Anyone tried Engine Harnesses?

Post general kiteboarding discussion topics here!

Moderators: BayAreaKite, WindMuch

Anyone tried Engine Harnesses?

Postby ddubwinokur » Thu Jul 18, 2013 3:03 pm

Anyone have any experiences to share about Engine Harnesses?
https://shop.ride-engine.com/

I am looking to buy a new harness and these guys are local and seem to be doing a great job. Plus the gear is not much more $$$ than from the major brands.

I'd be interested to hear about
- quality of fit
- reliability
- using their carbon fiber spreader bar + hook vs. spreader bars from other manufacturers
- weight

Thanks, bay area kiteboarding hive mind.
DW
User avatar
ddubwinokur
Valued Contributor
Valued Contributor
 
Posts: 67
Joined: Wed Apr 04, 2012 9:24 pm

Re: Anyone tried Engine Harnesses?

Postby ianwallace14 » Fri Jul 19, 2013 10:50 am

I've had my Engine harness for about 3-4 months, 20+ sessions so far and I’m stoked on the harness, would never switch back.
9322779394_2ab14b0c59.jpg
9322779394_2ab14b0c59.jpg (140.21 KiB) Viewed 352 times

Not sure if you are aware of the process, but it’s not like an impersonal online order. It’s a custom just for you thing. And don’t try to demo your friends, it won’t fit.

To get that custom fit the Engine mascot Birdlet Curtis will mail a plastic mold that you heat up in the kiln. It’s kinda frightening to put hot plastic on your back, but it feels really good and it relaxing while you wait for it to cool and harden. Then you courier the mold back to Santa Cruz and the elves go to work. At this point you can have it painted if you are lucky enough to know/be an artist, my buddy Drew Brophy painted mine. I have a wave slider bar from Dynabar, so a few weeks later when the harness was ready I went to Santa Cruz to pick up the harness and Coleman made a custom flap to hold the Dynabar in place, while I waited. The flaps work perfect. I pulled up the edge of the flap to try to show how this works:
9320025113_1ea56e0b88.jpg
9320025113_1ea56e0b88.jpg (105.33 KiB) Viewed 352 times

The buckles I took off my old da kine harness, be careful to remember to buckle both sides of the slider each session, the fit is so snug I don’t notice when they are unbuckled:
9322779870_cf034af35b.jpg
9322779870_cf034af35b.jpg (112.17 KiB) Viewed 352 times

The result is the fit is really really good. I tried to take a pic to show the subtle curves in lower back section on the harness, kinda hard to see in a pic, but the whole lower back section of the harness is a mold of my lower back, covered with some soft neoprene:
9322780168_261b3093b9_c.jpg
9322780168_261b3093b9_c.jpg (265.76 KiB) Viewed 351 times

So yea, I highly recommend getting one, I'd let you try mine, but due to the custom fit on this one you have to jump in and find out for yourself.
User avatar
ianwallace14
Contributor
Contributor
 
Posts: 37
Joined: Tue Jun 14, 2011 10:47 pm

Re: Anyone tried Engine Harnesses?

Postby Aloha » Fri Jul 19, 2013 12:28 pm

Like a tattoo or good Ed Hardy tee-shirt it looks like that thing fits like a glove
User avatar
Aloha
Old School
Old School
 
Posts: 1311
Joined: Sat Dec 04, 2010 11:45 pm
Location: Downtown SF


Return to General Kiteboarding Discussion

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest