Sorry “Guest” is me, Joeag- forgot I wasn’t logged on..
BTW, I have been thinking about this a bit more and I feel that the above mod pretty drastically limits the amount you can decrease (?) the AOA as the kite fly’s through the air by letting the bar out..
I am no kite designer, but that’s how it felt.
I think with this mod, you end up having more of the kite into the wind (which means higher AOA) and thus you end up with more power and the kite flys “deeper” in the wind window.
That would also explain why the kite flew better when I pulled in about 6 inches of depower line in the cam cleat. That depower adjustment flattened the kite relative to the wind and made it fly further forward in the window and also more predictably.
I have never had to pull depower on the kite before and in much stronger wind than today with the mod in, so that’s an interesting side effect of the mod as well.
I think I would rather depower the kite by pushing the bar out than by pulling in on the depower line, because then you can play with the power as you ride, getting the kite in the sweet spot and then using the bar stopper to help with the bar pressure.
I also think that the “elbow” of the kite is not as well supported by the modded bridle and that causes the wing tip to collapse inwards when you really pressure the kite in a turn, etc.
Alternatively, maybe with the rear lines connected directly to the wingtips you just have a lot more leverage on the tips and so you can distort them much easier (probably also why the kite turns faster).
Looking forward to hearing back from OR and other testers on these observations. Seems like the bridle is still not optimal yet…