A question we often get, which we can confidently answer with a big yes. Of course, it’s preaching to the choir, but in kitesurfing and windsurfing we are all working with incredible forces. Winds can be super strong and you must be pulled somehow, right?
Besides that, some will preferably ride hooked. This means that your kite will be attached to a spreaderbar, clickerbar or any other type of bar. This speaderbar will be attached to your waist with a harness or a seated harness.
Imagine being pulled by a big gust while holding the kite with just your arms and hands. You must have quite some experience to pull that off. Having the kite attached to your waist or hips allows for more control, safety and performance. Also, you will most definitely smack, fall and wipe out. Having a hardshell or softshell back plate will offer back support in all conditions.
How do I choose a kite surfing harness?
A good starting point is thinking how serious you are taking kiteboarding or windsurfing. By doing this you might be better off selecting a kitesurfing harness that fits your goals and ambitions. Want to do some freestyling? A kitesurfing harness with less stiffness might do the trick for you. Or maybe go for a hardshell if you want more back support for nailing those big airs.
What you also have to determine is what your budget will be. Mystic offers all kinds of kitesurfing and windsurfing harnesses, from cheaper ones to high-end units. If you’re just starting out, the Star could be a nice option for you since those are a bit more affordable. The Star will come with less features and accessories than the Stealth, our beast of a kite hardshell waist harness, but it will definitely do for now.
How do you wear a kitesurfing harness?
Depending on what you prefer, your age, skill level, confidence and budget, you can get a kitesurfing or windsurfing harness for your waist or hips. The waist harness will support your waist just below your ribcage and above your bum. A waist harness offers more freedom of movement than a seated harness.
A seated harness is one in which you can sit, thus supporting your hips, bum and sometimes the upper parts of your legs. The nice thing about a kitesurfing seat harness is that water starting is easier and it will offer more stability while riding. The downside is that it offers less freedom of movement compared to a waist harness.
How do you measure for a kiteboard harness?
We’ve got a nifty little size chart which will tell you how to take your measurements to find the right fit for you. Just make sure you measure the waist size circumference at belly button height. What’s nice is that we also included which size spreaderbar you should get for each respective kitesurfing or windsurfing harness size.