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Harness and lower back pain

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Created by MikeyG 8 months ago, 10 Jan 2020
MikeyG
WA, 139 posts
10 Jan 2020 10:47PM
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Hi, looking at changing my harness from the Mystic Legend with a fixed hook. I've been getting lower back pain and have partially put it down to riding switch (surfboard and foil) with a fixed hook and flexible harness. My harness twists and it definitely increases the load on my L2 and L3 (my problem areas). It's costing my $30 a fortnight in physio for dry needling (after Bupa pay half).

Anyone got any suggestions - I was thinking a hard shell harness with a sliding hook. Tried a few on and they seems lot more locked in. Not sure if that's good or bad for the back long term.

I'd prefer a waste harness over a seat.

Thanks

dafish
NSW, 1477 posts
11 Jan 2020 7:54AM
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I switched to a hardshell harness 5 years ago and have never looked back. Previous harness was a Mystic Warrior, with a sliding rope. No matter how tight I would get the harness, it would still slide around and up. No issue and more. Not sure if this is specifically going to help your L2 and 3 but I have never had any back issues since swapping over. There are several companies now that make them, so go try a few out. I have been on the Ride Engine.

Plummet
4741 posts
11 Jan 2020 7:33AM
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Yep, hard shell harness with a rope slider.

dism
NSW, 660 posts
11 Jan 2020 9:31PM
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Was getting super sore back for days after a session on soft shell harness, got a Ride Engine hard shell and no issues now hey.

Expensive but cheap compared to back pain

Kite2Surf
8 posts
12 Jan 2020 8:23AM
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Have you considered shorts harness - Ion B2 or DaKine Nitrous style?

They work really well with slider / low friction ring and no load on the back at all.

They also don't look like you're wearing a nappy unlike some waist harnesses.

Good for saving on rib bruising to!

Byron86
2 posts
15 Jan 2020 9:57AM
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I found my ride engine constantly rode up more than my current warrior? I've got a slipped or bulging disc, so I can only ride for an hour or so before it gets unbearable, wondering if a seat harness is the way to go and what are the cons? Cheers (sorry not trying to steal the post)

Gazuki
WA, 1193 posts
15 Jan 2020 10:13AM
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100% agree with the above. Had the same thing, switched from mystic majestic, to mystic X.
No more issues.

pattiecannon
QLD, 593 posts
27 Jan 2020 2:12PM
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Kite2Surf said..
Have you considered shorts harness - Ion B2 or DaKine Nitrous style?

They work really well with slider / low friction ring and no load on the back at all.

They also don't look like you're wearing a nappy unlike some waist harnesses.

Good for saving on rib bruising to!


Definitely agree here.
If your mystic x or ride hardshell doesn't work, this is a great option, and they're the lightest. Throw a slider bar on and you're good to go.

horey69
QLD, 355 posts
27 Jan 2020 4:02PM
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Check out the Ride Engine Australia site they have some good deals on last year's hard shells..
I love the rope slider for foiling.



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