Finding the best kitesurf harness for you is one of the most important kiting gear decisions to make. It’s unfortunate that many new riders underestimate the role of a kite harness. A harness isn’t an accessory, it’s a fundamental piece of gear for kite surfing & kiteboarding.
What Is A Kitesurf Harness?
A kitesurf harness is what connects you to the kite bar. Think of it as a large belt wrapping around you lower back and stomach.
It’s function is to transfer the pull of the kite from your hands to your body. The best harnesses will provide the right amount of lumbar support. This is critical for rider comfort and to prevent serious back problems.
Another crucial function of a kitesurf harness is to create a balance zone. The harness should spread out the pull of the kite around your mid-section. Doing this, allows you to turn, steer, and control a kite with only one hand even in the most powerful winds.
In general, during kiting, the last thing you want to experience is equipment failure. If you do, you may end up in the life threatening situation. For these reasons, I recommend you pick top quality kite harnesses which provide the best comfort and support.
To help you choose a kite surfing harness in 2020, I wrote this article. Discover harnesses from brands like Ride Engine, Mystic, ION, and Dakine. While colors and looks often attract buyers, there are 4 vital boxes to tick to find the right harness. These are user comfort, safety features, material quality and fit.
For ease of use there is a clickable table of contents to navigate to a specific product or section. Otherwise scroll down to learn which kitesurf harness is best for you.
We updated this article in April 2020 to reevaluate the kitesurf harnesses that we recommend to ensure they meet our current standards. For this year three new models hits our “best of” list. Plus updated versions of the editor’s choice and top hard shell for women. Read on to discover which of the best kitesurf harness for 2020 is right for you.