Reactor Bars any good?

Reactor Bars any good?

Post by MclAl » Thu, 13 Jun 1996 04:00:00


I need to buy a new spreader bar for my Visual Ed harness, and I'm
wondering if there is any advantage (or disadvantage) to buying a Reactor.
 Does anyone swear by them?  Hate them?  Do they make a difference?
Please tell!  Thanks.

 
 
 

Reactor Bars any good?

Post by RickJCa » Thu, 13 Jun 1996 04:00:00


writes:

Quote:
>I need to buy a new spreader bar for my Visual Ed harness, and I'm
>wondering if there is any advantage (or disadvantage) to buying a
Reactor.
> Does anyone swear by them?  Hate them?  Do they make a difference?
>Please tell!  Thanks.

I just bought one a few months ago and wish I would have sooner.  The
investment is more than worth it.  It lets you balance out and position
the sail sooooo nicely!

Rick C.

 
 
 

Reactor Bars any good?

Post by Dave Cheesem » Fri, 14 Jun 1996 04:00:00

Quote:

>writes:

>wondering if there is any advantage (or disadvantage) to buying a Reactor.
>Does anyone swear by them?  Hate them?  Do they make a difference?

I've used a similar design for 2-3 years now, & wouldn't change it! I
started using it whilst racing LongBoards & I found it gave an extra
degree of control when tweaking the rig. It works just as well on a
shortboard.

Tips: keep an eye on the bolt holding the roller to the bar, they
sometimes work loose. Rarely, but it's a drag when it happens in the
middle of a race!

--
Dave Cheeseman,                    
Milton Keynes, United Kingdom       PGP Key available from websites



 
 
 

Reactor Bars any good?

Post by w.. » Fri, 14 Jun 1996 04:00:00

Quote:

>  I need to buy a new spreader bar for my Visual Ed harness, and I'm
>  wondering if there is any advantage (or disadvantage) to buying a Reactor.
>   Does anyone swear by them?  Hate them?  Do they make a difference?
>  Please tell!  Thanks.

I switched to a Reactor a year ago.  The main benefit I have observed is that
the Reactor does not wear out the harness lines nearly as quickly.  Otherwise,
very little difference.
 
 
 

Reactor Bars any good?

Post by Rick Colli » Fri, 14 Jun 1996 04:00:00

Quote:

>...Visual Ed harness, and ... buying a Reactor.

I have the same combination.  I love the Reactor and also wonder why I
didn't buy one earlier.  The fine sail adjustments are much easier.

Drawbacks:
The post sticks out a bit further, making a crawl onto the board more
difficult. (just be careful)

If your harness lines are adjusted off-centre, you know really fast. (so fix em)

Sailing with no hands at speed is more difficult (the sail moves easier -
that's why you bought the Reactor!)

Recommendation: buy one.  Don't buy one for your wife and expect to get it
back from her in exchange for a narrower bar.  Buy your own now.  (Ling, I
told you I would implicate you in a post!)


Nortel is into communications networks.  They have no opinion on this matter.

 
 
 

Reactor Bars any good?

Post by Paul R. Rybarcz » Fri, 14 Jun 1996 04:00:00

I also think the Reactor Bar works great!  I've had mine for about
three or four years now, pretty much since it was available.

Two things to consider though.  Someone already mentioned that you
should be careful when climbing onto your board, because the thing
is metal and the front is a bit more pointy than the rounded hook
of a regular harness.  Likwise, you want to be careful if a gust
pulls you over on top of your sail.  I pushed my Reactor Bar through
one of my sails once, but it might have happened with a regular bar
too -- hard to tell.

Just be careful, and the Reactor is great.
--
Paul Rybarczyk

 
 
 

Reactor Bars any good?

Post by Ed the Shre » Fri, 14 Jun 1996 04:00:00

I chipped my tooth trying to tear a hunk off one and much prefer Power
Bars.

 
 
 

Reactor Bars any good?

Post by Jack Greenba » Fri, 14 Jun 1996 04:00:00

Quote:

>  I need to buy a new spreader bar for my Visual Ed harness, and I'm
>  wondering if there is any advantage (or disadvantage) to buying a Reactor.
>   Does anyone swear by them?  Hate them?  Do they make a difference?
>  Please tell!  Thanks.

It felt like power steering when I put one on my Visual Ed. In
particular sail handling became much easier in "Maytag chop" we get on
the S.F. Bay. I love mine.

--
Jack Greenbaum -- Research Engineer, Ricoh California Research Center
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Reactor Bars any good?

Post by sailq.. » Fri, 14 Jun 1996 04:00:00

Quote:


>>  I need to buy a new spreader bar for my Visual Ed harness, and I'm
>>  wondering if there is any advantage (or disadvantage) to buying a Reactor.
>>   Does anyone swear by them?  Hate them?  Do they make a difference?
>>  Please tell!  Thanks.

