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Instructors who offer many brands typically have experience matching many different pilots with wings. They are usually unbiased and therefore are a great source for advice. However, to be sure, you should ask them if they import wings.

There are many "beginner" wings, but like pilots, each wing has a unique personality. There is no single wing that is best for all students. That's why Lite Touch offers many paragliders.

Though instructors may offer good advice about paraglider selection, comparing specifications yourself helps you understand how and why wings are different. Most wing specifications can be viewed at para2000.org Pay close attention to the year the glider was introduced. Some gliders for sale today were designed many years ago. Huge improvements in performance and safety have been made in recent years. Also click the manufacturer (upper left corner) to see how many wings they've designed.

In the list below, wings are separated into categories and listed by increasing aspect ratio. As aspect ratio increases, efficiency increases but safety decreases. So as aspect ratio increases, wings trade safety for performance. However, each wing has a personality that can only be evaluated by an expert pilot that has flown them all. Also, design has dramatically improved safety and performance. So a 10 year old design with an aspect ratio of 5 will not be as safe and far less efficient than a new design with the same aspect ratio.

recommended   Our favorites for powered paragliding this category
avoid   Avoid, old design
 
Traditional   Paragliders: Easy, efficient, great with or without motor
  Manufacturer Year Experience Aspect Ratio   Certification   Notes
  Beginer/Intermediate              
avoid Edel Power Atlas avoid 1997 beginner 4.70   DVH 1-2   old design - avoid
avoid Fresh Breeze Silex avoid 1998 beginner 4.80   DULV   old design - avoid
avoid PowerPlay Sting avoid 2002
beginner
5.00   DVH 1-2   old design - avoid
  Ozone Spark 2013 beginner 4.54   EN A    
recommended Advance Alpha 6 2015
beginner
4.80   EN A    
  Gin Bolero 5 2015
beginner
4.80   EN A    
  Ozone Mojo 5 2015
beginner
4.90   EN A    
  Dudek Nemo XX 2015
beginner
5.05   EN A    
recommended Nova Ion 4 2016
beginner
5.14   EN B    
recommended Advance Epsilon 8 2016
begin/interm
5.15   EN B   Light
recommended Ozone Kona 2016
begin/interm
5.16   EN B   same as Ozone Buzz Z5
recommended MacPara Muse 4 2014
begin/interm
5.16   EN A    
recommended Gin Atlas (X-Alps) 2014
begin/interm
5.21   EN B   Light
  Intermediate              
  Niviuk Hook 4 2015
begin/interm
5.40   EN B    
  Nova Mentor 5 2017
begin/interm
5.40   EN B    
recommended Advnace Iota 2014
begin/interm
5.50   EN B   Light
  Ozone Rush 4 2014
begin/interm
5.55   EN B    
recommended Ozone Swift 4 2014
begin/interm
5.55   EN B   Light
  MacPara Eden 6 2016
intermediate
5.91   EN B    
  Advnace Sigma 9 2014
intermediate
5.85   EN C    
recommended Ozone Delta 3 2017
intermediate
6.00   EN C    
  Ozone Aplina 2 2013
intermediate
6.00   EN C   Light
  Niviuk Artik 4 2014
intermediate
6.10   EN C    
recommended MacPara Elan Light 2017
intermediate
6.27   EN C    
Reflex   Paragliders: Fast, stable, cross country, and competition
  Manufacturer Year Experience Aspect Ratio   Certification    
  Beginer/Intermediate              
  Dudek Universal 2013
beginner
5.10   EN B    
recommended MacPara Charger 2015
begin/interm
5.10   EN B    
recommended Ozone Spyder 2015
begin/interm
5.10       Light
recommended Dudek Nucleon xx 2015
begin/interm
5.60        
  Intermediate              
recommended Ozone Sirocco 2 2017
intermediate
5.60       Light
  Advanced              
recommended Ozone Freeride 2017
advanced
5.65        
recommended Ozone Viper 4 2016
advanced
5.80        
recommended Niviuk Dobermann 2 2016
advanced
5.90        
recommended Dudek Snake xx 2013
advanced
5.90        
recommended Dudek Hadron xx 2015
advanced
6.15        
  Paramania GTX 2012
advanced
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  Paramania GTR 2012
advanced
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  Paramania GTS 2014
advanced
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Tandem   Paragliders: Take a passenger
  Manufacturer Year Experience Aspect Ratio   Certification    
recommended Advance Bi Beta 5 2012
tandem
5.20   EN B    
recommended Ozone MagMax 2012
tandem
5.25   EN B    
  MacPara Pasha 5 Trike 2013
tandem
5.40   EN B    
  Niviuk Takoo 3 2013
tandem
5.40   EN B    
recommended Gin Fuse 2014
tandem
5.35   EN B    
Speed and Mini   Paragliders: Terrain following, high wind flying, super responsive.
  Manufacturer Year Experience Aspect Ratio   Certification    
  Mini Wings              
  Little Cloud Spiruline EZ 2014
intermediate
4.3        
  Little Cloud Spiruline GT 2014 intermediate 4.5        
recommended Advance PI-2 2016
beginner/expert
4.5   EN B    
recommended Ozone Zero 2013
intermediate
4.55        
recommended Ozone Litespeed 2014
advanced
4.55        
  Little Cloud Goose 2 2014
intermediate
4.7        
  Speed Ride, Speed Fly              
recommended Ozone Firefly 3 2015
intermediate
3.63        
recommended Ozone Fazer 3 2013
intermediate
3.43        
recommended Ozone Rapido 2014
advanced
3.95        
  Gin Nano 2010
intermediate
3.77        
  Gin Fluid 2 2014
advanced
3.80        
  Dudek Zigzag 2012
advanced
2.55        
  Dudek ZakoSpeed 2012
advanced
4.66        
  Manufacturer Year Experience Aspect Ratio   Certification    
* Not certified with trimmers or speed bar
** Not certified with trimmers or speed bar
  Beginners should purchased only certified wings with either EN A or EN B ratings.
     
