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Getting fed-up re harness straps loosening...help please

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Created by AquaPlow Tuesday, 5 Nov 2019
AquaPlow
QLD, 760 posts
Tuesday , 5 Nov 2019 8:47PM
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The pure bliss of moving to a ride engine harness is wearing off fast.
First one ok major relief but 500+$ and splitting at the seams after 20 months of moderate probably modest use..
bought 2nd after requesting how to fix and informed major changes to design .. bullet proof.. have replacement @ discount...
So shelled bit under $400 from memory.. for basic model
But no point if straps loosen during session =15 minutes or less and harness rides up.. I stop drop kite and tighten 2+ times each session where/when conditions allow.
So how to setup to stop this ?
thanks
AP

cauncy
WA, 7590 posts
Tuesday , 5 Nov 2019 6:59PM
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The quick straps are the go'' the plastic crap have always done my nut I'm ' then a total pain trying to tighten them on the beach's the quick strap system hasn't budged a bit' even if it did a quick bank on the strap and it's automatically tightens

Kamikuza
QLD, 4429 posts
Tuesday , 5 Nov 2019 10:24PM
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Can't tell from the net pics but if they've the standard nylon buckles, you can loop the tail backwards through the back of the buckle...

Think there was a thread here about it in general but the search function here isn't the greatest.

horey69
QLD, 290 posts
Wednesday , 6 Nov 2019 6:34AM
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Kamikuza said..
Can't tell from the net pics but if they've the standard nylon buckles, you can loop the tail backwards through the back of the buckle...

Think there was a thread here about it in general but the search function here isn't the greatest.


Yep that's the answer, fold them back through. I'm still running a 2016 model and that method works well.

cauncy
WA, 7590 posts
Thursday , 7 Nov 2019 7:50AM
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horey69 said..

Kamikuza said..
Can't tell from the net pics but if they've the standard nylon buckles, you can loop the tail backwards through the back of the buckle...

Think there was a thread here about it in general but the search function here isn't the greatest.



Yep that's the answer, fold them back through. I'm still running a 2016 model and that method works well.


Only locks the strap' when wet and under load ie jumping your straps stretch also your harness ' it's when you need to do that adjustment to tighten it becomes a pain

AquaPlow
QLD, 760 posts
Saturday , 9 Nov 2019 7:12PM
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Thanks for replies..
At the time of frustrated post.. camping at Sandon NSW.. recently emerged from session in surf.. bizarre wind... 1 box ticked .. kite didn't get dropped .. I felt I was going to get ring barked around the nipples foiled at foiling.. cursing didn't take surfboard consequence of no more 4wd so No take the kitchen sink mentality + 100% onshore wind..

Re.. harness design..
I have loaded some pics. Design of this version of SS harness means threading through buckle on beach is not possible. I used to with the previous harness setup. The new one when loaded has no play to slot end thru buckle.and limited space. I have tried/modified.. etc trying rubber bands now.. had hoped to get a leg up from someone else's smarts
I have one side locked and threaded thru buckle but this required pliers / screw driver and the extra play available when not attached to me.
The buckles have teeth... these are designed to sit under the elastic shroud.. this is meant to hold the strap tight when tucked under it..
FAIL.. = ring bark when trying to get thru surf In onshore wind... gggrrr..

Not doing that again.. gotta resolve.. worse than sand fly bites.. on repeat...
Will sort something and likely get stitching done at upholstery.. what a PITA.. this foiling obsession..
thanks again
AP

Kamikuza
QLD, 4429 posts
Saturday , 9 Nov 2019 9:13PM
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cauncy said..
Only locks the strap' when wet and under load ie jumping your straps stretch also your harness ' it's when you need to do that adjustment to tighten it becomes a pain


Depends on the design of the harness, how the buckles are laid out, thickness of the straps.

Kamikuza
QLD, 4429 posts
Saturday , 9 Nov 2019 9:27PM
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AquaPlow said..
Thanks for replies..
At the time of frustrated post.. camping at Sandon NSW.. recently emerged from session in surf.. bizarre wind... 1 box ticked .. kite didn't get dropped .. I felt I was going to get ring barked around the nipples foiled at foiling.. cursing didn't take surfboard consequence of no more 4wd so No take the kitchen sink mentality + 100% onshore wind..

Re.. harness design..
I have loaded some pics. Design of this version of SS harness means threading through buckle on beach is not possible. I used to with the previous harness setup. The new one when loaded has no play to slot end thru buckle.and limited space. I have tried/modified.. etc trying rubber bands now.. had hoped to get a leg up from someone else's smarts
I have one side locked and threaded thru buckle but this required pliers / screw driver and the extra play available when not attached to me.
The buckles have teeth... these are designed to sit under the elastic shroud.. this is meant to hold the strap tight when tucked under it..
FAIL.. = ring bark when trying to get thru surf In onshore wind... gggrrr..

Not doing that again.. gotta resolve.. worse than sand fly bites.. on repeat...
Will sort something and likely get stitching done at upholstery.. what a PITA.. this foiling obsession..
thanks again
AP


Yeah those look like a PITA to adjust.

Are the straps really short? Or the buckles really tight to the harness? Usually you can just pull the back of the buckle up and poke a tip through, then pull the rest of the strap.

Then when you undo your straps, tuck a thumb under the loop and work it out but don't pull the tail out, obviously. Then you can work the loop for slack ... unless that strap is REALLY short. You could put a D-ring through the loop part to make it easy to work out ... but that's just too much work for me.

The straps on my Dakine harnesses and the Mystic are all stupidly long. There's literally a foot flapping around, and it'd be worse if the harness was actually on a right sized person...!



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