Skywalk Tequila 2 (PAST MODEL)
Skywalk Tequila 2
The Tequila2 is the latest Sports Intermediate paragliding wing from Skywalk.
Here is some info about the Skywalk Tequila2 from the manufacturer...
The TEQUILA has proven itself over and over again. Pilots all over the world appreciate the safe, error-forgiving, yet still agile handling...
The Skywalk Test Pilots focused on these same qualities to develop the TEQUILA2: A glider for the broadest range of pilots, simply the best for you!
- JET FLAP Technology
- Direct handling
- Excellent take-off properties
- Reassuring safety reserves
- Extraordinary climbing performance
- LIROS Hybrid lines and Porcher Marine Nylon cloth
- Very low total weight
These are the ingredients that add up to unlimited freedom.
The TEQUILA2 topped its predecessor in all of the performance parameters, and the development team also borrowed from its successful neighbour models, the CHILI and the MESCAL 2.
Skywalk Tequila2 > Certification
The Skywalk Tequila2 is certified LTF/DHV 1 -2 in all five sizes.
Skywalk Tequila2 > Options
Here below are the options available for Skywalk Tequila2...
Skywalk Tequila2 > Sizes & Weight Ranges
Here below are the sizes and weight ranges for the Skywalk Tequila2...
|Size||All-Up Weight Range|
|Tequila2 XS||55 - 80 Kg|
|Tequila2 S||75 - 95 Kg|
||85 - 105 Kg|
||100 - 120 Kg|
|Tequila2 XL||115 - 140 Kg|
Skywalk Tequila2 > Technical Data
|Number of cells||44||44||44||44||44|
|Area projected [m2]||19,6||21,7||23,5||25,5||28|
|Wingspan projected [m]||8,55||9||9,37||9,76||10,22|
|Aspect ratio projected||3,73||3,73||3,73||3,73||3,73|
|Average line length* [cm]||620||653||680||707||740|
|Line diameter [mm]||1/1,2/1,8||1/1,2/1,8||1/1,2/1,8||1/1,2/1,8||1/1,2/1,8|
|Cord max. [cm]||263||277||289||300||315|
|Cord min. [cm]||60||63||66||69||78|
|Canopy weight [kg]||4,8||5,3||5,8||6,3||6,9|
|Take-off weight* [kg]||55-80||75-95||85-105||100-120||115-140|
|*Pilot + 17 kg equipment|
Skywalk Tequila2 > Standard Colours
Please choose which colour option(s) you want from the drop down boxes below. The more colour options you are prepared to give, the less chance of delays for your order.
|EN Certification||EN B|
|LTF Certification||LTF 1-2|
|Model Status||Past model|
Skywalk Tequila 2 (PAST MODEL) Reviews
Review by Steve Uzochukwu
Skywalk has achieved a lot since the 2001 launch of the company. The company manufacturers paragliders, and is involved with kites, sail design and consultancy. A complete range of paragliders covers every LTF category up to 2-3, and motor versions of some of those gliders have been produced. Renowned for their "Jet Flap" technology, and a pioneering collaboration that led to an aluminium coated version of the ultralight Porcher Sport 27g/m^2 cloth, Skywalk maintains that innovation is the way to go. They have put up explanations for Jetflap Technology (http://www.skywalk.info/Content/82/?mnid=242) on their web site. There is an excellent explanation with an animation. The main designer is Manfred Kistler. The importer is Northern Paragliding.
The range includes the Mescal 2(LTF 1), Tequila 2(low end 1-2), Chili (high end 1-2), Cayenne 2(LTF 2) and the Poison 2 (2-3). An acro glider, the "Red Hot", a mountain glider, the Masala and a tandem called Join't make up the rest of the free flying range, with two motor gliders also on offer. Other products include harnesses and reserves. The Tequila 2 covers the weight range from 55 to 140 kg in 5 sizes. The size supplied for the test was the Large, which covers 100-120 kg, flown at about 108 kg.
The glider arrived with a rucksack, manual, inner bag with compression strap and riser bag. The Tequila 2 makers know first impressions count, and the attention to detail just on getting the glider out of the box impressed me. A well written and very comprehensive manual (German/English), a compression strap designed to be tightened without pinching the glider (photo), a riser bag for pilots who separate glider and harness, and a very well featured rucksack. Rucksack first – there’s an inner strap to locate glider before you put the harness in, and compression straps to tighten down the whole package once you have packed everything away. The bag is very spacious and will hold everything the new pilot will need, it even coped with a large sports type harness and helmet. It’s comfortable to carry, the material sheds dirt and dust and it wraps up very small, without the bulk of other bags I’ve used which is important for fitting it in the smaller pouches on intermediate or beginner harnesses. The glider is made of Porcher Sport Skytex, with the top surface a mixture of 45 and 40 g/m^2 cloth, with the under surface being the lighter 36g/m^2 cloth. Lines are Liros, with a mixture of Dyneema and Technora being used. Webbing is the 20 mm Polyester webbing by Güth and Wolf, which makes for nice slim risers, but not excessively so. The riser detail is also superb, with the pulleys for the speed system covered by carefully sewn cloth hoods. Brake handles are held in place by magnets. The brake handles have soft inserts to improve their shape. The glider has split A risers. The lines from the D riser also split to E lines attachement points in the centre. It also has a “butt hole” for the ejection of debris, and most noticeably, those “Jet Flaps”. A sister magazine (Vol Libre, France) has done some tests proving that the Jet Flaps have the claimed effect, however, for any glider to be a rewarding purchase, the whole package must work. Does it? Let's see.
