RIDE ENGINE HEX CORE SPACE GRAPE HARNESS 2017
Locks in place, doesn’t ride up or shift from side to side
Spreads load evenly across back and torso
Allows full range of motion for uninhibited wave riding
Low-profile fit, doesn’t get in the way
Features hook and slider bars for different styles of riding
The ultimate game changer in kitesurfing that improves your time on the water. This revolutionary harness has raised the bar when it comes to a kite specific product which excels in build quality, performance and style. For those riders who are looking for a harness that doesn’t ride up, loosen and makes those long kiting sessions more comfortable.
The secret lies in Ride Engine’s groundbreaking hard-shell design that locks firmly into your lumbar and spreads load evenly across your back and sides. Designed around hundreds of custom molds taken from riders’ backs, the shell provides unmatched ergonomics and allows for a low-profile, high-performance fit that will literally change your entire kiteboarding experience.
Improved waist belt with reworked spreader bar integration system
Upgraded backplate stitching for increased durability
Neoprene added to the interior of the waistbelt for added comfort and cushion
Kite knife pocket added
New sizes added: XS through XXL now available
Integrated waist belt
Kite knife pouch
Ride Engine pioneered the hard-shell harness concept and has refined it even further for 2017. The hard shell is ergonomically contoured to the shape and curves of a rider’s back. The shell serves several key functions. Most notably, it spreads load and forces from the kite evenly across the rider’s back and sides. Traditional soft harnesses compress, pinch and fold under pressure, but where they fail, Ride Engine excels.
In Ride Engine’s early days, harnesses were custom built, with shells shaped from molds taken from rider’s backs. These molds were saved, and they served as an invaluable tool in generating the precise shape today’s Armor Harnesses are based around. The result is an ergonomic, form-fitting harness that locks into the contours of your back exceptionally well.
The Armor Harness has a distinct kink vertically along the center of the shell. This feature, aptly named “Lumbar Lock,” is designed to fit into the center of the rider’s back. This serves two purposes- it provides ergonomic support that matches the shape of your body and it locks the harness into place and prevents it from shifting from side to side.
The Armor’s hard shell provides superior back support. Because of this, the harness can be shorter vertically across the rider’s back. This low-profile fit improves rider mobility and range of motion as there is less harness to get in the way or restrict movement.
Super soft foam conforms to the shape of your torso for ultimate comfort and hold. The foam is cushy enough that you don’t feel the hard shell from the inside. The idea is to feel the shell’s support but not the shell itself.
SPREADER BAR OPTIONS
Sliding rope: For surfing, freeriding and general hooked-in riding, the sliding rope spreader bar will literally change your kiteboarding experience. Your chicken loop connects directly to the rope and slides freely across the entire length of the spreader bar. With a standard hook, your harness twists and pulls from different angles depending on your body and kite position. The sliding rope system allows you to rotate your body freely, independent of your kite position, which in turn allows you to keep your harness locked-in and low where it is meant to be.
Fixed Hook: For freestyle riders or those who want the ability to unhook, a standard fixed hook spreader bar is also available. Changing between the two options takes about one minute. Riders who use the hook have given rave reviews about the Armor Harness, mainly for the harness’s low-profile, high support advantages. It allows aggressive riders to hold down more kite, ride harder and move more freely than any other harness on the market.