Gear Guides

Matching paragliding harnesses to pilots

The latest competition racing pod looks a bit out of place under a Progression class wing. There’s a mismatch between objectives here: the harness is aiming for ultimate performance, but the wing is aiming for maximum safety, so what exactly is the pilot chasing? This sort of blend means you compromise your flying because your kit lacks synergy.

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Paragliding harness features

When designers create a harness, they try to match the harness features with the intended use. Each design has a different mix of back protection, buckle style, reserve parachute integration, flight deck options, stowage space and comfort factors like the seat board, straps, and fabric used. Understanding what features you need on your harness can help you narrow down your search.

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Choose The Right Paragliding Harness

There is a bewildering choice of paragliding harnesses available. How do you compare the market when there are so many different styles, so many features, and so many brands? We set out the fundamental principles of choosing the right harness so you can develop a clear sense of what suits your flying skills and aspirations.

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Supair Strike Safety Notice

Supair have published an important Strike Safety Notice about the Strike ultralight pod harnesses bearing the "A1" index and produced before May 2017. Strike owners should read this and take action immediately.

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Advance FASTPACK BI (tandem fast packing bag)

The new Advance FASTPACK BI has been designed as a highly practical fast-packing paraglider bag, for quickly stowing and carrying a full set of tandem paragliding equipment. Due to it's low weight and pack size it can also be used for solo equipment, for those who prefer a more generous-sized bag.

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Safety notice: Ozone OZIUM reserve handle

This Safety Notice affects all original Ozium Harnesses (not the new Ozium 2). Ozone have received a report of a case of failure during a simulated deployment. The pins on the reserve deployment handles of all original Ozium harnesses may have been damaged during production. Action required: Mandatory Replacement of Reserve Handle

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Supair TASKA review

The TASKA is Supair's first foray into the Sports Class (EN C). Aimed to deliver 'accessible performance' it is a semi-light construction, avoiding the compromises of extreme lightweight product while still being compact and easy to carry at only 4.5kg in the medium size. Carlo and Greg take to the skies to investigate the handling and character of the TASKA.

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Supair LEAF-LIGHT (First Impressions)

The Supair LEAF-LIGHT is based on their popular EN B wing, with a significant weight improvement making it one of the lightest gliders in its class. According the Supair, the technical advances achieved have not compromised the quality of construction. The LEAF-LIGHT retains the 3D shaping, Supair Smart Mini Ribs and sophisticated internal structure of the standard model.

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Nova MENTOR 5 (First impressions)

Carlo has flown the wing in a variety of conditions: "The level of pilot demand feels just right for ‘Mentor pilots’ i.e. at the mid level of the XC Class (high B range), both on the ground and in the air.

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Niviuk SKIN 2 (First Impressions)

We had our first Niviuk SKIN 2 in the other day and our first impressions are that, as to be expected, it is even more impressive than the original Skin. Incredibly – almost stupidly – easy to inflate and ground handle in light to moderate winds; great for launching from tricky places!

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