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ACCESSORIES

BUGGY BAG

Designed to fit the rear axle of a wide range of buggies. This is a robust black 7 oz PU coated nylon bag. It is attached with webbing straps and plastic buckles. There is a ground stake pocket on the top which means that the stake can be accessed quickly with one hand. The bag is elasticated to prevent it dragging on the ground when its empty. With MODULUS carried in this manner it can remain permanently on the buggy. Extra units are stored inside hoods, attached to the base of the BUGGY BAG by a bungee cord. The idea is not to stay restricted to a short reach. Everything can be carried on the buggy, and adjustments can be made to sail size. It will contain roughly 6.8 sq metres max. Weight 344 gram

THE POD

Made of 7oz black PU coated nylon, this bag has openings at both ends. They are secured by drawstrings. Inside the bag are 2 sections, one for the parafoil and the other for the parapacked lines and handles. Further units are stored in small hoods which are attached on a short length of bungee cord. The POD can be worn as a shoulder bag or, using clips that come with the bag, attached to the buggy side arms. After use the parafoil can be withdrawn from one end of the bag, dried off and repacked, without disturbing the parapacked flying lines. On the outside there is a ground stake pocket.

There are 3 sizes,
  • Small - which will accept up to 3 sq metres, handles, line and ground stake. Weight 164 gram.
  • Medium - which will accept up to 4.5 sq metres, handles, lines and ground stake. Weight 194 gram.
  • Large- which will accept up to 7 sq metres, handles, lines and ground stake. Weight 279 gram.

THE COMPRESSION POD (ATTACK SAC)

Primarily aimed at paraskiers, it is designed to fit on the SPIDER HARNESS AND THE LIGHT UNPADDED WAIST/BUM HARNESS. It has two extra pairs fitting straps so the pod can fit on sledges, rucksacks ect. It can also be fitted to karts. As with the normal POD this is made of 7 oz black PU coated nylon, with openings at either end. There is a zip down the length which when opened expands the Pod's diameter by 50%. This permits easy packing with gloved hands. It then closes to compress the parafoil. The Pod is also elasticated to further reduce the unpacked volume as much as possible. There is a velcro sealed stake bag and attachment straps for telescopic ski poles. The Pod is closed with drawstrings. It will accommodate up to 7 sq metres of parafoil. Weight 367 gram.

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Crafted, rather than just made, from black 7oz PU coated nylon! With 2 main sections for parafoils, each with a pocket for the lines and handles. There is a centre pocket for puncture repair kit, small pump , keys etc. Both sections have zips which compress the parafoils to their minimum volume. The sack is attached to the buggy by clipping to the axle and suspending from the SPRINGBACK. It can be removed/attached in seconds and has a carrying handle on the top. A ground stake is carried along the back of the SPRINGBACK. Weight 650 gram.

HANDLES

Handels
BB HANDLES

Anodized aluminium handles for 4 line parafoils. These have SPIDER's own high density grips that ensure they are easy to hold without over stressing the muscles of the hand - a familiar problem with sponge grips. There are line adjustment knots on the top and bottom of the handles. Optional harness strops can be attached. Colour coded, RED for RIGHT. Weight 166 gram.

STANDARD HANDLES

Anodized aluminium for 4 line parafoils with the SPIDER high density grip. There are PVC sleeved loops in the brake connectors allowing the use of a ground stake to anchor/park the kite. The top of these handles have an extension in order to get more leverage on the brakes. This gives better, easier handling. Optional harness strops can be attached. Adjustment to the line lengths can be made using the knots in the line connectors. The handles are colour coded, RED for RIGHT. Weight 214 gram.

THE QUICKDRAW POD

There have always been problems with kites and their lines. Some people are especially worried by using 4 liners. We have found that packing the lines together and keeping them attached to the kite and handles, as if field packing a parachute, works a treat. It's simple, quick, low volume and easy. Changing lines can be a pain, especially as the wind speed increases and the frustration of losing traction time makes things worse. The "QUICKDRAW POD" allows the storage of lines and handles parapacked in a small ripstop bag. Changing requires an orderly approach but it is possible to change quickly and easily.

There are some times when spools are quicker and easier than parapacking lines. The 5.3BB with its mixed and long line set is best deployed from a spool.

THE SPIDER HARNESS

Handels

Although not recommended for novice Pilots, the desire to extend traction time and ease the strain on the arms leads to the use of a harness. SPIDER offer a waist harness with an elasticated spreader bar, for 4 line use. A cord, called a strop, is fixed between the handles and this is hooked onto the spreader bar. The Pilot can then hook in or out as they wish. Sometimes called "gravity release" it gives the Pilot control and flexibility.

The elasticated spreader bar allows the angle of triangulation to move to the side under load. Once released the hook self centres and is therefore easier to locate when hooking back in. In practice the strop is often released from the hook to allow more stunting of the parafoil when gybing. Then hooked back in before the canopy loads up again.

As a waist harness it provides support for the back. When the wind speed increases it is worn lower. In lighter winds it is worn higher. It can be used with the BUM SLING.

