Harnesses

Everything goes, almost!

Finding a harness that suits you is crucial, unless you find pleasure in pain. The harness’ job is to distribute power from the kite to 1. your lower back and behind 2. directly to the sled, without inducing pressure points on you body. Which is virtually impossible. A spreader bar is good in theory and for some positions, but awkward in others. A  more loose climbing harness will squeeze your hips but will also rotate and adapt better to all positions. Kiters are using all kinds of harnesses for long distance kiting, though industrial climbing harnesses are probably the most popular and they have suitable attachment points for the sleds hauling system. Number two in popularity are  seat harnesses and lastly waist harnesses. The last are usually modified with some sort of strap going through you legs, so that it does not end under your arm pits.

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Industrial climbing harness e.g the Singing Rock’s “Sit Worker 3” which you can also get with extra padding. (Used by several teams in VAKE)

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A standard seat harness e.g North’s “PERFORMER”. Has anyone tried it?

 

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Finally, a waist harness, the Dakine Wahine. Notice the beautiful flowers and soft curves.

 

A specific long distance kite harness review has never been published (to our knowlegde). Please write that review and we will publish. Unless the Dakine Wahine is the winner…

There are some custom snow-sled-kite harnesses also out there like the Ozone Access Base Harness. Please give us feedback if you have any experience with them.