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Riding type: Freeride/New School
Year: 2015
Brand: North kiteboarding
Size: 06m, 07m, 08m, 09m, 10m, 11m, 12m, 13m, 14.5m
Type: C-kite
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Dedicated wakestyle/Freestyle kite. With a special Aaron Hadlow setting

Designers goals (manufacturer text)

The Hadlow set up is very personal to me, it started out as a sketch in my notebook many years ago, I was trying to give the kite support without loosing any performance. I needed something that would support the kite and make it totally stable whilst keeping the bar simple and free of clutter, as if it was a 4 line set up. I tested this concept and it turned out to work so well that I still use it to this day. The Vegas is already a very stable kite and works well with a 5th line, the tension in the 5th line gives the kite some additional characteristics. The Hadlow set up gives a similar LE support but changes the feel of the kite totally. Instead of an independent 5th line the Hadlow set up starts out like a conventional 4 line bar, and then 4 meters away from the kite the front lines split, your normal 4 lines attach in the conventional way but now you are left with 2 more lines that connect to the LE instead of your 5th line ‘V’. By eliminating the 5th line you reduce drag. The support lines on the Hadlow set up keep the kite solid, stable and ridged, the minimal drag of these lines do not effect or de-power the kite in anyway. It remains in the C-shape, free from deformation, in which the kite performs best. When riding a kite I am looking for a consistent, driving turn that generates a consistent power supply when turning, this set up does just this by producing a wider, smoother turn arc and kite loop. All the pressure is taken through the front lines and this allows the kite to behave in such a way. With the 5th line, where some pressure is taken though the centre of the kite, the kite tends to pivot around this point. It’s a feeling that comes down to personal preference but this is one of the main reasons I use this system. Up until now many people have been put off or uninterested because of the lack of information. Now with North Kiteboarding we have further developed the system to work reliably for safety and relaunch with a comprehensive explanation on the set up. It’s just like remapping or adding a chip to your car’s engine and now it is accessible to all! I’m so glad I can now share the benefits that I feel this can add to your new Vegas.

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  • Noticeable changes from the conventional 5th line is the turning of the kite and its overall performance and speed. The Hadlow set up gives a similar LE support but changes the feel of the kite totally.
  • The support lines on the Hadlow set up keep the kite solid, stable and ridged. It remains in the C-shape, free from
    deformation, in which the kite performs best.
  • When riding a kite I am looking for a consistent, driving turn that generates a consistent power supply when turning,
    this set up does just this by producing a wider, smoother turn arc and kite loop.

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Details:

Riding type: Freeride/New School
Year: 2015
Brand: North kiteboarding
Size: 06m, 07m, 08m, 09m, 10m, 11m, 12m, 13m, 14.5m
Type: C-kite
One pump: Yes
Bridles: No
Number of struts: 5
Colours: Various
Line length: 19m, 22m, 24m, 27m, 32m
Bar length: 40cm-45cm
Bar: 5 lines
Depower: Clamcleat
Safety: Push
Swivel: Yes
Variable bar length: Yes
Oh shit handles: No

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