Hordo wrote:I figured that some of the disciples would jump on this.
I was after some independent advice, figure that may be hard to get.
I am about as independent as it comes...I do handle BEST products amongst a few other good quality items that have a proven track record and superior customer service. Just trying to offer an honest and constructive opinion here...I have no reason to do differently. My BEST gear gets used A LOT by my students and myself...and it has all held up remarkably well.
The chafing problem on the 2008 bar was apparently caused by a misaligned/improperly glued ferule and only effected a small percentage of bars. I imagine BEST provided excellent support for those with this problem. The 2009 bar is made differently and should not have the same issues.
...you wrote "Seems from all reports to have some significant issues with the new safety release"... but I have not seen many posts concerning this issue and I keep a look out, believe me. However it is good to create awareness to these kind of concerns, even if there aare only a few rare situations.
As someone else mentioned it is important to keep any bar clean and sand free, although it is inevitable to get some sand and salt deposits to accumulate from time to time. Especially if not rinsed after each session.
The 2009 BEST QR mechanism is so easy to "test" and re-engage before each launch that this might be the general recommendation. (I am not using the 2009 Waroo bar yet, but have inspected/tested a friends bar). If you are more comfortable with the 2007 or 2008 QR system you can easily change to that as another option.
I am sure that BEST will address these issues accordingly as they continue to make things better all the time. Accurate feedback from the field is a valued resource for all manufacturers.
Hope you get it sorted so that you are confident about your gear and personal safety.