Uncomplicated all-round harness

VENTUS – free as the wind

The VENTUS is a modern all-round harness that offers exceptional fun, many well-thought-out details and, above all, high levels of passive safety. In addition to a classic foam protector, there is a viscoelastic back protector. The ergonomic parachute container enables a particularly reliable deployment. We confirmed this with intensive in-house tests, which well surpassed the stipulated test procedures.  Its sporty look, the ergonomic seat geometry and its small packing volume make the VENTUS the ideal companion for every flight.

Safety First. The VENTUS has a foam protector with a particularly small packing volume (between 18 and 20 cm, size M) which covers all the lumbar vertebrae and protects the pilot from the moment they put it on. Despite its compressibility, the protector does not lose its impact-absorbing properties even after years of use. A protector made by the German firm SAS-TEC is additionally fitted in the upper back area. In the case of an impact, this distributes the pressure of hard objects, such as stones or objects in the storage compartment, over a larger area. This reduces the risk of severe back injuries.

Dependable deployment: the VENTUS has an ergonomically optimised parachute container and we tested deployment in a multitude of directions. The EN standard for harnesses only stipulates that the release force for the parachute must be between 2 and 7 daN - testing deployment in different directions is not required. Additionally, this functionality was tested with significant forces on the G-Force Trainer. In an emergency the parachute may be deployed in any flying position and even with high g-forces, it will deploy reliably.

Clever details for more comfort. The storage compartment has space for a drinking bladder and a channel for the drinking tube on the shoulder straps. This means the pilot can easily stay hydrated even on long flights. The auto-lock zip ensures that the storage compartment cannot accidentally open in flight, even if it was not completely closed before launch. The radio pocket that is included as standard can be fixed to the shoulder strap in two positions. Additional zipped side-pockets offer space for a mobile phone, camera, first-aid kit, etc.

Intuitive operation. Well-thought-out components make this harness simple for beginners and will equally enthuse experienced pilots. The colour-coding featured on the PRION and IBEX risers is replicated on the VENTUS. The main hang-points and buckles are green on the right side and red on the left side. Adjusting the seat angle, the shoulder straps and the chest strap is possible in flight - not just on the ground!

Enjoyment of flight. The hang-point height was optimised so that all sizes of the VENTUS are pleasant and stable to fly. Thanks to the honeycomb seat plate and the well-thought-out seat geometry, it responds very well to weight-shift and provides direct feedback even during dynamic manoeuvres. Additionally, the protector made by the German firm SAS-TEC provides excellent back support. The soft backrest made from Air Mesh, in combination with the central ventilation strip, rounds off the seat comfort. With the VENTUS, long flights are relaxed and comfortable.

Target Group

The VENTUS is aimed at all pilots who are seeking an uncomplicated, safe and innovative harness for everyday flying. The clever details ensure intuitive handling. The seat plate and harness geometry guarantee a pleasant and precise feeling in the air. Sizes S and L were specifically designed for small and large pilots. The VENTUS is suitable for instruction as well as for experienced, discerning pilots.

In flight

A summary of the most important points

  • Three sizes: sizes S and L were specifically designed for small and large pilots. This means that the VENTUS covers a wide size range. 
  • parachute deployment was tested even with high g-forces
  • deployment was tested in multiple directions
  • clever details, innovative materials and an unusual design
  • T-Lock buckles: the fall arrest system can save lives if the leg loop buckles have not been closed
  • SAS-TEC protector at the upper back: the protector made from viscoelastic soft foam was first used in motorcycling and skiing. It is very light and guarantees excellent support and pressure distribution in the back area.
  • leg loops offer maximum freedom of movement on the ground, for example during take off and groundhandling
  • light, compressible foam protector - perfect for easy transport
  • colour-coded buckles for intuitive operation on take-off
  • extensive adjustment options on the ground and in flight
  • chest strap buckle includes a whistle to attract attention
  • carabiner and speed-system are pre-assembled

The Shape

Technical data

    S M L
Pilot height cm <170 165-180 >180
Harness weight kg 4.4 4.7 5.2
Certification (EN/LTF)   DHV GS-03-0391-18
Maximum clip-in weight   120 kg (LTF)
Energy absorbtion value g 33

Materials

Outer & inner shell Nylon Ripstop
Main and shoulder straps Polyamid
Leg loops Dyneema
Chest strap Polyamid
Carabiner

NOVA Special EDELRID Alias 2 Karabiner

Buckles Aluminum buckles, T-Lock-System
Protection Foam Protector, SAS-TEC Protector

In focus

Colours

Skyblue

Accessories included

FAQ

In an emergency, the pilot often has to throw their rescue when the wing is turning violently with correspondingly high g-forces. The current EN tests do not include deployment tests with high g-forces. NOVA voluntarily and intensively tests its harnesses using the G-Force Trainer - with differently sized parachutes, different pilot sizes, different lengths of connection bridles, in several deployment directions and until our testers black out...

We designed the VENTUS so that just three harness sizes would cover a large range of body sizes. Very useful for paragliding schools.

The foam protector achieves good impact-absorption values and protects the pilot from the moment they put it on, whilst still being compressible. Naturally, it is not as small as an airbag, but still pleasingly compact.

It is completely suitable for groundhandling, thanks to the whole harness geometry, leg loop configuration as well as the additional padding on the leg loops and chest strap.

More safety! The chest strap can only be closed with a buckle connected to the left leg loop. If the chest strap is closed, it is impossible to fall out of the harness.

The VENTUS permits an upright and slightly reclined seating position. Adjustment is easy and can be performed in the air.

Generally harnesses should not be stored in damp, wet or hot conditions. The harness should never be exposed to hazardous substances like solvents, paints, battery acid and their gases, etc.

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