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How to choose a paraglider

Experience Level

Paragliders vary in the level of experience required to safely fly them. Some gliders span a range of levels and for the right pilot, can provide an opportunity to progress to a higher level of experience over the course of ownership. However, a broader range can be accompanied by a slightly steeper learning curve. Check out our Wing Guide for more information.

beginner Beginner pilots who want a very easy wing. Some are also attracted to the increased safety.
begin/interm Qualified students who want to grow into a wing. Experienced pilots who want an easy wing.
intermediate Pilots with one or two years of flying, ready for increased performance and responsiveness.
advanced Pilots with years of experience, skill and knowledge to fly high performance wings.

Paraglider Category: traditional, reflex, mini, speed

Paraglider wing technology advanced dramatically. In addition to increased safety and performance, new technology lead to the evolution and diversification of powered and unpowered paragliding into subcategories of flying styles and missions.

paramotoring traditional reflex mini speed  
mellow cruising          
maneuvers, pylons          
distance          
high wind          
paragliding traditional reflex mini speed  
ridge lift, thermals          
high wind          
terrain following          
acro          

The reflex wings have been around since the beginning, but only recently have they become practical. Reflex wings are faster and more resistant to collapses at high speeds. For more about Reflex wings, see the Wing Guide.

Some paragliders are specifically designed for a specific mission. Other paragliders are cross over wings targeting multiple missions. The choice can become even more complicated because a pilot can choose one wing to accomplish two missions or two separate wings optimized for each mission.

The perfect paraglider choice for any pilot depends on many factors. Each pilot is unique. For new pilots, wing choices are narrow because the most important criteria is: easy to launch. As an experienced pilot, the key is figuring out what is important for you, what is your mission, your flying style. A phone conversation is the first step in narrowing the field. Also check out our Wing Guide for more information.

Manufacturer's specs and descriptions provide only part of the story. We have flown these wings, and instructed students on many. By analyzing your physical characterists, home climate, and even your personality, we can help you make the choice that's right for you.

Paraglider Certification

Purchasing a certified paraglider versus an uncertified wing is an important consideration for your safety. Certification not only tests flight characterists such as recovery from collapses, but also tests manufacturing quality by load testing the wing to destruction.

Certified wings cost more, so if you are willing to fly without this extra assurance of safety, then an uncertified wing is a better deal, but don't tell your wife and consider buying a reserve. If you are considering an uncertified paraglider, research the manufacturer's track record: who are they, what are their qualifications, and what wings have they designed?

Inspection

New wings should be inspected after the first 2 years and annually every year there after. Don't buy a used wing without having it inspected. Rising Air is one of several qualified and reputable inspection and repair service centers. 208-554-2243. Ask for Bill. Rising Air is one of the few inspection services that does not sell wings. That means that there is no potential for conflict of interest if the happen to tell you that the used wing you are considering failed inspection.

Used Paragliders

Paragliders have limited lives, primarily due to exposure to UV rays from the sun. Wing life is limited to 300 to 500 UV hours. After that, they are no longer safe to fly, and before they are that far gone, they become porous and difficult to launch. If you buy a wing with 200 hours of airtime for half price, it's like paying half price for a half gallon of milk instead of buying the whole gallon. You aren't saving any money, and you getstuck with the last half of the wing's life, the worn out, won't inflate, harder to launch half.

For your first wing, you need every advantage possible to be successful. Have your instructor help you pick out a nice crisp new wing that's just right for your weight, your motor, your launch altitude, and your personality. You won't regret it.

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