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Model Status: Current model
EN Certification: EN A
LTF Certification: LTF A
According to Nova the DOUBLESKIN is the lightest paraglider* in the world with top and under surface. It has a very small pack size and is a delight in the air thanks to better aerodynamics compared to a single-skin. With the DOUBLESKIN walking up is as enjoyable as flying and landing!
*At 06/2019, when compring other EN certified double-skin wings of the same flat surface area, with the Dyneema cord style Ultralight Risers fitted (optional recommended 12mm Kevlar Light Risers add 60 grams) and without taking single skin wings into account.
|Flat area (m2)||20||23||27.5|
|Projected area (m2)||17.1||20||23.5|
|Flat aspect ratio||4.4||4.4||4.4|
|Projected aspect ratio||3.3||3.3||3.3|
|Number of cells||33||33||33|
|Flat span (m)||9.4||10.1||11.1|
|Projected span (m)||7.6||8.1||8.8|
|Line length (m)||5.05||5.5||6.05|
|Total line length (m)||214||230||253|
|Max. chord (m)||2.6||2.8||3|
|Min. chord (m)||1.1||1.2||1.3|
|Weight (kg)* with Dyneema Ultralight Risers (Kevlar Light Risers + 60 grams)||2.1 (2.7)||2.4 (3.0)||2.8 (3.4)|
|RTW¹ Certification (EN/LTF)||A||A||A|
|ETW² Certification (EN/LTF)||B||A||A|
¹ RTW Recommended take-off weight, in kilograms.
² ETW Extended take-off weight, in kilograms.
*Weight with the Dyneema cord style 'Ultralight Risers' fitted (fiddly, less stable). Add 60 grams for the optional 12mm Kevlar 'Light Risers' (recommended). Total weight may also vary up to 50g due to slight variations of the fabric and due to a variation of the fabrics moisture content.
Relaxed (recommended): For recreational pilots.
Dynamic (extended): Ideal for those who want more speed and a more dynamic wing.
Standard Colours Lime, Orange, Petrol
Custom Colours: Use the Nova Colour Configurator to customise your wing and email Flybubble the colour code for your custom colours.
Risers: 12mm Kevlar 'Light Risers' (recommended, add 60 grams) or Dyneema cord style 'Ultralight Risers' (fiddly, less stable).
Scope of Delivery
Ultralight Compression Bag
Especially small and light: this packsack is optimally tailored to the small packing size of the glider and can also be compressed very well. It is ideal for touring with a small rucksack. Please do not store Nova paraglider permanently in the compression bag, but well ventilated and loosely folded.
Nova has enclosed a very detailed manual which contains everything you need to know about Nova flying equipment. Please study it before flying Nova gear for the first time.
Everyone hopes it will never happen: a hole or tear in the paraglider. Nova have included a minor damage repair kit in the right colNova for such an eventuality.
The Simple Flag fits in Nova pocket and is useful when there is no permanently installed wind indicator at a take-off or landing site. By means of a loop, it can easily be attached to a stick or branch before the flight. Tip: Even if want to do some spontaneous ground handling, the Simple Flag will serve you well.
The Holding-Pins are made of wood - if you lose one in nature it is not the end of the world. The wing is delivered with a few spares. Please make sure you remove the pins before stowing Nova glider in the compression bag. This prevents damage to the cloth.
One for All
The DOUBLESKIN has been designed to allow a flying experience without any compromises. Due to the light construction, it combines the advantages of a single-skin wing with the optimal flying characteristics of a glider with an undersurface. Ultra-light fabrics and a highly weight-optimised yet complex internal structure complete the package. The DOUBLESKIN gives you the opportunity to travel super light and enjoy Nova hike up the mountain – always in search for the next take-off.
Tip: Pilots with a take-off weight between 75-90 kg may fly the DOUBLESKIN in size 17 within the extended weight range as a dynamic EN/LTF B wing.
Every gram counts
Size 17 (55 - 90 kg Take-off Weight) weighs only 2.1 kg. Together with the MONTIS harness (320 gram), the DOUBLESKIN is an ideal base for a weight-optimised Hike & Fly kit. The complex internal structure, including mini-ribs, vector-tape and the high number of cells, the wing has also an excellent performance and stability. Instead of Nova Light Risers, you can choose Nova minimalistic Ultralight Risers at check out and carry another 60 grams less.
Into the Wind
The DOUBLESKIN is exceptional at maintaining directional stability as well as a good glide ratio allowing it to deliver when you are in ‘need for speed’. NOVA regard this as one of the safety features of the wing since the wind does not necessarily adhere to the forecast on Nova hike & fly location. The DOUBLESKIN is a pleasure to fly in thermic conditions, thanks to its intuitive handling. Pilots who are looking for a super-light yet playful wing, and who wish to travel the world, or simply complete a hike and fly challenge at their local flying site, find in the DOUBLESKIN the perfect companion for their next adventure.
