UP Summit XC4 – review after 110 hours

I tried Summit XC3 two times in past two years but did not felt confident to fly it regularly. Probably because of lack of experience, or bravery. With new version and 200+ flight hours later, I felt UP Summit in new incarnation (XC4) is a perfect companion for me from the first date. (article was updated after ~110 hours total, usually ~93 of 100 kg)

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UP Summit XC4 – first impression (final version)

Having a chance to fly over 2 hours last weekend, let me put short impressions for new UP Summit XC4. First day was almost laminar with only few thermal bubbles, 6-7 ms wind. Second day started 5 ms wind and it picked up, I decided to go home when it was 8 ms, thermal activity was good despite some high clouds and inversion. Continue reading “UP Summit XC4 – first impression (final version)”

UP Summit XC4 – first experience with prototype

Recently I had a chance to fly UP Summit XC4 prototype. Luckily during testing day in Garmisch-Partenkirchen I met all possible conditions, from calm air with minimum wind to violent thermals, landing in turbulent 10 ms valley wind and calm soaring with many wingovers. As having some experience with XC3 version I liked this version more. Interested in reasons?

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UP Kibo – review after 150 hours experience

A rumours heard Kibo was originally developed as a new version of Makalu (school or low EN-B) but it had too much performance and agility. By now I have flown UP Kibo M (85-115 kg) for 130-150 hours in all possible conditions, mostly on 88-92 kg take off weight, sitting in Advance Lightness 2 harness. The achieved longest flight has been 180 km. You can read my intensive experience in the article. DSC_2934 Continue reading “UP Kibo – review after 150 hours experience”

How to choose the first paraglider

Purchasing the first glider is always a challenge. The article describes my steps from very beginning to first 100+ km flights and reading this story of mine could give you some insight what you can appreciate and what you can hate on your first paraglider.  Continue reading “How to choose the first paraglider”

“High” EN-B gliders comparison for 2015

Everyone wants to fly the best paraglider. Last year I was lucky to try several gliders and as an experienced newbie in paragliding sport, my notes could benefit other pilots. The gliders: Advance Iota, Axis Comet 2, Gin Carrera+, Gradient Nevada and UP Summit XC3.

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