>I switched to a Reactor a year ago.  The main benefit I have observed is that
>the Reactor does not wear out the harness lines nearly as quickly.  Otherwise,
>very little difference.

I've been using the Reactor since they came out and since then I
haven't had to replace a single harness line (used to be a monthly
chore). But the best thing I found is that it cuts arm fatigue and you
will definitely balance your harness lines much better as it's almost
mandatory to have good HL balance with the Reactor. I think it's the
most innovative and useful WS product to come out this decade.
If you try one you will definitely buy one and never go back unless
you are a very serious wave sailor and use a chest harness.
My $.02 worth

F2/CFX Boards;North Sails/Rigs;True Ames/Rainbow; SpeedTech .

 
 
 

Reactor Bars any good?

Post by Edward W. Sco » Fri, 14 Jun 1996 04:00:00

: I need to buy a new spreader bar for my Visual Ed harness, and I'm
: wondering if there is any advantage (or disadvantage) to buying a Reactor.
:  Does anyone swear by them?  Hate them?  Do they make a difference?
: Please tell!  Thanks.

I swear by 'em (#%!#%!)  Actually, the only downside is the pin and
bar that the roller is mounted on is slightly less strong than a
standard hook.  I dropped mine once, bending it a slight bit, and it
busted on me out in the channel.  Was very exciting sailing sans harness
on a overpowered 5.0 day with a piece of sharp metal sticking out (I
wanted to save it for the warranty).  I bought an extra, just in case.

Go buy one.

--

     Ed Scott                             ShrEdding SF Bay    

 
 
 

Reactor Bars any good?

Post by John Wrig » Sat, 15 Jun 1996 04:00:00

Quote:

>I need to buy a new spreader bar for my Visual Ed harness, and I'm
>wondering if there is any advantage (or disadvantage) to buying a Reactor.
> Does anyone swear by them?  Hate them?  Do they make a difference?
>Please tell!  Thanks.

I have to truthfully say that I haven't noticed that much difference
in using the Reactor Bar.  I suspect I am not sensitive enough to the
change.  I do notice that the straps which pass through the ends of the
Reactor Bar seem to wear faster than the straps on my old North harness
with a regular hook.  May be that the Visual Ed straps are a bit
thinner.  My North harness lasted about three years before I switched
to the Visual Ed with Reactor Bar.  I've only used it for two or three
months and the straps appear frayed.  We'll see if they really wear
out faster.

John
--

http://www-dial.jpl.nasa.gov/~john

 
 
 

Reactor Bars any good?

Post by WindCa » Sun, 16 Jun 1996 04:00:00

I have used the Reactor  since they came out.  I noticed a difference in
just 15 minutes.  I was able to point better, easier to unhook, and just
simply smoother.  I do not know how they could make one better. I keep a
new spare on hand just in case it fails, or I leave one behind.
Jim Martin
Call of the Wind

The Only System That Calls
You When It's Windy...

http://www.windcall.com

1-805-658-6699

 
 
 

Reactor Bars any good?

Post by Annica Almen SM/ » Tue, 18 Jun 1996 04:00:00

Hi there!
Ive used my Reactor bar for about four years and one of the best
things is that you can easily use it for waveriding,if the waves are
smooth enough.One other positive thing is that you have really good
control on your sail while your in the air.And one of the best: its
almost catapult proof(if you learn how to handle it).I would say,
buy it,learn it and just be swept away.
                          Enjoy life
                                 Jonas Strangert,Sweden

 
 
 

Reactor Bars any good?

Post by NLW TFW » Tue, 18 Jun 1996 04:00:00

Darn!
I wrote a brilliant, humorous, insightful, convincing response to the
Reactor bar question a few months ago, but forgot to save it. I ain't got
the time to recreate it, so just accept the bottom line: USE A REACTOR BAR
if you actually DO anything while sailing. If you ever trim your sail for
more speed, maneuver in the slightest, even just change directions --
power steering beats brute force any day, every day, all day. Only if you
sail tie-on teak booms on a plastic mast on a 13 foot 50-pound board in
subplaning conditions on wet mirrors is there any excuse to use the
archaic steel or aluminum grapple hooks we started on in the late 70s.
Naaah, even on that setup a Reactor bar makes life easier: would you drive
a dump truck with the power steering belt disconnected? If you sail only
in perfectly straight lines, in perfectly steady wind, and have your
harness lines set in the wrong position on the mast would a HOOK be
acceptable.
imho.
Mike \m/
Never Leave Wind To Find Wind

 
 
 

Reactor Bars any good?

Post by NLW TFW » Tue, 18 Jun 1996 04:00:00

John --
Sounds like your straps pass BEHIND your Reactor bar. Put 'em through the
bar from behind, so the strap runs across the FRONT of the bar. Greatly
reduces wear and the possibility of bending the bar if you're an insane
giant.
Mike \m/
Never Leave Wind To Find Wind