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When to switch to a waist harness

Posted: Sat Mar 15, 2014 5:47 pm
by KitingT-rex
I have been surfing for a long time, when kitesurfing caught my attention it was the wave riding discipline that interested me the most. Right now I have only ridden my twintip. Soon I want to start riding my old shortboard in combination with my kite. I still only have used my seat harness.

My questions are:

1. Should I keep using the seat harness untill I get comfortable with riding my surfboard or buy a waist harness as soon ass possibe? (I've read waist harnasses are better for waveriding)

2. Which waist harness works wel for waveriding?

3. I am interested in sliding spreader bars in particular the dakine sliding spreader bar, can anybody recommend a waist harness which goes well with this spreader bar.

Re: When to switch to a waist harness

Posted: Sat Mar 15, 2014 6:06 pm
by Peter_Frank
KitingT-rex wrote:I have been surfing for a long time, when kitesurfing caught my attention it was the wave riding discipline that interested me the most. Right now I have only ridden my twintip. Soon I want to start riding my old shortboard in combination with my kite. I still only have used my seat harness.

My questions are:

1. Should I keep using the seat harness untill I get comfortable with riding my surfboard or buy a waist harness as soon ass possibe? (I've read waist harnasses are better for waveriding)

2. Which waist harness works wel for waveriding?

3. I am interested in sliding spreader bars in particular the dakine sliding spreader bar, can anybody recommend a waist harness which goes well with this spreader bar.
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1. Just start riding with you present harness, as the most important thing is to "know" the gear you use, when you jump on a surfboard :thumb:

2. All of them - dont worry about that (but seat harnesses works well too, and better than waist for some, for waveriding - althoug most prefer waist)

3. When you mention question #3, then #1 and #2 is obsolete - as it seem like you WANT a new harness with a sliding spreader bar - so maybe better to get one now, and practice on your TT, before you ride on your shortboard :rollgrin:

8) Peter

Re: When to switch to a waist harness

Posted: Sat Mar 15, 2014 6:25 pm
by edt
t-rex really no way to tell if u will like a waist harness better, you have to try it. Harnesses are dirt cheap compared to kites and boards my advice just go out and buy yourself one of them dakine harnesses with the sliding spreader bar. If you don't like it you are not out too much money and you will be able to understand what you like better. As for which waist harness is best for the sliding spreader, they are like blue jeans there no "best" just a harness which fits your particular body shape.

Re: When to switch to a waist harness

Posted: Sun Mar 16, 2014 12:26 am
by dyyylan
theres no point using a seat harness unless you have a bad back or something

switch whenever you feel like it

Re: When to switch to a waist harness

Posted: Sun Mar 16, 2014 2:08 am
by bigwave
KitingT-rex wrote:I have been surfing for a long time, when kitesurfing caught my attention it was the wave riding discipline that interested me the most. Right now I have only ridden my twintip. Soon I want to start riding my old shortboard in combination with my kite. I still only have used my seat harness.

My questions are:

1. Should I keep using the seat harness untill I get comfortable with riding my surfboard or buy a waist harness as soon ass possibe? (I've read waist harnasses are better for waveriding)

2. Which waist harness works wel for waveriding?

3. I am interested in sliding spreader bars in particular the dakine sliding spreader bar, can anybody recommend a waist harness which goes well with this spreader bar.
You could make a switch anytime you feel comfortable. Waist harnesses are defiantly more popular than a seat. Keep in mind the hook height of most waist harnesses will be higher than a seat. It might feel awkward at first.
Any waist harness will be good for wave riding. Most companies, Dakine, Mystic Prolimits NP Surf etc ( basically all the ones we sell..lol) have several models and price points. Your paying for proprietary attachment systems(Mystic Clicker bar) for example. Each company has a set of features that might or might not be important for your needs. Obviously, if you can try some on, they all fit a little different .
I have spent a fair amount of time using the Dakine Pyromaniac which is a dedicated wave harness with the sliding spreader bar. I like the action of the bar. It has smooth movement and does not move around super fast. I found the Dynabar very fast moving and for me required more time to get use to the feeling. It is a very good product. The Dakine belt is replaceable and has been beefed up this season with kevlar I believe to reduce wear. It will fit with any harness,single or double strap using the Dakine buckles.

:thumb:

Re: When to switch to a waist harness

Posted: Sun Mar 16, 2014 2:46 am
by Peter_Frank
dyyylan wrote:theres no point using a seat harness unless you have a bad back or something

switch whenever you feel like it
There is no point using a waist harness, unless you are a smuck wannabee hipster and dont know nothing :naughty:

Keep your seat for as long as you feel like it, or forever 8)

8) Peter

Re: When to switch to a waist harness

Posted: Sun Mar 16, 2014 6:22 am
by Bob Marley
After you grow some balls you will be ready. :bye:

Re: When to switch to a waist harness

Posted: Sun Mar 16, 2014 8:42 am
by Wiski23
How long do children wear nappies?

Re: When to switch to a waist harness

Posted: Sun Mar 16, 2014 9:20 am
by Peter_Frank
Wiski23 wrote:How long do children wear nappies?
Amazing lack of knowledge and experience what works how :roll:

I assume many of those answering like this here are wearing boardshorts OVER their wetsuit, while they have a waist harness up above the shorts ?
Hilarious, and how cool is that ? :lol2:

8) Peter

PS: I am using a waist myself almost entirely, but changes to a seat occasionally, but that is beyond the point - just to clarify I dont look at my own bellybutton like most apparently does here....

Re: When to switch to a waist harness

Posted: Sun Mar 16, 2014 9:56 am
by Kamikuza
Seat for over-powered huck-fests, waist the rest of the time.
Seat, pull the shorts up like Cletus; waist, go gangsta...