Inflating the glider is easy and it is well behaved and sensibly damped. Simply learning back in the harness in a moderate to strong wind results in uniform and easy to control rising behaviour. In strong winds the glider is a bit of a handful to keep on the ground using the brakes, but is very well behaved as soon as D risers are used to tame it. I put this down to the fact the D lines are attached just in front of the Jetflaps so pulling on them disables the Jetflap contribution, and the glider thens stays on the deck as commanded. For alpine inflations I used just the centre As, as it guarantees that a tip never comes up first, but testing on the landing field at Doussard showed good all round behaviour with all A risers pulled as normal. It would even inflate with just the outer As pulled, but I'm not suggesting you try this!
In the air the glider provided a big surprise - for a glider at this level it is simply a delight to fly. It responds immediately to the brakes, being nicely agile but not twitchy or nervous, and provides feedback as to the amount of control applied with nice firm brake pressure. The brake pressure I feel is ideal as it allows you to make inputs without the worry that you might pull too hard. Thermalling it was also a delight, and it was easy to keep up with and fit into the climb patterns of the more experienced pilots flying much higher level gliders on the various sites around Lake Annecy. The climb rate on this glider is superb. The glider has a stable profile that seems to cut through the turbulence on the end of thermals and does so without collapsing, with the occasional rustle on the end of very rough stuff but nothing to report. I did not need to use any weight shift to get the glider to do exactly what I wanted but after testing this I went back to using weight shift from habit. I made several flights around the lake at Annecy and the only area where the Tequila 2 gave anything away to the higher rated gliders was when the glides were into wind. In small, leeside thermals with sharp edges the glider was easy to crank up tight to keep within the core.
The speed system is light and easy to use. I needed to use the full range of a two step speed bar to get the pulleys to touch, but with the bar being so light it wasn't a problem to use it at any setting. Trim speed seems very good for a glider at this level but I did not put an instrument on it. Big ears are easy to do with the split As and this limits the size of them so they remain manageable for the low airtime pilot. They come out very quickly when released, something also very good for pilots at this level. Seeing as the Tequila 2 did not collapse, some one riser asymmetrics were attempted to get a feel for how it would behave but there was very little turn or height loss to be had and the riser pull was very fiercely resisted. Recovery was instantaneous on release. B line stall is quite physical but the glider is very well behaved with a moderate descent rate. The glider also offers a C line stall, documented in the handbook but not DHV tested. This results in a much less physical but higher descent rate stall. I would advise against it for very low airtime pilots, as the glider drops back a long way on this manoeuvre, and must not be released during this stage. I tried the manoeuvre and was very impressed. Recovery (subject to avoiding the release at the wrong time) was straightforward and the watching brief on the brakes was only precautionary and not needed. The manual documents all this C line stall information very clearly with precise instructions.
Spiral dives are no big drama and the Tequila 2 has a nice, easy low speed spiral mode before the pace quickens and the descent rate builds up. Spiral exit on this glider is very good, with the glider exiting nicely with conversion of speed to height and without the untidy surge some gliders suffer.
Landing the glider is very easy, the superb speed range this machine has makes for very good slope landing, with the brakes working at very long extension to get the glider flying very slowly. This is an area you'd ever get remotely near when thermalling the glider. One proviso is that on landing in strong winds, you'd better get on the D risers, as you won't be abe to snap stall this glider like you could a higher level machine. To be fair, this applies to most of the lower end EN B/LTF1-2 gliders. Ian Currer tells me that the Tequila 2 is finding favour amongst Accuracy Pilots because of the superb speed range and excellent low speed flying characteristics.
The Tequila 2 is a superb glider to fly. A low airtime or straight out of school pilot could buy one secure in the knowledge it would carry them well into the XC flying stage of their career. A more experienced pilot facing fewer flying opportunities or problems remaining current could also downgrade to this glider and suffer no loss of flying pleasure. It would be very hard to find a better cocktail of passive safety, performance and flying pleasure at this level. Looking at the standards of construction and the attention to detail in both the glider and ancillaries also shows a job very well done. Hats off to the Skywalk Team!
Pluses: Construction, passive safety, performance all top notch
Minuses: Good D riser technique needed in strong winds.