Quick Release: The universal control bar has a tried and tested push away quick release. The Smart Loop quick release has remained the same for a number of years and the reliability is proven.
Depower: The depower is controlled below the bar at the chicken loop with a simple cleat. Naish have refined the cleat slightly this year so that the depower rope sits more comfortably at the chicken loop. The bar also has a good working sliding stopper ball.
Swivel: Naish have stepped up and arrived at the party with a fully functioning swivel. The front flying lines are connected as low as possible to create what they call a “low-v configuration”. Accoriding to Naish, this increases the differential in line lengths and makes the kite respond faster to rider input. You will be pleased to know that the swivel does indeed swivel when riding allowing you to loop and roll until you are dizzy.
Safety System: Naish have a single flagging line system. The leash is connected below the bar at the chicken loop and will flag the kite on one single front line for 100% depower.
Bar Specs: The bar comes in one adjustable size: 18- 20 inch (45-51cm). At REAL, the bar comes stock with 24m lines. .
We Really Like: that Naish make just one size bar. The bar is adjustable from 18 to 20 inches. It’s easy to get confused with exactly how this works: give any of the team a call if you need us to explain it!
Review by Pete:
The Naish Universal bar is packed full of great features.
Pros: This bar is one of the best looking bars on the market and the attention to detail in the molded grip is really impressive. The ability to have just one bar in your quiver is a really nice option too.
Cons: I’m still not a huge fan of the location of the safety line attachment point. The yellow loop on the side of the chicken loop can sometimes get in the way and makes the chicken loop feel a little cluttered.
Realpro tip: The adjustable ends of the bar have a little hook built in. This is designed to allow you to make a loop with some kite line and easily pull it out to adjust. This works really well allowing for incredibly quick and easy adjustment.
by Stellato on December 18, 2011