The paragliding harness is tied from the ends of the paragliding risers, through the carabiners in order to accomplish its task.
However, it is important to take into account the fact that there are different models of paragliding harnesses, being able to choose one depending on what use we are looking for, as well as the security that we want it to offer us and our profile as a pilot.
For example, if you're one of the people who loves hiking to the mountain to take off, the use of the chair you'll use will be very different from that of a pilot who likes to fly from places he can get to driving his car.
Other aspects that should also be taken into account when choosing a paragliding harness is whether you want to fly long distances or if you prefer to compete in speed tests. For each of the cases we have mentioned the harness that best suits your needs is different.
Considering everything we mentioned above it is quite easy to think that it can be really difficult to find the best harness for you. Therefore, below we will talk about the main characteristics of the different harnesses that you can use depending on your profile as a paragliding pilot.
Recreational or initiation harnesses
These harnesses are named because they are the most common model among people who are starting to fly and are not looking for anything specific or sophisticated.
They are harnesses that are specially made to offer good comfort and that take care of making almost all the attention can go towards the control of the glider.
With these models you can fly comfortably and you can also easily make the race for takeoff, being able to sit easily after departure and get out of it when we are going to land.
Paragliding recreational harnesses usually have the most common passive safety system, having foam protectors of different densities or thicknesses, as well as airbag protection to be used when needed.
As you'll be imagining by their own name, these are harnesses that are intended for advanced or progressive pilots, who are looking to have a better experience on Cross Country flights without sacrificing the benefits of comfort. These sports paragliding harnesses also have several regulations.
The protection that can be found in these chairs can vary, although they usually have airbags to be lighter, although you can also find models that have foam or even a combination of both safety mechanisms.
The parachute is in a container under the seat and you can choose the side for placement. This is good depending on whether we are left-handed or right-handed.
Reversible paragliding harnesses
The name of such harnesses is because they can easily be converted into a backpack to transport the paragliding. They are chairs that are intended for pilots who enjoy a good walk and like to walk to the point of takeoff. This means that it has a lower weight and volume.
It is important to note that in normal harnesses the weight reduction is not so substantial, but they allow to avoid the inertia that normal backpacks can cause by their volume.
Among the main features of this type of chairs we can highlight the fact that they have a parachute container at the bottom as in normal chairs, so they do not usually give up this type of advanced adjustments that we can find in other chairs.
The type of airbag found in this bag are excellent for easy folding, plus they can also be easily converted into a transport backpack for the parachute.
Light reversible harnesses
These reversible harnesses are very similar to the previous ones, but are focused on being lighter, so they are usually aimed at pilots who usually walk to the point of takeoff without wanting to carry a lot of weight.
They are harnesses that are responsible for reducing the weight as much as possible, so they have a lower weight and size. To achieve this, in most cases they do not have a seat board, so they use the same harness as an extension of the bottom to serve as a seat when holding the thighs.
Lighter modes do not usually have protection systems, either foam or airbag, although in many cases a removable airbag can be installed to add safety.
These are the harnesses that are intended for a more extreme modality of paragliding: acrobatics.
They have two containers with emergency parachutes and also have a quick release mechanism that allows the pilot to give off quickly in the event of a problem.
Competition fairing harnesses
The competition harnesses, also known as high performance paragliding harnesses , are seats that are directed to racing pilots who are looking for greater precision and aerodynamics through the performance of the harness.
As the name suggests, one of the main features of these chairs is the fairing, which covers the pilot's legs throughout the flight. It allows the legs to be out when taking off and landing, achieving better aerodynamics.