After talking up the Reactor Bar in another post, I thought I would share
some bad news. On Friday, in somewhat overpowering conditions, I got
launched, and looked around to see what the damage was. Lo and behold,
the spool on my Reactor bar had snapped clean off. It broke at the hook
right through where the hole is for the pin attaching the spool. I
didn't want to keep wearing it because the sharp edge much punch a hole
in my sail, but I kept it anyway to save the evidence and have my
warranty honored. Btw - it was approx. 1 month old.
After getting back to the beach with very sore arms, I got a variety of
reactions including "I've never seen one do that before" to "Oh yeah,
I've seen about 4 of those break in the same place." My buddy Rocky,
whose about the same weight as me, apparently has had 2 fail on him in the
past. I should mention that the remaining metal on the bar was bent at
about a 30 deg angle upward.
Anyway, I still recommend the Reactor, but this event made me wonder
whether it has an inherent defect. Warehouse was cool about it and
replaced it, no questions asked.
Anyone else have this happen to them? Is Reactor taking steps to address