Nuke is a new brand from Italy. The Athom comes packed with Italian styling, and also a marked note of simplicity. The harness is very light, and the faux leather and logo detailing make it look the part. The spreader hook has a rather clever metal clip to stop your chicken loop falling out. A wide V buckle allows single point tensioning with dual point fastening.
The Athom is very easy to get on and off, it has been well thought out from the ground up and the simple buckle system means you only need tension one strap to fix it in place. There is a Velcro belt to ensure the harness stays put and a leash attachment on the back. The spreader bar is integrated into a pad and there is a kite knife that is easily accessible.
The Athom was very comfortable to wear; there were no noticeable pressure points anywhere on the harness. It is quite a low-profile design, which means you feel unrestricted when riding. The “automatic hook locker” clip works well, although you need to remember to flip it up and out of the way should you want to unhook. You can remove the clip should you wish to set the harness up for a more freestyle orientated style of riding.
Overall, Beautiful in it’s simplicity the Athom is easy to put on and easy to get off, comfortable when riding and the neat hook locker function will appeal to freeriders and guys who like to stay hooked in.
This review was in Issue 34 of IKSURFMAG.For more information visit Nuke
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!