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INTRO - If you've ever had a go at water-skiing or wakeboarding you'll know how quickly you get tired from trying to hold on to a powerful boat as it seemingly attempts to ditch you off the end of the rope. The harness is a indispensable secret weapon that people don't appreciate when they first watch kiteboarding. 'You must have to be very strong to kitesurf and hold onto that big powerful kite.' they say. 'Well, I am pretty strong actually.' you can reply. Whether you tell them that it's actually your harness that takes all the load around your waist and off your arms is up to you. It will usually depend on whether they're a hottie. But that's for another beach lover's guide...
You have a choice when it comes to which harness you decide to go for. The two basic harness styles are 'waist' or 'seat'. A waist harness simply fastens tightly around your waist and offers support from the base of your back to roughly halfway up your spine. It's main benefit is the range of movement it offers, something which becomes more important the better you get. A seat harness usually sits a little bit lower on your body and has a pair of straps that support you between your legs. As you can imagine most men choose the waist option, but usually after six months or so of experience gained in a seat harness. Instructors usually advise a seat harness to begin with because it's a bit easier to hold the kite's power down as you can 'sit' into it and keep your weight lower. A waist harness is more comfortable in general, but does require a more refined stance and technique to be able to hold the same amount of power and achieve the same level of riding stability without getting pulled over the front of the board.
But it's not only beginners and the kinky that like to wear seat harnesses. A lot of speed kiters and racers wear them as it allows the rider to hold a lot of power and therefore achieve high board speeds. You can buy shorts with seat harnesses built into them which have a bit more of a modern look and many find more appealing.
A good combo is a hybrid harness that combines the benefits of both a seat and a waist harness. Two have just come onto the market from Ocean Rodeo and Dakine. The Dakine Sonic has no leg straps and is designed to have the support of a seat harness with the freedom of a waist harness. The Ocean Rodeo Session 2 has removable leg straps. www.dakine.com / www.oceanrodeo.com
Girls: there are many girl-specific harnesses on the market, which although are generally much prettier, do have some subtle differences which are mostly about sizing and fit. Don't worry if you find yourself preferring a men's harness. If it's a good fit, it's for you.
Most modern harnesses offer a huge amount of comfort and support via an inner elasticated belt that hugs you tightly (supportingly, not constrictively) while the outer shell of the harness is padded for protection.
Whichever style of harness you go for it should have strong leash attachment points and a sturdy grab handle on the back (or secure points which you can attach a leash handle to) so that someone can get a good hold of you for your security when launching a kite or when you're walking along the beach with your kite. Ideally you should buy your harness new. They are a very important item and it's important they work properly. They are built to last, but stitching can wear and anything bought second hand will have lost a certain amount of 'life'.

DAKINE SONIC HYBRID

- Combination waist and seat harness without leg straps
- Compression moulded lumbar panel
- Pre-curved P.E.B inner support structure
- Adjustable spreader bar height
- Independent primary and secondary Power Belt
- Stainless steel leash attachment rings
- Combination windsurf or kite harness

SIZES: XS ? XL

www.dakine.com
Harnesses
Dakine Sonic Hybrid
DAKINE RENEGADE

- Knife / key pocket (knife not included)
- Pre-curved P.E.B. inner support structure
- Compression moulded lumbar pad
- Integrated handle and leash attachment
- Independent primary and secondary Power Belt
- Buckle covers
- Power Clip buckle system

SIZES: XS ? XXL

www.dakine.com

Harnesses
Dakine Renegade

PROLIMIT KITESEAT PRO

- Medium/low hook position
- Integrated back pillow for comfort and support
- 4-way MPL spreader bar system
- Locked bar height position and even load distribution
- Neoprene soft edges and wide leg straps for comfort
- Stainless steel HPL attachment points
- Freedom of movement in a seat
SIZES: XS ? XL
www.prolimit.com

Harnesses
Prolimit Kiteseat Pro

PROLIMIT KITEWAIST PRO


- Moulded technology outside
- High-tech 'intelligent' seam inside
- Internal neoprene soft edge
- Internal belt
- 4-way MPL spreader bar
- Bar pad
- Medium-high back support

SIZES: XS ? XL
www.prolimit.com


Harnesses
Prolimit Kitewaist Pro

PROLIMIT PURE GIRL KITEWAIST
- Developed and designed by women
- Compact shape but maximum mobility and support
- Bar hold down system to stop the bar riding up into ribs
- Contour fit seam shaping
- 3D moulded pillow
- Neoprene waist belt
- Medium back support
SIZES: XS ? L
www.prolimit.com
Harnesses
Prolimit Pure Girl Kitewaist

ION HUMMER KITE WAIST

- Thermo-moulded back support
- Protection pad underneath the spreader bar
- Hardcore construction
- Emergency kite knife with a double blade
- Safety slider grab handle to attach safety leash esp. for handle-pass tricks
- New internal belt construction to avoid harness slipping
- Multi-layer back support construction
SIZES: S -XL
www.ion-essentials.com


HarnessesIon Hummer Kite Waist
MYSTIC FORCE SHIELD SEAT
- Double power leash ring
- Kinetic back support
- Small spreader protector
- Neoprene leg straps
- Human kinetic technology system
- Heavy duty seat part
- Clicker bar
SIZES: XS ? XXL
www.mystickiteboarding.com
Harnesses
Mystic Force Shield Seat
MYSTIC HANA WAIST

- Soft satin inside
- Neoprene edge
- Battle belt
- Kite spreader
- Quick release
- Spreader down system
- D-Rings
- Knife
SIZES: XS ? L
www.mystickiteboarding.com
Harnesses
Mystic Hana Waist
ION RADAR KITE SEAT
- Ergonomic multi-panel design with SpanDura bungee butt stretch insert
- Protection pad underneath the spreader bar
- Hardcore construction
- Emergency kite knife with a double blade
- Neoprene belt garage
- Elastic neoprene waist belt and padded legs straps for comfort
- Improved fit and wearing comfort
SIZES: S - XL
www.ion-essentials.com
Harnesses
Ion Radar Kite Seat
ION WOMEN'S NOVA KITE WAIST
- Thermo-moulded back support
- Protection pad underneath the spreader bar
- Hardcore construction with 1680den ballistic nylon
- Emergency kite knife with a double blade
- Multi-layer back support construction
- Safety slider grab handle to attach safety leash esp. for handle-pass tricks
- Internal belt construction to avoid harness slipping
SIZES: S ? L
www.ion-essentials.com
HarnessesIon Women's Nova Kite Waist
MYSTIC WARRIOR II WAIST
- 3D Thermo-moulded foam interior and exterior
- Anatomical back support
- Double power leash ring
- Spreader down system
- Kinetic back support
- Spreader protector
- Battle belt waist
SIZES: XS ? XXL
www.mystickiteboarding.com
HarnessesMystic Warrior II Waist
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Added: 2009-05-13

Category: Technique

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