2017 Ride Engine Bamboo Elite Harness

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2017 Ride Engine Bamboo Elite Harness

The Ride Engine Elite series is the ultimate in comfort, support, and performance. Constructed with a double dose of carbon fiber and kevlar, the Elite series is stiff, light, and responsive. The increased stiffness not only keeps the load evenly distributed throughout the harness, but further locks the lumbar section in place giving you the ultimate connection to your kite! This year, Ride Engine has added an additional layer of padding in the waist belt for a better connection between you and the spreader bar. Ride Engine is a harness for the people, with the people's comfort first.

Ride Engine harnesses are intended to be used with Ride Engine spreader bars. Any modification, pairing with non-Ride Engine components or spreader bars or use outside of the product’s intended purpose is not recommended, many not be safe and will void the product’s warranty.

Who is the harness for?

Everyone who kiteboards with the correct spreader bar choice.

Who is this not for?

Simply put... Someone who cannot afford it. While we believe that every rider will love this harness we also realize that for a lot of riders price is a paramount concern. We often say that other than sizing the harness might be the most important key to enjoying kiteboarding. With that in mind, maybe pick up some cans, mow a neighbor's lawn, sell some crap. Heck stop paying your rent, you will be spending all your time riding anyway.

Whats the difference between Ride Engine harnesses?

The answer to these questions come down to weight and rigidity. The more expensive harnesses simply get stiffer and lighter, especially with the addition of the Sliding Carbon spreader bar. The Pro models are carbon and have different graphics. For most the Hex-Core will fill every need without compromise but who does not like some cool graphics or the light weight of carbon.

What Ride Engine has to say about the Elite Carbon

If you’ve ever dealt with a harness that doesn’t fit properly, hurts your back, rides up too high, shifts from side to side, squeezes your waist under load or inhibits your range of motion, Ride Engine’s hard-shell harness is your problem solver.

The magic lies in Ride Engine’s innovative hard-shell design that locks firmly into your lumbar and spreads load evenly across your back and sides. Based on hundreds of custom molds taken from riders’ backs during Ride Engine’s early days, the shell provides an unrivaled ergonomics and allows for a low-profile, high-performance fit that will literally change your entire kiteboarding experience.

The Elite Carbon harness features a super stiff and light weight carbon fiber shell that the rest of the harness is built around. For those who want the very best in high-performance materials and construction, this is the harness for you. For freestyle and unhooked riding, pair the Elite Carbon harness with our standard fixed-hook spreader bar. For surfing and general hooked-in freeriding, pair it with our metal or carbon slider bar.

For 2017, we’ve have added an additional layer of padding to the integrated waist belt for a more comfortable connection with the spreader bar pad. We’ve also added two new sizes- XS and XXLto fit a broader range of body types.

Sizing Tips from Nathan

The 11 options of spreader bars ensure that every rider will have a perfect harness/bar interface. The sliding spreader, carbon sliding spreader, and hook spreader are all available in 6", 8", 10", and 12" models. If you are dropping a size, you may benefit from the 10" bar, whereas if you are staying with your normal size the 8" will provide a tighter fit for those medium body riders. Essentially this creates a half size. Personally I am a 31" waist, and usually ride a medium in Dakine, Mystic, Ion, Prolimit, and NP. For Engine harnesses I use a small harness with a 10" spreader. For freestyle I go with a hook spreader bar. while for wave riding or foilboarding I prefer the sliding spreader bar. No need for multiple harnesses, the bar change is easy and quick and in a couple minutes I am ready to ride in whatever style I would like. The hook is great for those who want to unhook, but where most riders will find their match is the sliding bar. Not only does it allow your hips to articulate and drive comfortably in the right direction, but the reduced leverage on the bar brings your bar closer to your body, provides a more secure connection, and kills spreader bar rib jab for good.

Ride Engine Harness Sizing

Waist Size (Inches) 26-30" 31-32" 32-34" 35-36" 37-39" 40-42"
Waist Size (Centimeters) 66-76 78-81 81-86 89-91 94-99 102-107
Harness Small Small Medium Medium Large X-Large
Bar Size 8" 10" 8" 10" 10" 10"

*Ride Engine employs a unique spreader bar system that is not compatible with other spreader bars.


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