REAL Recommends using the 10" Slider/Spreader Bar with sizes MEDIUM-XL. Riders wearing size SMALL should use the 8" Slider/Spreader Bar.
SMALL - 26"-33" (66-84cm)
MEDIUM - 33"-36" (84-91cm)
LARGE - 37"-39" (91-99cm)
XLARGE - 38"-41" (97-104cm)
*The Ride Engine Elite Series Harness uses a completely new spreader bar system. Spreader bars from other brands will not work with this harness.*
Ride Engine has completely changed the landscape of harness technology with the introduction of Armor Shell technology.
Elite Series Tech Specs:
• Add on options include 8" or 10" Metal Slider Bar, Carbon Slider Bar, or Metal Hook Spreader Bar.
• The industries first hard shell harness
• Double carbon fiber and kevlar construction
• Handle Pass Leash Attachment
What we like:
The Ride Engine harness feels nothing like any harness you have used up to this point. The Armor Shell is a completely hard shell that wraps from where the spreader bar attaches on the sides all the way around your back. It is one molded piece of material that can't collapse under load. It translates any pressure from the hook evenly across the entire surface area of the harness. The load is evenly distributed across the back so there is no point loading or pressure points. There is no slippage of this harness at all. It stays completely locked in and does not ride up even if your spreader bar is too loose. There is a lot of padding so if feels really plush on your back. The foot print of the harness is a lot smaller than that of any other harness on the market too. Crazy that it is a lot narrower top to bottom but it has way more support and comfort than a traditional harnesses.
With the rope spreader bar, this harness is not suited for beginners or anyone that wants to unhook. The rope spreader bar set up creates a very loose feel that will feel unstable for a beginner kiter. Intermediates and advanced riders call it a "free" feeling but beginners want to have the locked in feel of a traditional spreader bar that is not available on this harness. The optional hook spreader bar does not slide and will be easier to ride than the stock rope spreader bar.
The manufacturer recommends doubling back the tightening strap to keep it from slipping. We didn't have much trouble with slipping, but when we tried to feed the strap back into the plastic buckle it was pretty hard to do with out a friend.
Why you want the Ride Engine Hex Core harness:
Hard shell harnesses will be the future of harness design. The support and comfort you get is unmatched from anything on the market. Trust us, your back will thank you.
Ride Engine's Elite Series is the lightest, strongest, and stiffest of the three models. Ride Engine features an unprecedented design that will change how a kiteboarding harness looks, feels, and performs.
*Slider Bar (spreader bar) not included- add a Slider Bar using the options below.
REAL Recommends using the 10" Slider Bar with sizes MEDIUM-XL. Riders wearing size SMALL should use the 8" Slider Bar.
Ride Engine's Description
Form and function synergize with our high-tech and eyecatching line of Elite Carbon Collection harnesses. Constructed with double carbon fiber and Kevlar, the Elite model is our lightest, strongest and stiffest of the three harnesses. Visually stunning, we’ve made these high-end harnesses works of art as well as finely-tuned tools for fun. Simply put, we’ve redefined the meaning of the phrase “state-of-the-art,” setting new standards for next generation kite harnesses in the process.
The industry’s first hard shell harness; shell is light, strong and ergonomically contoured. Load is distributed seamlessly from the spreader bar to the armor shell, preventing harness from buckling or pinching.
Modeled from hundreds of custom body molds, the harness shell conforms to the contours of a rider’s back for a precision ergonomic fit.
•REMOVABLE HANDLE PASS LEASH
Harness comes with easily removable handle pass leash mount around the back for freestyle riders. Harness also has two front-mounted leash attachment points for use when handle pass leash is removed.
Harness conforms to lumbar, back and sides to lock securely in place. Harness won’t slide from side to side or ride up.
Hard-shell core allows for low-profile design, reducing weight and bulk and giving riders more mobility with less restrictions.
Soft foam core conforms to the shape of your torso for ultimate comfort and hold.
•SPEED-LOCK ATTACHMENT LOOPS
Spreader bar attaches with a light-weight loops for simple, quick and effortless entry and exit.
Ride Engine's Armor hard-shell Lumbar Lock technology locks your harness in place and keeps it from rotating and sliding. This means lateral motion must come from the spreader bar. The Carbon and Metal slider bars are spreader bars that connect directly with the riders chicken loop providing a smooth range of motion for riders to change angles, carve waves ride upwind. The Metal Fixed Hook spreader bar allows for classic spreader bar performance and smooth hooked and unhooked riding