• Locks in place, doesn’t ride up or shift from side to side
• Spreads load evenly across back and torso
• Allows full range of motion for uninhibited wave riding
• Low-profile fit, doesn’t get in the way
• Features hook and slider bars for different styles of riding
If you’ve ever dealt with a harness that doesn’t fit properly, hurts your back, rides up too high, shifts from side to side, squeezes your waist under load or inhibits your range of motion, Ride Engine’s hard-shell harness is your problem solver.
The magic lies in Ride Engine’s innovative hard-shell design that locks firmly into your lumbar and spreads load evenly across your back and sides. Based on hundreds of custom molds taken from riders’ backs, the shell provides unrivaled ergonomics and allows for a low-profile, high-performance fit that will literally change your entire kiteboarding experience.
The Elite Series harness features a super stiff and light weight carbon fiber shell that the rest of the harness is built around. For those who want the very best in high-performance materials and construction, this is the harness for you. When compared to the Hex Core model, the Carbon Elite is slightly stiffer, lighter and more durable.
• Improved waist belt with reworked spreader bar integration system
• Upgraded backplate stitching for increased durability
• Neoprene added to the interior of the waistbelt for added comfort and cushion
• Kite knife pocket added
• New sizes added: XS through XXL now available
• Hard-shell construction
• Precision fit
• Lumbar Lock
• Low profile
• Fusion foam
• Integrated waist belt
• Speed-loop closure
• Kite knife pouch
Ride Engine pioneered the hard-shell harness concept and has refined it even further for 2017. The hard shell is ergonomically contoured to the shape and curves of a rider’s back. The shell serves several key functions. Most notably, it spreads load and forces from the kite evenly across the rider’s back and sides. Traditional soft harnesses compress, pinch and fold under pressure, but where they fail, Ride Engine excels.
In Ride Engine’s early days, harnesses were custom built, with shells shaped from molds taken from rider’s backs. These molds were saved, and they served as an invaluable tool in generating the precise shape today’s Armor Harnesses are based around. The result is an ergonomic, form-fitting harness that locks into the contours of your back exceptionally well.
The Armor Harness has a distinct kink vertically along the center of the shell. This feature, aptly named “Lumbar Lock,” is designed to fit into the center of the rider’s back. This serves two purposes- it provides ergonomic support that matches the shape of your body and it locks the harness into place and prevents it from shifting from side to side.
The Armor’s hard shell provides superior back support. Because of this, the harness can be shorter vertically across the rider’s back. This low-profile fit improves rider mobility and range of motion as there is less harness to get in the way or restrict movement.
Super soft foam conforms to the shape of your torso for ultimate comfort and hold. The foam is cushy enough that you don’t feel the hard shell from the inside. The idea is to feel the shell’s support but not the shell itself.
Spreader bar options
Sliding rope: For surfing, freeriding and general hooked-in riding, the sliding rope spreader bar will literally change your kiteboarding experience. Your chicken loop connects directly to the rope and slides freely across the entire length of the spreader bar. With a standard hook, your harness twists and pulls from different angles depending on your body and kite position. The sliding rope system allows you to rotate your body freely, independent of your kite position, which in turn allows you to keep your harness locked-in and low where it is meant to be.
Fixed Hook: For freestyle riders or those who want the ability to unhook, a standard fixed hook spreader bar is also available. Changing between the two options takes about one minute. Riders who use the hook have given rave reviews about the Armor Harness, mainly for the harness’s low-profile, high support advantages. It allows aggressive riders to hold down more kite, ride harder and move more freely than any other harness on the market.
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Services: The NY Kite Center’s lessons, services, clinics and trips are scheduled on a “first come, first serve” basis. To be placed on our schedule or wait list for any lesson, session, service, clinic or trip, we must receive full advance payment, subject to our refund policy – see below.
**NYKC Conducts Kiteboarding Lessons Rain or Shine! All Pre-Flight, Take Off, Power Up, Next Level, Wave Guru, and Go Pro lessons are a maximum of two students, one instructor, and one kite, bar, board set-up**
Cancellation Policy: Please call by 10am the day before your scheduled time to cancel a lesson or session. Failure to do so will result in a $75 cancellation fee. In the event that you cancel your session on the day of with less then 6 hours notice, you will be charge the entire cost of your scheduled lesson. **NYKC Conducts Kiteboarding Lessons Rain or Shine**
Lesson Refund Policy:If your session must be rescheduled due to weather conditions, your credit will be applied to your next scheduled session. Your lesson credit expires one year from the purchase date. (note: as you use your session hours, your remaining credit gets reduced according to the full retail value of the used session hours.) Any un-used, unexpired credit may be used toward the purchase of gear. If you are unable to use your session you can apply the credit toward merchandise purchases in our retail store. If you do not use the credit toward a merchandise purchase a refund of your remaining credit can be issued MINUS a 50% refund fee. Credit from unused lessons are redeemable for up to one year from date of purchase.
