ChadAP wrote: ↑
Thu Apr 19, 2018 5:50 pm
Has anyone ever made their own harness?
Not quite but I have an old Neil Pryde windsurfing waist harness that is now my favorite Kitesurfing seat harness.
I cut two shoulder straps off of an old kite bag for the around leg adjusters and sewed the padded strap end to the centre of the rear under harness and the other strap ends to the sides of the harness at the bottom.
Then I converted it to a slider harness by angle grinding off the hook, angle grinder sanding disk rubbing the stubs flat and then splicing dynema between the ends and through a low friction ring. I hook my shortened chicken loop through the inside of the ring and have fantastic twistability relative to the kite.
You might also invstigate "polymorphic plastic" which melts at around 90 deg celcius. Get enough of it and you could mould yourself a hardshell harness that is easy to adjust the shape of.
Or get a friend to plaster cast around your back then lift it off after it's set and apply release agent, mould your side inside the mould and then use your choice of composite fibres and resin to develop your own hard shell.
Investigate "Alginate" too, there are youtubes of using is as a one-time skin mould that you can then cast off with some mould release. Plan the whole process first though!
Pretty happy with my own budget kludge solution though!