Windsurfing harnesses: get comfortably hooked in

The windsurfing harness allows windsurfers to hook in the harness lines attached to the boom and let their body weight balance against the windsurf sail, without using the power of the arms.

Strong winds and sudden wind gusts may require harnesses while windsurfing, too. That is why the quality of materials is definitely relevant when you're buying a harness for windsurfing.

You'll be saving energy and enjoying total comfort while sailing in defying winds, if your harness is technically good and well fit to your body. There are three main types of windsurf harness: chest harnesses, waist harnesses and seat harnesses.

What's the best choice? The answer is simple. Find the one that fits you best. A good advice is to pick the harness that doesn't cut off blood circulation.

Hooking in the windsurf harness should be quick, safe and comfortable. The same applies to the unhooking process. Make sure your harness lines are properly placed in order to improve the sailing performance.

There are several good harnesses in the market. Dakine is currently marketing the best windsurfing harnesses in the world.

The "Nexus Kingpin" comes with a quick connect-disconnect spreader bar a power clip buckle system and loads of great features. It is a good investment for $199.

The "XT Seat" is a seat harness with an adjustable spreader bar height that can be bought for $109. The "Impact" is a waist harness with an insane amount of flexible shaping panels for $121.

The "Dakine Chameleon" provides a freedom shape spreader bar pad, a dual blade hook knife, and a single overlap power belt. It can be yours for $170.

The "Blast", also by Dakine, has a powerbelt System, an 8-point load dispersion system, self-tension leg straps, and internal load equalizer patches. It can be bought for $60.

The "NRG" is a new breed of Dakine harnesses inspired by the shape of your back. The pre-curved inner structure hugs your body to provide maximum comfort and support. Only $180.

Flying Objects, North, Neil Pryde, ION, Pro Limit and Mystic are other windsurf brands producing harness lines.

Click on each windsurfing harness link to buy directly from Amazon, or visit the online surf shop for more detailed information.

The windsurfing harness review has been updated on the 7th July 2014.