Test: Artness Harness Lines

01/08/2023

Test: Artness Harness Lines

I thought it would be useful to record my first impressions of rigging and using the Artness wingfoil harness lines today. We are selling this system however I will try to provide as unbiased a review as possible! 


Installation

The Artness system comes in a simple, clear bag, with everything you need. There is a small business card with a QR code which leads directly to the tutorial on the Artzner 3d website. 

Installing the harness line is very intuitive and simple, and took me about 5 minutes. The velcro that wraps around the handle looks really well made and solid. High quality Dyneema rope is used for the harness line. The 3D printed pieces appear very solid. The main aspects to think about when installing are: 1) position of the attachment points on your two handles or boom, so that they won't get in the way of your natural hand positions and 2) how much length you want in your harness line. All of this was quite easy to figure out. 

On the water - first impressions

I tested the Artness at Hasseltangen in about 6-8 m/s NE winds (measured at Store Torungen) on my Ensis Score 5.2 (soft handles). 

The first big impression is that there are no lines hanging around. I didn't have to worry about the harness line hitting me when pumping the wing to get onto foil. This is the best thing about the system - it stays out of the way. 

I thought the attachment points to the handle would also get in the way of my hands, but this wasn't the case at all. 

Once on foil, as the harness line stays tight so you need to bring the wing quite close to your body in order to hook in. For this reason the system may not suit complete beginners - it requires a certain level of confidence to pull off the move. 

I also had to be a bit careful not to hook into the middle handle of the Ensis Score, which lies very close to the line. For wings with just just two handles and/or a gap between the front and rear handles, this won't be an issue at all. 

As the harness system has a constant positive pressure - the action of unhooking has to be a bit more deliberate than with a static line.

But after about 30 minutes on the water I figured all these aspects out and from that point on I could just focus on wingfoiling and forget about the harness line. Unhooking and going into the jibes was fantastic without a dangling line. The whole thing felt very clean and nice. 

Can Artness stay on the wing after deflation?

To my pleasant surprise, the 3rd attachment point is tight enough to stay in place after deflating the wing. So you don't need to worry about re-attaching any pieces once you inflate your wing again. 

Conclusions: who is the Artness harness line for?

I think this system is fantastic for all disciplines - freeriding, freestyle, wave riding, and racing - as it gives the advantage of having a harness line that can be used when needed, but is completely out of the way when not in use. It suits intermediate to advanced riders, but may not be suited to complete beginners for the reason mentioned above. 

With regards to wing suitabililty, it will fit both soft and hard handles. If you have a middle handle on your wing which lies close to the harness line, this could present a slight challenge. This should not be an issue for most wings on the market, however. Otherwise, it's a completely worry-free system!

The Artness Harness line is available on our webshop here!