Ride Engine Hex-Core Harness Review

I was hating my harness! The first thing to bring me off the water was sore hips. But as flimsy as my old harness was, I had rigged a sliding hook to it that worked well and I didn’t want to give that up. I was looking for three things in a new harness; comfort, durability, and a nice sliding connection system for wave riding with more than a few inches of travel. After a year with the Ride Engine Hex I can say it’s delivered on all counts.

Here are the highlights:

Comfort: Ride Engine was the first to develop the hard-shell type harness. Now other major brands are following suit and I’m betting this construction will soon be the standard. From the first use, I could feel the difference in the load distribution. The wrap around design eliminates any pressure points and there’s no pinching on my hips. Some have touted this hard-shell construction as being a cure for “riding up”. I have not found this to be the case and still like to cinch it down as tight as I can before launching. There have been complaints about the harness getting loose while riding due to webbing slippage. Ride Engine recommends to run the webbing back through the top slot of the buckle and I’ve found this to be completely effective.

Durability: I kite 1 to 4 days a week on average year round. After 1 year there are no noticeable signs of wear or fatigue. The hard shell remains as stiff as the day I bought it and still distributes the load evenly. Even cosmetically, the harness still looks new. So far so good on durability.

Spreader Bar Options: The system is proprietary which means your old hooks won’t work, but the good news is that Ride Engine offers a number of fixed and sliding connection bar options. In addition, Dynabar which many considered the gold standard of sliding connection systems, now has an adapter kit for the Ride Engine. I went with the Dynabar option because it offered a little more travel than the stock Ride Engine bars at the time.

Check out Dynabar Spreader Bars HERE.

Sizing: As far as sizing, I had read tips that said to buy a size up from what you normally wear, and others said to size down. I wasn’t in a position to try one on before I ordered so I followed the directions on the website and measured my waist with a tape. This lead me to order an XL which ended up being too big. My pant size is around 35” and a large ended up being about right. If anything, I could go down to a medium.

Summary: If I had to find something negative to say about the Hex, it might be that it seems a bit heavier than other harnesses I’ve tested. If you are someone who strives for the lightest possible gear, take a look at the carbon models and pair with the carbon bar option. Ride Engine also offers custom heat molded models. My off-the-shelf Hex is so comfortable, I can only imagine what the custom molded fit feels like. With pricing starting at $249 (harness only, no bar) these Ride Engine harnesses cost more than you’re probably used to but for the comfort and expected durability I consider it money well spent. For 2017, Ride Engine has expanded their sizes to include XS and XXL. There’s a bit more padding in front and they claim to have improved their injection molding process for added strength.

O’Neill Wetsuits – TechnoButter Neoprene Video

O’Neill’s exclusive TechnoButter Neoprene boasts a 20% lighter formula with a 30% less water absorption and quick dry properties that make this the most technical and buttery neoprene on the market. Available in the O’Neill Psychofreak, Psycho 3 and Psycho 1.

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Rip Curl Flash Bomb Plus Wetsuit Specifications

Just in from Rip Curl is the new Flash Bomb Plus Wetsuit!  A step up from last years SIMA award winning wetsuit, this new suit is a surfers wet dream.  With all the bells and whistles, plus a few improvements, you won’t be let down by this top of the line, cutting edge fullsuit.  The Flash Bomb Plus offers seven layers of material that work together to keep you as warm, dry, and free moving as possible.  Most notable is the new AIR-LOC Technology which is a layer of super tech air pocketed neoprene that is lighter and more flexible than ever.  Outside of this is the TITANIUM Technology which traps in more heat, longer, while not reducing flexibility.

At this time the Flash Bomb Plus is available in Black, however other colors are coming soon, so stay tuned.  Made in both a 3/2 and 4/3 thickness, check out the full features below.

– RIP CURL FLASH BOMB PLUS WETSUIT –

The all new 2012/2013 Flash Bomb Plus redefines the ultimate in wetsuits.  Warmth, flexibility, comfort, and overall performance are unparalleled.  Our new Titanium Airloc Neoprene and Flash Lining combo provides warmth and comfort, while E3+ Flex Panels provide insane flexibility.  The suit is constructed using Rip Curl Stitchless Technology back by Aquaban External and E3+ Taped Internal Seams.

Thickness: 3/2mm and 4/3

Neoprene: 100% E3 Neoprene

Seams: E3 Tape Plus Aquaban Combo

Zipper: Chest Zip

Hood: None

Model Year: 2012/2013

Manufactures Part Number: WSMXGF and WSMXHF

Sizing: Rip Curl Wetsuits Size Chart

AIR-LOC
The middle layer of neoprene is a unique air chamber construction.  Air is the ultimate insulator, keeping you warmer, lighter and more flexible.

TITANIUM
On either side of the air chambers this is a layer of titanium coating to lock in your body heat.

FLASH LINING
Internal lining makes the Flash Bomb wetsuit the worlds fastes drying wetsuit.  Dry fast.  Surf more.

100% E3 NEOPRENE
The lightest most flexible and warmest neoprene available.

E3+ NEOPRENE ACTION PANELS
The leader in high performance suits has gotten even better.  The Flash Bomb Plus utilizes the best materials and construction to maximize high performance flex zones.  We added more E3+ to the Flash Bomb Plus to all for even more stretch through the torso and legs.  E3+ ergonomic flex panesl have been added through the major movement zones around the knee.

E3 TAP PLUS AQUABAN COMBO
Double taped to create ultimate waterproof seal.  New E3+ super stretch tape on internal seams Aquaban Liquid tape on external seams for maximum sealing and durability.

OTHER FEATURES

  • 4-Way Stretch Paneles
  • Seamless Underarms
  • Mesh Skin
  • Drainage System
  • Hydro-Lock Collar
  • S-Flex Knees
  • Stash Pocket

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Future Fins - Elevon Quad

New from Futures, the Elevon Quad is a revolutionary surf fin made from space age materials that has a price tag to match.  Is it all a gimmick?  We don’t think so.  Over seven years in the making, they’ve got to have come up with something!  Watch the video below and decide for yourself.

ěl’ə-vŏn’ – The Elevon has a surface combining lift and control. It took seven years of R&D to come up with the unique 3D surface contours that create an unbelievable amount of lift and drive. Use them on your quad to effortlessly carry you through flat sections and find speed to go vertical where you didn’t know it was possible. A balanced medium sized template designed to perform in a variety of conditions.