Gear Guides

  1. Choose The Right Reserve Parachute

    Choose The Right Reserve Parachute

    Round, square, hybrid, rogallo? There are many differences between modern reserve parachutes and buying one can be a complicated decision. A reserve can seem like an unnecessary cost, something you could do without or don't need to pay much attention to. But it's a cornerstone of reducing risk, and it's really important to get the choice right.

  2. Paraglider weight ranges: the numbers

    Paraglider weight ranges: the numbers

    The best glider in the world is no use to you if it isn't the right size for you. We explain how to navigate the different manufacturers' weight divisions.

  3. Phi VIOLA wing review

    Phi VIOLA wing review

    The Phi Viola is a wing that appeals to potentially the widest range of pilots imaginable. The majority of sizes are EN A, and are thought of as lightweight hike and fly wings, and that's correct, as it's a lightweight version of the Sonata. However, it's also a very capable mainstream wing, and a mini wing for alpine flying or high wind soaring. It is able to cater for all these demands with a range of eight sizes, and certification from EN A to EN D, depending on the size chosen, and the use of extended weight ranges. 

  4. Phi VIOLA sizing guidance from Flybubble

    Phi VIOLA sizing guidance from Flybubble

    Our Flybubble MATCH service customers are often asking us which size of Phi VIOLA they should go for. Here's some guidance on this.

  5. Advance EASINESS 3 paragliding harness review (2)

    Advance EASINESS 3 paragliding harness review (2)

    The Advance Easiness 3 is a very high quality mainstream 'hike and fly' harness that's also suitable for beginners, and those with more general flying experience but new to the hike & fly genre. It also provides a myriad of other possibilities, for "travel and fly" or cycling to sites, for example. If you're interested in this sort of harness, read on…

  6. Safety Notice: Woody Valley X-Rated7 reserve elastics (2) 30.03.2020

    Safety Notice: Woody Valley X-Rated7 reserve elastics (2) 30.03.2020

    Further to the safety notice issued back in August 2018, Woody Valley issued another similar safety notice about the reserve elastics on the X-Rated7 harness on 30.03.2020. All X-Rated7 owners must read and act on this safety notice before flying. The check and fix are simple and easy.

  7. BGD CURE 2 sports paraglider review

    BGD CURE 2 sports paraglider review

    The CURE 2 from BGD (Bruce Goldsmith Designs) is a Sports Class wing (rated EN-C) that promises high performance with low stress. “It’s fast on glide with excellent stability in wind and turbulence,” says BGD. Flybubble tested it in the British winter and the South African summer to get a true picture of its character.

  8. Woody Valley Wani Light 2 harness review

    Woody Valley Wani Light 2 harness review

    The Wani Light 2 is a reversible airbag harness with integrated reserve, designed to help you get your kit really compact and still have certified back protection. In this class are the Supair ALTIRANDO LITE and Gin Gingo Airlite 4. Although the Skywalk BREEZE and Advance EASINESS 3 are similar, they are split-leg designs with no seatboard. The Wani Light 2 has a broad lightweight seatplate that helps to improve the minimalistic crash protection and provides maximum weightshift control and feedback.

  9. Safety Notice: Kortel T-Bone link

    Safety Notice: Kortel T-Bone link

    In randomized tests on the strength of T-Bones links, Kortel found a break at between 16 and 18KN. There is no immediate safety risk for solo use of T-Bone link harnesses/risers or even rescue/rescue risers. However, due to their non-compliance with the 24KN announced, Kortel are recalling and exchanging all T-Bone links delivered as a stand-alone product or with the Kruyer III since October 2019.

  10. Naviter Oudie 5 review

    Naviter Oudie 5 review

    The Oudie 5 offers everything you need to fly at any level, including XC and competitions. It has a very bright screen with 100% touch screen interface. The Oudie 5 Pro is a big update on its predecessor. It has Electronic Conspicuity (FANET+) for the first time, a higher capacity battery, and a more advanced main processor board. In this review we provide an overview of the functions, a guide to setting it up and a report of our experiences with the Oudie 5 in flight.

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