Gear Guides

  1. Freeflight Instruments FAQ

    Freeflight Instruments FAQ

    Got a question relating to freeflight instruments not answered in the user manual? We've compiled a collection of frequently asked questions (FAQ) and answers relating to freeflight instruments, including vario-only varios, alti-varios and alti-vario-gps combos. For brand or model specific questions or support, it's generally best to contact the manufacturer's support team directly, since no one knows them better than they do and it's likely they've been asked your question before.

  2. Skytraxx 3.0 Flight Instrument Insight

    Skytraxx 3.0 Flight Instrument Insight

    The Skytraxx 3.0 is an all-in-one flight computer. It offers all the bells and whistles for flying competition tasks and will record your flights and replay them to you. It can’t thermal for you, but it can show you where to go, what's around you and where you’re going with accuracy, clarity and style. Steve Uzochukwu shares his first impressions.

  3. How to deploy from the LIGHTNESS 3 (or similar)

    How to deploy from the LIGHTNESS 3 (or similar)

    A few pilots reported more resistance than expected when simulating reserve parachute (rescue) deployments in the Advance Lightness 3. We ran tests and compatibility checks using different techniques and angles. Carlo demonstrates the correct technique as explained in the manual: pull to the side.

  4. Advance EPSILON 9 Paraglider Review

    Advance EPSILON 9 Paraglider Review

    The EPSILON 9 is designed to help you progress in your flying after your first wing, or just have fun in the air without worrying. It is placed mid-way between the very-capable Alpha 6 and the higher performing Iota 2. We test the handling and safety of this modern EN B wing from Advance.

  5. Safety Notice: Charly QUICK-OUT karabiners

    Safety Notice: Charly QUICK-OUT karabiners

    Important note for all Quick-Out karabiner users! Please observe the safety message Quick-Out carabiner 4.2019 and check your karabiners accordingly before the next take off. There may be Quick-outs in use which can release when only one of the two release buttons is depressed.

  6. Safety Notice: Supair ACRO BASE

    Safety Notice: Supair ACRO BASE

    Safety notes regarding the Acro Base System harness have been issued by Supair. These notes relate to a possible lateral adjustment straps tear as well as BASE parachute release system and handle solidity checks. Download the safety notes for Adjustment straps...
  7. Phi TENOR light paraglider review

    Phi TENOR light paraglider review

    I was excited when PHI released a lightweight version of the TENOR. The original wing (also a mid-B) has impressive performance, nippy handling and great passive safety. How does the new TENOR LIGHT compare to the full fat version? I flew it in the UK winter and then for 30 hours in Colombia in a wide spectrum of flying conditions whilst leading a cross country paragliding tour, which gave me a great opportunity to test the responses and compare it with other current wings. Is it any good? Let’s find out.

  8. Advance LIGHTNESS 3 paragliding pod harness review

    Advance LIGHTNESS 3 paragliding pod harness review

    The Lightness 3 is a lightweight pod harness for everyday XC. It builds on the success of the Lightness 2, with improved roll stability and back protection. The characteristic sleek shape with a taut speedbag has been retained and small elements have been refined to produce an outstanding package for regular pilots. Carlo and Nancy share their experience of the Lightness 3.

  9. Skywalk ARAK paraglider review

    Skywalk ARAK paraglider review

    The Skywalk ARAK is aimed at the centre of the large EN B pilot target market, mid-way between the ‘low B’ Tequila 5 and the ‘high B’ Chili 4. Nancy Elliott flew the ARAK M in the winter (UK) and in varied conditions in Tenerife, and shares her experience. Light but durable, agile but calm, simple but efficient. Did they get the balance right?

  10. Supair SKYPPER 2 paragliding pod harness reviews

    Supair SKYPPER 2 paragliding pod harness reviews

    The Supair SKYPPER 2 has everything else you’d expect from a top of the range harness: two reserve containers, thick 18cm back protection, generous storage pockets, a wide instrument cockpit and removable panel, and drogue chute pockets on both sides. It is a slightly different take on the competition harness that makes it more appealing to a broad range of experienced XC pilots.

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