The short lines of the DOUBLESKIN make it much easier to spread the wing and launch, in particular in rough terrain - it simply requires less open space. Thanks to useful holding-pins the glider will stay in place even on very steep or snow-covered take-offs. All the main lines, stabilo lines and brake lines are sheathed and colNova coded to increase durability and to facilitate take-off preparations. By the way: When buying a NOVA wing, and after registering it under mNova, it includes Nova's unique one-off protection against accidents and mishaps for one year after purchasing. Nova exchange lines and replace damaged cells. Is Nova wing beyond repair NOVA offset the replacement value when buying a new one. You can use NOVA protect within the first year at most once. Please note: In order to benefit from NOVA-Protect it is necessary to register Nova product under mNova within 14 days of Nova purchase.
The DOUBLESKIN (EN/LTF A) features a high degree of passive safety (Flat Aspect Ratio: 4.4) but due to its agility, excellent performance and enjoyable thermaling characteristics, it is always ready to turn a top to bottom flight into an XC round trip. Pilots who enjoy the odd wing-over will enjoy the short and precise brake travel in combination with the benign reactions of the DOUBLESKIN. Pilots who enjoy an even more dynamic handling will benefit from the extended weight range of the size 17 wing – with a take-off weight between 75 and 90 kg the wing is certified as EN/LTF B. Despite being mainly EN-A rated - depending on the total take-off weight - NOVA did not design this wing as a school glider. The Ultralight Risers require a certain routine in order to avoid riser twists when clipping in and the ultra-light fabric may be more prone to getting damaged during extensive ground-handling sessions. For those who wish to embark on their pilot training, Nova PRION or the lightweight all-rounder IBEX are a more appropriate choice.
“Flat Surface Area” – what does that mean?
In a nutshell, the flat surface area is the area of Nova paraglider when spread out on the ground. In contrast, the projected area equals the area of the shadow Nova wing would cast with the sun standing vertically on the horizon. The projected surface area of the DOUBLESKIN is roughly 85% of the flat surface area by the way. Unfortunately, there is no standardised definition of those areas. E.g. some ballooning effects will be considered differently depending on the design software used by different manufacturers. The definition of the flat surface area is generally better defined, so this is why Nova uses the flat surface area to compare the weight of a wing to other gliders. Generally, a wing with a larger surface area will climb better in thermals. It also allows slower speeds and that can be an advantage in certain take-off and landing situations.
Weight Optimised Fabrics
All fabrics are of the highest standard. Nova have tested all materials with regards to resistance against ageing (porosity, tear strength, UV and abrasive wear) and mechanical resistance e.g. stretch resistance. For quality assurance purposes Nova also test random samples out of the serial production in regular intervals. The DOUBLESKIN features the lightest fabrics on the market which also shines due to very small pack size and high UV resistance.
Mini Ribs increase the number of cells at the rear of the wing and produce an aerodynamically optimised trailing edge. The DOUBLESKIN mini ribs are particularly short – again, in order to keep the glider as light as possible.
The vector tape reduces the kink that is created when the brake is applied. The result is an improved climbing performance and better handling characteristics. On the DOUBLESKIN the vector-tape passes just behind the, for weight optimisation extra short, mini ribs.
Risers with less weight
The Ultralight Risers sit comfortably in Nova hands at launch and are, like the rest of the glider, optimised to reduce the overall weight of Nova kit. Like with all ultra-light risers, Nova suggests doublechecking for riser twists when connecting the wing to Nova harness. Alternatively to the Ultralight Risers, you can choose Light Risers (+60 grams) when purchasing the DOUBLESKIN.
Small loops on the top surface of the wing serve as mounts for wooden Holding-Pins in order to easily attach the wing onto slippery and steep terrain - e.g. on snow – this will prevent the wing from sliding down after it has been laid out before take-off. The Holding-Pins are self-releasing and will come out of the ground automatically when launching. Please consult the DOUBLESKIN handbook for a detailed description of the correct use of the Holding-Pins.
|Leading-edge:||Dominico 10D, 26 g/m2|
|Top surface:||Dominico 10D, 26 g/m2|
|Lower surface:||Dominico 10D, 26 g/m2|
|Profile ribs (suspended):||Skytex 27 hard 27g/m2|
|Profile ribs (unsuspended):||Skytex 27 hard 27g/m2|
|Main lines:||Liros PPSLS191 / TSL 140|
|Gallery lines:||Edelrid U-8000|
|Brake lines:||PPSLS 65|
Nova service info & FAQ
|EN Certification||EN A|
|LTF Certification||LTF A|
|Shipping Details||When in stock, UK approx 2-5 workdays, other countries see shipping page|
|Model Status||Current model|