PAT LOVE - CAST
In 2009, The Pat Love Cast was one of the biggest selling harnesses we stocked and was good value for money. The Harness is thermo moulded both inside and out and tends to "stretch just a litle when you get it wet, so buying one that is just a little on the tight side (without being ridiculous) is the right thing to do.
The Cast is around a medium weight and "solid as". It comes with a safety hook knife which sits in it's own pocket on the back right hand side and is retained by a plastic press stud. The spreader bar pad is excellent and really protects you "big time" from any undue pain inflicted by a rising spreader bar.
The Elastic "kidney belts" as I call them, keep the harness down in position nicely and the harness is easy to get into and out of with the releasable hook on the right side strap. The Cast also comes with a fixed handle pass leash bridle which is great for the price. It is easy to fit most leashes to the HP loop. You can also attach the leash to the "D" rings on the sides of the harness.
Overall a good quality, value for money, comfy harness that looks good and lasts if you take care of it.
2009/10 Pat Love Cast
PAT LOVE - QUEST
The PL Quest is the 2009 top of the line mens waist harness and is a bit of a step up from the Cast. The Quest has additional soft neoprene edging where your rib cage starts which is lovely and smooth. Same kind of inner and outer thermo mouldings but appears to have some additional padding to the cast.
The Quest also has no handle pass loop but does have an integrated handle that retracts away. The absence of the HP loop is good for me as I like to run my own bridle in any case so the leash travels smoothly from side to side. This wouldn't be a consideration for a novice kiter.
Same kidney belts and spreader setup as well as great bar pad. The Quest also has additional heavy duty "D" rings on each side for tieing leashes and bridles to.
2009/10 Pat Love Quest
PAT LOVE - TFMK
The new Pat Love "top-of-the-line" mens harness for 2010 is the TFMK (K for kite). This harness is the most comfortable and has the most amount of support whilst allowing full freedom of movement for the freestylers throwing themselves into contortionistic positions.
As well as comfortable, it's fitted as standard with a handle pass leash which has quick release to allow the kite to be dumped in the event of emergency. It also comes with the standard hook knife and has a great spreader bar pad and spreader hook designed to not uncouple accidentally.
For those looking for the best, you've just found it. These harnesses come in a range of colours and will be in limited supply so make sure you get yours early before they sell out.
2010 Pat Love TFMK harness
2010 Pat Love TFMK Inner
PAT LOVE - EVE (for the ladies)
The "Eve" harness was the first real modern ladies harness we started selling and was a significantly different harness from the old Flying Objects harness which we have stopped selling due to it's dated design and lack of serious spreader bar pad.
The "Eve" is most closely related to the mens "Quest " harness in terms of looks and styling. The thick inner and outer thermo formed skins are comfy to wear and most of the ladies we have sold to love them, our only bitch is about the length of adjustment strap can be a bit short to make tightening up a bit tricky and usually needing a friends assistance.
Having said that, the Pat Love spreader bar pad is exceptional and super comfy. We've never had a complaint of spreader bar created pains. The harness fits snugly and holds itself down nicely so long as the kidney belts are velcroed up nice and firmly before cinching down the main straps.
The "Eve" comes in White, baby blue or pink and our experience tells us girls either love it or hate it (pink) no in between The harness also comes with strong "D" rings to allow a solid handle pass leash if chosen, or at last a great spot to handle the load of suicide tension from kite. There is a handle on the back for an assistant to hold and of course they come with a Hook knife in the little pocket.
2009/10 Pat Love Eve Ladies
We recommend that all persons try on first to evaluate first hand, the comfort, fit and to feel if there are any acute contact points which will cause rubbing. Sometimes as little as a neoprene rashie under the harness is all that it takes to alleviate an abrasion issue, sometimes not. Most people have different body shapes and for this reason we do not recommend any particular harness over another. It always should come down to how good it feels when YOU TRY IT ON!
Do not set yourself a budget when buying a harness. You should buy the harness that is most comfortable. Remember that the harness is the conduit through which ALL of the force and pull from the kite is tranfered to your body. During some tricks, the force applied to you can be many times your own body weight, so having a comfortable connection is paramount to your overall enjoyment of the sport.