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Niviuk Klimber P

Niviuk release Klimber P – lightweight EN D

Niviuk have officially released the Klimber P, the wing Gavin McClurg used for the Alaska traverse in May 2016.  It’s the company’s first lightweight, high-performance EN-D wing, and they say it’s aimed at expert pilots wanting top performance in a lightweight package for hike-and-fly and vol-bivouac adventures. The Klimber P has an aspect ratio of 7 and a top speed […]

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Vercofly 2016

Vercofly 2016: hut-to-hut in Switzerland

The 2016 Vercofly, the hike-and-fly competition in the Valais where pilots have to tag as many huts as possible, was a resounding success. This high-level competion involves mountain flying over glaciated terrain, but while technically advanced it’s logistically easy, since pilots eat and sleep in a mountain hut and no supporters are necessary. 2016’s was the eighth edition, with Chrigel Maurer (who […]

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X-Pyr 2016

X-Pyr 2016: Zlatko Koren reports

Zlatko Koren reports on the 2016 X-Pyr hike-and-fly race, 477 km coast-to-coast through the Pyrenees from the Bay of Biscay to the Mediterranean. The race started on 17 July 2016, and was won by Chrigel Maurer in 3 days and 15 minutes. Zlatko finished in eighth place, having covered an impressive 256.5km. It was a danm good race […]

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Paraglide Kilimanjaro 2016

Hike-and-fly from Kilimanjaro in October 2016

Paraglide Kilimanjaro are offering a US$1,000 reduction for their October 2016 expedition to hike and paraglide from 5,895m Uhuru Peak. Not to be confused with the much larger ‘Wings of Kilimanjaro’ trips (remember the planned 100-pilot fly-down?), Paraglide Kilimanjaro run low-impact expeditions with much smaller groups of pilots, led by professional mountain and paragliding guides. The paragliding guide will advise on weather […]

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Neo String harness

Neo update String paraglider harness

Neo have updated their ultralight String paragliding and speed flying harness, making it even lighter and more durable, and improving the leg straps.  It’s made from lightweight Dyneema fabric, with Koroyd /3D mesh technology behind the strong and supple leg pads. Despite its minimalist looks, comfort was a design priority, and Neo say the String is comfortable enough […]

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Skywalk Tonka 2

Skywalk expand their miniwing range with the Tonka2 S

  Skywalk have brought out a larger version of their Tonka2, their specialist wing for para-alpinists and mountain runners. The new S size has a flat area of 17.5m² (14.76m² projected), which is approximately 3m² bigger than the original. It’s certified EN C, where the original was EN D, and has a wider weight range and slightly less dynamic characteristics. […]

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Pascal Purin record

Pascal Purin: 9,540m hike-and-fly in one day!

Pascal Purin, who is in training for the 2017 Red Bull X-Alps, had a mammoth hike-and-fly day on 18 June 2016, hiking up 9,540m and flying down again with his AirDesign UFO. This is believed to be a hike-and-fly height gain record, though it is not administered by either the FAi or Guinness. It was previously held by […]

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Something missing? Advance release Strapless harness

Advance have taken lightweight harness design a step further, and removed the shoulder straps. The result is the 190g Strapless harness. Designed for mountaineers, and to be used in combination with a rucksack, at first glance the Strapless is little more than a cloth back and some string. On closer inspection it has leg pads for comfort and […]

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Chrigel Maurer Bornes to Fly 2016

Chrigel Maurer wins Bornes to Fly 2016

Chrigel Maurer won the 2016 edition of the Bornes to Fly hike-and-fly race, finishing the 105km course in under 24 hours. Maxime Pinot was second in goal, just 40 minutes later, and Benoit Outters took the final podium spot, the third of eight pilots to reach goal on the second day. Forty-five teams were registered for the 2016 […]

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Kortel Kross

Kortel’s first paraglider: the Kross

French Alps-based harness manufacturer Kortel have broken into the paraglider market with a new high performance lightweight vol-bivouac competition wing called the Kross. It was designed for vol-bivouac and hike-and-fly competitions, with “solidity and simplicity” as the design keywords, a not-outrageous aspect ratio of 6.4 and CCC or EN C certification, depending on size. “It’s the ideal […]

