Kiteboarding can require a harness that can come in a seat style with leg loops, a waist type or a vest. With a spreader bar, the harness attaches the rider to the control bar. When the rider hooks in, the harness takes most of the kite's pull from the riders arms and spreads it to wear it is worn on the body. Riders are then free to perform jumps and other tricks while staying "hooked in" on the control bar. The most popular type of harness is the waist harness, worn by many advanced riders. Seat harnesses require less effort from the rider by design. Vest harnesses are often equipped with floatation and impact protection. While a kiteboarding harness may look like a windsurfing harness, they in fact much different. Ensure that you're using the finest harness from Dakine, North, Slingshot, Cabrinha, Naish or Ocean Rodeo as windsurfing harnesses tend to break very quickly when used in kiteboarding.
The 2014 Naish Mission 3D Harness is designed for riders looking for a lower cut and excellent back support. The 2014 Naish Mission 3D Harness features a lightweight low-profile body with a new 3D polypropylene plate. Maximum 3D shaping combined with the dual tension belt, conforms to the rider’s body for maximum comfort.
The 2014 Slingshot Ballistic Harness has a unique 3-d thermo shaping conforms to the body allowing for maximum mobility without sacrificing support and comfort. The fiberglass battens provide just the right amount of back support. The flex edge outline makes everything much more comfortable and helps to avoid any chaffing. The integrated lock down spreader Bar and pad displaces the load and does not twist or ride up.