How to choose your paragliding harness.
- May 25, 2019
How to choose your harness – Paragliding Tips:
Your paragliding harness has a massive effect on your overall performance. Some harnesses can help you gain stability, safety, and comfort. Others might not be as comfortable but definitely make up for it with performance. In this blog post, you’ll learn how to choose your harness, what you should consider and what’s the best type of paragliding harness for you.
Define your priorities before looking for your paragliding harness
Many things can play a role in your decision to buy this or that harness, and each pilot has different demands. With so many harnesses options on the market, it’s crucial to define your priorities before looking for a brand or product.
What to consider to choose your harness?
- The right type of harness for you: standard upright, pod or specialist harness
- Kind of leg straps: ordinary, V-style, T and so on
- Aspects such as back protection, reversible, seat board
- Comfortable structure for its purpose
Some other questions to ask yourself when choosing your harness
- Do you need to worry about the weight of the harness? For example, if you plan to hike uphill carrying it on your back, and you have a bad back, finding a lightweight harness is vital.
- How long are your flights? The answer to this question allows you to assess how important comfort is for you.
- Is safety your primary goal in buying a new harness? If so, a harness with proper back protection might be better for you.
Types of paragliding harnesses
Standard Upright Harness
With an upright harness, the seat hugs your body while your legs are free which makes it much easier for you to land and to recover from extreme situations. This is a perfect harness for beginners and recreational pilots.
The standard upright harness helps you hone in your piloting skills and develop the right flying habits, that will be a fantastic advantage when you are ready to progress.
This harness gives the pilot a reclined sitting position and a leg fairing. Though pod harnesses can deliver in comfort and performance, especially during long flights, they require way more piloting skills and experience than the standard.
Pod harnesses are more complicated when it comes to take-off, as well as unstable in severe conditions. While you will get warmer and reduce dragging, they will add extra weight.
You might take some time to get used to a pod, but, when they are set up correctly, they can provide you with superior performance and a feeling of security.
As you know, there are many subcategories when it comes to paragliding. This type of harness encompass all subcategories, such as:
- Speed flying
- Mountain paragliding
- Hike & fly
These are only a few of many. Most often, these paragliding categories require specific equipment and compromises. For instance, pilots that need as little extra weight as possible will exchange comfort and durability for a lightweight harness.
What’s the type of harness you are looking for?
Size and fitting
When you chose your harness, make sure you check its size and fitting. There’s no such thing as one size fits all, unfortunately. Your harness needs to be the perfect fit for your body. Small pods will be uncomfortable while large ones will make the pilot slide. The harness needs to hug you while also being easy to get in and out of it.
Make sure your harness:
- Support your hips and back
- Is easy to get in and out
- Has a leg support that fits your thighs’ length
Each manufacturer might have different sizes when it comes to S, M and L. Plus, harnesses usually have many points of adjustments to increase the comfort, safety, and performance. The best thing to do is to try varied sized and see what fits you.
One last consideration to keep in mind when you choose your harness is how it works with the rest of your gear, namely the change in weight and performance.
When you make those decisions and establish your priorities, choosing your paragliding harness will be much easier. Now you know what to look for in a harness, all that’s left is for you to find yours.