BUM SLING

Handels

For use with the SPIDER HARNESS the Bum sling stops the harness from riding up, lowers the centre of effort, and spreads the load around the Pilot's bum. This is required when paraskiing and some buggy racers find it helpful when racing with extreme power. It is linked to the spreader bar and there are two straps that pass around the Pilots legs. These position and hold the sling in place.

LINES

We use low stretch dyneema for ALL our line sets. Dyneema is a long molecule fibred polyester with about 4% stretch with a very small diameter for its given breaking strain. This compared with ordinary braided polyester which has about 20% stretch and is several times the thickness. It is also used in the bridling of the more exotic custom rigs, and for all the links. This has an appreciable effect on line drag, handling and efficiency.

STRETCH.

Although Dyneema's stretch rate is minimal it does "creep" initially. Once "blown in" it remains fairly stable and gives excellent performance. Because stretch is a problem we "de-creep"ALL our dymeema lines sets. So they only require adjustment after a considerable amount of use.

There's often confusion over what exactly is meant by "pre stretched". Some manufacturers are now claiming to offer "pre stretched lines". The lines are offered at premium prices, are you in fact purchasing pre stretched lines?

To help remove some of the confusion it would be best to divide stretch into two categories, "creep" AND stretch. When the line is brand new the fibres and the weave are loose. When an initial load is applied, the line extends which we call creep. It is only after this process is complete does the line start to stretch. To give an example dyneema has in fact around 13% creep and a final 4% stretch. A very important point which effects the load strength and life of the line is how the creep is removed. Manufacturers can usually only shock load the line by winding it tightly on drums, this in fact has a negative effect on the strength and durability of the line. Also the STRETCH has still not been removed.

The correct way to "de-creep" line is to apply an initially light load to gently tighten the weave and fibres without damaging them, as the line is at its most delicate at this point. Once the initial extension of the line is achieved, load is progressively increased up to 40% of the stated breaking strain. This method will effectively de-creep the line without damaging the fibres. But it has only removed the creep and around 4% stretch still remains. We have found that a final loading of up to 50% of the breaking strain will take out around 2% of stretch. When using the line you will hear a high pitched note which is in fact the vibration of the line. It is this oscillation that finally lengthens the line. Our line sets are fully extended over pulleys with a load applied at either end and an extension load applied to the middle. We start with a 5% load which is left for around 4 hours to gently remove the initial creep. We then add a further 10% for another 2 hours, then a final 20%. This is then left for 24 hours, at this point we would class this line as de-creeped.

Using de-creeped line is also crucial for the production of stable, maintenance free bridling. It also simplifies the use of line sets that are "mixed". This is where the top, or power lines, are of different breaking strains to the rear lines.

Line stretching and distribution is a important part of SPIDERS daily life. So now you know why we are called SPIDER!

It has long been a dream to build a custom line stretching machine. A real "Heath Robinson" affair, full of wonder and madness. It had to be done, and after many a head scratching and wondering if it would ever work? It finally came "on line" in August 98. We can now stretch 1500 mtrs per load and work a continuous run. The dreaded line braking under load has happened without disaster thanks to the "combs" and "load arresters".

Coupled with improved line measuring systems, SPIDER is now able to stretch and distribute at a much improved level of efficiency. Which is reflected in very competitive retail pricing.

The line distribution side of things are now carried out in the warmth and comfort of the "Spiders Lair"

Pre stretched, equalized lines with sewn on sleeving from 12ft to infinity can be produced to order without any set up time. This specialized capacity means SPIDER can offer line priced by the mtr/ft therefore giving the pilots exactly their requirements, economically and without any waste.

ADJUSTMENT.

As the lines stretch they will have to be adjusted to keep all the lengths equal and leave sufficient range to tune the brakes to suit various traction situations. Dyneema will cut through itself below its defined load limit when just knotted. We therefore splice and sleeve the line to avoid this, and maintain its maximum breaking strength. This means we can maximize the strength while using the minimum diameter line. This cuts line drag and is important in performance applications.

BREAKING STRAIN.

Our "standard" line set is 135kg/300lb on all 4 lines. We have found this to be the most practical combination. 300lb lines are more likely to survive power launching, wheel wraps and other beginner abuse.

As more performance is sought and the Pilot has more skill, lighter and finer lines can be used. Mixed sets are not unusual in racing. Lines that are less than 150lb tend to lose a degree of response.

LENGTH.

Our "standard" length is 20m/70ft. This is a compromise, relevent on MODULUS since it has to operate efficiently in a wide wind range. In high winds a Pilot wants the control, responsiveness and performance of shorter lines. And yet in the lighter airs having more height gives a gain from the wind gradient. There is also a greater arc in which to generate some useful "swoop" and "pump".

As Pilots require more and more from their kites they will then tend to focus on line choice. Demanding Pilots will have several line sets for different situations. For example longer lines for inland, or offshore winds etc. The 5.3BB comes with a mixed line set 150ft x (200lb + 80lb). This combines the advantage of line length with the thinnest possible diameters for a kite designed for light wind traction. Every attempt is made to overcome the line drag of the 600ft of line, which robs the kite of speed and power. For a logical approach to line choice see the MODULUS QUIVER.

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