The Sol is one of the ION harnesses aimed at the more freestyle orientated rider as it has a slim outline-cut for maximum flexibility. It’s also great for women with a more hourglass figure as it has a narrow contoured shape and is pre-bent to ensure a good fit.
A full neoprene stitched inner with a cushioned back and soft rash guard protection in the hip area make is a comfortable harness for wearing along, whilst also maintaining its ability to twist around the body when needed.
The harness is fastened with an inner Velcro powerbelt and push button closure on the spreader bar, which is tightened with a 4-point webbing system that helps to get a good fit and keeps the hook from riding up. The webbing for the spreader bar is adjusted using 4 metal buckles so it might be worth rinsing in fresh water after your session to prevent corrosion and prolong the life of the harness.
A substantial spreader bar pad, kite line knife, integrated handlepass leash with an O-ring as well as a separate leash ring on the right side for riders wanting an alternative connection point are some of the extra features included.
On the water we found this harness to be incredibly comfortable with a smooth neoprene edging adding to the feeling of luxury. Supportive where it should be, but flexible enough so you don’t feel at all restricted when attempting tricks, and the spreader bar stays nice and low too. There were no pressure points or rubbing areas and the push-button system makes for rapid removal even with the coldest of hands.
Overall this is a perfect harness for those wanting freedom of movement combined with comfort. Very well designed specifically for the female shape and includes some neat features as well.
This review was in Issue 34 of IKSURFMAG.For more information visit ION Products
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By Mary BoothMary has been kitesurfing since 2006, she became and instructor in 2007 and travelled the world teaching the sport that she loves! She joined the IKSURFMAG team in 2008 and has been testing ladies kitesurfing equipment and writing articles from a woman's perspective ever since!