You can hang on a bar.... And not only such a bar where you can order a beer! Every brand has its own kitebar and every brand has its own safety system. Opinions on this are of course different, and the kiteforms are full of discussions about who has the best and who doesn't have the best. But in the end it all comes down to the same thing: they make our sport a lot safer anyway! At every bar you'll find a depower system that allows you to trim the kite, a chickenloop to connect yourself to the kite but also to disconnect it when needed, steering lines, power lines and of course the stick itself.
Line length of a kitebar
Different line lengths are often possible per brand but also for the brands themselves. The average is 24 metres. Freestylers often choose shorter lines because it makes your kite a lot more direct and faster, the kite is better to fly in harder winds and your kite will also be able to run lower kiteloops and that's what the more extreme kite wants: kiteloops like Ruben Lenten! On the other hand, you will notice that a (especially an extremely shorter line length will result in a less good low-end and a more punishing way of responding.
Width of the kitebar
As a rule, a kitebar for a small kite is shorter than for a larger kite. This is because a longer bar makes the kite more direct, so the kite can even react too quickly. That is why there are different widths available. However, there are also brands that release 1 kitebar but which you can adjust in width yourself. Super idea of course because then you can exchange your kit bars by size so they both wear out equally quickly or you use 1 kitebar for 2 kit sizes.
Kitebar per brand interchangeable
It is possible to exchange kit bars per brand, but there are some things you need to pay attention to. The difference in line length (steering lines and power lines) must correspond exactly to the original bar which is part of the kite. There are brands whose steering lines are slightly longer than the power lines or vice versa. For most brands, however, all lines are the same length. You measure these line length differences when the depressor stage is at 100% power and the bar is fully attracted. What you should also pay attention to are the connections (called pigtails). These pigtails consist of either a loop or a button and differ per brand. If necessary, these can simply be reversed. If you don't know for sure we can advise you, but the very best is of course the bar that belongs to the kite as standard.