Safety & Comfort in One
Story By: Staff of UTV Sports Mag
Photos By: Brandon Bunch
The single most important safety device in a UTV is the seat belt or harness. Regrettably, it is also the most misused and neglected device in the vehicle. Nobody, including us at UTV Sports Magazine, ever has intentions of rolling or wrecking badly enough to need it, but we are off-roading and stuff happens. We can’t forget the fact that there are unknowns around every corner and at the top of every hill. The super nice roll cage and badass seats won’t help you if something were to go wrong and you aren’t belted in properly, or at all. I’m sure a lot of people have the habit of not wearing a seat belt… I’ve seen it, but I’d be willing to bet once you get used to being strapped in properly, you won’t want to go back to those stupid old habits. It really is a lot more beneficial to wear them, as a proper set of harnesses installed and tightened correctly will hold you in the seat, allowing you to relax and ride longer and harder with less fatigue.
There are a plethora of harnesses on the market today. Some are more than adequate for recreational riding, while some are better left in the box and on the shelf. We are sticklers for safety here and make sure every precaution is made before going for a ride. The guys over at G-Force Off-Road sent us a set of their new 2-inch 5-point harnesses to put to the test. G-Force has been building quality safety equipment for the on-road and drag race industry for 30 years, so they clearly have some experience keeping drivers safe. We installed the G-Force 5-points in a 2020 Polaris PRO XP and the fit was complimentary. We could feel the quality of the 2” webbing and the shoulder pads were nice and plush.
The Pro XP took some effort to make it harness-ready but it only took a few minutes once the stock retractable 6-points were out of the way. After getting the harnesses in and adjusted, the shoulder pads landed perfectly when the belts were snugged down tight, and the crotch strap bolted to the retractor bracket keeps the waist strap from climbing up your front-side. There is no real need to keep tightening your belts since the adjusters do a great job keeping everything tight while bouncing down the trail.
There are a few additional items included with the G-Force 5-point harnesses. The sternum strap, which is a nice addition, makes sure the shoulder straps stay in place as the miles go on. They also come with what we are calling the double loop strap. This is something I haven’t seen before. For the applications where you wrap the shoulder webbing around a harness bar instead of bolting, the double loop strap holds the 2 straps together keeping them properly aligned for maximum safety. The instructions provided help to make sure everything is installed properly in any vehicle. Although these are not the most expensive belts out there, they are of great quality and can be relied upon to do the job they were designed to do… which is keeping you safe.