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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!!