Advance EPSILON 8 Review

The Epsilon 8 is a recreational 'mid' EN B wing, intended for pilots with a year or more of flying experience but who still want security and simplicity in their flying.

It comes in above the entry-level Alpha 6 and below the high-performance Iota.

Greg Hamerton tested the wing in varied conditions, including a 100km XC flight. 

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XPYR 2016 Race Report

The XPYR is a race along the length of the Pyrenees mountains, which divide Spain and France. It alternates with the RedBull X-Alps race for the title of toughest paragliding event of the year.

Contestants must carry their paraglider (or fly with it). The course is 480km, the race starts at 05:30 and ends at 22:30 every day, and lasts about a week.

Flybubble Team Pilot Greg Hamerton supported by James Hope Lang competed in the 2016 edition.

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Flybubble Greg in X-Pyr hike&fly race!

Make sure you check this out: Flybubble Paragliding crew member, team pilot, and inspirational adventurer Greg Hamerton is the only UK pilot in the X-Pyr hike&fly race, starting tomorrow. Greg is up against the world-class professional paraglider pilots and athletes like Christian 'Chrigel the Eagle' Maurer and Aaron 'we don't know if he has a nickname' Durogati. He doesn't expect to win, but will give it his best shot and aims to have a great adventure whilst trying to complete the gruelling race.

Find out more about the X-Pyr and keep up with Greg and all the contestants on live track via here, and send him a bunch of encouraging (or just plain silly) messages to cheer him on!

Also, podcaster Judith Mole asked Greg ten random questions.

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Sup’Air Strike & Trek Light 350G

The STRIKE is a harness fully dedicated to Hike & Fly competitions, developed by Sup'Air from their X-ALPS 2015 design. Its great in-flight comfort makes it far more versatile than its light weight might suggest.

It comes in 2 sizes - M and L - and the M size weighs 2140 g with the included removable mini-seat plate and LTF certified foam protector (560 gr). The optional ultra-light Bump'Air STK-light (250 gr) foam protector enables a complete harness to be flown at a weight of only 1710 gr without the mini-seat plate, and 1840 gr with it.

Sup'Air have also made a new ultra-light rucksack which is the perfect partner for the STRIKE, the Trek Light 350G.

Find out more about the Strike and Trek Light 350G.

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Pilot: the ideal paragliding helmet

The PILOT helmet was specially developed by SUP'AIR for paraglider pilots and paragliding schools. It's modern, comfortable and very light.

It's certified for freeflight (CE EN 966), comes in one size (adjustable XS-L), and weighs only 380gr including the adjustable headband.

Currently availabile in Black (Black-Grey); Petrol (Petroleum Blue-Orange), we deliver the PILOT helmet with a protective microfiber helmet bag included.

More about the Sup'Air Pilot.

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Nova Phantom (2016) EN B

Nova: "The PHANTOM offers the safety of a basic intermediate with the performance of a top-end wing. This has been made possible through probably the most complex construction ever used in a serial-production wing." "With 99 cells, 804 needle-eye ribs and 3200 slots in the profiles and diagonal ribs to reduce weight, the PHANTOM could be the most complex and technically elaborate wing ever made.  With more than 3000 individual components, it sets a new benchmark in paraglider construction." "How does a large number of cells increase performance? The more cells, the smoother the wing – which means less drag. A large number of cells also provides ultimate stability. This helps maintain performance even in turbulent air." "The PHANTOM combines the best of both worlds: the low piloting demands of the ION and the great performance of the TRITON 2."

Find out more about the Nova's new Progression Class EN B wing here.

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Safety Notice: Gin GENIE LITE 2

Earlier production batches of the Genie Lite 2 have been noted to have issues with the rescue handle. The rescue handle loop is too short for some models of rescue parachutes. This may cause the plastic wire pins to get stuck during deployment.

To rectify this, Gin have produced a loop extender (13cm). All current GIN stock has the loop extender included with the harness. Previously shipped harnesses did not come with this loop. If you require the loop extender, please contact your GIN distributor.

In addition, please ensure that your rescue has been installed according to the instructions in the Genie Lite 2 product manual. If in any doubt, please seek professional advice.

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Sup’Air LEAF Review

Team pilot NANCY ELLIOTT tests the Sup'Air LEAF. 

Designed as a 'mid B' wing to cater for probably the broadest range of pilots, it's said to be undemanding on the pitch axis, but agile enough to be enjoyable for thermaling and exploring the sky.

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