Purchase 1 - Harness
This was a purchase made over a year ago (Nov 2017) when I started to seriously want to do this. It was time to ditch my trustworthy and dearly missed Advance Impress 2+ and her hefty 8kg of luxury bulk.
Driven partly by price and design, I looked at 3 big brand lightweight (not ultra) harnesses. I wanted something light but durable because as you'll soon understand, I'm not into buying kit every year.
The Ozone Ozium 2 was a difficult one for me, it was a lovely harness, but I'd heard marmite reviews on its predecessor the Ozium. The flight deck, with its neck loop, never sat and presented the flight instruments correctly and I'd heard about some shoddy workmanship on a few harnesses like seams coming undone. Maybe they had sorted them out on the Ozium 2? It certainly felt nice to sit in, the size was right, it had a decent size storage compartment and the weight at 2.53kg in the large harness and even with the medium 720 pod, it felt like it was made of helium compared to my old harness.
Priced at £923
The SupAir Strike I loved and it felt very, very comfy whilst hanging in the Sick And Wrong. It seemed to support my shoulders better, as it had a longer back area than the Ozium 2 and was certainly less fiddly when it came to buckling into the harness. What I did find slightly uncomfortable was the leg strap and pressure on my hips. This will no doubt be me and my fat office chair ass but it didn't quite feel right and I knew it would be uncomfortable in flight. I also wasn't very keen on the pod material. It seemed that if it were to catch, it would quite easily rip and tear, rather than pul like the Lyrca pods used by the others. In a medium, it was the lightest of them all at 1.85kg and was cheap enough to arouse my Yorkshireness.
Price at £1040
Next was the Advance Lightness 2, the Rolls Royce of harnesses. I was bang in the middle of the medium harness, it was fantastic, but I knew this model had been out for a number of years, and likely to be superseded (by the lightness 3 in Autumn 2018). The price tag also put a slight dampener on things priced at over £1300.
So knowing that I had a few purchases to make over the next 12 months, not really telling the boss what I was doing, I opted for the Ozone Ozium 2. It was a nice harness, super light, compressed well and was comfy for my body shape.