by Dom Wiseman

The T3 Trapeze Harness from Zhik has just been released on the market. The brand-new dinghy harness has been designed to allow sailors an ultra speedy escape. The new harness from Zhik is impressive on all counts; safety, performance and comfort.

The Innovative Australian apparel manufacturer Zhik, has refined their quick release system on their dinghy harnesses, to allows sailors to escape within seconds. An enhancement of the T2 Harness 2D Velcro system, the T3 Trapeze Harness reduces the speed of harness ejection from around ten seconds to an exceptional just one or two seconds. Zhik’s energetic and innovative team are also passionate, elite sailors. This factor is evident in the finer details of the product.

The T3 Trapeze Harness uses a brand-new Velcro system (patent pending). In the event of a capsize, or other emergency, sailors can almost immediately release themselves from the harness. The double Velcro waist closure system has two high-vis ripcord grab tabs which, when pulled instantly breaks the hold of the Velcro. The rubber trimmed tabs are easy to grip and easy to reach but cannot be activated accidentally. Once the wearer releases the Velcro, the harness can be simply removed by unclicking the chest buckle.

Like the T2 Harness, the T3 Trapeze Harness provides excellent back support and doesn’t impede movement in any way. There is a movable lumbar support, which is adjusted to meet the natural curve of the spine. The Velcro waist can also be adjusted for extra support and comfort.

For sailors more likely to find themselves stopping quickly at great speeds, a Kollition Spine Pad can be fitted into a pocket in the back of the harness. The flexible, impact protection pad will provide you with additional support should you end up stopping at high speeds.

Made from robust, perforated 600 denier nylon, water drains quickly from the harness, while the mesh construction is designed to increases air flow for cooling. The spreader bar is interchangeable to enable servicing or switching in your preferred hook system. Shaped to enable easy torso rotation whilst on the wire, the T3 also uses a stretch fabric for the harness crotch design, for enduring comfort.