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Ride Engine Harness - Elite : tips

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Created by Ben - Ikon 5 months ago, 15 Jun 2017
Ben - Ikon
WA, 101 posts
15 Jun 2017 6:46AM
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Rider: Weight 95kg,
Style: Freeride, Big air, Wave, Snowkite
Build Quality: 9/10
Satisfaction: 9/10
Disclosure: Ride Engine Sponsored / Ikon kiteboarding designer

Thanks to the Ride Engine distributor Josh, I got the Ride Engine Elite Series last summer. I took me a while to write this review but I needed to test the harness in different conditions to provide a decent review on the beast.

Before I start writing this review, I would recommend interested rider to contact their local retailer and try the harness . no marketing talk or review should overcome your own testing! It has always been my approach : Give it a crack!

You might have heard about all the advantages of the carbon plate low profile on other reviews or videos so I will pass on this. Here are the important points to enjoy fully your new harness.

#1 - Take the time to adjust it properly or you will be disappointed
Like a kid with a new toy, I just went to my first session, put the harness on and went out. I was good but I felt some discomfort when the harness was moving slightly. I came back home that night and googled "how to set up the Ride Engine harness" . I might have spent 20 minutes adjusting webbings, buckles and straps but the result was perfect. The harness was locked in and easy to put on and off. It never moved again.

Check this video out to setup your harness



#2 - D-Shackle modification
I found that the locking speed loop was essential to lock the buckle in place, but as winter was coming it was hard to untied. The solution was easy, I threaded a D-Shackle ring into the loop before thread the webbing back in the buckle. This way I have something to pull on to untied.



#3 - Stitching the end of the speed loop
I also folded and stitched the end of the speed loop. I don't have to worried about pulling the speed loop too much and I would have to re-thread through the buckle. This 2 modifications made the harness super easy to put on and get off.


#4 - Testing
The Ride Engine Elite feel solid and really well build. I had a lot of boosting session down in Augusta (WA) and I could do kiteloops and hangtime jumps all afternoon. I didn't feel sore the day after which is pretty unusual, and I was ready to loop it again!I have a fixed buckle as well as a sliding buckle. I have been using mostly the fixed buckle but I think the sliding was really good for toeside waveriding. which only happen in winter for me with the north west wind.This harness is definitely the Rolls Royce of the harnesses and need a bit of time to get fitted, but it's worth it. The harness stay locked in and provide full support.

If you are around Perth area, call the guys at WA Surf or Action sport WA for more advise.

Ozone Kites Aus
NSW, 574 posts
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15 Jun 2017 5:35PM
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Great idea on the D ring mate, thanks for that!!!

kemp90
QLD, 1537 posts
15 Jun 2017 8:18PM
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Josh is the man!!!.

Thankyou for your well well thought out review.

horey69
QLD, 188 posts
15 Jun 2017 9:05PM
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That D ring is a good idea, think I'll slip one one.

Youngbreezy
294 posts
17 Jun 2017 8:49AM
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ThNks for the tips

i absolutely love my ride engine harness, I could not go back to a normal harness now

anyone got any ideas on where to place a hook knife on one of these ?

Beerhunter
NSW, 37 posts
17 Jun 2017 3:12PM
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Youngbreezy said..
ThNks for the tips

i absolutely love my ride engine harness, I could not go back to a normal harness now

anyone got any ideas on where to place a hook knife on one of these ?



Got mine on the black loop which attaches to the spreader bar (the side you don't take off) knife at the top, leash at the bottom.






sampolish
1 posts
18 Jun 2017 1:19AM
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Thinking of getting one too, should I go for carbon bar or a steel one with sliding rope? riding tt and strapless, Tried one on last week and loved how it wraps around and the general feel of it.

uweh
248 posts
25 Jun 2017 1:53PM
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at 95kg which size do you use ? thanks in advance

Ozone Kites Aus
NSW, 574 posts
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26 Jun 2017 9:13AM
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I'm 75kg and use an M, so I reckon at 95 you might squeeze into an L but an XL is more likely to be the best fit.

Ozone Kites Aus
NSW, 574 posts
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26 Jun 2017 9:15AM
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sampolish said..
Thinking of getting one too, should I go for carbon bar or a steel one with sliding rope? riding tt and strapless, Tried one on last week and loved how it wraps around and the general feel of it.


Carbon spreader has no functional advantage I've had both, still use the carbon one as it was easier to fit to my harness and was al that was available from my shop at the time.

horey69
QLD, 188 posts
26 Jun 2017 9:57PM
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Demo one when the Slingshot crew run the demo tours

uweh
248 posts
29 Jun 2017 1:06AM
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come on Ben which size do you use ? thanks in advance uwe

LeighMajor
NSW, 178 posts
29 Jun 2017 11:03PM
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Uweh
If it helps at 98 Kgs XL but could have had the Large
either it's stretched or I lost a Kg or two.Bet each way.

ActionSportsWA
WA, 464 posts
29 Jun 2017 10:21PM
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Nice review Ben.

I was was a reluctant buyer for the shop (inserting disclaimer here - Yes, I am a shop owner that sells these harnesses, but am also a guy with a very bad back so take it for whatever you like)

I was confused by the seemingly equal number of bad reviews to good ones so was hesitant to take on such an expensive harness when we already had a great range of harnesses instore.

Josh spent a bit of time convincing me of the benefits and as a guy with a chronically bad back, it did pique my interest. He left me with one to try and showed me how to size and fit it properly. I'm currently 6'3" and 97kg and I use a large harness and large carbon spreader with rope slider.

