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Dreamstick x reviews?

Postby Kitedicted » Thu Feb 01, 2024 5:24 pm

Currently considering the latest dreamstick x, anybody have any experience with it regarding durability/reliability?

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Re: Dreamstick x reviews?

Postby lifeinthehood » Thu Feb 01, 2024 5:57 pm

I have the V1. Overall I liked the bar a lot. The auto-untwist is ingenious and I think the only one of its type on the market. You DO have to make sure you are rigged correctly from the start or you will spend your entire session with your centerlines twisted. The only real issues I had with it appear to be fixed on the V2. The floaters didn't have hinges and so over time, creases formed in it and the floaters wouldn't lay out straight. It was more annoying than anything else. The depower cleat had some kind of neoprene cover with velcro on it that you could stick the depower handle to. That cover was pretty flimsy and the stitching came apart in less than a season. I'm very gentle on my equipment and take care of them, so that was kind of disappointing. Finding a replacement cover was really difficult and I ended up having to order an entire depower cleat from Reedin in Netherlands just to get the cover. That wasn't cheap as you can imagine.

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Re: Dreamstick x reviews?

Postby knotwindy » Thu Feb 01, 2024 7:37 pm

I like it a lot. The only downside for me initially was getting used to the skinny bar which was fast and easy. Also, that if you have the bar fully cranked to one side, say on a loop, the bar doesn’t depower (push away) quite as easily probably due to the friction from the type/extent/shape of the depower line covering, so you have to let the turn off a bit to depower to get the kite to climb but that is what I do anyway. A friend who borrowed it to try it out told me this so I tried to make it happen and I could make it happen but I never noticed it myself.

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Re: Dreamstick x reviews?

Postby Sun » Thu Feb 01, 2024 8:40 pm

There are a few auto untwist bars on the market, and the Reedin is among the best.

Cabrinha, Slingshot, Duotone, Eleveight, and soon North have auto untwist bars. All have the same “issue” where your lines must be untwisted before rigging because the auto-untwist locks the relationship between steering and center lines.

The Reedin bar is no nonsense. Fairly easy to repair and simple hardware.

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Re: Dreamstick x reviews?

Postby Pana » Fri Feb 02, 2024 4:18 am

It’s a nice bar but could not get to appreciate the skinny tubing, nor did my wife by the way.

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Re: Dreamstick x reviews?

Postby zegermans » Fri Feb 02, 2024 11:04 am

I have v1 and v2. Agree with all the above, except for the skinny bar which is great (and I have big hands).
Had one issue where the chicken loop plastic bit started splitting. Replaced under warranty without questions.

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Re: Dreamstick x reviews?

Postby DefyInertia » Fri Feb 02, 2024 5:19 pm

So forgive my ignorance, but the bars mentioned have a functioning auto untwist? You don’t have to constantly untwist your centerlines after any loop or rotation?

I didn’t know this existed!

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Re: Dreamstick x reviews?

Postby Sun » Fri Feb 02, 2024 5:45 pm

DefyInertia wrote:
Fri Feb 02, 2024 5:19 pm
So forgive my ignorance, but the bars mentioned have a functioning auto untwist? You don’t have to constantly untwist your centerlines after any loop or rotation?

I didn’t know this existed!
Exactly right. When you spin the bar to untwist your steering lines, it also untwists the center lines automatically. They all need really awesome swivel bearings to do this, so they spin very well. Pretty nice.

However, most still need you to untwist the safety line after a while of spinning in only one direction. Not a big deal, but just shy of perfect.

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Re: Dreamstick x reviews?

Postby lifeinthehood » Fri Feb 02, 2024 6:19 pm

Important to note the auto-untwist on the Dreamstick X is different than all the others on the market, AFAIK. The others all use split center lines going through the bar. Thus, to untwist you have to push or pull the bar through the twist and the splitter in the bar will untwist the lines. With the Dreamstick X, it's a rectangular monoline that does not rotate within the rectangular bar opening. Thus, the center lines twist/untwist exactly the same as the steering lines. You never have to think about untwisting them. As long as your steering lines are untwisted, so are the centerlines.

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Re: Dreamstick x reviews?

Postby Shivix » Fri Feb 02, 2024 7:35 pm

Loved the bar, but for me it was too small. 43cm you never use. 49cm is about 3-5cm too small for my taste (for a 7m or smaller nice, but for 8 and up 49 just doesn't cut it for me).


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