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Harness and lower back pain

Created by MikeyG A week ago, 10 Jan 2020
WA, 130 posts
10 Jan 2020 10:47PM
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Hi, looking at changing my harness from the Mystic Legend with a fixed hook. I've been getting lower back pain and have partially put it down to riding switch (surfboard and foil) with a fixed hook and flexible harness. My harness twists and it definitely increases the load on my L2 and L3 (my problem areas). It's costing my $30 a fortnight in physio for dry needling (after Bupa pay half).

Anyone got any suggestions - I was thinking a hard shell harness with a sliding hook. Tried a few on and they seems lot more locked in. Not sure if that's good or bad for the back long term.

I'd prefer a waste harness over a seat.


NSW, 1411 posts
11 Jan 2020 7:54AM
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I switched to a hardshell harness 5 years ago and have never looked back. Previous harness was a Mystic Warrior, with a sliding rope. No matter how tight I would get the harness, it would still slide around and up. No issue and more. Not sure if this is specifically going to help your L2 and 3 but I have never had any back issues since swapping over. There are several companies now that make them, so go try a few out. I have been on the Ride Engine.

4657 posts
11 Jan 2020 7:33AM
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Yep, hard shell harness with a rope slider.

NSW, 659 posts
11 Jan 2020 9:31PM
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Was getting super sore back for days after a session on soft shell harness, got a Ride Engine hard shell and no issues now hey.

Expensive but cheap compared to back pain

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Sunday , 12 Jan 2020 8:23AM
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Have you considered shorts harness - Ion B2 or DaKine Nitrous style?

They work really well with slider / low friction ring and no load on the back at all.

They also don't look like you're wearing a nappy unlike some waist harnesses.

Good for saving on rib bruising to!

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Wednesday , 15 Jan 2020 9:57AM
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I found my ride engine constantly rode up more than my current warrior? I've got a slipped or bulging disc, so I can only ride for an hour or so before it gets unbearable, wondering if a seat harness is the way to go and what are the cons? Cheers (sorry not trying to steal the post)

WA, 1034 posts
Wednesday , 15 Jan 2020 10:13AM
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100% agree with the above. Had the same thing, switched from mystic majestic, to mystic X.
No more issues.


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