Gear Guides

Best paragliding harness (with EPSILON 9)?

Greg was testing the EPSILON 9 and Carlo added a curveball: why not review the wing using three different harnesses from Advance, to compare the feeling? We test the Easiness 2, Success 4 and Lightness 3 to identify the best match.

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How to deploy from the LIGHTNESS 3

A few pilots reported more resistance than expected when simulating reserve parachute (rescue) deployments in the Advance Lightness 3. We ran tests and compatibility checks using different techniques and angles. Carlo demonstrates the correct technique as explained in the manual: pull to the side.

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Advance EPSILON 9 Paraglider Review

The EPSILON 9 is designed to help you progress in your flying after your first wing, or just have fun in the air without worrying. It is placed mid-way between the very-capable Alpha 6 and the higher performing Iota 2. We test the handling and safety of this modern EN B wing from Advance.

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Safety Note: Charly QUICK-OUT karabiners

Important note for all Quick-Out karabiner users! Please observe the safety message Quick-Out carabiner 4.2019 and check your karabiners accordingly before the next take off. There may be Quick-outs in use which can release when only one of the two release buttons is depressed.

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Phi TENOR light review

I was excited when PHI released a lightweight version of the TENOR. The original wing (also a mid-B) has impressive performance, nippy handling and great passive safety. How does the new TENOR LIGHT compare to the full fat version? I flew it in the UK winter and then for 30 hours in Colombia in a wide spectrum of flying conditions whilst leading a cross country paragliding tour, which gave me a great opportunity to test the responses and compare it with other current wings. Is it any good? Let’s find out.

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Advance LIGHTNESS 3 review

The Lightness 3 is a lightweight pod harness for everyday XC. It builds on the success of the Lightness 2, with improved roll stability and back protection. The characteristic sleek shape with a taut speedbag has been retained and small elements have been refined to produce an outstanding package for regular pilots. Carlo and Nancy share their experience of the Lightness 3.

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Skywalk ARAK Paraglider Review

The Skywalk ARAK is aimed at the centre of the large EN B pilot target market, mid-way between the ‘low B’ Tequila 5 and the ‘high B’ Chili 4. Nancy Elliott flew the ARAK M in the winter (UK) and in varied conditions in Tenerife, and shares her experience. Light but durable, agile but calm, simple but efficient. Did they get the balance right?

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Supair SKYPPER 2 (pod harness review)

The Supair SKYPPER 2 has everything else you’d expect from a top of the range harness: two reserve containers, thick 18cm back protection, generous storage pockets, a wide instrument cockpit and removable panel, and drogue chute pockets on both sides. It is a slightly different take on the competition harness that makes it more appealing to a broad range of experienced XC pilots.

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Gin BONANZA 2 (Paraglider Review)

The Gin BONANZA 2 makes it clear, it’s aiming for Sports Class, and the EN C rating leaves no room for misunderstanding: it’s only suitable for experienced pilots. It looks especially clean, high aspect and racy. Is it too hot? Carlo Borsattino tests the wing in a range of conditions in Tenerife and the UK to analyse the handling and features.

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