I've had mine roughly 5 or 6 years. Overall it is a great product, but now looking @ it; I'd say a good dip belt w/ a good strong & heavy chain an carabiner would suffice just as good.
I tried w/ a 7 foot bar @ 1st, it was to long, so I tried w/ a 5 foot bar, still awkward. Trying to balance the weight w/o one side dropping down.
My prefered method is w/ a loaded loding pin; eliminating the awkwardness of balancing a loaded bar.
All the weight sits below you, only bad part of the loading pin is if your short you lose alot of range of motion. I stand on two squat boxes above the loading pin an lift off from there. This way gives me plenty of room to "SQUAT" down.
Hope this helps.