Tried the Mystic Stealth bar?edt wrote: ↑Sun Mar 22, 2020 7:09 pmI think I've snapped a half dozen spreader hooks by now all different brands. As far as I can tell they will all eventually fail. I think it's not that they aren't strong enough it's that they all suffer from metal fatigue. I don't think I've ever snapped a brand new one they usually fail after about 1 or 2 years. I would love it if they just make a hook out of a solid chuck of steel, even if it weighed four times as much I would use it because a snapped spreader hook often means swimming back. They aren't that expensive $50 or so for a new spreader bar, it's the inconvenience that's the worst.
There is some truth in your statement, but I think you are cutting things a bit short here.edt wrote: ↑Sun Mar 22, 2020 7:47 pmhaven't tried the stealth yet but I'm sure just from looking at it that it will also eventually snap. I am pretty sure most riders never snap the spreader hook off because either 1) they are a sponsored rider and change out gear every year so the metal never fatigues or 2) they aren't aggressive enough with their gear to fatigue it. kiteloops are I think what really wear it out.
I agree. Thanks for the response. Just giving my feelings on what's going on, but I would be so happy if you found a spreader hook that doesn't break.davedej wrote: ↑Sun Mar 22, 2020 10:45 pm
There is some truth in your statement, but I think you are cutting things a bit short here.
If some one breaks a hook after 5 years that is understandable. The same if you are 100kg's+ and kite in 30+ winds.
But the statistics show very clearly more issues on 2 brands. We don't know all details, but we are sure there are issues. Even on 70kg riders Ion hook snapped and RE hooks are bending.
If the Mystic Stealth bar -for example- can be used much longer shall become clear in time.
Statements like 'they all will break sooner or later' don't contribute to the discussion nor does it make the sport safer.
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