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, NP and Mystic are currently marketing the best windsurfing harnesses in the world. Check out our selection for 2018:

The "Dakine T-7" features a dual position lock buckle sliding bar system, memory foam pressure point relief zones, independent primary and secondary power belt, and a key pocket. A comfortable pick for only $229.

The "Dakine Hybrid NRG" is a low-profile waist windsurfing harness featuring a hybrid dual-density pre-curved support structure with built-in memory foam pressure point relief zones combining fit and comfort. Yours for $189.

The "Dakine XT Seat" is a seat windsurfing harness featuring a pre-curved inner support structure with featherweight ES foam molded lumbar pad offering plenty of back support and performance. Only $159.

The "Dakine Reflex" The Dakine Reflex is a seat windsurfing harness with the freedom of a low-profile fit. It is built with ultra-comfortable leg straps and an 8-point load dispersion system to equalize impact throughout the harness, and comes ready to ride with the easy in easy-out push button windsurf spreader bar with an adjustable bar height. Yours for $139.

The "Dakine Wahine" is a waist harness aimed at the women's specific fit. It fits securely around the waist and features memory foam pressure point relief zones and the freedom shape spreader bar pad to keep you out on the water longer. Only $179.

The "NP Race Seat" is specifically designed for racing through an ultra-lightweight construction. The harness features compact fit and a low hook position to maximize leverage on the rig for $135.

The "Mystic Legend" combines simplicity and flexibility to provide optimal support when the pulling power of the sail is changing in angles. Its lightweight spreaderbar holds the hook firmly in position and also prevents from tilting upwards. Only $187.

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


The windsurfing harness review has been updated on the December 12, 2017.

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