Extreme race, extreme harness.
With the RANGE X-ALPS we’ve raised the bar for lightweight pod harnesses to a new level. The serial version of the harness that we developed for the Red Bull X-Alps weighs exactly 960 grams (excl. carabiner, protector, cockpit). The LTF-tested foam protector (380g) brings the weight to hardly more than 1,3 kg.
At Red Bull X-Alps, the RANGE X-ALPS was the most sought after harness among the athletes. Based on the experiences of our three team pilots Paul, Stephan and Ivan, we are now introducing THE harness of the world’s toughest adventure race in a limited series. With many improved details, this new version is aimed at pilots who compete in hike&fly events, XC pilots who optimize their gear down to the last gram, and pilots who go on multi-day bivouac tours.
As with the original RANGE AIR that debuted in 2014, the RAM AIR filled outer skin ensures optimal aerodynamics. In critical situations the removable foam protector offers deceleration values well within LTF limits and can also be used as a pillow. The reserve chute container is placed below the seat shell. The storage area in the rear fairing offers room for enough equipment for a multi-day bivouac tour.
Spliced adjustment straps allow you to set up the harness to your individual needs. Together with the fiberglass reinforced seat shell, the harness is remarkably comfortable so that you can fly for hours.
The RANGE X-ALPS is available in two sizes, both of which are LTF certified.
You don’t need to plan to compete in the Red Bull X-Alps to learn about the advantages of the RANGE X-ALPS. The harness is extremely light, packs compactly and is an especially comfortable companion for hike&fly-adventures, bivouac tours, or just going on vacation.
3D “SINGLE LAYER” MAINSEAT
The 3D »Single Layer« main seat is based on the hammock system and adapts to the anatomy of the pilot. To increase comfort on long flights, thin GRP rods add stiffness and can easily be removed through a conduit.
Side straps on each side of the harness allow you to make three adjustments for your back and are used to set the main angle for your pelvis region.
REMOVABLE FOAM PROTECTOR
For hike&fly adventures or bivouac flying the protector (mousse bag) can be removed quickly and easily through the outside zipper, creating more room for a ground pad or a sleeping bag.
AERODYNAMICALLY OPTIMIZED FAIRING
The aerodynamically optimized fairing inflates to the incoming air and carries out the flow behind the shoulders and pilot‘s head back together. The aerodynamic drag is reduced significantly.
Ball bearing speed system pulleys for easy speed bar push.
REAR STORAGE COMPARTMENT
The rear storage compartment offers room for enough equipment, a drink system (max. 1,5 l) can be attached with Velcro additionally.
The cockpit provides room for 3 to 4 flight instruments. You can also attach a pocket between cockpit and shoulder straps that is easily reachable in flight.
A small pocket that can be closed with Velcro is located near the top speed bag buckle.
What effect does the harness have on the way a glider flies?
The pilot accounts for a third of the total drag, so the performance with a harness with a upright sitting position can vary greatly from that of a harness with a recling position or a pod harness. Agility can be effected too – this depends on how high or low-slung the harness is. Whether the harness has a seatboard also plays a decisive role.
What should I consider when installing the speed bar system?
The length of the speed bar must be adjusted to your leg length. Both line, right and left, must have the same length.
Differences between the Get-Up & T-Bar Systems
- Enables a safer and more dynamic takeoff run due to the exceptional leg freedom.
- The straps can be closed easily with just two buckles. This reduces the likelihood of forgetting to close the leg straps because the pilot has only two buckles that are connected directly to the chest strap.
- The use of a Get-Up system makes it possible to actively influence the mechanical characteristics of the connection between paraglider and harness by means of the adjustment options (does not apply to Range X-Alps). The Get-up system acts as cross-brace, creating a better connection between the seat and the risers.
- (without adjustment possibility) the mechanical characteristics can not be influenced, but the feeling in flight is less damped, since the system is inherently stiffer.
T-Lock system (consists of 3 buckle straps):
- Leg straps must be closed separately
- The T-Lock or “T-Bar” system runs from the center of the seat to the chest strap and ends with a T-shaped buckle that closes the chest strap. The belt runs between the legs to the chest, thus preventing the pilot from falling out even when the leg straps are open.