...Have anyone else had similar problems with the bar?
Not that bar in particular but when I got a Maui Magic, my first 'factory'
chicken loop with QR (as opposed to the home made ones I'd been
using since I started) I tested by hanging (I'm about 95kg) and could
barely get the pin out with two hands. I dumped it and put a Wichard
on before ever taking it out on the water. The pin-through-loop system
is not safe and there have been numerous incidents where riders have
been unable to deploy them in emergencies.