Gear Guides

Syride SYS’EVOLUTION review

The instrument has three main functions: it's a vario/altimeter; a moving map display/navigational tool; and complete flight computer for competitions. The Syride SYS'Evolution, with a large e-ink display, offers a clear screen with excellent sunlight readability. If you looked at this instrument more than 3 months ago then you'll need to look again as there have been big changes, including a world first: a combined 3D airspace and terrain map. Steve Uzochukwu reports.

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Nova ION 5 Review

The Nova ION 5 replaces the very successful ION 4 in a very popular position in the marketplace – a wing that appeals to pilots in the cross-over between school and solo flying. As such it can’t have any ‘hot’ characteristics that would frighten students, but it must offer enough control freedom to satisfy more experienced pilots and have enough performance to begin XC adventures. The ideal compromise is hard to achieve. I tested the wing in sporty spring conditions in the UK, and added Carlo’s experience from XC flying in the mellow thermals in Colombia.

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Advance OMEGA XALPS 2 Review

The Advance Omega XALPS 2 is made for adventure and racing, and builds on the success of the winning XALPS 1 design (1st and 2nd place, Red Bull Xalps 2015). Light, fast, and with balanced handling, the original XALPS was hard to beat. Has it been improved upon?

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Supair PILOT Helmet Review

The Supair PILOT is a modern helmet designed for paraglider pilots and schools. Everyone's head is different, so we stock a wide range of helmets in our fitting room. We appreciate that getting the right helmet can be difficult for the internet shopper. This is where an adjustable system makes sense. The Supair PILOT helmet is officially certified for head sizes from 54 to 59 cm, but our experience is that it fits head sizes from around 53 to 61 cm (XS to L).

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Phi SYMPHONIA review

The Symphonia is a new ‘super high A’ wing from a new brand called Phi. This suggests it offers EN-A passive safety but also high levels of performance and energy. I’d flown the Phi Symphonia already in winter conditions and was impressed with it. We wanted to know how the Symphonia would behave and perform during long cross country flights in thermic air.

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Gin CONCERTINA COMPRESS BAG review

Packing using a concertina bag helps to preserve your paraglider by protecting it from moisture and mud when packing, and keeping the leading edge section neatly folded. Gin produce an ultralight version, the Concertina Compress Bag, which Carlo tested during a flying trip to Colombia.

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Advance IOTA 2 review

I was very much in love with the original Advance IOTA. I flew it for a whole season and had some great flights on it. So I was very pleased when I first flew the IOTA 2 that I could feel the similarity with the original, but I could also feel that the glider had progressed.

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Nova SECTOR review

The Nova SECTOR is a mid-level EN-C rated wing (Sports Class) that aims to provide easy handling with stability and good performance. It is a step up from Nova’s popular MENTOR range and is intended for pilots with a few years of flying experience. Carlo flew it extensively in Colombia.

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Supair TREK Rucksack Review

Supair make several different sizes of the TREK rucksack, ranging from 35L to 160L. I used the 90L which is perfect for a lightweight harness and a semi-light medium wing. I tested it out over a two week trip in Colombia.

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Harness Selection and Fitting Service

For a while I’d been thinking of swapping out my existing Ozium harness for something more suitable for my usual type of flying. This gave me the opportunity to try out for myself the service Flybubble give for harness selection and setup, and a perfect chance to gather information for the article explaining in more depth what is involved in finding and fitting the ideal harness.

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