The Carbon Aerobar is a unique one-piece molded composite spreader bar, ergonomically designed to move with the curve of your body. Boasting rigidity, weight reduction using pre-preg carbon fiber, and comfort with a built-in EVA molded bar pad.
We caught up with designer, Craig Tompkins, to learn more…
The Carbon Aerobar offers some unique features, what was the inspiration behind it?
By observing the struggles of clipping into a standard spreader bar, we set out to achieve a design that is not only comfortable and easy to use when clipping in and out, but also functions with the same level of comfort when riding. This is what drove the ergonomic form of the spreader bar and pad combination, a smooth shape allowing movement and connection between your body and the spreader bar.
The open mechanism design is not only intuitive, but functions reliably and is effortless to use.
What kind of rider is it best suited for?
The Carbon Aerobar is aimed at all styles of kiteboarding, allowing for increased freedom of movement in a premium package.
Not only is the spreader bar really comfortable while performing maneuvers, but the smooth hook shape ensures seamless hooking and unhooking.
The dual FAA release mechanism also allows the spreader bar to be easily unclipped should you need to get out of your harness quickly, or want to remove the spreader bar completely to travel.
Can you tell us more about the construction?
The body is constructed completely from Carbon fiber, which provides its rigid structure, while all moving parts and clips are made from stainless steel to ensure durability and longevity.
The seamless integration of the Carbon hook provides a smooth and distributed load through the spreader bar body while maintaining the ergonomic form.
In terms of product maintenance, it is advised that you check and rinse the spreader bar with freshwater after each session to ensure longevity and reduce any corrosion.
248g Excluding Clips.
379g Including Clips.
The spreader bar has undergone industry-standard load testing to ensure the strength and suitability of the carbon fiber as a hook material – tell us about that?
While the ISO standard for testing kiteboarding Quick Release Mechanisms has been established as ISO-21853, we consulted Product Engineer, Dave Kay, when setting up the testing procedure for the Carbon Aerobar.
The load testing requires the bar to be loaded to 360kg and held at this load for a period of 10 seconds without failure. The load testing is setup to simulate the frequent high loads experienced while kiteboarding in order to provide a standard the spreader bar must pass.
What type of harness is needed to be combined with the Carbon Aerobar?
It’s suitable for any waist harness with 25mm and 40mm webbing slot options, where the clips can be threaded onto your harness webbing like any other spreader bar.