Ion APEX harness review

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Ion APEX harness review

Postby rodeo clown » Wed Sep 24, 2014 4:43 pm

I needed to replace my worn harness recently,
so I went to where the harness experts reside,
Urban Surf, right there next to gasworks park on Lake Union.
Matt Dawson listened to my concerns and had me describe the type of riding that I like to do.
I needed a harness that could be snugged up tight so there was little movement,
yet had shape and softness so that prolonged sessions were comfortable.

He pulled an ION Apex off the rack and told me to strap it on and hang off this rope for a awhile.

The dual strap with quick connect was very easy to adjust and pull down snug.
The hook is fully encased in its pad and modulates the angle perfectly off the rope.
I was stoked to see the safety hook is right under the hook in the pad, super easy to find and quick to pull out.
This was the one, I walked out of that store looking forward to my next session!

I have used the Apex for a dozen sessions now and it has turned out to be one of the best harnesses I have ever used.
Stays put when you are super powered and is very comfortable to dangle off of and carve with.
I have 3 places to set my safety leash, right, left and suicide.

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Re: Ion APEX harness review

Postby RebelRyder » Thu Sep 25, 2014 11:13 am

That new ION Apex harness looks good; the black with orange accent is striking.
I've had mine over the last few years, and it's still holding up well.
It's good to see that ION is continuing to improve their products.
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Re: Ion APEX harness review

Postby bgkiter » Thu Sep 25, 2014 8:30 pm

Looks cool BUT

Does this have a hold down strap for the spreader bar??? Having broken ribs in costa rica I would not use a harness without hold down straps....
Also, how much does it weigh wet? Mystic started to put memory foam in their recent lines and as they get wet they weigh a ton - seriously!
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Re: Ion APEX harness review

Postby rodeo clown » Fri Sep 26, 2014 6:53 am

What is a hold down strap?
Sounds like a last minute fix for a poor design to me.
And a harness that soaks up water would not be part of my quiver for sure.
You won't find stuff like this at Urban Surf,
the crew only recommends what is going to work for you.
(Sorry about the broken ribs, that would totally suck!)
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Re: Ion APEX harness review

Postby bgkiter » Fri Sep 26, 2014 8:32 am

rodeo clown wrote:What is a hold down strap?
Sounds like a last minute fix for a poor design to me.
(Sorry about the broken ribs, that would totally suck!)


Hold down strap is a separate strap from the main spreader bar webbing straps that holds it down in place from the hook to separate (lower) attachments points on each side. All medium/high-end harnesses have it these days. It stops the spreader bar/pad from twisting up into your ribs if the kite pulls directly overhead (ether in a crash or during trick).

Check out this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DXvMT2wLOw4 at 0.32 sec in for explanation. :ugeek:

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Re: Ion APEX harness review

Postby rodeo clown » Fri Sep 26, 2014 12:03 pm

That is a sweet looking harness too.
The Apex hook has not twisted up on me in fully powered conditions or when I've crashed and dragged.
I think the dual strap on each side along with the pad design helps prevent that.
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Re: Ion APEX harness review

Postby Freeride » Fri Sep 26, 2014 12:42 pm

The other thing a hold down strap helps with is if your harness unbuckles. My Mystic Warrior III has been doing this to me at times...the tongue and groove of the mechanism is showing wear to the metal, so I think I need to replace those parts. This happened to me last Sat. and I was able to come in carefully and land.
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Re: Ion APEX harness review

Postby RebelRyder » Fri Sep 26, 2014 2:40 pm

That LF Supreme Harness looks like a nice piece of equipment, but I'd have to try it on to see how it fits the torso; I've heard that poor fit also causes bruised and/or broken ribs.
When I transitioned to waist harnesses some years back, I tried on several from the major manufacturers.
At the time, a few of the well known brands felt like they would dig into my torso at the edges after wearing them for a few hours.
I tried the Apex and noticed that it's profile fit me fine (I'm a 34 inch waist and got a medium Apex)...fitment is my main check point in a harness.
It had (and still has) ample padding on all the edges so it is comfy even after wearing for several hours, and it is well constructed & durable. After 4 years of using it, only very minor wear.
And in terms of soaking up water and getting water logged, I've not experienced that — thanks for the heads-up about new products suffering from improvement.
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Re: Ion APEX harness review

Postby BBQ Jim » Thu Dec 11, 2014 7:10 pm

I've been using this exact harness for the past year. It's great! The harness has 2 straps on each side, one tightens the harness and the other pulls down on the bar clip. The system serves the same function of the hold down strap but you don't have to lace it thru each time. I shared bgkiter's concern about the hold down strap but the system work great and does not ride up.

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Re: Ion APEX harness review

Postby C.J. » Thu Dec 11, 2014 9:02 pm

when my waist line was smaller my harness didn't ride up as much.

true story....
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