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Well-proven – now perfected. The LIGHTNESS concept created a new category of harness, and now this second generation takes the best of the original and adds to its safety, comfort and style. With a weight from 2.8 kg the LIGHTNESS 2 is a light harness, but, in its current form, it completely satisfies the needs of the ambitious cross country pilot. It has an integrated reserve, certified protector and improved aerodynamics.



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  • Three products, one concept. With its LTF certified foam protector and built-in reserve system the LIGHTNESS 2 is a fully operational harness for XC and Hike&Fly pilots who like to travel in comfort with light equipment. In the package are the harness and its LIGHTPACK 2, including the COMPRESSBAG LIGHT.

  • LIGHTNESS 2 geometry has been further developed, and it now has an ergonomic seat shell which adapts itself to the small of the back. This provides perfect back support; and pressure points become a thing of the past. Feedback from our test pilots: «The most comfortable reclining harness in the history of ADVANCE!»

  • It was possible to save weight when developing the LIGHTNESS 2 thanks to refining the design and choosing the right materials, without compromising the well-known ADVANCE quality. The new COMPRESSBAG LIGHT allows the paraglider to be packed very small in the LIGHTPACK. Put together these make a up light but complete package.

  • It is a class of it’s own by the purity of a high-end, very well engineered piece of equipment.

    Ziad Bassil, Dust of the Universe

  • The LIGHTNESS 2 is amazingly light, and I say amazing because this harness has everything!

    Daniel Crespo,

  • The comfort is excellent, without any kind of pressure points.

    Philippe Lami, Parapente Mag 157 (F)

  • Instant Love – I’ve never had a better harness!

    Ueli Neuenschwander,

  • Picture: Thomas Senf // Location: Jungfraujoch, Schweiz
  • Picture: Thomas Senf // Location: Jungfraujoch, Schweiz
  • Picture: Thomas Senf // Location: Jungfraujoch, Schweiz
  • Picture: Thomas Senf // Location: Jungfraujoch, Schweiz
  • Picture: Thomas Senf // Location: Jungfraujoch, Schweiz
  • Picture: Thomas Senf // Location: Jungfraujoch, Schweiz
  • Picture: Thomas Senf // Location: Jungfraujoch, Schweiz
  • Picture: Thomas Senf // Location: Jungfraujoch, Schweiz
  • Picture: Thomas Senf // Location: Jungfraujoch, Schweiz


  • The ADVANCE LIGHTNESS components have been developed with an uncompromising eye on low weight, and are intended for specialist owners. This puts decidedly high demands on their use and care. A comprehensive understanding of the product and its qualities is essential. Due the choice of materials and their construction the rucksack and harness are definitely more susceptible than normal ADVANCE products to wear and tear resulting from improper use.

Technical Data

      Pilot heightcm155-172165-183178-200
      Seating widthcm---
      Carabiner heightcm---
      Chest strap widthcm40-4840-4840-48
      Harness weightkg2.82.953.05
      Load testEN 1651, 120 kgEN 1651, 120 kgEN 1651, 120 kg
      Foam protector certification LTF 91/09 LTF 91/09 LTF 91/09
      Rucksack volumel828290
      Weight rucksackkg0.840.840.88
      Weight Compressbag lightg150150155

      *The hammock principle means that the harness adapts itself exactly to the pilot’s body shape. The seat surface width becomes that of the pilot, and this dimension sets the height of the carabiner suspension points.

      Important: Pilots in the following intermediate height ranges (165 to 172 cms - S or M harness, and 178 to 183 cms - M or L harness) are recommended to test both relevant speedbag sizes for the best fit. The correct speedbag length is fundamental to comfort and a flawless shape.

  • Main straps Güth & Wolf Polyester, 25mm, 8kN
    Leg straps Techni Sangles Polyester, 15mm, 13.2kN
    Shoulder straps Techni Sangles Polyester, 15mm, 13.2kN
    Seat area Seung Hee Nylon Oxford 210D PU3
    Outer covering Seung Hee Nylon 240T - Dia Ripstop
    Speedbag Shei Chung Hsin Neopren 1.5 mm
    Chest strap Austia Alpin AustriAlpin Alu-Beltbuckle
    Carabiner Edelrid Alias, Twist Lock, 23kN, 58gr.
  • The LIGHTNESS 2 delivery includes:

    • Harness and speedbag with carbon footboard
    • 2 Alias carabiners
    • Reserve connection lines and release handle connected to the four flap inner container
    • Built-in cockpit
    • Foam protector for the seat area
    • Comfort foam for the back
    • Speed system (2 gray speed lines with Brummel hooks, 2 gray connections for length adjustment, 1 gray speed loop with gray footboard connection loop)
    • COMPRESSBAG light
    • ‘Getting started’ booklet

    Kit contains:

    • detachable instrument panel
    • detachable mini chest strap
  • Picture: Ueli Neuenschwander // Location: Cuzco, Peru
  • Picture: Ueli Neuenschwander // Location: Cuzco, Peru
  • Picture: Ueli Neuenschwander // Location: Lake Titicaca, Peru
  • Picture: Ueli Neuenschwander // Location: Andes, Peru


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What does the inflating neck section do?

It takes up the otherwise dead air space behind the neck, improving the efficiency of airflow around the pilot. This device does not interfere with the pilot on the ground (particularly when manoeuvring for a reverse launch) because it only inflates in the air – where it contributes to a low drag aerodynamic shape.

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How robust is the LIGHTNESS 2?

Lighter material was chosen for the LIGHTNESS 2, and this provides the best robustness for its weight. But even considering its long life and resistance to abrasion and UV radiation it cannot match the abuse-forgiving behaviour of routine harness fabrics. Handle with care!

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Why can this harness not be flown without the speedbag?

The LIGHTNESS-type harness does not have a seatboard, so leg support is necessary – a foot stirrup or speedbag. The speedbag is a part of this harness because it does not make sense to have a stirrup and a legbag. The speedbag combines these two functions and saves weight.

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What makes the LIGHTNESS 2 the most comfortable ADVANCE reclining harness?

This is very much a result of the back geometry: the ergonomically designed seat shell adjusts itself to the anatomy of the lumbar area («small of the back»), and provides optimal support where it’s needed. The comfort foam also encourages this required shape, and helps to spread the loads over the whole back support area. A mix of different materials and their wall thicknesses results in an overall and coordinated cradling effect which conforms to the body like a second skin.

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Why is the LIGHTNESS 2 sold as a package with its rucksack and a COMPRESSBAG LIGHT?

This harness, rucksack and COMPRESSBAG LIGHT glider bag are designed to go perfectly together and make up a compact unit. Only when used together can the full potential of the system be realised. The shape of the rucksack matches that of the harness so that this part of the equipment packs very small, and places the harness weight close to the carrier’s back for easy walking. Alternately, the back pocket of the harness is planned to best accept the rucksack for flight. A typical, larger and stiffer rucksack, is more likely to annoy the pilot in flight, and leaves less room for clothes, supplies, walking poles etc... in the harness back pocket. Compared with a reversible harness, where rucksack and harness are part of the same thing, the LIGHTNESS system offers much more flexibility of use.

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How is the LIGHTNESS 2 different from the IMPRESS 3?

The LIGHTNESS 2 simplifies life – and is even more comfortable. Compared to the IMPRESS 3 it is easier to adjust, has a better reserve system, is lighter and packs up smaller. The correct LIGHTNESS 2 sitting position is clearly indicated and results in an aerodynamically efficient harness attitude.


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