If you’ve been waiting to take your paragliding height and comfort to entirely new levels, you definitely need to check out the revolutionary Hike & Fly Competition paragliding harness. It’s the perfect paragliding equipment for the days when you’re doing exactly what the name reads – hiking and flying, but it gets much more elaborate than that. So, it’s time get excited and learn why this new paragliding harness is being talked about across the industry.
Climbing to a high elevation to take flight can be a difficult task if you don’t have the proper paragliding gear. With a heavy harness, you’ll be out of breath well before the flight takes your breath away. This is why it’s a huge benefit to have a lightweight harness when you have to do a bit of hiking first.
The Strike Hike & Fly Competition harness isn’t just lightweight though – it’s super lightweight. The medium and large sizes weight approximately 2,140g with all the accessories bundled in. If you were to remove the seat plate and back protection, it would be a mere 1,460g. So, needless to say, hiking to the peak to set flight in the sky is incredibly easy with this paragliding harness.
If the lightweight elements weren’t enough to get you completely hooked on this paragliding harness, the comfort certainly will. The Strike Hike & Fly competition harness was designed with you in mind. You just step-through into the split-leg design and you’re ready. The seat plate is removable, and all of the straps are adjustable to ensure your comfort for a flight duration of your choice. It’s so comfortable; you might not ever want to come down. But as you already know, as an avid paraglider, deciding to bring a flight to an end is always a tough decision to make!
The Strike Hike & Fly Competition Harness sets you up in an upright position. You sit partially reclined, and can truly just sit back and enjoy your adventure through the clouds. If you’re not a fan of having your feet dangling, like to feel more secured with a harness that surrounds you, or simply want to kick your feet up and fly, this is definitely a paragliding harness worth checking out. You’ll feel incredibly comfortable, relaxed and connected to the wing as you take your paragliding aspirations to new heights.
Of course, your safety is first in mind with this paragliding harness as well. It’s EN certified, and has an LFT certification being processed.
Shop all of your needs at Paragliding Equipment, and if you have any questions – just ask the paragliding pros at Let’s Go Paragliding. You’ve got the questions and we’ve got the answers.
While flying a paraglider or a paramotor, we usually carry a reserve parachute, for emergency situations.
While flying a paraglider or a paramotor, we usually carry a reserve parachute for
Paraglider reserve parachutes are very different from ones intended for skydiving. A paraglider one is designed to open as fast as possible to stop the pilot's fall, whereas a skydiving one is designed to open gradually to slow down the skydiver from a high-speed fall.
Its use, packing, and maintenance are different but it's your responsibility to make sure you are doing it (or are having it done by a professional) every six months.
A regular maintenance will affect the opening time and the performance of the parachute in the long run (according to manufacturers, a reserve parachute should serve its purpose for about ten years if the maintenance was done on a regular basis, i.e., at least, every six months to every year). It’s a good idea to practice a reserve extraction by hooking yourself up to a simulator before your season starts.
(You don't need to have the parachute fully extracted which would require a repack. What you can do is extract the reserve still in its bag and throw it in somebody's hands close to you while hooked to the simulator.)
The benefits of simulating an extraction are:
- Making sure you can move fluidly.
- Finding the reserve handle easily without looking.
- Confirming that the extraction requires little effort and is working properly.
- Having the opportunity to practice re-installing the reserve in the harness container.
-Closing the container pins correctly (it’s possible that when you arrive on launch, you find that one of your pins is out of its loop, so it's always good to know how to put it back properly).
- Installing the handle properly followed by a quick review of your pref-light check.
There are three main different styles at the moment
1) The round ones are more basic and simpler to use and repack. They come in "regular" or "light" versions. The lighter version is about half the size when packed (so it’s easier to put in the harness but most importantly to extract. They also weigh half as much as other ones so they’re more popular, especially with those who like to hike and fly.
2) The square ones are pretty much a recent evolution of the round ones which mean newer technology. The square shape results in a more stable reserve, faster opening, and better/slower sink rate.
3) Finally, the Rogallo style like the Beamer can be directional after opening. The main advantage is its ability to fly away from a dangerous obstacle like power lines while descending. While being directional is a great advantage, it also means there are more tasks to perform after opening it. It’s recommended to practice the reserve extraction during maneuver training over water to master its use.
Overall, you need to evaluate all aspects properly when you are ready to purchase your reserve. But it’s also imperative to understand that your reserve parachute requires a repack every six months to properly function when needed.
What we try to explain to our students is based on what we have seen at Let’s Go Paragliding over the last 15 years of teaching on a daily basis. We see a lot more students, before P2 completion or just after, fully geared up with high-end electronics. Sometimes with cockpits that would impress a competition pilot :-).
We just believe that it’s too much, unnecessary, and at the beginning simpler is better.
As an example, we’ve had students that cannot afford a full set of new gear and then pass on the variometer, flying sometimes one or two seasons without. We have observed that often, those students outperform, by their skills and senses, those that fly right away with a variometer. They are not as dependent on the variometer to give them information/feedback about what’s happening as a pilot who uses a variometer right out of the gate. So we often recommend that our students stage their use of a variometer.
All that said, each pilot has his/her own philosophy, and should use the tools available in the way that is most effective for them.
Happy flying to All!
What are the different levels of Wings or Gliders?
Safety of pilots is of highest priority in the sport of Paragliding and reputed organizations and the ambassadors of the sport take every necessary step to ensure the same.
In this scheme of things, the performance and the quality of the wing/canopy/ glider is of high importance.
No glider ever makes it to the large scale production site without getting rated and certified by standard organizations. This happens only after the glider clears some prerequisite tests conducted on it. The rating of the glider is a way to measure its performance and stability.
The rating system
The most trusted and accepted glider ratings are given by the ‘European Committee for Standardization’- CEN or in short EN and the ‘Deutscher Hangegleiter Verband’- DHV, the German Handgliding and Paragliding Organizations which has changed its name to LTF from DHV.
The EN rates the gliders in the decreasing order of stability as A, B, C and D and the LTF rates the gliders in the same way as 1,1-2, 2 ,2-3 and competition glider or 3.
The A or 1 rating is meant for a Beginner pilot, B or 1-2 for Intermediate, C or 2 for Advanced and D or 2-3 for Master pilots. The glider of rating 3 is generally meant for the extremely skillful gliders with years of experience behind their back and it isn’t something that the EN or LTF certifies.
These ratings are conducted by licensed agencies and are mainly meant to ensure two main aspects for the pilots-
1. That the performance and stability of the glider match with the level and skill sets of the pilots that it is intended for.
2. That the glider has undergone proper testing before it’s used for flying.
The testing of the Paragliders.
The ratings are the results of tests which are conducted under run time conditions. Sophisticated and highly precise measuring instruments are used to record accurate measurements during the tests which are only conducted by experienced pilots.
Among other things, these tests measure the time it takes for the glider to re-inflate itself and get back to stable condition without any input from the pilot after it has collapsed during the flight.
The faster the glider responds to such scenarios the lower it’s rating will be.
Generally, beginner level gliders are more stable and re-inflate themselves within 3-5 seconds, whereas gliders with higher rating can take an added 3 or 5 seconds to get back to stability. Precision cameras provide run time information about the inflationary times and also the angle the wing turned during the inflation stage.
It is always advisable to choose such wings which are intended for your level of expertise in flying.
Respect the sport and follow the standards, you will sure fly safe!
One of the biggest mistakes that new pilots make occurs in purchasing their first wing.