Atlantic Chest Harness

This tie was a collaboration between Angel666 and MissLee (missleekink on Instagram). Together they created a suspendible arms free chest harness that is not only comfortable, but also looks pretty darned good! This is a tie designed for intermediate riggers who are already using arms free chest harnesses and are looking for a new element. Beginners can of course follow the steps and attempt to tie the chest harness, but we recommend that you seek hands on tuition from an experienced rigger who already uses arms free chest harnesses before ever going airborne. 

We have attempted to keep the rear as 'flat' as possible against the spine. You might choose to use other frictions at the rear, we recognise that everyone ties slightly differently and we all have our own favourite locking frictions. We used nylon to tie this which can be quite bulky as the frictions build. You'll find that you can use extra frictions when using natural fibres since you will be able to compact them.

We look forward to seeing your versions, no doubt you will make the back a lot prettier than we have! (For once we've left in the rope joins so you can see where we would place them).

  • Start at the back and pass the bight under the right armpit, over the right breast, under the left breast and then create a larks head at the rear.​

  • Create a reverse tension by taking the running end back on itself and round to the right under the breast.

  • Pass the running end under the right breast, across the chest diagonally, above the left breast and to the rear under the left armpit.

  • Create a reverse tension at the rear so the rope leads back to the left side. Pass the running end under the left breast, diagonally across the chest, over the right breast and under the right armpit.

  • Create a reverse tension at the rear so the rope leads back to the right side, under the right breast, diagonally across the chest, creating a weave as the ropes cross and over the left breast, under the left armpit to the back.

  • Pass the running end between the upper and lower wrap, diagonally over and under the bottom wrap to emerge between the two wraps and then lock with a half hitch as pictured. 

  • Pass the running end over the right shoulder, diagonally across the chest to the left side of the harness. Keep the line away from the neck since you need space for other lines later.

  • Weave the running end over and under the chest wraps as shown above. This weave will only work one way so ensure it looks like the picture above. Tension the weave to bring the lines together evenly before passing the running end over the left shoulder.

  • Pass the running end behind the horizontal wraps, over and under the lower wrap, exiting out towards the right.

  • Pass the running end parallel to but below the lower wrap and create a half hitch on the right lower wrap. (the position of this will be dictated by your models comfort). Ensure the rope exits towards the waist.

  • Pass the running end around the waist twice, keeping the lines flat and ensuring they dont cross. Create a munter hitch at the front, ensuring the running end exits towards the left as shown.

  • Create a half hitch on the left lower wrap, ensuring the running end exits to the left, keeping the line parallel but below the lower wrap lines.

  • Pass the running end under and over the right lower wrap at the rear, then diagonally across to go under and over the left lower wrap, locking it as shown so that the end exits downwards.

  • Pass the running end under the waist line and back up. Pass the rope around it self as many times as necessary depending on how long your model's back is in order to pass it under the right lower wrap. (Do not pull the waist line up out of position, just maintain enough tension to link the chest wraps to the waist line).

  • Pass the running end between the upper and lower wrap and then underneath the top wrap so that it exits diagonally to the right shoulder.

  • Pass the running end between the previous right shoulder line and the neck, crossing diagonally across the chest.

  • Weave under and over the top wrap as shown, circle back on yourself and weave under then over the top wrap and weave under the diagonal lines back to the right shoulder between the neck and the previous two lines. Apply tension to the weaved lines, keeping the ropes flat before taking the rope to the rear.

  • Pass the running end under the upper left wrap.

  • Pass the running end between the upper and lower wrap, going under the right upper wrap and exiting diagonally towards the left shoulder, weaving as you pass the other lines.

  • Pass the running end between the neck and the previous left shoulder line diagonally across the chest. Weave the running end under, over, under the diagonal lines.

  • Weave the running end over  and under the upper horizontal wrap, circle back on yourself and weave over and under, keeping the rope flat, then weave through the diagonal lines towards the left shoulder. Apply tension to the weaved lines, keeping the ropes flat before taking the rope to the rear.

  • Weave the rope at the rear between the diagonal lines and pass under the right upper wrap. Finish off with a locking friction, burn any excess rope and tidy away all loose ends as required.