a little bit of advice please

Surfboard and wave specific kite info'
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Alan.jw
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Tue Jun 26, 2012 11:49 am

i am new to this and only have a couple of things to get before im ready, so

wetsuit - what thickness is best for uk waters and does brand name make a difference?
harness - waist or seat?

this is all i need to complete my kit, well to get me started at least,
any advise would be great

Al.
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lucie
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Tue Jun 26, 2012 12:21 pm

Wetsuit - you'll need something like a 5/3 for the colder days in the UK. This means 5mm thick neoprene in the body of the suit (to keep your core warm) and 3mm for the limbs (to give you some flexibility). You may want to opt for just a 3mm suit for the summer, though I wear a 5/3 all year round because I feel the cold. Smooth skin wetsuits are warmer than double lined but are more prone to snagging and damage than double lined. Brand is less important than fit. Try wetsuits on and get the one that fits closely - water flushing will make you cold.

Harness - most people learn with a seat harness and progress to a waist harness when up and riding. Learners tend to spend a bit of time with the kite at 12 and a waist harness can pull up towards your ribs and get a bit uncomfortable. Again, try a variety of harnesses on and see what feels comfortable.
Alan.jw
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Wed Jun 27, 2012 1:35 pm

Thanks for the advice Lucie, i have gone for O'Neill Epic 2 CT 5x3 Wetsuit.
just on the hunt now for the right harness.
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Wed Jun 27, 2012 1:41 pm

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Hi Alan,

Come down to Calshot & try some harnesses on at 24-7 Boardsports. We have a hang point in the shop so you can get a feel for what fits.

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lucie
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Wed Jun 27, 2012 1:52 pm

Good call on the o neill epics, Al, I have two of their ladies epics!

Maybe see you down at Calshot if you take up Dan's offer to go hang off their wall trying on harnesses!

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Alan.jw
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Wed Jun 27, 2012 5:10 pm

Thanks Dan i think i might take you up on your offer i will try and get down this weekend.
see you all soon
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Fri Jul 05, 2013 6:43 am

Bought 3 before found the right one ....Mystic Majestic.... (waist) doesent ride up your back stays in place comfortable , helps to absorb impacts substantial bit of kit not the cheapest (found the cheaper ones a complete waste of money in the long run, uncomfortable and the problem of riding up your back) what ever you get try it on the sizing can be funny for harnesses avoid mail order.
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Fri Jul 05, 2013 4:30 pm

The Epic is a very nice warm suit, got the same a couple months ago..warm as toast in my winter time. Sea temp is around 4deg C.

Thermal rash vest is a good idea, or a nice thin fleece top. I can just get away with wearing a thin fleece under my wetsuit, I don't bother in the summer obviously.

Think about a Dinghy Smock for winter, cuts down on the windchill. Not sure it would be good for a waist harness though. I use a seat harness so its not an issue.
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