Light Equipment: The Complete Guide

Lightweight kit makes you more adventurous when going cross country. It inspires you to hike up peaks, just to fly down. It packs down small and makes travel a pleasure.

In this article we will try to assemble a complete lightweight flying solution that offers you the best from the latest designs.

We will consider harnesses, backpacks, reserves, helmets, instruments and wings; all the elements that combine to form an ideal lightweight kit.

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Niviuk Kougar 2 PPG wing review

Flybubble's Chief Flying Instructor, Carlo Borsattino had the opportunity to test fly Niviuk's Kougar 2, a new reflex powered paragliding (PPG) wing aimed at experienced paramotor pilots who, to quote Niviuk, are: "... looking for fast, powerful and reliable wings enabling them to reach their goals".

After such an excellent paragliding cross country flying season in the UK this year, it'd been quite a while since Carlo last flew a paramotor.

Here are his first impressions >

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Oudie 3 SeeYou Mobile v6

News from Naviter: "This is so exciting… New versions are out for all types of Oudies and the major version of the SeeYou Mobile software running on your Oudie has been raised to 6.0. With a few good reasons. There is so much news that we are going to list the major ones in this blog and explain them in more details in subsequent blogs.

However inspite of the many major new improvements it is not difficult to pick THE most important one: It is now possible to connect the Oudie to the Internet using the free Oudie Live app.

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Skywalk ARRIBA3 – lightweight wing

The TEQUILA4 is THE benchmark for low level EN-B gliders.  A combination of safety features, agility and performance has made skywalk's all-rounder one of the most successful gliders of the 2014 season. 

With the brand-new ARRIBA3, skywalk has brought a lightweight model to the market that combines the versatility of the company's bestseller with the demands of a top-modern, lightweight wing. 

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Artik 4 : Niviuk’s New EN C XC Wing

So, how does it compare with the Artik 3?

More performance. Easier handling. Softer inflation. Lighter. Turns more precisely and effortlessly.

EN D performance with EN C handling.

Looks stunning!

Sizes 23 and 25 have been certified EN C.

Available to pre-order from Flybubble now. More »

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Coupe Icare 2014 Roundup

Apart from being a spectacle for the 10,000 visitors, the Coupe Icare is the largest trade show for freeflight equipment. Flybubble visited the top brands and discovered what's new, what's hot ... and what's coming next!

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Syride SYS’Nav review | Skywings Magazine

Following the success of their SYS'One micro vario, SYS'Alti alti-vario and SYS'GPS alti-vario-GPS, Syride have released a new top of the range all-in-one flight instrument, the SYS'Nav, with additional competition and cross country functionality.

So, what's the SYS'Nav like to use? Andrew Craig gave it a good test and wrote up what he found in Skywings magazine. 

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Flymaster SD Series: New firmware with Airspaces & AGL

Flymaster have launched a new firmware version available for the Flymaster GPS SD, GPS SD+, NAV SD and LIVE SD flight instruments. With this new firmware installed these instruments are then capable of providing worldwide Airspaces and height Above Ground Level (AGL)

Besides the firmware update it is also necessary to insert an SD card with some specific data files on it (containing the Airspaces and AGL data). To get this you can either:

1) Download the Airspaces and AGL data files and copy them on to an SD card (see instructions); or
2) Purchase an SD Card with all the necessary Flymaster files on it here.

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