Paragliding Harness

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

    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.

    Pilot Suitability

    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 Sizeup to 185cm180cm and Up
    Weight (empty)4.75 kg. (including 3 step accelerator)4.95* kg. (including 3 step accelerator)
    Standard seatplate0.4 kg.0.4 kg.
    Standard foot plate0.3 kg.0.3 kg.
    Airfoam Protector0.7 kg.0.7 kg.
    Total Weight6.156.35*
    Lexan Plate0.25 kg. (optional)0.25 kg. (optional)
    up to 120 kg
    up to 120 kg
    * Estimated

    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!

    Pilot Protection

    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:

    1. 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.
    2. 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
    Model Zero Sport Race
    Pilot Weekend/XC/Comp XC/Comp XC/ Record/PWC
    Weight 5.11 5.51 6.15
    Certification EN EN EN
    Price $ $$ $$$
    Aerodynamics ★★★☆☆ ★★★★☆ ★★★★★
    Pod Material PU Coated Lycra PU Coated Lycra Neoprene
    Under the seat integral reserve
    Front mounted reserve container Integrated
    Cockpit Optional Optional Integrated
    Drogue Chute (Anti-G) Pocket
    Inflating Rear Fairing
    Inflating Nose Cone
    Water drinking Bladder Pocket
    Ballast container
    Zipped Side Pockets 2 2 2
    Relief Tube Exit
    Adjustable Speedsystem Pully Position
    Ball Bearing Pulleys
    Three -step Speed Bar
    Hook-knife pocket
    Radio / Accessory Shoulder Pocket
    Chest Strap Whistle
    17cm Certified Airfoam Protector
    Adjustable ABS

    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?

    Protection wise: we believe this is one of the most comprehensive harnesses in the category, as most harnesses do not have the lexan plate. (protects against sharp objects and spreads concentrated impacts..)
    Under the seat there must be space for water ballast (C.G) and the reserve so there is a technical restriction. I believe it is similar with all harnesses in this category.
    Customers should also understand that nothing is allowed to press against the reserve compartment  – as this can cause deployment problems..

    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.

    Optional Accessories

    Battery Pocket

    Battery Pocket for Swift Race


    Easily attaches to, or removed from, the instrument panel. It is accessible in flight and can be used for a variety of small items, among them battery for instruments.

    Guided Mayday SLT


    G-MD SLT is the new born superlight brother of our well known and respected G-MD and weights less than 2kg.

    Mayday Super Light (SLT)


    Mayday 16 SLT, Mayday 18 SLT, Mayday 20 SLT – designed for pilots who wish to keep their equipment extremely light. Weight reduction for SLT was achieved by using state of the art materials – canopy cloth used is PN9 (the last, most sophisticated development in parachute cloth), as well as additional weight saving advanced design solutions.



    Harnesses – Sizing Table

    HarnessSizeCodeHarness Weight [Kg]*Pilot Size (cm)Back Length (mm) - ASeat Length (mm) - BSeat Width (mm) - CDist. between Karabiners (mm)- DSupported Back (mm) - EHook-in Height (mm) - FPod Length - G
    First IIIMultisize with
    zipper expander
    481332.145 (incl.)140-190
    Hikeone size470301.300 (incl.)160 to 190610430230 x 2295 - 490320420
    Chairbag Integral Vone size460303.240 (incl.)160-185700390380385 - 575450430
    RitmaS/M450503.900 (incl.)Up to 170680400390420 - 615360420
    RitmaL/XL451004.000 (incl.)170-185750435400420 - 615400415
    RitmaXXL451504.100 (incl.)180 and up750435400420 - 615400405
    GoalS/M455102.700 (incl.)up to 180600435390430400420
    Spark IIS/M431025.120 (incl.)Up to 170740370350375 - 575400390
    Spark IIL/XL432025220 (incl.)170-185775410390375 - 575420415
    Spark IIXXL433025320 (incl.)180 and up790470400375 - 575420440
    KittoS / M443102710 (incl.)up to 185
    KittoL / XL443202840 (incl.)**180 - 205
    Swift RaceM/L446105.950 (incl.)up to 190640410320395 - 540360440900 - 1000
    Swift RaceXL446206.150 (incl.)185 and up700460340360 - 5353704801000 - 1100
    Swift SportM/L446305.310 (incl.)up to 190640410320395 - 540360440900 - 1000
    Swift SportL/XL446355.510 (incl.)185 and up700460340360 - 5353704801000 - 1100
    Swift ZeroM/L446404910 (incl.)up to 190640410320395 - 540360440900 - 1000
    Swift ZeroL/XL446455.110 (incl.)185 and up700460340360 - 5353704801000 - 1100
    2 Lightone size426101.300 (incl.)160 to 190610430230 x 2295 - 490320420
    Tandem Pilot Harnessone size424004.500 (incl.)Up to 195
    Tandem Passenger Harnessone size425003.300 (incl.)a wide range
    of passenger sizes
    Split Legs Paramotor
    HIGH Hook-In points
    S/M with
    zipper extender
    434001.590 (incl.)Up to 185600/660260230x2340-500380/440600/690
    Split Legs Paramotor
    HIGH Hook-In points
    L/XL with
    zipper extender
    434101.590 (incl.)185 and up630/690/750300260x2320-530420/480/540620/710
    Split Legs Paramotor
    LOW Hook-In points
    S/M with
    zipper extender
    435001.590 (incl.)Up to 185600/660260230x2340-500380/440420/480
    Split Legs Paramotor
    LOW Hook-In points
    L/XL with
    zipper extender
    435101.590 (incl.)180 and up630/690/750300260x2320-530420/480/540420/480/540
    Universal ParamotorMultisize with
    zipper extender
    410153.100 (incl.)Up to 190630/690430390240-640440/500460/680/750
    SLT Paramotor Harness
    High Hook-Up points
    Multisize with
    zipper extender
    280152.550 (incl.)Up to 190660/720400380360-610380/440590/680
    SLT Paramotor Harness
    Low Hook-Up points
    S/M with
    zipper extender
    4204252.495 (incl.)Up to 185660/720400380360-610380/440340/360
    SLT Paramotor Harness
    Low Hook-Up points
    L/XL with
    zipper extender
    4204262.495 (incl.)180 and up660/720400380360-610380/440340/360
    Trike Pilotone size491002.850 (incl.)160-190690330+9043050360420-580
    Trike Passengerone size492502.100 (incl.)160-190600340410510330350
    *Harness weight denotes the total weight of the harness including Standard parts supplied with the harness such as; Seat Plate, Airfoam Protector, vibration foam (PM harnesses), and if relevant, the optional Lexan Plate.
    It excludes other optional accessories such as Cockpits, Stirrups, reserve parachutes, zip-on side pickets/reserve containers etc.
    **Estimated Weight

    Product Codes

    The SWIFT Race is supplied as standard complete with lightweight polycomb seatplate, polycomb foot plate, 3 step integrated speed bar, removable flight deck, airfoam protector and Lexan plate.

    • 44610 – SWIFT Race HARNESS M/L
    • 44620 – SWIFT Race HARNESS L/XL

    Additionally recommended:

    • 42024 – Universal Bridle
    • 80034 – Battery Pocket