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 Post subject: Trapeze harnesses
PostPosted: Sun Jan 27, 2013 6:27 pm 
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I've been searching for trap harnesses, i was wondering if there is a one size fits all adjustable style harness for various sized crew members.

Also who has experience with the ball and socket bethwaite system and is it worth the 150$ a piece for the spreader bar?


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 Post subject: Re: Trapeze harnesses
PostPosted: Sun Jan 27, 2013 10:26 pm 
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Really like my hobie convertible. Not a one size fits all though. Dont think you will find such a beast. I just use the cant miss handles works fine.

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 Post subject: Re: Trapeze harnesses
PostPosted: Mon Jan 28, 2013 1:41 pm 
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Brian_484 wrote:
I've been searching for trap harnesses, i was wondering if there is a one size fits all adjustable style harness for various sized crew members.

Also who has experience with the ball and socket bethwaite system and is it worth the 150$ a piece for the spreader bar?



No one size fits all set up I have found. I have a couple of the carbon plates for the Bethwaite system and a few trap handles set up for them if you are interested. $100 each.

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 Post subject: Re: Trapeze harnesses
PostPosted: Mon Jan 28, 2013 2:00 pm 
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hobie harnesses are the same designs as aquata, their harnesses i think look better and are made in the usa and are cheaper
http://www.aquatausa.com/harness.htm

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 Post subject: Re: Trapeze harnesses
PostPosted: Sat Feb 02, 2013 8:34 am 
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I use a Dakine Fusion kiteboarding seat harness. It offers better support than the Hobie seat harness when you're out on the wire and is better made in my humble opinion, but the tradeoff is the Dakine isn't quite as comfortable when you're sitting on the tramp for long periods. Poke around YouTube - there are plenty of reviews out there. Dakine comes with a "hammer head" spreader bar that works well with "can't miss" style trap handles. If you prefer dog bones, Dakine's bar might not be a good option as I'm not sure it would fit.

My suggestion would be to shop around and see what fits your body and sailing style and falls within your budget. And look for end-of-year close-outs (I saved about $80 on my Dakine by purchasing the previous year's model). In addition to Hobie and Dakine, Magic Marine and Gill also make good harnesses but they aren't cheap. I've tried the MM shoulder style and its really nice. I havent tried or seen Aquata but many of the full shoulder/leg models Optikid linked look like they might be overkill for weekend warrior types like me.


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 Post subject: Re: Trapeze harnesses
PostPosted: Sat Feb 02, 2013 8:08 pm 
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all the models hobie makes aquata also makes.i use a ronstan racing harness

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 Post subject: Re: Trapeze harnesses
PostPosted: Wed Feb 27, 2013 7:58 pm 
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I just ordered the Ronstan Racing Harness after debating over the prices. What cinched the deal for me was reading the reviews. It was $200, but from what I read, reviewers seemed to agree that it was well worth the extra $50 for the amount of back support it provides. I'm looking forward to trying it out.

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