My back got damaged before Christmas which kept me at the physics and out of the water until end of April. I could t SUP or kite without major debilitating pain and I was. Poked to go to Mauritius for a wave Kiting holiday in mid June.

I anguished over which harness to take the night before the flight , either my trusty super comfy ION Team wave or take a chance on an untested Ride engine. As I was super worried that the first session could have ended in more pain, I threw. Auction to the wind and packed the Ride Engine and crossed my fingers.

Unbelievably, after a week of hard Kiting and surfing at Mauritius, I had absolutely no pain and my back felt amazing. As it was, I finished off the 2 weeks on the holiday and have returned with no pain and a strong desire to hit this weekends storm winds with a boosting kite and twinny.

i must admit, I'm thoroughly stoked with It. It's not as comfy as my ION, but my back doesn't hurt after prolonged sessions now.

Of course ION are releasing a composite harness this season which looks amazing and could have the Ride Engines number, it only a demo will tell. It until then, the carbon Ride Engine is the shiznit for this bad back sufferer.

DM

uweh
248 posts
29 Jun 2017 11:08PM
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LeighMajor said..
Uweh
If it helps at 98 Kgs XL but could have had the Large
either it's stretched or I lost a Kg or two.Bet each way.


thanks !

HarinCharles
1 posts
4 Jul 2017 4:37PM
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Hi Everybody,

I would like to show you an another option for mount very easily and quickly your harness : QUICK CLIP

www.facebook.com/pg/charlysworkshop44/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1173722699399737

www.facebook.com/charlysworkshop44/videos/1173747632730577/

uweh
248 posts
5 Jul 2017 5:12PM
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really cool too !

uweh
248 posts
5 Jul 2017 5:13PM
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really cool too !

LeighMajor
NSW, 178 posts
6 Jul 2017 7:08PM
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HarinCharles said..
Hi Everybody,

I would like to show you an another option for mount very easily and quickly your harness : QUICK CLIP

www.facebook.com/pg/charlysworkshop44/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1173722699399737

www.facebook.com/charlysworkshop44/videos/1173747632730577/



Thanks Charlie,
Another handy set up for fine tuning the Ridengine.
cheers

Ozone Kites Aus
NSW, 574 posts
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15 Jul 2017 11:16AM
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Thanks HarinCharles, thats such a great idea, fitted one to my old RE harness yesterday and it will definitely be staying on there, great idea.







uweh
248 posts
6 Aug 2017 8:58PM
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have tested it too...back pressure is really nice but a little bit to much pressure on both sides of my hip... i dont know why...

likuid
QLD, 301 posts
9 Aug 2017 6:38PM
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Uweh, you probably used the wrong size. There shouldn't be any squeezing of the hips. The ergonomic shell is supposed to wrap around and protect your back and finish softly on your hips.

I've heard the 2018 models have a new even softer memory foam around the entire harness.

uweh
248 posts
10 Aug 2017 4:44PM
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ok ordered one size bigger...

uweh
248 posts
12 Aug 2017 5:39PM
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when will the 2018 available ?

uweh
248 posts
21 Sep 2017 11:13PM
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any news about the 2018 modells....
thanks in advance

Ozone Kites Aus
NSW, 574 posts
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23 Sep 2017 8:37AM
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uweh said..
any news about the 2018 modells....
thanks in advance


Its meant to be 1st October

kiter63
44 posts
24 Sep 2017 12:48AM
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The 2018's can be seen here : www.rideengine.com/GEAR/Wind/#
New buckle system.

DutchRooster
NSW, 272 posts
19 Nov 2017 7:11PM
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Three tips for those of you using the rope spreader bar:

1) make sure you fit a second rope. The leading rope WILL wear and tear, and when it does the back up will come in handy. Of course good maintenance = prevention but it's good to have a Plan B.

2) I fitted one of these round sailing rope thingymajiggie (see pic). The chicken loop fits around it snug and the transitions are super super super smooth. Less wear on both rope and chicken loop.

3) cut you donkey dick off and throw that sh-t in the bin. Just gets in the way.

Awesome piece of kit, btw. I too have a messed up back (motorcycle accident) and was used to popping painkiller for 2 days after every session. No more of that! Even after 12 days consecutive kiting, I sleep well. Like others have said, take 15min to set it up properly.

DutchRooster
NSW, 272 posts
19 Nov 2017 7:19PM
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Side view. 21mm, for anyone thinking of getting one. Don't go smaller as the chicken loop fits perfectly like this. It's light weight aluminium.

Note there's a tiny pocket underneath the spreader that holds the smallest of line cutters. I've got one in there - see the tampon-thin line hanging out the bottom.


cauncy
WA, 5590 posts
19 Nov 2017 10:43PM
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DutchRooster said..
Side view. 21mm, for anyone thinking of getting one. Don't go smaller as the chicken loop fits perfectly like this. It's light weight aluminium.

Note there's a tiny pocket underneath the spreader that holds the smallest of line cutters. I've got one in there - see the tampon-thin line hanging out the bottom.



Is that a sign not to approach you? being your time of month

AquaPlow
QLD, 608 posts
20 Nov 2017 2:07PM
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Timing is everything - fancy one of these superb harnesses.. -- Are you in Qld or northern NSW??
When you enter and sign-on at HQ for our State Freestyle Titles you are in the lucky draw.
One of the four prizes is a Ride Engine Harness...
(I have forgotten about sore back and bruised ribs every outing I love mine!!)
Another G8 reason to commit
On the QLD Forum - Please review the Qld Freestyle State Titles Explained post
Cheers
AP






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