Nova Itus Harness - Airbag - Back Protection
Multi-talented to the max. As a versatile reversible harness, the ITUS can be used in any situation - hike & fly, local soaring, cross-country and travelling the world. To help you achieve your daily goal, it has some clever features. For example, using a zip, the rucksack can be completely detached from the harness. The result is a lightweight harness with a seat plate that is comfortable in the air as well as superlight and compact on the ground. Please note: more varieties of ITUS compatible rucksacks will soon be available for retro-fitting. This means the packing volume is flexible depending on the equipment or intended use. Simply zip on the required size… and you are ready to go! Therefore you never carry more weight that is necessary and you have exactly the storage space you need.
Everyday in perfect form. The carry comfort of the ITUS was extensively tested and cleverly optimized: the SAS-TEC protector of the harness simultaneously serves as the back section of the rucksack. When using the ITUS as a rucksack, the characteristic of the protector to distribute the pressure over a wide area has the same effect as the carrying system of a trekking backpack. Even with a fully stuffed rucksack, the load will not push uncomfortably into the back. There is also an ergonomically shaped, padded hip belt which helps to relieve the strain on the shoulders when carrying. Drinking bladder, hiking poles, jacket, and other small items are always at hand in the convenient pockets. Once in the air it remains comfortable - with a robust honeycomb seat board, breathable padding on the back and sufficient storage space within reach for instruments, gloves, muesli bars, etc.
Designed in every detail. One of the main features of the ITUS is safety. The materials and handling of the harness were extensively tested during daily use, on the G-Force Trainer and in a test environment. The results are impressive - even while the harness is being unpacked, the airbag fills itself… not just when in flight. This is achieved with a 3-chamber system supported by Nitinol wire and a polycarbonate plate. Both memory materials persistently return to their original form, but remain flexible when packing. This facilitates the small packing size of the ITUS and already protects the pilot during take-off. The color-coded buckles of the Clicksafe system make the correct connection easy. The additional SAS-TEC protector distributes the pressure of hard objects, such as stones on a slope or a bottle in the storage compartment, over a larger area in the event of a fall onto the back. This reduces the risk of severe back injuries.
Directional parachute compartment. During the design phase, particular attention was focused on the deployment of the parachute. For good reason - an unimpeded rescue deployment is essential for pilot safety. To ensure easy operation even under difficult conditions, our test pilots and developers did countless laps with the ITUS in the G-Force Trainer. At the highest g-load, the deployment of the rescue was tested under consideration of all possible deployment directions. As a consequence, the inner container was adapted. Due to the new design, the pulling force is distributed over the entire front of the rescue. This makes it easier to deploy and prevents the rescue from getting stuck in the compartment - regardless from which angle you pull it.
Remove the rucksack and wash - no problem!
Anyone walking or hiking up hills will come to the point where after a a few hot days they may want to clean the rucksack part of the reversible harness. With most harnesses this isn’t easy without getting the protection or the integrated parachute wet. And getting the latter damp would be dangerous as keeping it dry is essential for a reliable deployment in case of an emergency. Thanks to the detachable rucksack of the ITUS, it is perfectly possible to wash it. In this case please hand wash it with water and mild soap. The rucksack is not suitable for machine washing or tumble drying.
The ITUS is ideal for all pilots who want maximum flexibility in terms of equipment weight and packing volume - without compromising on comfort and safety. Just the opposite: during the design of the ITUS it was tested beyond the stipulated certification measures. The EN standard for harnesses only stipulates that the release force for the parachute must be between 2 and 7 daN - testing deployment in different directions is not required. With the ease with which the chute can be deployed in any direction, the ITUS clearly exceeds the certification standards. Those who feel particularly strongly about safety will value the ITUS during hike & fly, vol biv and cross-country flights. Whether the pilot has a lot of experience or it is their first day on the training hill.