://www.kiteforum.com/index.php?page=ht...mp;button=forum
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