Andrew Craig checks out a new departure in miniaturisation
IT’S TINY, IT BEEPS WHEN YOU GO UP, AND IT WAILS WHEN YOU GO DOWN.
There’s not much more to say about the Sys’One from Syride, and that’s probably how most users would want it – the user’s manual fills a single page.
It is indeed tiny; it would literally fit into a matchbox. Its dimensions are the same as those of a Renschler Solario, except that the Sys’One is much thinner.
Its weight is negligible. With two squidgy loops along its sides, you can easily tie it anywhere on your harness, or you can use the hook and loop fastener strap that comes with it to fix it around your arm, your leg, or almost anything else.
One thing I particularly like is that switching it on takes a good long press, so there’s little danger of it starting to beep as you lug your pack about – something Solario users are unfortunately well used to.
The Sys’One is not strictly an audio-only vario. It has a flashing light to show it’s switched on, and another two that flash at varying rates to show how fast you’re climbing or sinking. This would no doubt be handy for deaf pilots, or paramotorists; it also means you can turn off the sound to fly in silence, with just a glance at the lights now and then when you feel that you’re in marginal lift or sink.
Using it together with both my old vario and with Syride’s combined vario and basic GPS, the Sys’GPS (reviewed last month), I found the little Sys’One even more sensitive than the other two and eventually used it alone. The lift and sink thresholds can easily be set to where you want them.
Who might want one? Hike-and-fliers, of course, and it’s an ideal backup vario to keep you in the air if your main instrument packs up. However, its sensitivity means that I’d consider using its sound as my main lift indicator, with everything else on silent.
With solar mini-varios it’s nice, of course, not to have to worry about batteries at all. But Syride say the tiny CR2450 battery lasts for 290 hours, so even used as a main vario, most pilots won’t need to change it more than once every few years – and that takes about 30 seconds. At £59, if I didn’t already have a Solario, the Sys’One would be my choice of back-up vario.
Review published courtesy of SkyWings magazine | www.skywingsmag.com
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