I had a chance to really compare the punch out bar with a slingshot the same size after my punchout collected about 785 lbs of sea weed next to shore. The slingshot was my back up in case something like this happened. It can easily happen this time of year in the sound, there is enough seaweed out there to make sushi for 50,000 dutchmen.
So, a 50cm bar and a 21m Diablo. The punch out works great, nice and stable with fast response to bar input. Super smooth de-power, pvc de-power line makes it glide no matter what.
The slingshot, same size, and my favorite bar- BPO (before punch out)couldn’t turn the kite as fast and felt just a bit wobbly when I initiated a turn. The depower loop line, spectra, bound a bit when I turned and depowered, I had to adjust my technique to compensate. Actually I ended up mostly cruising after going to this bar, jumping took more effort.
It can be a real gas just to point upwind with this kite and go fast. Fast over fat, thats the key to upwind sailing, and thats what the mako does best….fast.
Back to the bar, I think its the extensions at the end, the way they are shaped perhaps, that gives this bar really good leverage and stablity. Even on a big kite, I sure like it. I can loop the kite and de-power nice and smoothly.
I think it can bring out the best in any kite.