LIGHTNESS 3

Ready to Transit

Light XC Harness
LIGHTNESS 3

Ready to Transit

Light XC Harness

The LIGHTNESS 3 offers comprehensive comfort both in flight and handling, and there’s even more protection. A new choice of standard or light speedbag results in a wider range of uses; there’s also the option of a windshield, which significantly raises flying comfort on long distance flights.

LIGHTNESS 3

All-embracing comfort

Redesigned suspension and chest strap geometry distinguishes the LIGHTNESS 3 by its excellent comfort in flight – especially when accelerated – and high stability. The seat shell fits every pilot’s body perfectly, and protects it where necessary. Dealing with the harness on the ground, e.g. speedbag adjustment, is entirely straightforward.

Modular System

The new options and configuration choices make this third generation of LIGHTNESS modular and flexible as never before. Considering prepared weight alone, the possible variance of the S size (2.75 kg up to 3.37 kg) suggests a large range of use – for example a several day bivouac expedition or, perhaps, a new cross country record.

Useful Details

The LIGHTNESS 3 incorporates a number of important details, including SAS-TEC back protection, ample back pocket, drink pouch holder, optional speedbag access line, relief tube channel, cockpit power cable access and loops for fixing to the chest strap, and easy-to-move setting balls for adjusting the Standard speedbag length.

Technology & Features

Protector and SAS-TEC back protection

Protector and SAS-TEC back protection

More protection with each generation: the first LIGHTNESS only had comfort foam, then came the LIGHTNESS 2 with a certified foam protector under the seat. Now, the LIGHTNESS 3 also has removable visco-elastic SAS-TEC crash protection along the whole back.

Even more comfort

Even more comfort

Among no-seatboard light XC harnesses the LIGHTNESS 2 set the standard for comfort. The LIGHTNESS 3 is even better. As a result of reengineered suspension and chest strap geometry this third generation of LIGHTNESS has a perfect balance between harness damping and wing feedback.

Using the optional Windshield

Using the optional Windshield

The optional Windshield reduces windchill factor on the pilot and markedly reduces undesirable body cooling. In transition flight it also reduces the continuous wind noise level, especially when accelerated. The Windshield therefore significantly reduces pilot tiredness due to persistant noise on very long cross country flights.

Light speedbag

Light speedbag

For the LIGHTNESS 3 pilots can choose between a Standard and Light speedbag. With the Light speedbag, and the SAS-TEC back component removed, the LIGHTNESS 3 S size weighs only 2.75 kg, the M 2.90 kg and the L 3.15 kg. And this with the same comfort as the previous LIGHTNESS 2, but with improved stability in flight.

Picture: Adi Geisegger

Technical Data

Data

LIGHTNESS 3 S M L
Pilot height cm 155-172 165-183 178-200
Total weight kg 3.25 3.50 3.58
Load test EN 1651 / LTF 91/09 / 120kg EN 1651 / LTF 91/09 / 120kg EN 1651 / LTF 91/09 / 120kg
Rucksack volume l 83 (Option 91) 83 (Option 91) 91 (Option 83)
Harness certification EN / LTF EN / LTF EN / LTF

Materials

Main straps Polyester, 25mm, 8kN
Chest strap Polyester, 25mm, 8kN
Carabiner Alias, Twist Lock, 23kN, 58gr.
Outer covering Nylon 40 BE - DE Ripstop, 57 g/m2
Shoulder straps Polyester, 15mm, 13.2kN
Safe-T-buckle System AustriAlpin Alu-Beltbuckle
Rucksack outside Nylon Oxford 210D PU3, Nylon 240T - Dia Ripstop, Nylon Robic 100D, 122g/m2 g/m2

Scope of Delivery

Standard Speedbag Standard Speedbag
LIGHTPACK 3 LIGHTPACK 3
Foam protector under the seat, SAS-TEC protection in the back Foam protector under the seat, SAS-TEC protection in the back
COMPRESSBAG COMPRESSBAG
Reserve V-connection and reserve handle Reserve V-connection and reserve handle
2 Edelrid ALIAS Carabiners 2 Edelrid ALIAS Carabiners

Options

Radio pocket Radio pocket
Windshield Windshield
Light speedbag Light speedbag
Picture: Adi Geisegger

DOWNLOADS

Security Download PDF
Safety Notice
Documentation
Getting Started
User manual
Homologation
EN/LTF Certification
CE Protector Certification
Service
Size chart
Presentation
Product presentation

FAQ

Are the speedbag sizes interchangeable with the different harness sizes?

Yes. Any LIGHTNESS 3 can take any of the speedbag sizes.

What is the function of the pilot’s neck spoiler?

The LIGHTNESS 3 has an inflating neck collar, like the LIGHTNESS 2. This streamlines the dead air region behind the pilot’s head and reduces afterbody drag. In addition it improves the look of the harness silhouette. During flight this LIGHTNESS 3 collar fills automatically from a small ram air intake on the harness side. This self-filling system allows the pilot full head freedom on the ground – convenient when looking overhead during a reverse pull up.

Can the optional Windshield also fit the light speedbag?

No. For weight reasons the optional Windshield is only intended for the standard speedbag.

Why does the light speedbag not have a detachable cockpit panel?

The Light speedbag cockpit has a sewn-in panel. The weight saving priority excludes an extra detachable addition. But a cockpit plate can be fitted to the Light speedbag, and can be obtained separately.

Can all paraglider models be packed in the COMPRESSBAG?

Basically yes, but maybe not 2-liners with extra-long leading edge and C wires.

How robust is the LIGHTNESS 3?

The LIGHTNESS 3 is made from light materials. These also demonstrate the maximum robustness obtainable for their weight, but in terms of lifetime, resistance to abrasion and UV light, cannot be expected to achieve the values of conventional materials. The advice therefore is: Handle with care.

Why is a LIGHTPACK 3 and COMPRESSBAG included in a LIGHTNESS 3 purchase?

LIGHTNESS 3, LIGHTPACK 3 and the COMPRESSBAG were intended to go perfectly together, and create a compact unit. The rucksack was designed around the harness so that the total equipment requires minimal space. The weight of the rucksack then sits close to the carrier’s back when walking. The harness back pocket is also designed to ideally accept the LIGHTPACK 3. This allows space inside, next to the LIGHTPACK 3, for other important things like clothes, supplies, telescopic hiking poles etc. during flight.

 

The full potential and efficiency of this system can only be enjoyed if all three components (LIGHTNESS 3, LIGHTPACK 3 and COMPRESSBAG) are used together. Compared with a reversible harness (harness and rucksack as one) the LIGHTNESS System provides significantly more flexibility.

Picture: Adi Geisegger

Reviews

Flybubble Paragliding

Reviewing the LIGHTNESS 3

Read the online review Video Review by Nancy
Thermik Magazin Testbericht in Ausgabe 5/2019

voila

Dust of the Universe Ziad Bassil about the LIGHTNESS 3

Construction quality at its best, very high degree of back comfort, comfortable enough in turbulence, light to carry after long XC’s, and I think it looks quite robust for a light harness.

Cross Coutry Testreport in Issue 198

“If you’re a new pilot who has feel, sensitivity and ambition to learn, this glider will be a perfect, long-time companion. Equally, if you’re an experienced pilot who wants sensitive handling and lots of passive safety for stress-free XC, then it will deliver too.”

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