The best powered paragliding training harness we have found so far.
The best avaible!
We have tried them all. Do not waste your time with cheap or uncomfortable harnesses. This PPG Trainer is the best. Includes flight ready carabiners, not cheap hardware store versions.
Every foot launcher needs one!
Think you won't need a training harness after your first solo? WRONG! Practicing ground handling is the key to foot launched paramtoring. If you want to continue to improve, you'll use it every chance you get. Still don't want one? You might as well get wheels. Required purchase for most foot launch PPG instruction courses.
Since you will spend many hours ground handle, you want a harness that's comfortable. The Oxygen has thick padding and adjusts to fit any sized pilot, up to 6 foot 1 inch. Most importantly, when adjusted properly, male anatomy is never an issue.
Low hook-in means easier ground handling
The Oxygen 1 is a paragliding harness and therefore has low hook in points. If you are flying a paramotor with low to mid hook-ins, this will be close to the feel of your paramotor. If you are flying a high hook in, the paramotor will feel different. However, it is way easier to practice with low hook ins. Practicing with high hook ins is very difficult because you have no leverage when you are facing forward. We've found that the best way to practice is with low hook ins, even if you plan to fly a high hook in machine.
The carabiners that come with the Oxygen 1 are real flight carabiners, used on paramotor and paragliding harnesses. If you decide to get another harness, avoid using cheap carabiners that are not flight worthy. If you get lifted off the ground and a carabiner breaks, you could be seriously injured.
Although the Oxygen 1 Harness is a great paragliding free flight harness, you would be very stupid to go out and run off a hill without proper instruction. Free flight is fantastic. Please get proper instruction BEFORE you get airborne.
Paraglider harnesses for paramotor pilots The following paragliding harnesses were selected to complement powered paragliding. They pack small and light, and some can actually be taken with you on a paramotor flight.
In Why We Fly, we flew paramotors to a virgin soaring site, took off our paramotors, put on soaring harnesses, and then, well, look to the left...
The harnesses are listed in order of increasing weight and complexity. There are many other harnesses not listed so call us if you don't see what you are looking for. These harneses do not include carabiners.
Ground handling practice with a paragliding harness
Every powered and unpowered paraglider pilot needs a training harness, even years after initial instruction. Many ask if they could use paragliding harness to practice powered paragliding. The idea is that if they ever want to paraglide, they'll have a harness.
There are 2 problems with this line of reasoning. First, paragliding harnesses have lower attachment points, which do not give you the same feel as a paramotor harness. You won't learn properly. Secondly, flying unpowered without instruction is asking for trouble. It is NOT the same as paramotoring. Please get instruction. We will be happy to set you up with an instructor.
As the name implies, this harness is all about minimizing weight. You won't find a lighter harness, yet it is super strong and high quality. No seat plate or bluckes, you step into this harness. Take it with you on a paramotor flight. You never know when you'll discover that new soaring site.
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The Radicale adds a few features to the Everest, but approximately doubles the weight. Lightweight pass-through buckles on the legs straps, alloy buckles instead of plastic for the shoulder and back adjustments, and accelerator pullies. You can also add an optional removable airbag.
Perfect for hike and fly, or packing under a paramotor seat. Full size airbag and storage compartment that converts into a backpack. Includes:
- New-style self-locking buckles with light weight Safe-T strap.
- Speed-Bar pulleys.
- Compression and weight bearing straps.
- Netted side pockets.
- Harness/backpack large enough to accept a standard wing.
- 10 mm high density dorsal comfort foam + 3D Mesh for better harness / backpack ventilation and support.
- Reinforced individual Dacron thigh pads for comfortable support.
- Tandem pilot or passenger harness able.
- Pre-equipped for a front reserve parachute pocket.
- ACETAL buckles for shoulder and dorsal adjustment.
- Anti Balance System ( ABS ) via Split-Leg system.
- Full airbag protector.
S, M, L
airbag and foam
yes, converts into backpack
Woody Valley Voyager Plus
Woody Valley pioneered this extremely popular style of harness: reversable, ightweight, integrated reserve container. The Voyager Plus is copied by many and even manufactured for other companies like Swing by Woody Valley.
UPDATE: as of April 2011, Woody Valley will begin stocking all sizes of the Voyager Plus with a LEFT HANDED reserve handle, in the color red. If any left handed pilots want a different color in the Voyager Plus, you can expect an 8 week wait time.
The Voyager was released April 2008 and thepublic really liked this harness here. The Voyager Plus was released in March 2009 and has experienced a high sales volume in Europe. The Voyager was born as a mountaineering harness (weight: 3Kg) with its optional front parachute container made with light materials but the good demand for this product led to the "Voyager plus" (weight: 3.75Kg) which is the Voyager version with the parachute container integrated under the seat and with a bigger and more comfortable rucksack.
The Voyager Plus is equipped with an airbag, which fulfills DHV and the European certifications. In the air, the reversible rucksack becomes the actual AIRBAG and back protection.
The special hooks on the back of the rucksack ensure a safe and correct position of the telescopic trekking poles during flight.
The adjustable seat plate depth side pockets of high-strength net fabric
Cordura® 300 light nylon
Carbon seat plate
Camp aluminum carabiners
Certification: DHV with T-LOCK system
This is the carabiner that comes standard on Black Hawk paramotors.
Same as the red Black Hawk Carabiners, slightly less expensive.
Supair 30mm Carabiners
Super light, typically used more in paraglider versus powered paragliding due to the slightly more complex opening machanism. A very nice carabiner.
Stainless Steel Carabiners
The strongest carabiner ever manufactured. DHV certified. Ideal for Powered Paragliding or Paragliding, recommended for tandem flying for the connection between spreader bar and riser. Max. load up to 5,720 lbs. Price is for one steel carabiner only.
Holds your flight instruments with velcro and backup safety loops. This section zippers shut so you can even store your instruments in the cockpit. Holds up to 10 lbs of ballast or anything else you can fit in there. Will work with any full featured paragliding harnesses.
Takes the regular cockpit a step further, adding a front mount reserve container. An excellent way to add a reserve to any paramotor or paragliding harness that does not have a reserve.