It might be difficult to pick between all of the numerous varieties of paragliding harnesses on the market. When there are so many brands, features, and styles to choose from, how can you compare them?
We’ve laid out the fundamentals of selecting the correct paragliding harness so you can figure out what best matches your flying abilities and goals. You must choose which kind of paragliding harness to consider, which might vary depending on the environment in which you fly.
We provide the greatest tandem paragliding experience in Bulgaria at Bulgaria Paragliding. We are located in Sopot, Plovdiv. You won’t have to worry about anything, even carrying your own paragliding equipment, since we’ll take care of everything. As a result, we advise you to take advantage of our tandem paragliding flights.
Considerations For Choosing The Right Paragliding Harness
Every paragliding harness is the same and achieves the same things, but you may now get a harness with a lot of lateral and back support or a harness that is more minimalist and lightweight. Let’s divide it down into the most important paragliding harness considerations:
Protection For The Back
You may pick between airbag or foam back protection for your paragliding harness, or a combination of both.
Options For Airbags
Airbags give excellent impact protection. They will, however, only be beneficial on the first hit; if you have a paragliding mishap, you will have to alter it. They work well at landing fields and launch sites, but they don’t work as well when the impact surface contains pointed portions.
Modern airbag paragliding harnesses contain a pre-inflation mechanism that extends the harness’s capacity before the flight, ensuring that you are safe even during the launch phase. Airbags aid in harness weight reduction, particularly when used with a reversible design to create a convertible paragliding harness-rucksack. You must be very cautious not to puncture the bag, which is quite simple to do if you launch from rough terrain.
Options For Foam
In most instances, foam alternatives include a physical cushioned insert that is between 16 and 20 cm thick. This is done to safeguard your lower spine. They’re not very heavy, but they’re fairly huge, so they end up forming a larger backpack.
It is the favorite of rookie paragliding pilots because they believe it provides a higher degree of protection. So, if you’re a beginner who just received their paragliding license, foam is most likely the best solution for you!
Size Of Paragliding Harness
Paragliding harnesses come in a variety of sizes. The majority of them are available in the standard sizes of small, medium, large, and extra-large (XL) Every paragliding pilot is different in form, and regardless of how much money you spend, every harness takes time to adjust to your shape and in-flight comfort. For example, if you’re of average weight but have exceptionally long legs, you’ll require an XL paragliding harness.
Make A Reservation For The Fitting.
When flying a paraglider, everyone requires a reserve. The majority of paragliding harnesses provide an under-seat or lower-back option. In general, they can only be accessed with the right hand, however some companies provide both left and right-handed options.
Another method, which is said to be the safest but is less convenient, is available. This is the front-mounted reserve, which lets you access it in an emergency with both hands. However, we believe that this choice causes additional difficulties for paragliding pilots since they must sit on their laps throughout the flight.
Settings For The Chest Strap
Manufacturers generally encourage chest-strap settings for getting the most out of their gliders, and they are available online or in a handbook when you purchase one. Defective harness strap settings may affect the passive safety qualities of a paraglider wing.
Harnesses For Paragliding In Pods
A rookie paragliding pilot has no need to purchase one of these pod harnesses. There are several possibilities available to them when they have completed their paragliding instruction at the Paragliding School. These harnesses with a speed bag are very beneficial for cross-country and competition pilots.
It is true that wearing a pod harness reduces wind resistance and keeps you warm. On the ground, however, it is more difficult since running with anything hanging about your feet is more difficult. Furthermore, it is more prone to twisting under severe circumstances.
The speed bag may be included in the paragliding harness as a standard feature or as an add-on. Pod harnesses come in a wide variety of styles. Many of them have developed to be lighter and lighter in design. Even so, you must consider the advantages and disadvantages. Naturally, you must keep in mind that the lighter it is, the less back protection it provides.
Paragliding Harnesses With Reversible Straps
These reversible paragliding harnesses are relatively new, and they come with their own set of advantages and disadvantages. When the harness is reversed out, the wings effectively fold into the center of the harness, resulting in a lower package size. You won’t need the typical and large bag if you do this since the harness will be a stowaway in a much smaller area. You’ll have to carry less weight as a result. This makes it easier for them to be carried over slopes.
Another benefit of these harnesses is that they include a seat hammock type option! Remember that you may receive the smaller pack even if you purchase a conventional airbag harness without the reversible option. The possibilities are almost limitless!
Our staff has been paragliding for over two decades, so we understand the significance of selecting the correct paragliding harness and paragliding equipment (paragliding helmet, etc.) — the one that best matches you and your flight!