Yeah i actually just got one and its a good bar 'except' the grip is crap too hard and will rip your hands up after 2-4hrs kiting, the line swivel above the bar isnt that good either n twists up some...
I actually ordered a long spare bar with it and a small note saying to double check it doesnt get missed... And one bar turns up lol great customer service
Anyway the slow up n down bar video that 'doesnt ' show it break uses a slow unrealist movement...
That instant power up from the back of the window in strong winds... Has apparently broken a few bars (diff brands) thats why id like to see it actually break in a test - they show everything else doing it..
Yeh must admit after using ozone and north bars the hardness of the grip was an issue for me to (you were using an epic bar I presume which also has a softer padding).
But funny enough after several sessions I have really got used to it, don't notice it and have actually come to really enjoy the grippy texture, especially when doing one handed board offs etc, especially when rotating as well, I really like the grip. In light winds as well the grip really allows you to feel the kite and use small wrist movements to work the kite. Had an all day session not long ago, 730am to 3pm, swapping a kite with my bro and no problems.
BUT I do maintain it is on the hard side of where it should be, and I have let switch know this. I also know you are a very aggressive rider and the this would highlight the hardness and grippy texture as well. But funny enough I don't even think about it now, have got used to it.
The above the bar swivel, well I maintain none of them work in the end and I have tried so many I don't buy any bullshit that they do in a consistent reliable way. But the below the bar swivel, aka iron heart, is in my opinion even better than norths and the best I've used. So I don't see a problem here. That swivel above the bar serves really to allow easy change over to a fifth line, double flag, high Y etc etc...customise the bar to the kite you use it with. Me I'd be happy without it anyway, but hey it's there, move on.
Anyone save the whales I have sent ya email on another topic altogether if you could find the time to reply I'd be very grateful.