The SUCCESS 4 has many new, very high quality European components such as RONSTAN ball bearing pulleys, AustriAlpin buckles and EDELRID Alu carabiners. The original protector has been lengthened by seven centimetres and a further multi chamber foam protector added to protect the rib section of the spine. A new feature is the side crash protection by SAS-TEC. For the first time an ADVANCE harness comes with speed system and carbon speedbar already fitted at delivery. Then there’s more carbon: the SUCCESS 4 has an improved carbon-composite seatboard.
SAS-TEC is a German company that has made a specialisation of visco-elastic soft foam. Many manufacturers use SAS-TEC protectors for motorcycling and skiing body protection, as well as uses in medical applications. To attenuate pelvic impact we have built SAS-TEC side protection into the SUCCESS 4. These items also have plastic covers to ward off pointed objects. All the protectors can be easily removed and replaced.
There’s more information about this German company and their innovative products here.
Up to now we have always included a speedbar with a paraglider, not a harness. But the speed system has become a basic part of a harness, so we have changed the policy and will deliver a complete system with a harness. In future a glider delivery will not include a speedbar.
This higher g value does not result from the protectors or harness itself. It is true that the main protector is 3 mm thicker and 7 cm longer than that of the SUCCESS 3. In fact, the higher quoted g value has more to do with the higher statistical improbability figures now used by the certification authority, than was the case with the SUCCESS 3.
This might also interest you