I just upgraded to a PA 14 and opted for the H-bar. The boat is fantastic, but the plastic tether piece that holds the retaining pin on one of the H-bar supports snapped in two the first day I brought it home. It was cold and brittle and broke without much movement.
Fortunately, my dealer, Great Outdoor Provision Co. in Raleigh, NC gladly replaced the broken tether with a stainless cable and provided me additional cables which I easily replaced at home by drilling out the pop rivets and pop riveting the stainless hardware.
Hobie should consider switching to stainless tethers and stop using the fragile plastic.
Two (2) Hobie 2014 Pro Angler 14 Olive