Gear Guides

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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Volirium P1 vario review (first impressions)

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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Safety Notice: Supair LEAF

Supair have issued a safety warning regarding the possibility of some LEAF gliders entering parachutal phase when inducing big-ears in unaccelerated flight. Not all gliders are affected. For affected gliders a line kit will be made available to eliminate the risk of a parachutal phase free of charge. Read the full notification and safety warning from Supair for more details.

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The Loft Workshop Paraglider Servicing & Repair

The Loft Workshop is a well-known paraglider repair and service centre based in southeast England that’s been going since 1998. They repair wings, harnesses and even kite surfing equipment. For many UK pilots, a season isn’t complete without using their services. I went along to Newhaven to learn a little more about the company, the man behind it--Mike Millwood, flying since 1986--and what goes into servicing a wing.

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Compression Packing: Keep Your Paraglider Flat

There are many methods to pack up a wing; this is the one that I use all the time. I like super-light, super-simple. So although concertina bags are very useful, especially for competition gliders and gliders with lots of reinforcing, I’ll show you a method you can use if you don’t want a concertina bag or haven’t got it with you.

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Syride SYS’NAV V3 Review (Dickon Walker)

The SYS’Nav V3 is a mid-range flight instrument aimed at competition and cross country pilots, sitting in the Syride range under the full graphical display SYS’Evolution, and above the SYS’GPS. I’m coming to review the SYS’Nav having used the SYS’GPS instrument for the last couple of years and finding it to be excellent at what it does.

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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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