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KyleK
post Sep 30 2004, 11:04 AM
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Ive now ridden the North 5th Element system for a month and a half and have made up my mind - it is the way to play. Everytime that I have crashed the kite using this system I have quickly rolled it onto its back with only a tug on the 5th line, once on its back it moves to the edge of the window and is ready for relaunch. Major time and energy saver - No swimming, I have done it with both feet in the board straps. I use the 5th on Vegas 10 and 18.

Another huge advantage that came into play in this past Tuesdays 30+ winds is the extended depower range. Unable to walk up wind with the kite low or high cuz it wuz blowing so dang hard, I pulled in a foot or so of the 5th and the kite totally changed from a rapid wolf to a docile labradour while floating in nuetral.

Oh yeah, the 5th is also your safety leash and never gets rapped on spins and rolls and can accomodate handle passes. If you let go of the bar it does not travel far to the stopper and you have a very high likelyhood of regaining the bar with clean lines and continue riding.

There are a few cons. From a convenience standpoint it can take an extra run or two down your lines when setting up. From a performance standpoint if winds become very very light and the kite luffs and inverts the wingtips become distorted to the point that the kite does not fly properly. This has not happened to me, the Vegas' are super stable and have not once fallen inside themselves while Ive been riding them. Only once with a student in very light wind has this happened. I think the safety and convenience of the 5th Element make these drawbacks insignificant.

I am excited to see the new Shift system from Naish. It is a 5th line that will be coming with the new Torch and will retrofit to work with all Naish kites.
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kiteboarder
post Oct 6 2004, 02:00 PM
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umm can u rig the 5th with other kites like RRD and Slingshot?


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