1. The new King of Miniwings?

    The new King of Miniwings?

    Miniwings for high wind soaring are one of my personal obsessions and I spare no effort in finding the worlds best. I live in Auckland, New Zealand with large picturesque sea cliff and conditions that are often strong, laminar and superb for high wind soaring/speedflying. This is unusual in the world, so we are lucky and constantly looking for better miniwings to give us more fun in our smooth 20-45km/hr coastal winds.

  2. Phi SONATA Paraglider Review

    Phi SONATA Paraglider Review

    Phi burst onto the scene last year with experienced designer Hannes Papesh at the helm, supported by testing ace Mike Kung and a highly motivated team with a fresh approach. They surprised pilots by announcing three EN A wings in their range. We recently reviewed the SYMPHONIA, a ‘super-high A’ wing with fantastic handling. The SONATA is their wing for high-flying students and graduates – what we’d call a First wing.

  3. Phi SYMPHONIA review

    Phi SYMPHONIA review

    The Symphonia is a new ‘super high A’ wing from a new brand called Phi. This suggests it offers EN-A passive safety but also high levels of performance and energy. I'd flown the Phi Symphonia already in winter conditions and...
  4. Phi SYMPHONIA (First Impressions)

    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...
  5. Advance PI 2 and EASINESS 2 review

    Advance PI 2 and EASINESS 2 review

    Dave Southern reports on the hike-and-fly combination of Advance PI 2 and EASINESS 2 (Skywings Magazine, January 2017). "The Pi 2 27 and Easiness 2 ‘security configuration’ are an excellent combination which should pass unnoticed by the most eagle-eyed flight desk attendant and go into the overhead lockers for air travel. All of your kit, including an ultralight reserve, could weigh less than 7kg and you’d still have a glider that is capable of good, safe XCs."

  6. Advance PI 2 lightweight paraglider reviews

    Advance PI 2 lightweight paraglider reviews

    The Pi was an astounding design but some aspects kept it limited to being mainly a mountain wing. Advance have learned from the first project. Have they perfected the concept in the Pi 2? It has some impressive characteristics and surprising performance. Instead of a bomb-proof wing for quick descents, our reviewers found a fully developed paraglider, capable of XC flying. Flybubble Greg: "I kept looking up and thinking, how is it doing that?" Flybubble pilot Phil: "You get the feeling it's put together with precision and finesse."

  7. Advance ALPHA 6 paraglider review (Carlo Borsattino)

    Advance ALPHA 6 paraglider review (Carlo Borsattino)

    The Advance Alpha 5 was an outstanding first wing that took beginners well beyond the school environment. The updated design boasts less weight, fewer lines and double 3D shaping at the leading edge that is bound to give it more performance. The Alpha 6 also promises 'air scoop technology' that increases the stall resistance when flying slowly. With all these improvements, is it still suitable for training? Does it meet the needs of adventurous beginners and recreational pilots?

  8. Choose The Right Paraglider

    Choose The Right Paraglider

    With so many paragliding wings to choose from, finding the best and right paraglider can be a real challenge, even for experienced paraglider pilots. It's all too easy to make a mistake which might end up costing you dearly. The right paraglider for one pilot is not necessarily right for another. It might even be very wrong!

    In this series of articles, and accompanying videos, we demystify the paraglider selection process by consider various aspects that affect your choice. First we look at paraglider classes and compare performance. Then we investigate weight ranges and wing loading. We then analyse handling and safety. Finally, we give tips on how to make the most out of test flights.

  9. Swing DISCUS (EN-A) paraglider review

    Swing DISCUS (EN-A) paraglider review

    Flybubble's Carlo Borsattino reviews the latest EN-A from Swing Paragliders. What is the Discus like?

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