Most would not consider flying Paragliders without a harness protection of some type and a reserve. Yet, when Speed / Mini Wing flying, these generally accepted practices over years of learning are generally thrown out the window by many. Some of this is being driven by the what is “cool” factor.
Similar to Helmet use, should Protection Harness use be driven top down by inclusion into site protocols?
This question was just posted to the PG Forum:
Q: Should Back Protection Harnesses (i.e. with Airbag / Foam) be required standard equipment for Paragliding, Mini Wing and Speed wing flying over bare ground terrain / non-snow / non-ski related flying?
Please take the time to comment on the PG forum. http://www.paraglidingforum.com/viewtopic.php?t=84340