It looks as this vest is very bulky, and how do U deal with your harness in this case?
I'm looking for an impact vest too, but less bulky, where putting the harness is no problem.
Any kite specific impact vest?
Any US distributors?
You are right, not all impact vests readily accomodate a harness, particularly if the rider is of average height. Some of the cumerband vest types like Bump and Jump's design don't come down far at all and leave room for a harness.
I ended up going with an extra large Rip Curl, ladies impact vest over a year ago. It is built the same as a guys vest but doesn't come down so far at all. I have always worn seat harnesses so no problem there. With a waist harness I think I would be out of luck as far as wearing an impact vest. So in addition to the odd fractured rib, I would also have back problems from the waist harness. Harness choice is a personal preference!
I do have such a Gun Impact Vest, and the harness is not an issue at all, at least if it is a seat-harness.
My experience with this vest is good so far, haven't had any troubles with it (I have used it about 10 times). I don't know up to what extent it will protect from very big crashes, as it is pretty soft. But in any case it is very light, and not so thick.
I have two waist harnesses but haven't used them much as they set my back off. I have no problems with seat harnesses so I really can't comment much on the impact protection provided by waist harnesses. With my setup, where the impact vest ends, my Fusion harness begins. So the whole torso is protected, although I think most of the necessary protection is over the ribs that are higher up. I have taken some pretty nasty, high speed slams from altitude with the combination and have come out the impacts ok. If you jump out of the harness with your arms stretched out over your head your ribs are ripe for breaking under such conditions. I am lazy and always jump in the harness though.
Thks for your answer Rick.
I was able to follow your link to B&J but no prices there. I went to Murrays,com and a lots of accesories there.
Saw 3 impact vest that are pretty thin and where a waist harness will fit over, but need help with your feedback in wich one to choose...
Gul's 120$ seemed the bulkiest but probably the most protective.
AirRush 79$ looks pretty thin and well priced.
Bump & Jump 99$ also good and this one comes with a line knife.
So if any of you guys have some experience with wearing a waist harness on top of them, or even better can compare one from another you'll make my day...
Aparently as we jump higher litle accidents start to happen..and I think there are a lots of kiter that are now interested by those impact vests.
In PR couple of my friends have cracked ribs, and for myself I lost concienseness after landing on my right side from pretty high, knocked the wind out of me , could not inhale anymore, passed out, starting swallowing water, woke me up, and came back to myself not understanding why I was in the midle of the water, when I thought I was in my bed dreaming....
Pretty wacky but that's what happenned and I really need to protect myself..
I'll bet it will happen again but this time I'll have the vest...