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Swing Arcus 5 Review

Friday, March 26th, 2010

Ive had a few flights in my Swing Arcus 5 now and Im as happy as a flying pig??  Im flying it with a dedicated cross country Sol CX paragliding harness, so its very comfortable and very responsive to weight shift.

This Paraglider wing is a joy to fly. It seems almost impossible to upset this it, responsive to turn inputs,  turns flatter than my icarro Cyber 2, and not as pitchy in the air either. Dig into a turn and it swings around fast(with reasonable height loss).  Noticable speed increase at trim but still very easy to top land.

The paraglider has a very slight tendency to overshoot on inflation/takeoff (typical of 1-2 wings Im told),  so keep an eye on this if you’re upgrading from a lower spec wing.

I havn’t had any meaningful thermaling experiences with the Arcus 5 paraglider yet. Ill leave a comment when I have.

When reading these reviews, keep in mind that Im still a low hours pilot. My experiences are relative.

UPDATE: Took the wing out for some serious thermaling last week and its a big thumbs up from me. The Swing Arcus 5 seems to handle just about everything thats thrown at it. I had some bumpy rides and the worst it delivered was a 15% assymetric. We’re talking climb AND descent rates of 10.1 metres per second, including a rough and consistent 8.5m/s suck 1000 metres from cloudbase. I love this wing!

The Swing Arcus 5 Paraglider has now allowed me to set three consecutive personal best XC’s of 12.5, 25 and 43km from launch just 350 metres above the flats reaching heights of 2445m.

If I had to fault it, I would say that it lands a little faster than my Cyber2 did. At altitude with little headwind, the landing speed is noticable. Just remember to flare firmly and its A-OK.  Oh and avoid downwind landing… baseball slide is the right sort of imagery for that one!!

Icarro Cyber 2 paraglider wing

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

This is not a very common brand of wing(icarro are more famous for their hang gliders), but Ive had some good experiences with it.  It is squarely a beginners paraglider of 2005 vintage. It handles very well on the ground. A real ground handling gem. It likes a stronger breeze making the wing easy to hold overhead. It has a very slight tendency to overshoot on inflation in a stiff breeze, but thats easily controlled with a tug on the C’s or D’s. Check  the overshoot with a touch of brakes if you stumble or touch and go your takeoffs.

It the air, its a slightly active wing. Not a sportscar, but not a bus either. Great for practicing active flying techniques. It is very resistant to any form of collapse. So far Ive only ever had a 20% assymetric which popped out again almost instantaneously. The glider tracked perfectly straight as it happened. Glide ratio is typical for  DHV 1. Ive had some great thermaling experiences. Lands beautifully(very responsive to flare input), and even manages light downwinds with a firm hand on flare.