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mrchocky



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PostPosted: Sun Oct 28, 2012 9:37 am    Post subject: Dakine harness fastener instructions? Reply with quote

I've just started on learning harness (doing my time with various line lengths), but I'm having problems with my Dakine waist harness - the strap holding the spreader bar slips loose. This is an older model with the "floating" metal plate.

I've tried various ways of stringing the strap through, but all come loose under pressure after a minute or two. Can someone point me at a diagram/video of the correct way to do it, since I can't seem to find any.

I do have some other seat harnesses too, but I've not tried those yet.

Thanks!
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windward1



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PostPosted: Sun Oct 28, 2012 10:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Do you have a picture of it?
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zirtaeb



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PostPosted: Sun Oct 28, 2012 11:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It'sa 13 year old style stainless buckle, you strap the webbing thru backwards, slide the buckle/strap assemybly thru backwards, and HERE's the thing, slide the webbing thru AGAIN, so it faces your back.
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isobars



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PostPosted: Sun Oct 28, 2012 1:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Am I the only one who suspects a harness newby should learn with a seat harness instead of a waist harness?
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zirtaeb



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PostPosted: Sun Oct 28, 2012 1:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Only after they constantly get sore backs from the waist harness.
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isobars



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PostPosted: Sun Oct 28, 2012 1:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That takes me one reach.

Besides that, there's the problem of riding up if not used expertly.

And the paradigm that waist harnesses are more for max maneuverability than for cruising or even most B&J.
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tweeky



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PostPosted: Sun Oct 28, 2012 4:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

isobars wrote:
That takes me one reach.

Besides that, there's the problem of riding up if not used expertly.

And the paradigm that waist harnesses are more for max maneuverability than for cruising or even most B&J.


Right with you on this one... mrchocky, I agree with Isobars. If you have a good-fitting seat harness, start with that. A waist harness is nice for some styles of riding, but a seat-harness will make learning to get your weight properly in the harness line easier.
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zirtaeb



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PostPosted: Sun Oct 28, 2012 5:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Could somebody further expound on how Mr.Chocky can make his Dakine stainless two piece buckle hold tight? I didn't make it to Berkeley today, still stuck at USDA offices.
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mat-ty



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PostPosted: Sun Oct 28, 2012 7:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If its the buckle I am thinking of you have to weave the strap through the buckle once and then come around the end and weave back underneath the strap in the opposite direction. Like any good knot , if done right it should tighten upon itself and only get more holding power with more pull put on it.

I hope that makes sense!!
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mrchocky



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PostPosted: Sun Oct 28, 2012 7:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Advice appreciated all round. I didn't make it to Berkeley today either, and although the wind was pretty crappy yesterday, it was more than enough to practice with harness.

On that note, I decide to forge my life vest - the fit with it and the harness is not very good, and my new boots, helmet and harness itself provide plenty of flotation, and I was almost too buoyant with vest too. However, this means as noted above, the waist harness can ride up if not done properly.

I'll try my seat harness next weekend, and see how that goes. I also took the advice of lengthening the port side harness line due to the chop on return to shore at Berkeley, and that definitely helped too.
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