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Review: The Gin Explorer, EN B

Review: The Gin Explorer, EN B

“The Explorer is a wing that left me with a grin on my face … I can see it appealing to more experienced pilots who still want dynamic, sharp handling in a safer wing.” Marcus King is all smiles after 15 hours in the air with GIN’s racy lightweight EN B. Find out more, subscribe, […]

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G-Force: Matt Warren trains with Paul Guschlbauer

G-Force: Matt Warren trains with Paul Guschlbauer

What’s it really like to take part in the Red Bull X-Alps? Matt Warren spent four gruelling days chasing Paul Guschlbauer – and his dog, Vitali – around Austria’s mountains to find out. Find out more, subscribe, and never miss an issue

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Understanding the solar window, by Rafael Saladini

Understanding the solar window, by Rafael Saladini

If you want to fly far with big-distance XCs, you need to understand the ‘solar window’. And if you haven’t the faintest idea what that is, paragliding world record holder Rafael Saladini is here to help. Find out more, subscribe, and never miss an issue

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‘It’s a Grente Day’: Brigitte Kurbel guides us round

‘It’s a Grente Day’: Brigitte Kurbel guides us round

Grente in the Italian South Tyrol has become a famous launch site for pilots wanting to fly big Alpine triangles. With the longest days of the year on the horizon, now is the time to start planning. Germany’s Brigitte Kurbel, who flew a 240km FAI triangle from here last year, guides us round. Find out […]

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Apco Swift race harness: review

Apco Swift race harness: review

“Moving from the Forza to this while flying the Zeno was a revelation. Seb said it’s like adding suspension to a car … It also wins hands-down on price.” Hugh Miller and Seb Ospina put Apco’s first competition harness, the Swift, through its paces – and say “Give one a go!” Find out more, subscribe, […]

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Gavin McClurg: Magic Moments

Gavin McClurg: Magic Moments

“That old saying ‘There are bold pilots and there are old pilots, but there no old, bold pilots’ seems to jump into my consciousness more frequently these days.” As our columnist Gavin McClurg prepares for this year’s Red Bull X-Alps, he reflects on chasing the magic rather than the glory – and how to keep […]

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When good glass-off goes bad…

When good glass-off goes bad…

“It is important to be vigilant of the height of the cloud tops … Needless to say, fighting to get down in the vicinity of a towering cloud at sunset is worrisome at best.” Cross Country’s weatherman Honza Rejmanek reveals how to stay safe when that late afternoon soaring session blows up into something a […]

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Cover Story: Paramotoring in the Southwest USA

Cover Story: Paramotoring in the Southwest USA

“I love living in a van. When we’re in a house, I feel super scattered when all my stuff is spread out and I don’t know where anything is. “We get to travel around and fly … and when we land, we get to walk right back into our house.” Becca Bredehoft and Cade Palmer […]

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What no Mont Blanc? The Red Bull X-Alps route reviewed

What no Mont Blanc? The Red Bull X-Alps route reviewed

“It looks very hard because it crosses the Alps often and we can’t follow the big valleys easily – but it is the same for all of us.” Four-times winner, Chrigel Maurer, and our very own X-Alper, Jon Chambers, give their verdicts on this year’s 1,138km Red Bull X-Alps route. Find out more, subscribe, and […]

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The Coffin Position: Yes, it’s really called that

The Coffin Position: Yes, it’s really called that

“Arms folded, a bit (or more) of bar on, no contact with the glider. It looks a little scary, but at any high-level competition you’ll see pilots flying their CCC wing in exactly this way.” We get to grips with the ‘coffin position’ and ask PWC pilot Michael Sigel what it’s all about. Find out […]

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Jerome Maupoint in Aragon – on a paramotor

Jerome Maupoint in Aragon – on a paramotor

“It’s a time when the almond trees are blossoming, the flats are still green and the colours perfect for aerial photography.” Before the flying season had even started elsewhere in Europe, Jérôme Maupoint kickstarted his 2017 by rediscovering some old haunts on a truly spectacular paramotoring odyssey through Aragon. Find out more, subscribe, and never […]

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Review: Ozone’s Zeno, two-liner, EN D

Review: Ozone’s Zeno, two-liner, EN D

“It’s an exquisite, energetic wing, set to wipe the smirks off every CCC pilot on the planet. World Cup performance with acceptable behaviour is finally here.” There are already 700 Zenos on their way to cloudbase and beyond – but how do you know when you’re ready to take the step up to Ozone’s iconic […]

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Review: Advance Pi 2 mountain paraglider

Review: Advance Pi 2 mountain paraglider

“I really fell in love with this wing … it was with great reluctance that I posted it back to Advance.” Passionate hike and fly pilot Charlie King takes Advance’s lightweight Pi 2 mountain wing through its paces and lands with a smile stretching from ear to ear. Find out more, subscribe, and never miss […]

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Cover story: Tandem paragliding over sacred Machapuchare

Cover story: Tandem paragliding over sacred Machapuchare

“The first thermals were weak … but we had to try. We scraped, scratched and battled, and found a thermal that took us up 100m. Slowly we worked it.” Machapuchare, towering over Pokhara, is one of the Himalayas’ holy mountains. But would four brave tandem pilots succeed in their ambitious quest to fly over its […]

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How to make the switch from paragliding to paramotoring

How to make the switch from paragliding to paramotoring

“Far more than other gear, paramotors are finicky and needy. It’s best to set your expectations on ‘realistic’ and allot some quality time with your favourite toolbox.” Thinking of making the switch from free flight to power? Jeff Goin shares his top tips for harnessing thrust … and dealing with those inevitable breakdowns. Find out […]

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Théo de Blic joins Cross Country as acro columnist

Théo de Blic joins Cross Country as acro columnist

Théo de Blic has joined Cross Country Magazine as the magazine’s new acro voice. He will be writing a regular slot on acro paragliding every other issue, starting with issue 179, May 2017. A member of the French acro team and a regular on acro podiums on the competition circuit, he is one of the […]

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Jon Chambers: Flying without the beep

Jon Chambers: Flying without the beep

“Flying on the tandem, my daughter commented on how much nicer it was flying ‘without the thing that goes beep’”. Jon Chambers finds himself flying without a vario and discovers that it’s a great way to improve your piloting skills – and enjoy the Alpine peace and quiet. Find out more, subscribe, and never miss […]

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Icaristics: Re-evaluating the contact position

Icaristics: Re-evaluating the contact position

“Try to use as little brake as possible when flying. This leads to better performance and more safety.” Bruce Goldsmith re-evaluates the contact position and where your hands should be when aiming for the best performance – and safest flights. Find out more, subscribe, and never miss an issue

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Review: Skywalk Chili 4

Review: Skywalk Chili 4

What happens when you give flying guide and cartoonist Steve Ham a whizz on Skywalk’s new Chili 4? Well, let’s just say that his dazzling illustrations speak for themselves. Find out more, subscribe, and never miss an issue

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Paragliding on hold for parts of the Dune du Pyla

Paragliding on hold for parts of the Dune du Pyla

It’s Europe’s biggest sand dune and a playground for coastal paragliding, but France’s huge Dune du Pyla sometimes needs a little TLC, too. Parts have been ruled off limits this season to allow for vital conservation work. We’ve got the latest on the project. Find out more, subscribe, and never miss an issue

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