Phi VIOLA

£2,605.00

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The VIOLA is an amazingly versatile lightweight paraglider. It's a superb wing for an exceptionally wide range of pilots. Absolute beginners wanting a light, compact wing will appreciate its high passive safety. More experienced pilots will love its playful handling and excellent performance. Whether in rocky mountains, grassy hills or sandy dunes, the VIOLA is always at home. Eight sizes cover certified flying weights from 50 to 145 kg.

Technical data

name (size)

XXXXS (12)

XXXS (14)

XXS (16)

XS (18)

S (20)

M (22)

L (24)

XL (26)

SWR¹ (kg) 50-90 50-90 50-75 50-90 65-100 75-110 90-120 105-145
SWR² certification (EN/LTF) D C A A A A A A
EWR (kg) 75-110 90-110 100-120
EWR certification (EN/LTF) C B B
weight (kg) 2 2.2 2.5 2.78 2.99 3.25 3.5 3.75
flat area (m²) 14.08 16.36 19.04 21.43 23.71 26.1 28.32 30.81
flat aspect ratio 4.72 4.72 4.72 4.72 4.72 4.72 4.72 4.72
flat span (m) 8.15 8.78 9.47 10.05 10.57 11.1 11.56 12.05
projected span (m) 6.43 6.93 7.48 7.94 8.35 8.76 9.12 9.51
projected area (m²) 12.08 14.04 16.36 18.39 20.34 22.4 24.3 26.44
projected aspect ratio 3.42 3.42 3.42 3.42 3.42 3.42 3.42 3.42
number of cells 40 40 40 40 40 40 40 40
line length (m) 4.97 5.35 5.78 6.13 6.45 6.77 7.05 7.35
total line length (m) 176.9 190.7 205.9 218.3 229.6 240.8 250.9 261.7
maximum chord (m) 2.15 2.32 2.5 2.65 2.79 2.93 3.05 3.18
minimum chord (m) 0.51 0.55 0.6 0.63 0.66 0.7 0.73 0.76
Materials³ Porcher Skytex 32 / 27
risers Semilight R04 (3+1) or Superlight R03 (3+1)
riser length (mm) 500 500 500 500 500 540 540 540
speedway (mm) 150 150 150 150 150 150 175 175

¹ SWR: Standard Weight Range, in kilograms (kg).
² EWR: Extended Weight Range, in kilograms (kg)
³ Materials: top/bottom-sail, inside

Weight ranges

Depending on the size and wing loading, the VIOLA's exceptional talents cover everything from a fine first wing to cross country flights, hike and fly, and a certified mini wing for experts only. The smallest sizes are also excellent for smooth high wind soaring and ground handling practice.

The graphic below is meant as a guide to help you choose the right size. If in doubt, seek expert advice!

Phi VIOLA weight ranges

Our Flybubble MATCH service customers often ask us which size VIOLA to go for.

Colours

Standard colours: CC1 (White-Orange), CC2 (White-Blue), CC3 (Orange Blue)

Custom colours (extra cost, longer delivery)

This wing can be ordered in custom colours. Colours can be chosen from the available serial colours. There is an extra cost and longer delivery time for this; see product options. Full payment is required in advance for all custom colour orders, and one placed these orders cannot be cancelled for any reason. Quoted delivery times are estimates, and may take longer. Email us your desired custom colours with your order, ideally with both text and a screenshot.

Risers

Made from stable and robust TECHNORA. Choose from Semilight (prioritising comfort, functionality and ease of use) or Superlight (prioritising weight). Weight difference ~ 145g.

Package

Glider, backpack, compression strap, inner bag.

The included backpack is simple, basic, light, compact, and robust.

Phi VIOLA soaring

VIOLA: the universal wing

The VIOLA XS (18) can be used as a family glider with a legal weight range from 55 up to 110kg. By using modern technology and new materials the weight per square meter was reduced even more.

Phi VIOLA full range of super light, safe and superb performing wings.

Designer's note

"The weight reduction of the VIOLA over the SONATA is offering even better recovering after deflations and even less dynamic reactions in extreme manoeuvres. So it was possible to rise the max take off weight by 15kg. This has to be seen as an extended weight range, for pilots who want to fly a high loaded, small, light and very agile wing, offering extreme fun.

The very small VIOLAs are aimed at experienced alpine pilots looking for a very light, fast and good performing wing, that does not overreact and is behaving very trustworthy in every situation.

