Gear Guides

Harness Selection and Fitting Service

For a while I’d been thinking of swapping out my existing Ozium harness for something more suitable for my usual type of flying. This gave me the opportunity to try out for myself the service Flybubble give for harness selection and setup, and a perfect chance to gather information for the article explaining in more depth what is involved in finding and fitting the ideal harness.

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Ozone OZIUM 2 (Ultralight pod harness review)

The Ozone Ozium 2 is an ultralight pod, meaning it comes in a class of sub 3kg pods, so weight is a key selling point. The design is more of a refinement of the Ozium 1. The Ozium 2 is a completely reclined style of pod harness. This flying position takes more getting used to, so is not recommended as a first pod harness.

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Ozone DELTA 3 (First Flights Review)

The Ozone DELTA 2 was a very popular wing in the Sports Class (EN C). I thought it was a joy to fly, ideal for exploring, adventuring, and having an absolute blast in the sky. Sensitive, sleek, stable and smooth, it was as Ozone promised – a truly superb wing. Could it be improved upon?

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Advance SIGMA 10 Review

ADVANCE's strapline for the SIGMA 10 is "Epic XC". In terms of pilot demands its predecessor, the SIGMA 9, was a low end 'easy C'. Since then ADVANCE have added a new 'high B' wing to their range, the IOTA. Consequently the SIGMA 10 has moved up to the middle of the C class, with a higher aspect ratio and more cells, sitting nicely between the IOTA 2 and OMEGA XALPS 2. ADVANCE claim that the performance increase is noticeable. But is it really, and what's it like on the ground and to fly?

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Supair DELIGHT 2 (Paraglider harness review)

The Supair DELIGHT 2 is one of the most popular pod harnesses, offering lightweight comfort with good protection at a reasonable price. It includes all the essential features of a modern harness, but what is it like to use? To find out, I conducted our lowest flight test ever: about 10ft above a frosted British hill.

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Skywalk CUMEO Review (First Impressions)

Skywalk is committed to the development of lightweight paragliders, having produced a large range of light wings, mini wings and high performance ultralights. They also dominated the 2017 Red Bull X-Alps, which they sponsor. Building on their experience, they designed a lightweight version of the Skywalk CHILI4 (their XC Class / high B wing).

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Advance PROGRESS 3 (reversible harness review)

I inspected a demonstration harness at Advance’s HQ in Switzerland. It’s a very sturdy reversible harness with excellent protection and great carrying comfort. In Advance, product design is always the result of a team collaboration. In this case, Bruno led the design team for the harness development, and he provided an in-depth walkthrough. I was struck by how knowledgeable he was about it, which is a result of the thoughtful design process that evolved from his use of the product in the mountains around Thun.

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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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