tmcfarla wrote:I've gone through periods where I've used exclusively each waist, seat, and board short harnesses. I've settled on board-short harnesses(which is really just a minimalist seat harness), and I think for me it is the best compromise. A lot of people bash seat harnesses for a lot of reasons, but their only real downside is fashion. You won't look very cool in a seat harness (but you'll look a lot worse with a waist harness riding up around your armpits...). Which you should use depends on personal preference, riding style, and body shape, and isn't something someone else can answer for you.
If you are comfortable in your harness, don't switch. They only real advantage that waist harnesses offer is that they do give somewhat better mobility. This doesn't really matter if you are riding strapped in, but if you start riding strapless a lot, you may find you prefer the mobility. On the other hand, a waist harness will not offer as much support and I find them to give me a sore back if I sail really powered with them. One big difference that is worth noting is that your spreader bar tends to be much higher on a waist harness, I see this as a big disadvantage, but I've heard people site this reason as why they like waist harnesses. Like I said, personal preference.
If you tend to usually ride over-powered or do big jumps, use a seat harness. If you are usually strapless surfing and mobility is of absolute importance, use a waist harness. If you have back-problems, or are over-weight, a seat harness will likely offer the best support. If you are worried about how dorky you look in a seat harness, find a different sport.
Peter_Frank wrote:There is no point using a waist harness, unless you are a smuck wannabee hipster and dont know nothingdyyylan wrote:theres no point using a seat harness unless you have a bad back or something
switch whenever you feel like it
Keep your seat for as long as you feel like it, or forever
And a really conspicuous line knife, a CO2 powered life bobber, an air horn, a helmet, and a good luck talisman.dyyylan wrote:if youre going to use a seat harness make sure you get the lifejacket and gojoe to go with it
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