Gear Guides

Niviuk PEAK 4 Review

The PEAK 4  (EN D) replaces the PEAK 3 in Niviuk's range and fits squarely in the Advanced Class, below the Competition Class Icepeak 8 (CCC) and above the Performance Class Artik 4 (EN C).

It's intended for pilots who are wanting to do competitions or big competitive XC but don't want the full-on concentration required to keep a high-maintenance hotship flying in cracking conditions.

It also offers a unique stepping stone as an 'entry level' 2-liner for pilots unfamiliar with the handling of this recent design innovation.

Greg Hamerton tested the PEAK 4 >

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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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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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SAFETY NOTICE: Finsterwalder CLICK-LOCK and T-LOCK buckles

On 4th June 2016 German manufacturer Finsterwalder, who supply buckles to many paragliding, paramotoring and hang gliding harness manufacturers, issued an important safety notice for all harnesses equipped with their CLICK-LOCK and T-LOCK buckles, potentially rendering them unairworthy. If these buckles are more than four years old then there is a risk of accidental opening, therefore any harness equipped with them should not be flown. Finsterwalder say that thousands of harnesses from many manufacturers are affected.

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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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