Supair LEAF (PAST MODEL)
LEAF: Part of Your Life!
In the Sup’Air range, the LEAF is undoubtedly the glider which will put most smiles on faces. The young wolf hungry for distance and the wise old fox who values his peace of mind will both be satisfied with this glider designed for everyday use in all conditions.
The LEAF is a « REAL » EN B glider, designed to please any pilot able to fly a wing of this class.
Superseded by Supair Leaf 2
- Category: EN-B
- Sizes: XS / S / M / L
- Colours: Earth / Flower / Sunset
No more of the old « high B, low B » debate, with the leaf you can simply go flying without asking questions!
The LEAF benefitted from close attention in the sail design, as evidenced in a sophisticated internal structure. Sup’Air Smart Mini Ribs allow for smooth airflow at the trailing edge and will last longer than conventional ones. The simple and fully sheathed line set will prevent trouble on take-off and the need for frequent re-trimming. Thin risers with low friction Ronstan pulleys are another sign of our quest for quality.
On inflation, the LEAF reveals its docile personality and rises smoothly above the pilot without lagging behind or overshooting, and once there it patiently waits for lift-off.
This sensation of comfort is again evident in the air. The LEAF immediately inspires confidence and leaves the pilot’s mind free to concentrate on analyzing the air mass and deciding on which route to take. A high level of passive safety will help the least experienced to cope better with turbulence, while the more accomplished pilots will handle strong conditions with more confidence. The glider is particularly undemanding on the pitch axis ; it stays centred above the pilot and doesn’t require constant correction.
This capacity to absorb a difficult air mass hasn’t come at the expense of enjoyment. Like all Sup’Air gliders, the LEAF produces a real gliding sensation and its natural agility makes it a real toy to fly in thermals. Widening, tightening, inverting the turn all come instinctively with a good margin for error for the novice pilots and enough precision to satisfy those with more experience.
Our test-flying programme in real conditions easily demonstrated the LEAF’s potential to explore the sky and discover wide open spaces. Thanks to high-end Ronstan pulleys, speedbar pressure is very soft and long transitions can be flown in relaxed mode. The LEAF will the faithful companion of the first XC league declarations and far beyond for anyone who doesn’t want their fun to be spoilt on big cross-country flights.
- Self-sufficient pilot
- Foot- or tow launch
- Thin risers with wide base
- Low friction Ronstan pulleys
- Low friction rings
- Smart mini ribs
- Big-ear Kit
- Wingtip cleaning system
- Outer surface cloth: Porcher Sport Skytex 38 g/m²
- Inner surface cloth: Porcher Sport Skytex 32 g/m²
- Ribs cloth: Porcher Sport 32 hard finish
- Tapes cloth: Porcher Sport SR 170
- High and middle lines: Liros
- Lower lines: Edelrid
- EN + LTF class B (EN 926 – 1 and 2; LTF 91/09)
Made in Thailand
|Flat surface area (m²)||22.5||24.3||25.9||29.1|
|Flat aspect ratio||5.4||5.4||5.4||5.4|
|Projected surface area (m²)||18.9||20.4||21.8||24.4|
|Projected span (m)||8.5||8.9||9.2||9.7|
|Projected aspect ratio||3.8||3.8||3.8||3.8|
|Glider weight (kg)||4.5||4.7||4.9||5.4|
|N-flight weight range (kg)||60-80||75-95||80-105||100-130|
|Certification||EN + LTF B||EN + LTF B||EN + LTF B||EN + LTF B|
|Riser number||3 +1||3 +1||3 +1||3 +1|
The LEAF is delivered with: rucksack TREK 130L, rolling bag, Speedbar, pocket with repair kit, user manual (USB).
Download Sup'Air LEAF user manual (PDF)
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Sup'Air LEAF reviews
"The LEAF is a ‘mid’ EN B glider (Progression Class) for pilots who want flying to be simple and safe." Little details I rather like on the Leaf include the brake handles themselves, which are wonderfully comfortable, and easy to get your hands in and out of. Also where the brake line attaches to the brake line swivel there’s a reassuring extra bit of sheathing for added protection, which I think is a nice touch." "I found the Leaf to be very forgiving on the ground; easier than the ‘high-B’ and ‘mid-C’ wings I mostly choose to fly. Building a wall is effortless; the sail fills promptly in lighter conditions, ready to launch, but isn’t a struggle to hold down in more of a breeze." "The Leaf inflates and launches easily, with a tendency to come up straight... it launches in a predictable and controllable manner." "I found the Leaf’s handling easy and fun. I really enjoyed flying it! Neither too dampened, nor too lively. It had enough energy to make turning the glider easy... but not too much so as to have to keep reining it in. Well balanced for the kind of pilot it’s designed for. It doesn’t feel like a beginner’s wing, but has a reassuring, easy feeling about it." "I had a few top landings and some tricky slope landings and felt very confident with the Leaf looking after me, the stall point was predictable and smooth, giving me soft landings every time!" "Performance is always hard to judge, but the Leaf seemed to be generally doing well against the rest of the pack. It climbs well, turning smoothly and progressively in the thermals, keeping flat and efficient. Comparing it against other current wings in its class, it didn’t seem to be losing out in terms of speed and glide either." "... very solid while accelerated." "The package the Leaf comes with is exceptionally good, and pilots will surely appreciate Sup’Air’s generosity" "I’d recommend this wing to pilots looking to step up from their first wing, or experienced pilots wanting reassurance and confidence building. It fits nicely into the higher end of the Progression Paragliders, a fun yet reassuring mid-range performance B!" - Nancy Elliott, Flybubble (full review)
"The take off is super easy... with no hang back or shooting forward. In rough turbulent thermals the Leaf resembles the low B category gliders... by the comfort it delivers and ease of use. Inside the thermals, the Leaf... is a real pleasure ! The brakes are linear, precise and direct, delivering a superb maneuverability! I could place the Leaf exactly where i wanted even in the roughest of air. The Leaf reacts like an extension of the pilot arm. I re-discovered flying pleasure on board this colored ‘toy’! Climbing with reference gliders showed me an impressive climb rate... and in rough air I could out-climb easily many high end gliders. For sure the climbing ability of the Leaf puts it right among the top gliders in the mixed B category. Doing lots of glide i noticed a nice trim speed in calm air for the Leaf slightly more than the Rush 4. Big ears are stable, efficient and reopen by themselves. Conclusion: I enjoyed every second flying the Leaf. The climb rate and the handling will draw smiles bigger than the pilots faces ! ;-) The Leaf is a moderate B glider just in the middle of this huge B category. It is not a very low boring B nor a lively high B. It’s a balanced well behaved mid B. I think the Leaf with its sheathed lines all over was created... to deliver comfort, ease of use, excellent climbing, pleasure and a lovely handling." - Ziad Bassil
"During my 20 hours under the wing I do not recall having any wingtip folding, let alone wing tip collapses in spite of strong conditions." "Sup'Air designed it to last with the performance and fun side making you want to keep it for several seasons." - XC Mag
Sup'Air LEAF Pilot Videos
|EN Certification||EN B|
|LTF Certification||LTF B|
|Model Status||Past model|