The only safe snap shackle is the Wichard 2673.
Yea , i used that release for 7 years or so also. I got rid of the chicken loop and
QR on my bar, and attached the base of the 2673, directly to the 8mm cord of the bar
set-up. This would allow the bar to spin , but the release cord was always in the same spot.
I placed Velcro on the end of the release cord , and stuck it to my harness so i'd Know
where the handle was all the time without looking.
The way i did it, allowed the entire bar to be 2 inches closer to the harness ; so i made
the 8mm cord 2 inches longer, for More travel on the bar. I might go back to that system
beings that the Only down-side was i had to rinse it with my water-bottle before hooking
in, to ensure it would work if needed on the launch. Other people could still borrow
my kite ; just needed to instruct them on how it worked.
BTW, like Tom said ; i Never had that devise jam on me , but i Was Very
careful about sand.
I just looked at my V-7 Dynabar , i can get rid of the hook, and snap into the base
where the hook attaches to the pulley ; that's gonna give me one more inch of travel
for a total of 3" !! Guess i'm Definitely going back to that system ; even found
a bran-new Wichard 2673 that i never used from 2004 , Price Then was $59, and
now they want $109.