With world champ Bruna Kajiya on Mystic’s international team it’s not surprising that they’ve created a signature harness for her. The Shadow Kite harness is a striking number with a fantastic colourway as well as a whole host of innovative features.
With a 3D-Thermo moulded foam interior and exterior this harness certainly means business. Cut smaller than the men’s version to take into account the female figure it also has soft neoprene edges to provide comfort when riding without a rash vest or wetsuit.
There’s a Velcro ‘battlebelt’ waist closure and a single point buckle system holding the spreader bar in place, with an additional webbing strap which keeps the hook held down low. The Mystic version 3 Clickerbar works well, making the harness quick to close, the push mechanism to release it again took a bit of practise as there’s a certain knack to it, once you’ve mastered it though you don’t have to think twice. The integrated spreader bar pad has a kite line knife tucked away neatly too should you ever be in need of one. Delta shaped power rings hold the handle pass leash in place and the side buckles are covered to prevent wear from carrying your board.
This was the broadest women’s harness we had on test and it seemed quite stiff when we first put it on, so we were unsure how well it would fit when riding. We were pleasantly surprised, and suitably impressed however, as it exceeded expectations and was really quite comfortable with a good range of movement.
Overall this is certainly a world champion standard harness and the construction is bombproof. Lightweight, comfortable and some neat technical features. Oh, and it’s pretty good-looking too, just like it’s name-sake!
This review was in Issue 34 of IKSURFMAG.For more information visit Mystic
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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!