Gear Guides

Advance FASTPACK BI (tandem fast packing bag)

The new Advance FASTPACK BI has been designed as a highly practical fast-packing paraglider bag, for quickly stowing and carrying a full set of tandem paragliding equipment. Due to it's low weight and pack size it can also be used for solo equipment, for those who prefer a more generous-sized bag.

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Safety Notice: Ozone OZIUM reserve handle

This Safety Notice affects all original Ozium Harnesses (not the new Ozium 2). Ozone have received a report of a case of failure during a simulated deployment. The pins on the reserve deployment handles of all original Ozium harnesses may have been damaged during production. Action required: Mandatory Replacement of Reserve Handle

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Supair TASKA review

The TASKA is Supair's first foray into the Sports Class (EN C). Aimed to deliver 'accessible performance' it is a semi-light construction, avoiding the compromises of extreme lightweight product while still being compact and easy to carry at only 4.5kg in the medium size. Carlo and Greg take to the skies to investigate the handling and character of the TASKA.

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Nova MENTOR 5 (First impressions)

Carlo has flown the wing in a variety of conditions: "The level of pilot demand feels just right for ‘Mentor pilots’ i.e. at the mid level of the XC Class (high B range), both on the ground and in the air.

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Niviuk SKIN 2 (First Impressions)

We had our first Niviuk SKIN 2 in the other day and our first impressions are that, as to be expected, it is even more impressive than the original Skin. Incredibly – almost stupidly – easy to inflate and ground handle in light to moderate winds; great for launching from tricky places!

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Safety Notice: Advance EASINESS and EASINESS 2

The connection between the V-lines and the reserve on all EASINESS and EASINESS 2 reversible harnesses must be changed at the next opportunity. A replacement connection line can be obtained from ADVANCE free of charge from Advance. A routine spot check has revealed that the connection may not be strong enough. Other harnesses conform to their specifications and are not affected.

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Safety Notice: Skywalk Mescal 5

A pilot reported that the seam of the webbed strap that connects the brake pulley to the riser tore during ground handling his Skywalk Mescal5. The seam may not be strong enough if it was sewn with too few stitches. This can reduce the breaking load to approx. 35 kg. This is adequate for flying, but may not be enough for ground handling in strong conditions and large deflection angles.

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Dealer checks: are they important?

In the unlikely event that there's something wrong with a new wing, it's best that we're the last stop in the quality control line. Not everyone does these dealer check flights or product inspections, but that can put you at risk, and invalidate your warranty.

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Advance PI 2 and EASINESS 2 (Review)

Dave Southern reports on the hike-and-fly combination of Advance PI 2 and EASINESS 2 (Skywings Magazine, January 2017). "The Pi 2 27 and Easiness 2 ‘security configuration’ are an excellent combination which should pass unnoticed by the most eagle-eyed flight desk attendant and go into the overhead lockers for air travel. All of your kit, including an ultralight reserve, could weigh less than 7kg and you’d still have a glider that is capable of good, safe XCs."

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Gin EXPLORER (Paraglider Review)

The Gin EXPLORER is “a lightweight sports performance wing aimed at seasoned XC pilots who want to fly a wing that’s comfortable, responsive and performant.” Nancy Elliott shares her first impressions based on her experience on the wing in UK spring conditions.

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