Gear Guides

Woody Valley GTO LIGHT (harness review)

The Woody Valley GTO LIGHT is a sleek pod harness with an aerodynamic tail fin, designed to be a comfortable ride for cross country pilots despite being lightweight. It takes a whopping 2kg off the weight of its predecessor, the X-ALPS GTO (5kg). We test the stability, agility and piloting features and analyze the strengths and weaknesses to help you make an informed decision. Is this the right paragliding harness for you?

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Safety Note: Supair ALTIRANDO 3 harness

If you have an ALTIRANDO harness from Supair, please take note! Two safety issues have been identified relating to the reserve parachute rotating inside its pocket and possible damage to the reserve pocket. 

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Supair STEP Paraglider Review

The Supair STEP is a 'high B' suitable for pilots with some experience wanting to 'step up' from their first wing or progression wing into the top part of the EN B category focused on XC flying. Carlo and Nancy flew the wing in a range of summertime conditions in the UK, with some good thermals and quite choppy conditions that gave the STEP a good testing.

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Lightweight Tandem HIKE & FLY setups

Hike & Fly is a great way to explore: spend the morning ascending a new peak, spend the afternoon flying around, and finally, back down. But what if you want to take a friend, to enjoy the experience? Go easy on your pack-mule with these lightweight tandem Hike & Fly kit lists.

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Advance AXESS 4 harness review

The Advance AXESS 4 is an all-rounder designed for beginners but equally suited to recreational pilots who want a straightforward harness with trouble-free handling. With a low packed volume and simple features, it offers good protection and reassuring feeling of balanced control through the seatboard.

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Advance Compressbag Tube review

Advance have now produced a concertina bag with compression built in, which comes with a few new features over the redesigned Tubebag Light. It’s very high quality with sturdy and precise manufacturing and the usual Advance attention to detail.

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Phi TENOR paraglider review

The TENOR (EN B) is bigger brother to the SYMPHONIA ('super-high A'), which the Flybubble Crew are extremely impressed with, so we were excited to try out this new Hanesh Papesh design billed as a ‘kick-ass’ wing. Carlo Borsattino tested it in exceptionally summery conditions in the UK.

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Skywalk TEQUILA 5 review

The Skywalk TEQUILA 5 (EN B) is intended to be a Progression class wing (‘low B’) which can be accessed by both flying-school graduates and pilots moving up from their First wing (EN A). It replaces the TEQUILA 4 which we reviewed: a fun and sporty wing with outstanding performance but with more turn energy than usually found in the class. What does the Tequila 5 do differently? Let’s find out.

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Skywalk RANGE XALPS 2 Review

Skywalk is clear in their marketing that the RANGE XALPS 2 is for top level performance: “for pilots who want to go to the limit in competitions or who insist on extremely light gear”. If you’re a podium contender for an upcoming hike and fly race, it looks like the one to have. But is it a practical option for general XC pilots wanting a lighter comfortable pod? Let’s find out.

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