The Swift is APCO’s top of the line competition harness! A true masterpiece – combination of mechanics and aerodynamics. It is by far the most sophisticated harness we have ever made and the results are evident.
Body Geometry – before everything, we have made sure that geometry of this harness is perfect. We worked hard to achieve balance between comfort and activeness. The Swift will transmit exactly what the wing is doing, but in a way which is reassuring and not surprising.
Comfort was the main objective and it was achieved by extensive, padded support throughout the harness. A fully breathable padded back with wide shoulder straps for load distribution help relieve any pressure points which can occur after hours in the harness. The rigid seatplate is covered by dense foam and complemented by load bearing semi-rigid elements integrated into the back of the harness (APCO exclusive) making sure body stays in the optimal ergonomic position regardless of how each webbing adjustment is set up.
Special attention was aimed at improving the speed system. A double set of ball bearing pulleys promote a smooth and effortless operation of the speed system.
Regardless of your wing, you will be amazed how easy it is to push the speed bar with this harness. A special feature incorporated into this harness is an adjustable position speed system pulley.
This system allows to move the pulleys position according the pilot’s center of gravity, preventing the harness from pitching up or down when applying speed system. This feature is unique to APCO and is an example of our attention to the technical details of performance in flight.
The Swift has a redesigned low drag profile. The rear fairing covers the head and shoulder areas preventing flow disturbance. Inside the fairing, multiple internal profile ribs insure the best trailing edge shape for minimal drag. Inflatable front fairing with high internal pressure cuts through the air .
Careful attention was aimed at removing any wrinkles or points which may disturb the airflow over the harness. A zipped closed rescue bridle channel contributes to the sleek harness surface.
the Swift was designed to be light. Saying that, it is still a full racing harness and no short cuts were taking with construction or materials.
It is as light as possible to make a harness without compromising on durability or performance.
Although designed as a racing harness, the Swift will upgrade any pilot’s flying sensation. For pilots that have never used a pod harness, its smooth feedback and comfort will improve thermalling capacity and XC performance.
For experienced pilots the Swift will be the ultimate choice for breaking existing records!
|Pilot Size||up to 185cm||180cm and Up|
|Weight (empty)||4.75 kg. (including 3 step accelerator)||4.95* kg. (including 3 step accelerator)|
|Standard seatplate||0.4 kg.||0.4 kg.|
|Standard foot plate||0.3 kg.||0.3 kg.|
|Airfoam Protector||0.7 kg.||0.7 kg.|
|Lexan Plate||0.25 kg. (optional)||0.25 kg. (optional)|
up to 120 kg
up to 120 kg
One colour only: Black with Blue and Yellow
Fully EN certified to 120 [kg]. The crash protection includes a full 17 [cm] Airfoam protector in combination with a lexan sheet offering the best possible protection against any type of impact.
The harness includes two Emergency parachute compartments: one under the seat and another front mounted to insure 2 hands deployment and to comply with for international, world cup requirements!
The pilot protection environment of SWIFT is as extensive as possible:
A full 17 [cm] Airfoam protector combining a lexan sheet which aids in spreading the load over the absorbing area of the airfoam, offering the maximum protection available on any competition harness.
The airfoam with its energy absorbing capabilities will protect from any large impact. The Lexan sheet plate will spread any sharp impact (Rock edges) over the area of the airfoam and will prevent penetration of object (tree branches) through the harness in case of an accident.
Dual Reserve System
The SWIFT has a double emergency compartment construction:
- Under the seat main emergency compartment incorporates a zipper closing bridle channel and magnetic flap cover of the compartment itself for easy preflight check of the reserve handle.
- Front mounted reserve compartment for left or right hand deployment. The compartment also serves as an instrument deck that can be used also without a parachute in the front container.
Both parachute compartments are ideally suited to take the range of APCO Mayday parachutes, Including the Superlight Guided Mayday, which have proven themselves time and time again, saving hundreds of pilots over the years.
What are the differences between the three different Models of Swift?
Swift Harness Comparison Table:
|Comparison Table:||Apco Swift Harness Series|
|Pod Material||PU Coated Lycra||PU Coated Lycra||Neoprene|
|Under the seat integral reserve||✓||✓||✓|
|front mounted reseve cntainer||Integrated|
|Drogue Chute (Anti-G) Pocket||✓|
|Inflating Rear Fairing||✓||✓|
|Inflating Nose Cone||✓||✓||✓|
|Water drinking Bladder Pocket||✓||✓||✓|
|Zipped Side Pockets||2||2||2|
|Relief Tube Exit||✓||✓||✓|
|Adjustable Speedsystem Pully Position||✓||✓||✓|
|Ball Bearing Pulleys||✓||✓||✓|
|Three -step Speed Bar||✓||✓||✓|
|Radio / Accessory Shoulder Pocket||✓||✓||✓|
|Chest Strap Whistle||✓||✓||✓|
|17cm Certified Airfoam Protector||✓||✓||✓|
Why is the price of SWIFT so high compared to other pod harnesses?
The SWIFT is a full racing harness with dual reserve option and EN/LTF certification!
It is also the only harness at this level which has both airfoam and lexan plate which makes this harness the safest in its category!
From our experience it is also the most comfortable and lightest compared to competing harnesses with same specifications.
Also see note regarding speed system from Cross Country magazine review – http://www.apcoaviation.com/news/reviews/SWIFT_Cross%20Country%20Magazine.pdf
Also for your reference see other reviews from various magazines praising this harness – http://www.apcoaviation.com/news.asp?section=reviews&product=swift
Why is the air-foam not all the way under the seat?
The Swift harness is supplied as standard, complete with:
- Polycomb Seatplate
- Polycomb Footrest
- Three step integrated speed bar
- Removable flight deck
- Airfoam Protector and Lexan plate.
The Swift Harness Series Reviewed by Rock the Outdoors Magazine (French)
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Rock the Outdoor tests the Apco Swift race harness.
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The Apco SWIFT Harness was Reviewed by XC Magazine. “We both found the comfort in flight is superb. Lumbar support is fantastic with a nice solid-feeling back support with no pinch points or creases. The mark of a good harness design is when there’s absolutely zero pressure or pull down on the shoulders and the… read more
Une grande marque de parapentes et sellettes, un peu oubliée en France où elle cherche d’ailleurs à étoffer son réseau de représentants. Tout ceci pourrait bien changer tant la Swift R présente de qualités en efficacité, confort, finitions, poids et prix…
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Apco’s first competition harness is turning heads not just for its aerodynamic looks but also its price tag – around €1,100. We flew one through April, logging about 20 hours, from smooth soaring to long-distance XC Read the full review here: SWIFT_Cross Country Magazine read more
From: jose maria carrion albal To: Apco Aviation Muchas gracias, estoy muy contento con la Swift de apco. Un saludo y seguir trabajando así amigos. Jose (Thank you very much, I am very happy with the Apco Swift. Friendly Greetings and keep up the good work) read more
Harnesses – Sizing Table
- 44610 – SWIFT HARNESS M/L
- 44620 – SWIFT HARNESS L/XL
- 42024 – Universal Bridle
- 80034 – Battery Pocket