Gear Guides

Gin SPRINT 3 Reviews

The Sprint 3 is Gin's new EN B wing, with an aspect ratio of 5.7, sitting between the Atlas and Carrera+ in their paraglider range.

Carlo flew the M in punchy conditions. "It feels very solid and more like a higher aspect Atlas, than a lower aspect Carerra. It moves in a unified block. Easy launching, firm controls, moderate top speed but lots of accessible performance."

John flew the L on the same day. "Entering thermals, once you bank the wing it moves very easily into them. The wing feels like it wants to be in the thermal."

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Advance EASINESS 2 Review

The Advance Easiness 2 is a light reversible harness with no seatboard. It has an optional removable airbag with built-in reserve compartment.

Advertised as comfortable to fly and carry, it is aimed at hike-and-fly pilots exploring the remote high places of the world. Is it suitable for ordinary pilots as well?

Always up for a challenge, ED BEWLEY performs a thorough investigation on the lowest test site we could find, and takes it to places no other man would dare to go.

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Grab Bag For Adventurous Paragliders

Back Country Grab Bag

by Alistair Andrews

Whether I’m flying from Milk Hill or the Glyders, I keep a little Grab Bag inside the instrument fairing of my harness. Sometimes I tailor it to the extremity of the terrain I might land in, but for normal XC flying it weighs only weighs 670g and fits in a small first aid bag. 

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Grab Bag For Adventurous Paragliders

Get ready for adventure with our quick guide to preparing your own grab bag! 

Paragliders can cover great distances and land in some unexpected locations. Even a gentle evening glide over your favourite forest can end in a surprise.

Having some basic survival essentials in your bag can make a big difference.

Team pilot Alistair Andrews outlines what should be in your back-country grab bag.

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Nova Service Info & FAQs

Service information and answers to some frequently asked questions about Nova Paragliders, for example:

  • Can I shorten the brake lines on a NOVA wing?

  • How do I hold the brake line correctly?

  • Does Nova test the materials used?

  • How should NOVA wings be stored?

  • What is the performance of my NOVA wing? How fast will it fly?

  • How should NOVA wings be packed?

  • When should I send my wing for its first NOVA Trim Tuning (NTT)?

  • I would like to try a NOVA paraglider. Who should I contact?

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Nova Ion 4 Paraglider Reviews

Nova make some bold claims about their new Progression Class wing, the ION 4.

Flybubble tests the wing in some bouncy spring conditions.

Simon: "In the air the glider is very solid ..."

Greg: "A well-designed evolution in the Nova range."

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Niviuk Hook 4 Review

Niviuk says “The docile and intuitive character of this new model brings full awareness in flight, handling ease and provides the means to progress in all phases of flight with peace of mind.”

What does this mean, in the real world?

The Progression Class is full of exceptional modern wings designed to appeal to low airtime pilots.

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Advance Pi 2 Reviews

The Pi was an astounding design but some aspects kept it limited to being mainly a mountain wing. Advance have learned from the first project. Have they perfected the concept in the Pi 2?

It has some impressive characteristics and surprising performance. Instead of a bomb-proof wing for quick descents, our reviewers found a fully developed paraglider, capable of XC flying.

Greg Hamerton: "I kept looking up and thinking, how is it doing that?" 

Phil Clark: "You get the feeling it's put together with precision and finesse."

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Advance Alpha 6 Review

The Advance Alpha 5 was an outstanding first wing that took beginners well beyond the school environment.

The updated design boasts less weight, fewer lines and doubel 3D shaping at the leading edge that is bound to give it more performance.

The Alpha 6 also promises 'air scoop technology' that increases the stall resistance when flying slowly.

With all these improvements, is it still suitable for training? Does it meet the needs of adventurous beginners and recreational pilots?

Carlo Borsattino investigates >

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Radio Headset Advice

The Flybubble team use radio headsets a lot and, having tried all sorts of them over the past 20+ years, have come to the conclusion that they are all relatively fragile things which can be easily broken - especially on launch, particularly if poorly set up by the pilot or the pilot gets dragged. We've settled on the 'middle ground' with good value radio headsets which are good enough quality to use and relatively inexpensive to purchase and repair (or replace).

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