Over the full range of VIOLAs the demand is rising with the wing loading. A VIOLA XS (18) is a very easy and safe school wing loaded with 55kg, but as well a high level sports equipment for experienced pilots at 110kg."

- Hannes Papesh

Phi VIOLA climbing

VIOLA miniwing

Phi also offer the VIOLA in sizes XXXXS (12), XXXS (14), XXS (16) and XS (18) with flight certification for use as a superb mini wing (see review) for smooth high wind coastal soaring and ground handling practice.

Phi VIOLA mini wing - sizes XXXXS (12) to XXS (16)

Secrets

The secret to develop extraordinary wings is the passion to fly. We’re ourselves enthusiastic pilots, loving hike and fly adventures. I have to admit: I built the VIOLA 18 for myself and the VIOLA 14 for Mike.

- Hannes Papesh

Pilot feedback

"Been flying the Viola for about two months now, (during and many hike&flys after training) absolutely love this wing" - Johannes Erd, VIOLA owner

Phi VIOLA reviews

Since the eight (!) sizes of VIOLA—from XXXXS (12) to XL (26)—cover such a wide range of weights and uses, we've divided this VIOLA reviews section in two: paraglider reviews and mini wing reviews.

"I’ve tested and flown the VIOLA in sizes XXXXS-XL and been hugely impressed by the great general ease of use, very sorted launch and kiting characteristics, sweet handling and excellent performance for its class - traits common to all PHI wings I've tested so far!

- Carlo Borsattino, Flybubble

Phi VIOLA paraglider reviews

The Phi Viola is a wing that appeals to potentially the widest range of pilots imaginable. The majority of sizes are EN A, and are thought of as lightweight hike and fly wings, and that’s correct, as it’s a lightweight version of the Sonata. However, it’s also a very capable mainstream wing, and a mini wing for alpine flying or high wind soaring. It is able to cater for all these demands with a range of eight sizes, and certification from EN A to EN D, depending on the size chosen, and the use of extended weight ranges.

The Phi Viola is a star performer in the lightweight/hike and fly genre. Whilst that’s where it’s been pigeon-holed, this multifaceted wing is also a hidden gem in a number of other roles, including the super safe, high fun mainstream flying category. These two areas cover the majority of pilots flying it, but the amazing versatility of the wing is something most owners will never fully explore. You’ll be flying a wing that a talented designer and an accomplished test pilot make their wing of choice, with features only seen on much higher class wings. You won’t get better than that.

- Flybubble (full review)

The VIOLA is based on—the lightweight version of—the SONATA, links to reviews of this below.

Read our full written review of the Phi SONATA and watch the accompanying review videos.

In the video below Greg from Flybubble chats with design wizard Hannes Papesh about the Phi SONATA, and how he goes about designing a paraglider which sets new standards in safety.

Phi VIOLA miniwing reviews

I’ve flown, tested and sold most miniwings in the search for the best, and once a new best is found, that’s all I fly until it’s superseded.

Surprisingly it’s not even a close contest – I’m more than happy to declare a new King Of Miniwings: the new Phi SONATA and its lightweight version, the VIOLA.

Call me biased if you like, but please try it yourself – it will surprise you!

- Alan Hills (SkyWings Paragliding, NZ) (full review)

Additional Information

Condition New
EN Certification EN A, EN B, EN C, EN D
LTF Certification LTF A, LTF B, LTF C, LTF D
Shipping Details When in stock, UK approx 2-5 workdays, other countries see shipping page
Model Status Current model

Phi VIOLA Reviews

All you could ask for starting out on 22/10/2020
  • Star Rating
Having recently discovered paragliding through other mountain sports, after speaking to Nancy and Carlo at Flybubble around a suitable wing via their Match service we finally settled on the Phi Viola.

I'm predominately a hike and fly pilot, with most of my experience in the Alps and, most recently, on the South Downs. Having flown on a few other wings now (Cert A's, low B's) it just underscores how fantastic the Viola really is, both in terms of what you can do with it, but allowing you to build your confidence.

In the air the wing feels both stable but also forgiving in inputs, and at the same time finding when out with more experienced pilots on hotter wings that I was never far behind. Even in rough air or thermic conditions, having the Viola was a dream, whether for just a quick decent or tipping your toes into XC or "wild" take offs on snowy peaks.

Simply put, I couldn't have asked for a better entry into the sport both in terms of the level of service the team at Flybubble gave me, nor the quality of the wing to begin flying. If you're a new pilot to the sport I can't emphasise enough how much getting the right first wing along with good tuition makes all the difference.

Thanks Guys!

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