Spinning Leash for Punch-Up Bar
I’ve tried the setup that Johnz from OR mentioned (shown in my last post in this thread), with one modification. I did not route the spectra line (I used Q line) leash through the stoppers because I did not want the bar to have to push through the upper stopper in order to get full depower and I did not see the need to run it through the lower stopper. What I found was that not all of the benefits of the original leash setup are present in this spinning leash modification.
With the spinning leash modification, if you release the chicken loop from your harness and let go of the bar, the bar will travel up the leash to the swivel on the front lines and stop there. This means that there is no tension on the back lines, but there is still tension on both of the front lines. This is really no different from punching up through the stopper ball to depower the kite, which you don’t need a leash to do. The one advantage of this setup is that you can tighten down the upper stopper ball and ride the bar hard against the stopper without it releasing, and still be able to ditch the chicken loop and bar to get the benefit of full depower on two front lines. Note, do not route the leash line through the upper stopper if you want to be sure you’re getting full depower when you release from the chicken loop and let go of the bar.
I have concluded that if you want a true spinning leash setup with this bar then you should retrofit an Airush, Slingshot, or similar, spinning leash system. Either of these look like they will work just fine.
I hope this clear, understandable and helpful. It has been for me.