Waist or seat harness? Maciek Rutkowski explains the differences
Higher hook placement, loose hips and a lower center of effort with a similar position of the upper body all caused much easier high-end control over our gear. At the beginning there was only a few guys using them on tour, but as the time passed it begun to be more and more and in 2016 theres less then 5 guys with seat harnesses left. Even in Formula Windsurfing around half of the World Championships field is using waist harnesses! How does it all translate to the regular punters life? Very easily: seat harness is power and a bit better upwind ability, whereas waist is control, easier jibes and tacks and better reaction to chops, waves and wind changes, not to mention easier hooking in and out. Of course changing your harness will take a bit of time to adapt, as a different harness can mean a different position and general different feel of the whole gear. But don’t be afraid to play with it as you can find out quite a lot of new things about yourself, your windsurfing and your gear. And after all if you don’t like it you can always go back to your oldie-but-goodie beloved harness! Maciek Rutkowski - POL 23 (Tabou/Gaastra)
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