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Icaro Gravis, EN B, review

Icaro Gravis, EN B, review

“You won’t grow out of of it too quickly; in fact, I’d say you grow into it.” We take you to the air with Icaro’s mid EN-B Gravis and quickly warms to a welcoming wing with a big personality. Find out more, subscribe, and never miss an issue

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Naked Pilot: Stefan Keller

Naked Pilot: Stefan Keller

“In the harness, I forget I am in a wheelchair. The wheelchair is normal but a little bit special. It’s like having a custom racebike.” Stefan Keller tells us about getting back into the air after an accident, developing new skills and teaching other wheelchair users to fly paragliders. See what else is in Cross […]

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Bubble back protection: the new thing from Supair

Bubble back protection: the new thing from Supair

It’s not just the wings that are benefitting from state-of-the-art science. Andy Pag visits Supair’s Annecy workshop and gets a sneak peak of the next great leap forward in back protection. See what else is in Cross Country 181, July 2017

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Destination Etna: Paramotoring through Italy

Destination Etna: Paramotoring through Italy

“Who wouldn’t want to fly over a live volcano?” Adi Geisegger embarks on a spectacular paramotor odyssey from the pristine Dolomites to the fiery summit of Sicily’s Mount Etna. Just don’t forget to keep the engine running. See what else is in Cross Country 181, July 2017

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Dealing with Tolerances and Big Cylinders: By Joerg Ewald

Dealing with Tolerances and Big Cylinders: By Joerg Ewald

In Cross Country 181 (July 2017) Joerg Ewald explains how some competition pilots can exploit a technical loophole to give them a small advantage when dealing with big cylinders in paragliding and hang gliding tasks.  That article was an edited version of a much longer article, which also includes specific advice for pilots who are […]

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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? Cross Country Magazine writer Matt Warren spent four gruelling days chasing Paul Guschlbauer – and his dog, Vitali – around Austria’s mountains to find out Paul Guschlbauer is finishing a can of Red Bull (yes, he really does drink it) and I’m pondering […]

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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 2017 route reviewed

What no Mont Blanc? The Red Bull X-Alps 2017 route reviewed

The route for the Red Bull X-Alps 2017 was announced at the end of March, and it is longer and more complicated than ever before. Straight-line it is 1,138km, via seven turnpoints and seven countries: Austria, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, France and for the first time, Slovenia. That is three turnpoints less than in 2015, but […]

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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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