Been looking at getting into KAP for a few years after 9 years flying a little parafoil when out and about. One thing that has always made me nervous about getting anything of value on a line is my ability to get the kite up and down fast, creating lift when the wind drops. I also like the idea of something that allows me to stop the spool when its feeding out at speed (I like my fingers)
I spent weeks researching reels on the net, I bought a plastic effort on eBay to use with my little parafoil, the bearing reel you put your hand in the middle with the line around the outer ring. Literally burst apart with 500' of line under slight tension, I needed to walk the last 150ft down.
Anyway, after weeks of looking I was very, very close to buying the 'premier kites ultimate winder' from the US. Would have cost