anyone know about these things, and what do you think of them??
Available at Kitepower in Oz and I have been using one for 2 seasons now and would not go back to a standard fixed spreader bar.
I can easily ride toeside now and carve fast tight turns with ease and no feeling that I'm going to break my crook knee. Not that I'm a wave rider but when I do kite in waves its much easier to make rapid direction changes and to stay on a wave pinching upwind toeside.
The Dynabar has gone through 6 versions and the latest V6 version is the best, because it comes with all 3 spreader types, although I'm still using V3 as it works the same as the current V6 interchangeable guide bar.
We have a demo you can try.
Takes a bit of getting used to for some, but I can say that there are no downsides to it for me.
Sounds intriguing.... How much are they Steve?
Ive had mine for 2 sessons also. I ride with a seat harness so it definetly helps riding toe side. Walking with the kite is much easier. I have no plans of returning to the fixed system.
We have them in-store for demo & sale - Woodys Kite Surf SUP.
Just arrived so I havent had a trial yet.
A local here in perth invented his own several years back - almost identical - and that one has had much appreciated use. They certainly look like a great option for wave riders & anyone who takes the toe-side option for whatever reason.
Another new and really interesting bar option is the Southwind Pulley Bar. Unlike the originals this comes with depower ability built in. Thats up for demo as well.
I have been using the Dynabar V6 for a month or so on a seat harness and also would not go back .
Much easier when making transitions, walking up beach and my old knees say thankyou when toeside . Great with a surfboard .
I use the bar with the least movement and it is fine - it only moves when you want it to - for walking, transition and toeside , not jumping .
There may be some wear problems down the track but they are outweighed by the flexibility over a fixed harness hook . I reckon I will find my harness will last longer due to less stress from the hook pulling at an angle also.
You will get used to it in a session and won't regret the outlay .
I'm using the race version on my Dakine shorts harness for the waves, works great. All the comfort of a shorts harness but with moving hook for toeside riding. The rope makes the hook stay where you want it, doesn't swing around as you move your weight.
I bought a v5 dynabar early this year, it's great for wave riding as it gives you just that little bit more freedom to rotate your body, particularly toe-side.
As a natural rider in wa I tend to try and ride some of the right handers, but the sw wind tends to pull you away from the face of the waves. The dynabar let's you rotate enough to get right in the sweet spot.
I'm not too sure how they would go for freestyle thou....
Have the V5 Freeride model.
It's a good idea and is tailor made for directional riders and even TT riders who don't flick about changing stance on a musshy small waves like an epileptic monkey (like I do).
Have to say it was pretty good at staying put when boosting etc and rarely moved about.
I usually ride with a seat harness and it was great for releaving strain when riding toeside - no doubt about it. Same for walking up the beach. Soooo much better.
However, I went back to my static spreader after a handful of sessions for a bit more 'locked in' feeling that I was used to. Less freedom of movement but no sudden changes of load.
I got a large (13') V5 freeride. As a TT rider it was fine for boosting but in the waves I didn't like the habit of 'pinging' from one side to the other, with a jolt, if i changed stance. Not a good thing when on a wave face.
The 13' model felt like it was too wide for my liking and perhaps i should have gone for the 11' model so as the change of sides wasn't so pronounvced. I'm not a massive fella so maybe the 11' was the size for me.
Thinking of selling my V5 Freeride if a large bloke is keen. Used 4-5 times and rinsed well each time.
Update: Holding off at the mo until a lazy lad has checked it out.
Damn those $1 upgrades!