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Hardshell harnesses and traveling

Posted: Mon Oct 02, 2017 2:29 am
by alexeyga
Hey guys, these of you who are using hardshell harnesses - how are you packing it for traveling? Just wondering...

A regular harness with the spreader bar removed can be unfolded flat or reasonably folded and it fits nicely with everything else. Now, what do you do with a harness which has no flex?

I remember - getting a Manera harness just before a kiting trip and the first thing that I discovered - these fancy anti-rotation flaps on the spreader bar - they make it a royal PITA to pack the damn thing, it's just kinda awkward - takes a ton of space which you can't really fill with anything useful... and that was only the spreader bar. Now we've got the whole harness to deal with.

Re: Hardshell harnesses and traveling

Posted: Mon Oct 02, 2017 3:50 am
by hrdude
Uh, wrap it around your kite, put in travel bag and you're good to go. Better than laying flat as it partially protects a kite & doesn't take up much room.

Re: Hardshell harnesses and traveling

Posted: Mon Oct 02, 2017 7:51 am
by or6
If it doesn't fit in your bag, wear it. Take off the hook :-)
I have done just that, though with my large and heavy seat harnesses, just to save on weight. Hardly necessary for a contemporary hardshell.

But it shouldn't be an issue. Just wrap it around a kite, as said.

Re: Hardshell harnesses and traveling

Posted: Mon Oct 02, 2017 8:28 am
by K-Roy
We wear it untill the over head locker :-)
My son and wife removes the hook, I have carbon spreader so no need to.
Saves place and weight in luggage.
:thumb:

Re: Hardshell harnesses and traveling

Posted: Mon Oct 02, 2017 8:40 am
by Mitaka
alexeyga wrote:
Mon Oct 02, 2017 2:29 am
I remember - getting a Manera harness just before a kiting trip and the first thing that I discovered - these fancy anti-rotation flaps on the spreader bar - they make it a royal PITA to pack the damn thing...
I remove the spreader bar and put the harness in front of the travel bag.
Perfect protection for the nose of my surfboard :D