Advance IMPRESS 4
|Pilot height||155-172 cm||165-183 cm||178-200 cm|
|Seatboard width||31.5 cm||33 cm||34.5 cm|
|Carabiner height¹||46 cm||47 cm||48 cm|
|Harnes weight²||6.4 kg||6.6 kg||6.8 kg|
|Certification||EN / LTF||EN / LTF||EN / LTF|
|Rucksack weight||1.3 kg||1.3 kg||1.3 kg|
¹ Carabiner height¹ with seatboard.
² Weight with protector, ready to fly.
Important: Pilots in the following intermediate height ranges (165 to 172 cms - S or M harness, and 178 to 183 cms - M or L harness) are recommended to test both relevant speedbag sizes for the best fit. The correct speedbag length is fundamental to comfort and a flawless shape.
IMPRESS 4 scope of delivery, all-in-one:
- Advance IMPRESS 4 harness
- COMFORTPACK 3 130 L, IMPRESS 4 edition
- Windshield with protective cover
- Detachable cockpit
- Hook knife
- Radio pocket
- 2 Edelrid «Alias Speed» carabiners
- Air intake with NRV
- Certified foam protector
- Comfort foam in the back
- 4 SAS-TEC foam elements
- Carbon seatboard
- Drag chute pocket foam blank
- 30 mm Ronstan speed system pulleys
- Carbon foot plate
- Speed system
- 2 reserve containers (left and right)
- 2 reserve connection lines (one fitted)
- Reserve compartment blank
- Blank reserve pins
IMPRESS 4 – accessible throne
The IMPRESS 4 is the first full-on competition and XC paragliding harness from Advance offering two reserve compartments (left and right), removable carbon seatboard and full aerodynamic rear tail-spoiler. Other features include a drag parachute pocket and ballast compartment.
Streamlined: best possible aerodynamics
Perfect aerodynamics received the highest attention for this High-End harness. The ideal shape results from innumerable CFD analyses in the virtual wind tunnel. An own-design air intake tube of minimal diameter with non-return-valve ensures a solidly inflated tail spoiler. The result is a crease-free, streamlined silhouette for maximum performance.
Compact: a place for it in any paraglider rucksack
Any normal paraglider rucksack will have room for the exceptionally compact IMPRESS 4, which weighs from 6.4 kg. The aerodynamically optimised tail spoiler is a first for a fully-operational cross country harness. A folding line across the back makes the harness easy and straightforward to pack in any normal paraglider rucksack.
Dual Mode: with or without seatboard
The IMPRESS 4 boasts another revolutionary feature: it can be flown with or without its seatboard, requiring no special restriction or change of settings. With the seatboard you have a harder, more sporty feeling, conveying higher directional stability and direct feedback from the wing. Without it you can enjoy a comfortable and more damped Cruiser-Feeling, conveniently enclosed in the body-conforming seat shell.
Technologies & Features
All-round protection includes maximum comfort
More protection and comfort than ever: now the IMPRESS 4 pilot’s body is completely surrounded by SAS-TEC components within the seat shell. These memory foam parts effectively protect against impacts and external hard objects and match themselves to an individual’s personal ergonomics. A generous foam protector under the seat and Comfort-Foam in the back share the credit for both comfort and protection.
Stable shape, firmly inflated tail spoiler
Minimal air intake area and maximum internal pressure in the tail spoiler – a contradiction? Not for the IMPRESS 4, which has a single, side air intake of only 5 cm diameter to maintain a solidly inflated tail section. A non-return valve does not allow the spoiler to deform or empty, even under large changes of relative airflow.
2 Reserves: left, right or both
The IMPRESS 4 has two reserve container compartments under the seat, separated by an internal partition. Compartment size can be adjusted to suit reserve volumes. If you use a single reserve this can be fitted for right or left deployment. Delivery includes a foam spacer and securing pins for the empty side.
Drag chute Pocket
The Drag chute pocket is at hip level, and can be opened from either side. It can be activated in one simple movement and the chute restowed with similar ease. This pocket could also be used as additional storage of personal items or ballast.
Useful ballast compartment
The 5 litre capacity ballast compartment is under the seat.
Pockets & Compartments
The IMPRESS 4 has many practical pockets and compartments.
Smooth Acceleration System
The two-loop speed system is very straightforward to use. Wide straps mean that perfectly positioned feet are simple to arrange, and centering the speed lines is very easy. Speed loop geometry has been arranged so that those many kilometres of continuous accelerated flight become effortless.
Speedbag Size Choice 3x3
An important factor for both comfort in flight and the flawless silhouette of the IMPRESS 4 is a correct speedbag length. Flexible material means that a majority of pilots will find the speedbag corresponding to their harness size to be satisfactory. (S, M, L). But nature may have different ideas (e.g. long body/short legs or vice versa) so a speedbag of a different size to that of the harness can be ordered.
Easy to pack
The especially compact IMPRESS 4 will fit in any normal paraglider rucksack – a new characteristic for a fully-operational cross country harness with a drag-reducing tail spoiler. A folding line across the back makes it convenient and easy to pack in the rucksack.
With or without a seatboard
It can be flown with or without its seatboard, with no additional restriction – and without having to change a setting or adjustment. With seatboard in place you experience that stiffer sports-suspension feeling: maximum tracking stability and direct feedback from the wing. When you remove the seatboard – simplicity itself – you can enjoy a comfortably damped Cruiser-Feeling and feel pleasantly enclosed in the all-encompassing seat shell.
The especially handy cockpit has a large easy-to-see instrument panel as well as several pockets. The main cockpit can be easily opened in flight – even with gloves. Several cable accesses lead to an external battery pocket. The instrument panel can be detached and instruments can be protected with a neoprene cover.
Windshield for even more flying comfort
The windshield reduces windchill and therefore a significant loss of body heat. Continuous wind noise on long transits – especially while accelerated – is reduced. This makes a great contribution to the achievement of long flights without excessive tiredness.
The Hook Knife is stowed in a pocket under the cockpit and secured with a leash. It can be used in an emergency situation to cut belts or lines.
Alias Speed Carabiners
In cooperation with German hardware manufacturer Edelrid custom carabiners were developed specifically for the IMPRESS 4. These have an additional lug to locate the speedbag loops. This provides a higher speedbag bracing point, requiring less leg load to achieve a secure footplate feel. The main support system is also suitable for QuickOuts.
The IMPRESS Legacy
The IMPRESS series heralded a new era fifteen years ago and made the reclining harness accessible to a wide section of the public. Incidentally, the initial product was the work of a young Chrigel Maurer. Success did not have long to wait, and the IMPRESS quickly spread within the paragliding world. We continue this tradition with the IMPRESS 4. It is the first dedicated High-End cross country harness with aerodynamically optimised tail spoiler that will fold away in any normal paraglider rucksack. It is intended for leisure cross country pilots up to the champion XC and competition pilot.
"The IMPRESS 4 is beautifully made, luxuriously comfortable, fully-featured and sexily sleek. Considering the wealth of fantastic features if offers, and its robust construction, it's also surprisingly compact and lightweight for such a high-end, high performance and full-faired pod harness. I have also been very pleasantly surprised by how easy I've found it to be on the ground--launching, kiting, slope landing etc--inhibiting my freedom of movement far less than other high-end competition harnesses."
- Carlo Borsattino, Flybubble
|Shipping Details||When in stock, UK approx 2-5 workdays, other countries see shipping page|
|Model Status||Forthcoming model|