Absolutely NO pulleys anywhere on this kite or bar
This means there is no-disconnection or friction between the kite and rider which gives the rider direct feedback/feeling from the kite. Pulleys reduce the feel you get from a kite therefore making it harder for the rider to feel and therefore control the kite instinctively
No ARCH Bridling
As you can see from the picture you connect your flying lines to the Instinct as with any standard 5-line C-Kite but the difference with the Instinct being the centre line is used as part of the support and trim system of the kite and is not used as part of a safety system at all. In our testing we found that the classic arc style bridling as found on other flat kite designs actually causes these designs to be able to invert when sheeted out aggressively even whilst riding. We found this out very early on and worked in a different direction to find a better solution to supporting the Instinct
One of the challenges facing designers working on flat designs is their tendency to invert once the kite has crashed onto the water and is laying on its back. We knew this from the start and kept working on different ideas. The solution is a simple idea that not only stops the invert but actually helps the rider to relaunch
“My god does this kite have a huge depower range” (quote from David, Instinct designer) The Instinct is a gust muncher; the short range of our chicken loop length allows the rider to depower with ease and on demand. The bar range from power to full depower is within arms reach and removes the need to have a push through safety as the safety is within the riders normal reach
Balanced Bar Pressure
The Instinct has the perfect balance, not so light that you can no longer feel the kite and not so hard that it hurts when your back in the office the next day!
Jumping on the Instinct feels like your flying! Intermediate riders will love how effortless it is to jump and experts will be in orbit with huge grins
Working in harmony with the bar depower is the ability to be able to change the trim speed of the kite (much like a paraglider) without altering the neutral bar position. Unlike other kites our trim system actually sets the angle of attack and hence the trim-speed of the kite. What this means for the rider is the usable speed range is increased giving both low end power and high end control
For beginners there is a leash attachment on the back leader lines (O-Shit handles) allowing the kite to flag out when the chickenloop release is pulled. For more advanced riders there is a ring on the back of the chickenloop for the suicide leash (included).