Tag Archives: Lightweight
Gradient Nevada 2 Light

Gradient Nevada 2 Light: EN B

Gradient have released a lightweight version of the EN-B Nevada 2, which offers a 1kg weight saving over the full-fat version and a smaller pack size. Gradient’s Nevada 2 and Nevada 2 Light are suitable for occasional and XC pilots, and Gradient say they offer good stability and glide performance with precise handling. The three-liner wing uses Gradient’s […]

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UP Trango X-Race

UP’s 2017 X-Alps wing: Trango X-Race

UP have announced announced their Red Bull X-Alps wing for 2017. The Trango X-Race was born from the Trango XC3, and will be certified EN C (EN D in the S size). UP say it’s not only for the X-Alps – the X-Race is aimed at all sports class pilots looking for a light and performant wing for competition, […]

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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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Niviuk Bi Skin 2P

Niviuk’s tandem single-skinner: Bi Skin 2P

On 3 November 2016 Niviuk released the Bi Skin 2P – a single-surface tandem wing that weighs just 3.3kg and is EN-B certified. The 31m² wing is certified for loads of up to to 190kg, and Niviuk say it is confidence-inspiring and surprisingly agile to fly. It launches easily with a short take-off run and in very […]

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BGD Base Lite

BGD release Base Lite

BGD have released a limited-edition lightweight version of their EN-B Base. The Base Lite was designed for vol-bivouac and travelling, and they say it’s the best sport class glider they have ever made. It has an extra 3km/h on its top speed, thanks to its optimised speed bar. Low-drag micro-lines have also improved glider performance “by up to one […]

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Niviuk Hook 4 P

Niviuk Hook 4 P certified EN B

The lightweight version of Niviuk’s progression wing, the Hook 4 P is certified EN B and ready to fly. Its canopy weight is up to 1.4kg less than the original, and Niviuk say the Hook 4 P is a versatile and comfortable intermediate glider, ideal for hike-and-fly or vol-bivouac adventures. They say it is more intuitive, with […]

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Vita2 Superlight from AirDesign

AirDesign’s Vita2 SL is a super-light version of the low-B Vita 2, with a glider weight starting from just 2.8kg. AD say the Vita2 SL is suitable for pilots who have just completed their training. Not only is it light, but very small-packing too, and ideal for hike-and-fly adventures. We at AirDesign are mindful that the concept […]

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Niviuk Ikuma P

Niviuk unveil lightweight Ikuma P

Niviuk have released a lightweight version of the high-end EN B Ikuma, for “back-country adventures off the beaten track”. It’s available in four sizes, for all-up weights from 55-115kg, and weighs around 1.4kg less than the standard Ikuma, with wing weights from 3.3kg to 3.9kg. The wing is made from 27g Porcher Skytex with Dyneema risers. […]

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Skywalk Poison X-Alps

Skywalk release lightweight EN D Poison X-Alps

  Skywalk have unveiled their latest high-performance lightweight EN/LTF D glider, the Poison X-Alps.   It is derived from the CCC-rated X-Alps2, as used in the 2015 race, and Skywalk say its glide performance is “phenomenal” while its behaviour remains manageable. The Posion X-Alps is targeted at experienced XC and competition pilots looking for a lightweight […]

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U-Turn Annapurna

U-Turn announce low-B hike-and-fly Annapurna

U-Turn have added a new low-end B hike-and-fly wing to their range. It’s called the Annapurna. It’s the little sibling of their “climbers’ glider”, the Everest, and designed for a broader spectrum of pilots. U-Turn’s Multiple Speed System (MSS) has a second pulley on the accelerator, meaning speedbar travel can be shortened and turning the Annapurna into an LTF-A wing that […]

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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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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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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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Ozone Jomo

Ozone Jomo – EN A hike-and-fly paraglider

Ozone’s Jomo, their EN-A certified hike-and-fly wing, is ready. Based on the Mojo 5, Ozone say the Jomo is perfect for newly-qualified pilots and up, looking for a safe and solid lightweight wing for ridge soaring, thermalling or XC flying. They say it’s fun and easy for all levels of pilot. It’s much lighter than the […]

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