Gear Guides

Advance LIGHTBAG review

The Advance Lightbag is a small rucksack made of wing material which weighs just 52 grams. There are a few pieces of paragliding equipment that I wouldn’t leave home without and this is one of them.

If you plan on going cross country, you’re going to be walking sooner or later (unless you have a very reliable retrieve driver in your life) and the more comfortable the walk is, the less ground-suck you will feel when passing over that convenient train station.

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Flytec Element Alto review

Flytec have created the Element Alto for leisure paraglider and hang glider pilots who want a simple, robust and reliable vario with essential functionality only. On the outside it is based on the proven Flytec design with an extremely tough housing, high-contrast monochrome LCD screen and tactile, glove-friendly buttons. On the inside it features simplified internal electronics by Naviter combined with signature Flytec-quality vario and tone.

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Buying a paragliding harness

To illustrate how Flybubble’s buying service works, we follow the experience of Ben Holt, who wanted an upgrade from his Advance Success 3. Find out what goes on during a harness fitting session at Flybubble.

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Paragliding harness maintenance

A helicopter pilot would never lift off in the morning without a complete systems check. Paraglider pilots can sometimes skip their daily equipment inspection, because problems are rare and the equipment is deceptively simple. Beware! Paragliding harness maintenance is essential. Make sure you check yours regularly.

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Setting up your paragliding harness

It’s very hard to set up a harness by yanking on straps in the air. Although easy adjustment is a vital feature of any harness, the initial trimming is best done in a static environment where you can take the time to get the geometry perfected.

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Matching paragliding harnesses to pilots

The latest competition racing pod looks a bit out of place under a Progression class wing. There’s a mismatch between objectives here: the harness is aiming for ultimate performance, but the wing is aiming for maximum safety, so what exactly is the pilot chasing? This sort of blend means you compromise your flying because your kit lacks synergy.

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Paragliding harness features

When designers create a harness, they try to match the harness features with the intended use. Each design has a different mix of back protection, buckle style, reserve parachute integration, flight deck options, stowage space and comfort factors like the seat board, straps, and fabric used. Understanding what features you need on your harness can help you narrow down your search.

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