If you are wondering about going the hard shell harness way, this might be helpful.
One take away: Ride Engine remains the most stiff and structurally stable hard shell harness out there, although The Mystic Majestic X was not tested here.
Ion introduces a new closing system with a lever.
Start with the Ride Engine 1:28 – Brunotti Smartshell 3:19 – Prolimit Vapor 5:19
ION CS Freeride 7:25
15 kitesurfers tested the RIDE ENGINE HEX CORE, THE PROLIMIT VAPOR, THE BRUNOTTI SMART SHELL and the ION CS FREERIDE HARNESSES. View the youtube video and find out what we we experienced.
Riders in Video: Ruben Versluis & Anne Jelmer Boek
Links to the products:
Ride Engine: http://www.rideengine.com/GEAR/Wind/
The Prolimit Vapor: http://www.prolimit.com/product/vapor/
Brunotti Smartshell: http://rdp.brunotti.com/en/products/waterwear/mens/harnesses/smartshell-youri-zoon-multi-use-harness#adcbc3
Ion CS Freeride: Coming soon.