3.7 kg (size M) I honeycomb seat board I SAS-TEC protector + pre-filled airbag with a 3-chamber system

ITUS – Optimised to the core
The ITUS is a completely versatile and lightweight reversible harness with a seat board, airbag and SAS-TEC protector. If required, the rucksack can be completely detached. Always on board: an extra portion of safety.

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 optimised: 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 a 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 colour-coded buckles of the Clicksafe system make 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.


Technical data S M L
Pilot height <165cm 165-180 cm >180cm
Reversible harness weight* 3.4kg 3.7kg 3.9kg
Harness weight** 2.4kg 2.7kg 2.9kg
Weight hiking rucksack 690g 690g 730g
Weight cover 45g 45g 45g
Weight SAS-TEC protector 280g 280g 280g
Volume hiking rucksack 77L 77L 87L
Certification (EN/LTF) PH 288.2019 (EN & LTF)
Max. clip-in weight 120 kg (EN & LTF)
Energy absorption value 28g 28g 28g
Color NOVA Skyblue

* Harness incl. rucksack, SAS-TEC protector, carbon speed-bar, NOVA Foras carabiner
** Harness incl. cover and NOVA Foras carabiner

Scope of delivery
> ITUS rescue container + handle
> SAS-TEC protector
> Foras carabiner (2 pcs)
> Manual
> ITUS cover
> Speed system

Itus-Remove the rucksack and wash
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.
Itus-Target group
Target group
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. Wether the pilot has a lot of experience or it is their first day on the training hill.
Short and compact
Fits both little and large. The ITUS is available in sizes S, M and L. Soon further rucksacks for different packing volumes will be available for all sizes.
SAS-TEC & airbag protector. The SAS-TEC protector made from viscoelastic soft foam was first used in motorcycling and skiing. It is very light and guarantees excellent support and pressure distribution in the back area. When reversing the ITUS, this doubles as the comfortable back support of the rucksack. Within 30 seconds of unpacking it, the airbag is already inflated.
Clicksafe closing system. Our Clicksafe system with colour-coded buckles means with one glance you can be certain that you have hooked in correctly. The main hang points and buckles are green on the right side and red on the left side.
Optimised parachute container. The rescue compartment was designed using 3D design software and tested in practice for all deployment directions. The harness and the inner container of the rescue are optimised for easy deployment – the rescue being wedged in the compartment has been prevented.
Robust material. A particularly tear-resistant ripstop fabric is used on the airbag, supplemented by Nitinol wire and a polycarbonate panel (both memory materials) which always return to their original shape. The built-in zips, straps, carabiners and the honeycomb seat board have also already proven themselves in practice. When selecting all materials, attention was paid not only to safety and durability, but also to low weight.
weight_optimisedLight and durable. Lightweight harnesses combine low weight with a high durability and robustness. This is made possible by using high quality fabric and clever cutting to keep unnecessary material to a minimum.
SAS-TEC_protectionHigh-Tech for the back. The technology was developed for motorbikes and skiing, but is perfect for paragliding. The protector made by the German manufacturer SAS-TEC protects as well as stabilises the entire upper part of the back and aids both comfort as well as safety.
reversible_harnessAll-rounder ready to go. Rucksack and harness in one – both are light and tough. This is why reversible harnesses are ideal companions for pilots who enjoy hiking up mountains or simply like to travel light. The safety aspect is at the forefront: NOVA keeps optimising the protectors and the rescue system to way above the stipulated standard.
AirbagProtectionAll-rounder ready to go. All-rounder ready to go. Rucksack and harness in one – both are light and tough. This is why reversible harnesses are ideal companions for pilots who enjoy hiking up mountains or simply like to travel light. The safety aspect is at the forefront: NOVA keeps optimising the protectors and the rescue system to way above the stipulated standard.
Gurtzeug_TM The perfect fit. Our S and L sizes are not just scaled copies of the M size. Every size is individually designed. The result is Tailor-made Geometry: every pilot has the optimal seat position – no more “off the peg” disproportional geometry!
TubeConatinerClever solution. The container of the reserve under the seat board is designed like a tube container. In combination with the dedicated reserve container this ensures a problem-free deployment in any pulling direction. The parachute is easy to install and operate and uses zips plus a rod and two loops.
memory_frameSmart stuff. This includes materials like Nitinol wire and a polycarbonate plate. These can be bent (for example when packing up the harness), but both will always go back to their former shape. This characteristic can be used, for example, to inflate the airbag well before take off.
Safety_BucklesSimply safe. Clearly colour-coded buckles make take off preparation easier. Red to red, green to green and black to black. Completely clear and great for learners.
SeatBoardIn control. The seat board is an integral element designed to maintain the shape of the harness. It determines both the width and the length of the seat. Harnesses with seat boards are perfect for pilots who like a high degree of stability.
Outer and inner shell: Nylon Ripstop
Main and shoulder straps: Dyneema
Leg loops: Dyneema
Chest strap: Dyneema
Carabiner: NOVA Special EDELRID Foras Karabiner
Buckles: Getup System mit farbigen Clicksafe AustriAlpin Cobra Schnallen
Protection: Pre-inflated Airbag, SAS-TEC Protektor
NOVA tests parachute deployments even at higher g-forces. What does this mean?
In an emergency, the pilot often has to throw their rescue when the wing is turning violently with correspondingly high g-forces. The current EN tests do not include deployment tests with high g-forces. NOVA voluntarily and intensively tests its harnesses using the G-Force Trainer – with differently sized parachutes, different pilot sizes, different lengths of connection bridles, in several deployment directions and until our testers black out…

Memory materials – what are they?
The airbag of the ITUS contains Nitinol wire and a polycarbonate plate, which ensure that the airbag fills with air before take off. Both materials can be squashed (e.g. when packing), but they always return to their original shape. As if they could remember… This is why they are called “memory materials”.

Why does the ITUS feature a Get-up system?
The advantage of the Get-up system is ease of use as well as its light weight. Compared to the T-lock system, the ITUS requires only two clicks to close the harness instead of four. In combination with the colour-coded buckles, closing the harness is therefore as simple and straightforward as it can be.

How should you store the ITUS?
Generally harnesses should not be stored in damp, wet or hot conditions. The harness should never be exposed to hazardous substances like solvents, paints, battery acid and their gases, etc.

Why is it possible to detach the hiking rucksack from the ITUS?
Due to the detachable backpack, the ITUS is suitable for both reversible and light harness fans. It is also very useful that the rucksack can be washed separately without risking getting the parachute wet. For all those who like to transport their equipment in a quick packing bag or similar, the ITUS without the rucksack is almost a kilo lighter!

Can the ITUS be used for ground handling?
Yes, it is suitable for ground handling. The airbag fills immediately after unpacking – and therefore also protects whilst on the ground. If you like it especially light, you can remove the ITUS rucksack and even remove the SAS-TEC protector.

How does the seat geometry work on the ITUS?
The ITUS permits an upright as well as a slightly reclined seating position. Adjustment is easy and can be performed in the air. In order to avoid mis-adjusting the seat geometry, the ITUS is equipped with built-in strap limiters.

Should I use the ITUS deployment bag or the original one delivered with my parachute?
Should I use the ITUS deployment bag or the original one delivered with my parachute? BEAMER, BEAMER Light and the PENTAGON (all sizes). If you decide to use the original deployment bag of your rescue parachute, you can order the suitable deployment handle for installation on the ITUS from us.