Gear Guides

Getting the most out of the Advance IOTA 2

A wing like the Advance IOTA 2 is a complex construction with many features specifically designed to increase performance. If you want so much performance, and you want to keep the wing performing at its best, you need to take more care with it. I interviewed the Advance development team for some insight on getting the most out of the IOTA 2.

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Advance IOTA 2 (First flights review)

Almost three years ago, Advance entered the ‘high B’ class for the first time with the IOTA. This proved to be a popular wing, providing performance, stability and good handling to pilots wanting to extend their cross country achievements. With the recent releases in the XC class, the Advance design team had to raise the game. Using the original Iota as the reference, what could be improved upon?

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Nova Mentor 5 (First Flights Review)

The Mentor series is well established. According to Nova, "For many years the MENTOR has been setting the standard for XC-intermediate wings. It combines impressive performance with a high degree of passive safety and it encourages you to exceed your boundaries." Every edition has promised more performance. Greg Hamerton tested the Mentor 5 S.

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Urs Haari and the Modern Reserve Parachute

In 1995 High Adventure opened a new chapter in the history of paraglider reserve parachutes with the Beamer, a paragliding reserve based on the famous Rogallo wing concept. In this enlightening interview with Urs Haari, we talk about the development process, modern reserves, the lightweight fashion, small sizes, tracking (airspeed) and the reserve parachutes of the future.

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Phi SYMPHONIA (First Impressions)

You’d expect a designer with such a long tradition of excellence in paragliding to have something special up his sleeve when he starts his own brand. Something that not only displays his mastery of design but creates a space within a crowded marketplace. A disruptor. There’s no question that the Symphonia will be a defining wing for PHI.

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High Adventure Itsy Bitsy Touch Gloves Reviews

“Great for paragliding, maybe not for outer space…” What are the new three season gloves from High Adventure really like?

Trevor reports: “I fly (badly) in Norway, and after melting my fingers flying in various gloves, I decided to go all in and spend the money on the Touch. I bought the size 10, which was a good fit for me and if you are a flight instrument / screen junkie, then you will get on with these gloves.

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Adding tasks to Oudie (Paragliding)

Adding tasks to the Oudie for paragliding is relatively easy, once you know how. Since every pilot thinks differently, Naviter have designed the Oudie to be flexible, often with more than one way to do things, so that each individual can choose their preferred method. For example, there are various methods by which tasks can be added and activated on the Oudie. This article outlines a few of these.

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Volirium P1 vario review – first impressions (Phil Clark)

The P1 aims to cover the usual all-in-one functionality we've come to expect from alti-vario-GPS devices in that they tell you where you are, how fast your position is changing, in which direction you're travelling, and - hopefully - help you make better decisions on where to go next! So, how does the P1 do? Phil Clark gives his first impressions.

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The Loft Paraglider Servicing and Repair

The Loft is a well-known paraglider repair and service centre based on the South Coast of England that’s been going since 1998, they repair wings, harnesses and even kite surfing equipment. For a lot of UK pilots, a season isn’t complete without using their services, so I went along to Newhaven to learn a little more about the company, the man behind it, and what goes into servicing a wing.

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Woody Valley X-Rated 7 (Competition Harness Review)

The X-Rated 7 is Woody Valley's top-of-the-range comp harness. It has 'All the Mod Cons' with many amazing features packed into a surprisingly low weight. The XR7 is very well put together, you can tell just by looking at it that the build quality is exceptional.

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