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Ozone Z-Alps

Ozone to launch Z-Alps: lightweight Zeno

Ozone have announced that they will be releasing a light version of the EN-D Zeno, the Z-Alps, for summer 2017. The first Z-Alps wings will be supplied to 2017 Red Bull X-Alps competitors – Ozone say that about 12 of the 32 pilots in the race will be flying Ozone, including Pál Takáts (HU), Gaspard Petiot (FR), Richard Brezina (CA) and […]

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AirDesign Hero

AirDesign release lightweight EN-D Hero

AirDesign have announced the Hero, their new ultralight, high-performance EN-D. It’s designed for competition pilots, vol-bivouac enthusiasts, and backcountry adventurers, and the smallest size weighs less than 3kg. It’s characterised by a high top speed and precise handling characteristics, AD say. It was designed from scratch, with every element optimised for efficiency and weight reduction. It has a modest […]

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Niviuk Skin 2

Niviuk release the single-surface Skin 2/Skin 2P

Niviuk have released the Skin 2, the second generation of their single-surface paraglider. It’s available in standard (Skin 2) and super-light (Skin 2P, ‘Plume’) versions, and both will be certified in three sizes, EN-B for the 18 and 20, and EN-C for the 16m² sizes. Niviuk say the Skin 2 /2P are more stable and more durable than the original […]

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Skyman String RS

Skyman String RS: 690g reversible harness

Designed to complement the single-skin Sir Edmund paraglider, Skyman have made their ultra-light String harness in a reversible version.  The String RS has an inbuilt a 32 litre rucksack which Skyman say is comfortable to carry and can take an entire ultra-light kit. It weighs just 690g, including Austria Alpin Rocket karabiners (supplied), and is LTF/EN […]

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GIN spring 2017 products

GriffinD / Yeti Extrem2: new for spring

GIN’s Spring 2017 brochure unveils a new, extra robust version of their Griffin mountain wing, and an even lighter Yeti Xtrem² harness. The Griffind is made from Dominico 30D fabric, and it’s a bit heavier than the standard Griffin but offers excellent durability, GIN say. It’s for pilots tackling tougher terrain. Due to the different material, GIN […]

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Little Cloud Gyps

Little Cloud release XC/hike-and-fly Gyps

Little Cloud are releasing their new “high-performance fun wing”, the Gyps, in April 2017. Its for cross-country pilots, and light enough to hike-and-fly. Little Cloud say the Gyps, which is the Latin word for vulture, is pretty accessible and has fun handling, but it has an aspect ratio of 6.95 and is for it’s for experienced pilots. […]

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Swing Apus RS

Swing Apus RS mini-wing certified

Swing have announced that their latest mini-wing, the Apus RS, is certified in standard and ‘hike’ (lighter) versions. A versatile wing, Swing say the Apus RS’s uses range from strong-wind soaring to dynamic flying through to hike-and-fly adventures, its behaviour and certification changing with wing loading. Because it’s small and light, it also makes an ideal travel companion. […]

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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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