Paragliding Pod harnesses are currently a very successful trend, and an increasing number of pilots are exchanging their old harnesses for new ones with built-in leg bags. However, the positive side of keeping warm on long cross country flights is also accompanied by several negative effects.
The latest pod harnesses are generally very expensive, are heavy and voluminous, more complicated to setup and adjust, and require more attention to detail when checking for airworthiness due to their complexity and the use of fiddly components. In addition, pod harnesses can hinder pilots during takeoff and severely influence (increased twist danger) reactions to collapses and extreme flight manoeuvres. A detailed report about this is available in DHV-Info 162 page 36 and also as download under www.dhv.de.
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