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2013 Buyer’s Guide: Prolimit

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The Prolimit lineup of harnesses, wetsuits, and travel bags has been freshly updated for 2013. New for this year is the C4, a kiteboarding-specific wetsuit. Prolimit’s Kyle Flower answered our questions about what we can expect from the extensive line of products from Prolimit in 2013.

What are some of the highlights of the 2013 Prolimit wetsuit line?

The new C4, a kiteboarding-specific suit is really the big show in Prolimit wetsuits this year. These suits are designed with kiteboarding requirements in mind and have features to match.

What are some of the features of the Prolimit wetsuits that set them apart from other brands?

The C4 has drain holes in the ankles to prevent any of the water bagging normally associated with kiteboarding. The chest panel is placed high and has been improved for comfort with harness movement in mind.

The basic C4 has glued and blind stitched seams for good mobility and durability. There is also an FTM version of the C4 that uses fluid tape on top of the normal blind stitch to add more durability and allow less heat to escape.

What are the main differences between the different harnesses?

Our harness models vary in their individual combinations of back support and flexibility. This means we can find the perfect fit and comfort level based on the rider’s preference. Features like the internal bar pad system and a spreader pin release system make the Prolimit line stand apart with ease of use, safety, and overall quality of experience.

With harnesses is there usually a tradeoff between support and flexibility?

A more supportive harness generally gives the rider more to lean against and more load distribution. This can lessen the load during gusts or powered tricks. A more flexible harness will conform to your body shape much easier. Some riders find more comfort in this since your movement is less restricted during wave riding, tricks, etc.

The genius behind the Prolimit harnesses is that you can have a harness that is both flexible and supportive at the same time. Careful thought has been given to build a support level in the center of the harness with a flexibility level in the top and bottom areas of the harnesses.

What are some of the basic differences between seat and waist harnesses?

The biggest difference between a seat and waist harness is where the power of the kite is loading on your body. A seat harness loads lower on your body allowing you to use more of your weight to hold the kite’s power. A waist harness loads the power higher on your body, but without legstraps it provides more mobility to your legs.

2013 Prolimit C4

With so many harnesses in the line, what’s the best way for a rider to find the model best suited to them?

All it really takes is trying several on to feel the difference. If the rider knows what level of support they want, all Prolimit harnesses have the back support and stiffness ratings printed directly on the hernesses.

Are there any other special Prolimit products you’d like to highlight?

The Kitewaist Pro and FX are our two most popular harnesses. Between quality, comfort, and value, it’s going to be hard to not pick up a Prolimit harness this season.

Want 185 pages of 2013 kiteboarding gear info on 28 brands? Check out the TKB 2013 Buyer’s Guide.

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