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Old 05-13-2012, 12:20 PM
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Thumbs down Aerotowing

I've been reading up on aerotowing in preparation for the day when I will be considered ready to partake. I've found a wealth of knowledge and insight shared on this forum which is very much appreciated.

Does anyone have a preference as far as aerotow releases go? Any thoughts on the following type of release which doesn't require one to take one hand off the base tube?

http://estore.hanglide.com/Aerotow_P..._p/14-9004.htm
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This is the release I have, like, and prefer. I even use it for scooter/static towing (towing off my hips rather than shoulders).

You'll hear people who prefer the bicycle type release over this one, I think it's just a matter of personal preference. I haven't tried it so I can't say anything good/bad about it. There is a point to be made in favor of the one you found, though. You really don't have to take your hand off the basetube to release. Helped me at least a couple of times in lock-outs.
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The one disadvantage of this type of release is that you are more inclined to get an inadvertant release. You really need to be aware of not sliding your hand (with the release in it) on the base bar while under tow. Ortherwise, it is an excellent choice, built very robust and Lookout is VERY proud of it.
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The one disadvantage of this type of release is that you are more inclined to get an inadvertant release. You really need to be aware of not sliding your hand (with the release in it) on the base bar while under tow....
Yup, I've done that a couple of times. But I'd rather had a premature release than not being able to release PROMPTLY when I need to. And that has happened to me before as well, and it doesn't feel good.
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Thanks for the feedback guys. Based on the picture I'm assuming the black strap is a wrist strap to activate the release, is that correct? Anyone got any favorite sources for equipment?
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Default it's the one i use

I use this release and have had no issues. Use bridles available from John. I did epoxy the outer sheathing into the barrel, this improved the release by limiting travel to the interior cable.

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The pictured release is LMFP's newest design. I'm not familiar with it, but I am familair with - and use - its predecessor; a variation in theme. I've used both the handle bar brake style as well as LMFP's concept. Hands down, no two ways about it, I'd recommned LMFP's design. But like everything else - its a personal preference thing. Give both a try if you can. (But if you cant - start with LMFP's release!)

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I went ahead and picked one up last night. Thanks for giving me the pros and cons.
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I used this release over the weekend when I did my first ever aerotow and it performed beautifully. To activate I simply had to slide my hand over the bar, grab and pull. If I were wearing gloves I might have had to hook the strap with my little finger to make sure I could easily activate it without having to look for it.
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I used this release over the weekend when I did my first ever aerotow and it performed beautifully. To activate I simply had to slide my hand over the bar, grab and pull. If I were wearing gloves I might have had to hook the strap with my little finger to make sure I could easily activate it without having to look for it.
You should ALWAYS have the strap hooked to a finger of your choice. If things go bad on take-off, or even during a smooth tow, they can go bad FAST, and you won't have time to be looking for it.

Mount it on your base tube in a place where having it wrapped around your pinky or thumb gives you about 1" slack, to prevent accidental release. That you tow in a release-ready position, and the normal maneuvering during a bumpy ride won't accidentally release.
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