At A Glance
The new Mystic Stealth harness hit the market a couple of months ago to some fanfare; it followed hot on the heals of the excellent Stealth spreader bar system that they released a little while back. If you’ve experienced the Stealth spreader bar, you will have some idea of how this harness has been designed. The Stealth bar was a stylish, minimalist affair and the harness follows that design remit. Essentially a cross between the Majestic hardshell series and the Legend series it is poised to be the most advanced harness on the market to date.
The Legend was a harness made purely from foams that didn’t absorb water; the aim was to make it light and to stay light when wet. By combining this idea with the hardshell, the plan was to make the ultimate lightweight hardshell harness. There is no neoprene to absorb water, no unnecessary parts to add weight, just the hardshell, Flexagon Drytech foam, buckles, webbing and buckle garage.
Obviously, it works perfectly with the awesome Stealth spreader bar which comes in both a hook and a rope slider option for kiters.
On The Water
It goes without saying that the harness fit is critical; the idea of the Stealth is that the backplate isn’t totally rigid. It uses the Bionic Core Frame which is made of a carbon composite material, it’s stiff but allows a certain amount of flex. This allows the harness to fit a wider range of riders than the stiffer framed designs such as the Majestic X.
The rest of the harness is made up of the non-water absorbing Flexagon Drytech foam that we talked about earlier. It looks very cool in the hands, but how does it feel on the water? Well, for me, and my body shape it is, without doubt, one of the most comfortable harnesses I have ever worn. We are testing a bunch of harnesses at the moment, and the Stealth is always the one I keep coming back to.
When I’m foiling, I barely notice I am wearing it. As the wind increases, I know it’s there, but even on long sessions, I don’t feel any discomfort. It’s light, stays light and distributes the load exceedingly well. If the harness fits you and feels good in the shop, there is a good chance when you hit the water you’ll be as impressed as I have been.
Packed with tech, exceedingly lightweight, the perfect marriage with the Stealth spreader bar and extremely comfortable. Perfect for travellers and riders who don’t want a soggy harness after every session!
This review was in Issue 84 of IKSURFMAG.For more information visit Mystic
By Rou ChaterRou has been kiting since the sports inception and has been working as an editor and tester for magazines since 2004. He started IKSURFMAG with his brother in 2006 and has tested hundreds of different kites and travelled all over the world to kitesurf. He's a walking encyclopedia of all things kite and is just as passionate about the sport today as he was when he first started!