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How to Pick the Right Harness « The Official Kiteboarding Blog


How to Pick the Right Harness

A good comfortable harness can make a huge impact on your session. Not only can the right harness let you ride for longer, it will just make you feel and ride better. Seriously, why put up with being even a little uncomfortable when you don’t have to be. The new harnesses provide support in just the right areas, and new shaping tecniques give a perfect fit that forms to your body. For years we have always told people if there is one thing you don’t want to skimp on it is the harness.

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Soft Waist Harnesses:
These harnesses feature a soft and flexible interior, and are the lightest harnesses out there.  Riders tend to prefer these if they are looking for comfort, flexibility, and a minimalistic approach.  These are also the best option for anyone riding without a rashguard or wetsuit because they cause the least irritation and tend to not produce the dreaded harness rash.  Wave specialists seem to be leaning towards these because they are riding less powered and don’t need the support of a stiffer, heavier harness.  Examples include the Dakine Renegade, Dakine Chameleon, and Liquid Force Bliss

Stiff Waist Harnesses: 
More support for powered riding.  This is a great option if you like riding lit, or need more back support without going to a seat harness. A harder exterior shell allows the pull to be dispersed throughout the harness.  While they are slightly heavier and not a flexible as other designs riders that enjoy being powered up may prefer this type of harness.  Examples include: Mystic Warrior 3, Mystic Shadow Youri Zoon Pro, and the Dakine Pyro

Seat Harnesses:
Seat Harnesses provide the most lower back support and designs with legstraps stay down better for anyone starting out.  This design is also a favorite with racers and many other kiteboarders because the lower hook point means you have more leverage for edging against the kite and getting upwind faster.  Anyone with a rib or back injury will find this design to offer the most comfort and protection from a re-injury.  One tip for anyone who wants the lower hook point but not the legstraps is to try out the Dakine Sonic, or even try out a seat harnss such as the Fusion without the legstraps.  Several riders have simply chopped off their legstraps and it works great for riders past the beginner stages of getting yanked around and spending time with their kite overhead.  Check out the Dakine Fusion and Dakine Storm


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