Student Lesson Conduct Policy: NY Kite Center reserves the right cancel/void any student lesson if it is determined that the student is under the influence of alcohol or drugs or if they are unable to perform the physical requirements for that specific lesson.
Product Return Policy: Any unused New Gear (non-service item) may be returned within 21 days from date of purchase for a full refund minus any applicable shipping fees. All Used/Demo gear is sold as-is and cannot be returned, only a store credit will be issued if returned within 14 days from the date of purchase. There is a 25% restocking fee on all returns. After 21 days any unused product (non-service item) may only be returned for store credit. This credit amount is valid for up to 12 months from the original purchase date. Deposits on gear purchases are not valid or refundable after 120 days from the date of original deposit. All labels, tags, and original packaging must be return with the specific item. All refunds will be paid less the applicable shipping and restocking fees. Customer is responsible for all shipping cost & drop ship fees associated with the return
Custom Order Purchase/Return Policy: In the event you need to have a custom order placed for an item that you are requesting, we must receive full payment on the specific item and all shipping cost affiliated with that ordered prior to processing your request. If you decide to return your custom order, the return policy is as follows: If the item is returned within 30 days of the delivery date, a refund or store credit can be issued MINUS a 50% restocking fee. If the item is returned after 30 days of the delivery date, a store credit can only be issued MINUS the 50% restocking fee and this credit will be valid for up to 6 months from the return date.
Fraud Protection Policy: If an order does not have a matching shipping & billing address or is flagged through our ecommerce system for a fraud alert, NYKC reserves the right to require additional information to verify the purchase. This can include, but is not limited to, asking the customer to complete a form supplied by NYKC that verifies specific information. Special information could be, but not limited to, the billing & shipping address, the complete credit card number, expiration date, 3-digit code, and name as it appears on the card. NYKC also reserves the right to ask for a government issued ID to be used to verify the purchase. In addition to this, NYKC may require to run a test charge that must be verified by the customer to confirm the purchase.
Domestic (Continental US, excluding Alaska, Hawaii)
Free domestic shipping via UPS Ground, Fed-Ex Ground, 7-Day Express Ground, or US Postal Service Standard shipping is available on all in-stock, non-discounted items.
Expedited Shipping: UPS, Fed-Ex, 7-Day Express, & USPS Overnight and 2-Day services are available at an extra cost. A contact number must be provided to set-up expedited shipping request.
Shipping to PO Boxes can only be done via US Postal Service and therefore is not eligible for free shipping. We can waive this rule for larger orders on a case by case basis.
All orders with non-matching billing and shipping addresses will require a valid phone number for voice verification. For security reasons, in some cases (especially for larger orders), we may require scanned copies of documents to validate buyer’s identity as well as additional verifications through your credit card company.
Custom/Special Orders: All shipping cost must be paid for by the customer. There is no free shipping offer for these types of orders. You will be notified if your request needs to special ordered. In these cases we will contact you to discuss the shipping cost prior to processing your order and payment.
International (and non-Continental US)
All international orders will require a valid telephone number for voice confirmation. For security reasons, in some cases (especially for larger orders), we may require scanned copies of documents to validate buyer’s identity as well as additional verifications through your credit card company.
International orders do not qualify for free shipping. We will utilize USPS, UPS, or Fed-Ex for all international shipments.
Due to shipper limitations on size and weight of packages**, we will be unable to ship certain larger items (most kiteboards) to certain destinations. This will be handled on a case by case basis
Buyer is responsible for all foreign taxes and customs duties. NY Kite Center assumes no responsibility for any extra charges that may occur due to foreign taxes or customs duties.
In cases where a customer is needing to use a freight forwarding company the following rules will apply. The customer must set-up and pay all cost for their shipment. Purchases will only be accepted via cash, bank check, or money transfer. The items will not be released to the freight forwarder until all funds have be cleared for payment
NY Kite Center will not ship directly to other countries (excluding Canada & Puerto Rico). If you choose to use a freight forwarding company, we require that they have a location within the United States.
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Lost or Stolen Gift Cards: We can replace the remaining balance on a lost, stolen or damaged gift card, as long as you have the original purchase receipt. Please call 631-691-0793.
Returning Items Paid By Gift Card: You can return items purchased with gift cards in accordance with our Return & Exchange Policy The return amount will be credited to your account
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