Scott, interesting. I've never seen that. If you do that, and you depower your kite using the sheet, your rear lines will be so slack, that the kite will barely steer because the bar is already close to you and can't be pulled furhter to tighten the rears to steer. Plus, I am taller and have longer arms, so the bar right up against my spreader is difficult to ride with. Additionally, most riders like to "ride the knot" when your sheet is fully powered, so that when you jump, you're not fully sheeted in and you can get steering response from the kite. You could also sheet in the fronts to depower in gusts or if the wind picks up and still get steering response. So I see several issues with that setup that wouldn't work for me. But ultimately its what's good for you, since everyone is different.