Posts Tagged ‘paragliding’

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!!

February Frustration

Thursday, March 4th, 2010

Ok it wasn’t the greatest month for paragliding.  I spent many hours looking at the sky, but not in it. Although I am in far northern NSW Australia, the weather reminded me of a warm winter in the UK. Wet and windy(not much fun in a paraglider). On the bright side, I got a new paraglider wing. Well not new, but new to me.  My Icarro Cyber 2 was getting a little porous, so Ive upgraded to a Swing Arcus 5. Ill post a review once Ive been for a fly. Hoping that will happen tomorrow. Cheers for now.