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Ondrej Prochazka

CouchAlps: Couchsurfing and paragliding across the alps

On 7 May 2016, Ondrej Prochazka set out on a 2,000km hike-and-fly of the Alps. Travelling light, he has left the sleeping bag and tent at home, but won’t be sweating inside his wing every night. Ondrej will be Couchsurfing. Ondrej intends to follow his planned route, which is a triangle starting and finishing near […]

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Ozone LiteSpeed

Ozone LiteSpeed miniwing

  Ozone’s LiteSpeed is a versatile lightweight miniwing, bridging the gap between lightweight paragliders and speedriding wings. You’ll find it in the speedriding section of Ozone’s website, though they summarise it as a miniwing for use in a wide range of conditions, from hike-and-fly to soaring. It is intended for intermediate pilots upwards, its speed and dynamicism increasing with wing […]

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AirDesign UFO

AirDesign’s single-surface UFO certified

AirDesign’s UFO has been certified LTF/EN B in the largest, 21m² size (75-90kg) – the world’s first certified single-surface glider. The Ultralight Flying Object is extremely light at 2.0kg, and compact. AD say it’s the perfect tool for Alpine use, and with the new certification it might appeal even more to para-alpinists and hike-and-flyers. AD […]

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Advance Easiness 2

Advance Easiness 2 – light reversible airbag harness

Advance have unveiled their latest lightweight reversible harness – the Easiness 2. A modular design, it’s suitable for hike-and-fly,  travel, bivouac and leisure flying. The Easiness 2 is a seatboardless design, and it has a removable airbag with a built-in reserve compartment. Advance say they have made the leg pads longer and the shoulder straps wider than […]

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Nervures Expe 2

Nervures Expe 2 ultra-lightweight harness

The Expe 2 from Nervures is a super-skinny harness for hike-and-fly, para-alpinism and speed riding. It weighs just 238g in the largest of three sizes, but isn’t completely stripped-down bare for lightness. It has a lightly padded Skytex seat and back, and adjusters on the Dyneema straps, for both size and angle of recline. Softlinks replace […]

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Wings of Kilimanjaro 2015

Wings of Kilimanjaro 2015 success

The Wings of Kilimanjaro 2015 expedition finished with a successful flight from Uhuru Peak on the morning of 29 September 2015. Founder Adrian McRae, along with Hans Åberg and Dirk Stephan, realised the dream of launching from the roof of Africa, in what this year was a reconnaisance trip ahead of a larger fundraising event in 2016. Wings of […]

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AirDesign lightweight rucksack

Lightweight paraglider rucksack from AirDesign

AirDesign have been working on a lightweight but very functional paraglider rucksack for hike-and-fly. The rucksack is one of the most important pieces of equipment in the mountains. Light weight and carrying comfort are essential for hike & fly. That is why we, together with our team pilots, have developed one of the lightest rucksacks […]

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Krischa Berlinger wins Skynomad TransBalkan hike-and-fly 2015

Swiss pilot Krischa Berlinger won the second edition of the Skynomad TransBalkan hike-and-fly race which took place between 16 and 22 August 2015.  Nine pilots took up the challenge to race around the 198km route in the Balkan mountains of Bulgaria, under less than ideal meteorological conditions. The route went eastwards from Kashana to Maglizh, and then back westwards to finish at […]

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Skyman CrossCountry

Skyman CrossCountry – EN B lightweight

Skyman’s new EN-B CrossCountry is a lightweight vol-bivouac paraglider, an evolution of the CrossAlps, as flown by Toma Coconea in the 2015 Red Bull X-Alps. The lightweight equipment specialists say the CrossCountry is safer and higher performing than the CrossAlps, and is certified EN/LTF B (whereas the CrossAlps was EN C). They say it doesn’t push the boundaries of the class, […]

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Icaro Apus

Icaro Apus hike-and-fly harness

Icaro have unveiled their new lightweight reversible hike-and-fly harness. The Apus is a seatboard-less design, with an airbag and a 3.5cm foam back protector. The back protection can be changed for a thicker version or removed entirely to save weight, and there is also a tough Lexan plate to protect from sharp objects. The harness comes with buckles […]

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