Is it called a kitesurfing harness or trapeze
Both are correct terms for the peace of kite equipment that is around your waist to hold the power of kite. Kite trapeze and kitesurfing harness are equally used and are synonyms.
The function of a kitesurf harness or trapeze
A kite harness or kite trapeze connects you to your kite. It transmit the power of the kite from your arms to your body. By putting the power on your body your arms don’s have to carry all the power and you last longer and you can steer real relaxt.
When you hold your arm relaxt you can feel the kite position way better.
Different types of kite harasses
There are two big differnt type of Trapezes:
- Waist harnesses
- Sit or seat harness
a waist harnesses is positions around your waist like a belt and is the most common uses of trapeze in kitesurfing. This because you are more free to rotate and don’t feel limited in your movement.
A Seat harness is more fixed. You can step in to it and put it on like shorts. There are bands holding the harness in place. This make the trapeze more fixed in place and keep the power of the kite low. This is the reason most kitesurf schools and beginners use this type of harness.
Is a Kitesurfing harness necessary?
Yes it is! you can’t go kiting without it. There is to much and a constant power in the power, you can’t hold it on your arms all the time, that is why a harness or trapeze is a essential part of your Kite equipment.
Can you use a windsurfing harness for kitesurfing?
In short: yes you can! But it is not recommended. A windsurf harness is not design for the some power as a kite harness. With kiting there is a lot more vertical force on the kite, and the trapeze. Therefore we recommend to buy a kite harness for kite surfing.
How do you attach a harness to a kite?
The safety leash should be attached to the back or side of the trapeze. Check if you can reach the safety and if you can use it. The chicken loop of the bar can be hooked in in the harness and the donkey dick holds it in place.
Buying a kitesurf trapeze or harness
When you want to buy a harness or trapeze, it is always good to try them on. The different brand and types of trapezes have different fits, so make sure the harness you buy fits you. Th inside of the kite harness is usually made of foam to make the fit even better. this is the reason most kitesurfers buy only new harnesses in order to keep to foam to their body posture. There are a lot of kite harnesses for sale. finding the perfect harness for you can be a challenge but worth to look in to. You don’t want to hurt your back while kite surfing. So put some time in buying the best kitesurf trapaeze. It can also help to look at the Kite surf harness sales of special offers.
A decent kitesurfing new harness cost between €100 and €350 depending on the brand and type. You can find some kitesurfing hatness under €150 on sale. The used harnesses or trapezes are in the range of €40 – €100.
The seat harness are very popular with people new to kitesurfing. this is because the kite is still a lot of the time above the rider (12 o clock) and with a seat harness it cant move a lot. With the more experienced kite surfers the Wiast harness or trapeze is used a lot more. this is because of the freedom and comfort.