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A new gadget: the EasyLine tool
This is a completely new device that makes handling kite line, especially when under high tension, easier and safer. It combines an adjustable friction-braking mechanism and wrist strap in a robust and lightweight unit with no moving parts.
Inspired by the proven Rack Descender use by climbers, it works with any braided kite line pulling to a maximum 100 pound tension. EasyLine provides three main functions:
1) Smooth control of line out-feed using only light pinch between thumb and finger on the in-feed, even when the kite is pulling 100 pounds. Feed friction can be altered progressively from minimum to maximum by wrapping the line around from 1 to 5 friction bars.
2) Line feed can be locked at any time by looping over one of the friction bars.
3) With the line locked EasyLine can be tethered hands-free to a ground anchor using the wrist strap.
This tool can also be used to walk the kite down by passing the line beneath one of the friction bars. Unlike the Figure-of 8 descender EasyLine can be attached and detached from the kite line whenever line feed, or lock, is required.