mike dubs wrote:
Don't get me wrong, I love my dynabar and have been recommending them to people for ages.
My wichard has given me over 10 yrs of service and still works like new. Plus the chicken loop QR is the main quick release. Plus in the UK 10 yrs ago it cost me £20.
I would like to see a spreader bar with a QR instead of buying a QR with every control bar. It seems to me this is an area where cost of kite boarding could be cut substantially.. With new bar prices are now > $400 it can add up quickly. Having a QR in the spreader bar also frees kite boarder to change bars without re-familiarizing themselves with a new QR.
It is not really different in function from using a Wichard QR shackle, except I am using a hook designed for kite boarding (I would not argue that is a significant difference). I bought a Slingshot "SureFire" spreader bar, detached the hook and added a shackle ring. The Surefire spreader bar retails for about the same cost as a Wichard QR shackle http://tinyurl.com/6ujv55q
although I did buy mine new at a substantial discount. Also, I still need to make my own bar set up with a simple metal ring attached to the depower line.
Constructive criticism welcome
1. I just put this together as an example. it is NOT a final working version
2. I want to put two thin nuts together on the end to lock it so it cant unscrew.
3. I would like to add a plastic washer next to the shackle ring. It is probably not necessary, but, I would like to avoid metal to metal wear if possible.
4. It would also be nice to add something like this low friction ring materiel to the shackle ring so the rope slides easily. http://www.antal.it/Inglese/Inglese.htm
Go to "Accessories", then go to "Friction rings"
1. One QR for all bars (assuming you could buy bars without QRs from different manufactures)
2. Spinning hook to untwist front lines
3. Sliding hook.
4. More affordable due to less expensive bars. It is not about spending less money as much as it is about spending the same amount but being able to buy more gear.
5. Less complex bar setups
1. Not good for unhooked riding. A Surefire spreader bar with the hook attached or similar with a larger hook would work well and still provide spreader bar QR functionality.
2. Does not have 360 degree access to the QR mechanism. I am sure designers could overcome this hurdle.
3. You would need to make your own bar setup with no QR unless manufactures offered this option. this is actually a "Pro" for me because I like making gear.
4. Standing on shore, not hooked in, with the harness in the right position, the hook will whack you in the balls if you drop it.
Here are a couple of pics. The second one is to see the hook in the open position for those not familiar with the SureFire spreader bar hook. Yes, I know my photography skills are second to none.