Gear Guides

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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Advance LIGHTNESS 2 Reviews

The Advance LIGHTNESS 2 is a lightweight harness for paragliding cross country enthusiasts. Having tested ours for a full season, we're ready to report on the pros and cons of this exceptional pod harness.

Weighing just 2.95kg in the medium size, it offers a significant weight-saving when compared to most full-featured coccoon-style harnesses, yet it retains all of the functionality.

We consider its suitability for hike-and-fly explorers and inspect the durability displayed by our frequently flown test unit.  

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Advance OMEGA XALPS Review

The OMEGA XALPS is a high performance wing designed to meet the demanding needs of the Red Bull X-Alps race: approximately 1600km of flying and 400km of hiking, non stop.

It's hard to find the perfect mix of performance, practicality and light weight, but Advance clearly got it right for the race, as the OMEGA XALPS wings swept their pilots to victory with first and second place. But is it any good beyond a race environment?

Carlo Borsattino tests it out to see if it is accessible to ordinary advanced pilots who want an ultralight long distance cross country machine.

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Syride SYS’Nav V3 Tips

The Syride SYS'NAV V3 is a lightweight flight instrument packed with features.

This growing resource collects tips and tricks to help you get the most out of your instrument.

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Skywalk Range X-Alps vs Kortel Kolibri

The RANGE X-ALPS is an ultralight competition harness designed for the RedBull X-Alps 2015. It has an eye-catching aerodynamic rear fin and a narrow fit, offering maximum performance through reduced drag.

Pilots competing in hike-and-fly races will be excited by the news, but is it suitable for the wider adventure-flying market, or even as a regular harness for experienced XC pilots wanting to minimise?

As such it competes with our current favourite for bivi pilots, the Kortel Kolibri. In this review we compare the two and highlight advantages to help you decide which one is right for you.

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