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Independence Front mounted multi container

09/19/2017
paul h.
bought a med size to fit my mayday 18 reserve in was easy to fit and fitted snugly inside :)


Advance Progress 2

02/02/2017
Seb N.
Perfectly designed, all-day comfort, really light weight. I have used it for hike and fly, thermalling, XC and all sorts of mucking about. Its a fabulous harness. Although light it feels strong and safe. I love the split leg arrangement with such a simple clip in design. It is as reactive as you like, tighten the strap to fall asleep, or loosen it off to throw the glider around. It's very easy on the ground and and so easy to get into after launch. Agreed, it is expensive, but it is definitely worth it....


MacPara Eden 6

04/28/2016
Stephen Millson
Report by Ziad Bassil
Mac Para Eden 6-26
(The magical flying carpet)
Pilot: Ziad Bassil

There are many gliders popping out each week/month in every category. It’s very rare to find a flaw in today’s gliders. As a reviewer I always search for those tiny flaws if occurred… But it’s becoming more and more difficult!

Companies are doing their best to give us the best possible and magical flying carpets.

Here’s one…

After test flying Mac Para EN-D, The Icon, here is the Eden 6 in size 26 for a test flight.
I flew the Eden 26 from 93 to 98 all up.
Take off is quite straightforward for a B, despite the high aspect ratio of 5.9, the Eden 6 inflates as a block and very easy without any delays or even shooting forward.
I had some nice flying conditions for three days and I was lucky to fly next to High end B’s all that time in order to feel and see the differences.

What does it feel in the air?

The Eden 6 is a very different glider from the 5th version.
The Eden 6 is tuned for performance flying with an efficient flat turning radius and a nose that searches for thermals rather than bumping into them.

The brake pressure is moderate with a linear response and the Eden 6 could be steered around 35 cm of travel.
The Eden 6 is a fairly agile wing trimmed toward an efficient turn rather than a diving turn.
To be more precise, I think the Eden 6 agility is well balanced between a gentle fun side, and an efficient XC use.
The Eden 6 26 could be flown easily at 90 but I found out that flying it at +75 % of its weight range is optimal (95-96)

Eden6 - Ziad
Climbing ability:

The Eden 6 has similar climbing capability in weak lifts as the Eden 5, which was very good. In stronger lifts the Eden 6 dig through those thermals more efficiently for a better climb.

Gliding power:

Flying the Eden 6 26 in the company of the Swing Nyos M, the Mentor 4 S and the Rook 2 M showed me after many attempts a superb glide angle for the Eden 6 putting it right on top next to the best one in this category!
The gliding at top speed is fully usable and also very competitive like you would expect from the best B’s out there!
The Eden 6 26 at 96 all up has a fast trim speed.
The speed bar pressure is moderate and the gain in speed is ±15 km/h.

Eden6 - Ziad
What are the benefits and differences (Eden 6 over the Eden 5?)?

-Eden 6 needs slightly more active piloting -Glide at trim and at top speed is well improved!
-Efficiency in head wind glides
-Speed

The Eden 6 is as comfortable to fly as the Rush 4.
Big ears are stable and easy. They reopen smoothly by themselves.
Spiraling down is efficient but the pilot must get out hyper smoothly…to prevent a tuck on surges.

Eden6 - Ziad
Conclusion:

The Eden 6 is a new breed of Mac Para gliders. There’s something different in the making.
The glide angle is the best you can get .The climb rate is very good! The handling is pleasurable. The Eden 6 is fast!
For sure, it’s a small step over the Eden 5 in piloting
but ok for an experienced B pilot looking inside the high B category!
There’s indeed something new over here…...


Reserve Parachute inspection and repack

02/19/2016
Adrian Martin Spark
Everything you want when sending off such an important piece of kit. . Professional job at a great price, hassle free, good communication and quick turnaround.
Will be back again when reserve needs repacked.. . . Hopefully. 😉😉
Thanks Steve...


Independence Ultra Cross

12/03/2014
John Newton
Wonderfully light for the big Scottish hills
Also very fast and friendly service with great advice
Many thanks
John newton...


Ozone Buzz Z4 Paraglider

10/14/2013
Stephen Millson
Review from Skywings mag October 2013

Colin Fargher reports

THE EN B CERTIFICATION
RANGE 15 BY FAB THE
BIGGEST MARKET SECTOB
for any paraglider
manufacturer, lt is
effectively split into two
with high- and low-end
models offered by most
manufacturers and some
offering three or four, ln
recent years a lot of
technical advances have
made their way from the
competition scene down
through the certification
systems to the kind of
wings everyday club pilots
are likely to fly in the EN C
and high-end B classes,

As a result there have been
marked differences in handling
and performance across the EN
B range.,, until this year when
a number of manufacturers
married their performance-
enhancing technology to entry-
level EN B wings. Ozone's Buzz
Z4 and Gin's Atlas (reviewed in
August) both being cases in
point, But who are these wings
really aimed at, and what are
they really capable of?

Being a fairly experienced pilot
(hang gliding since'86,
paragliding since'98 and
microlighting since 2009) but one
with low recent annual
paragliding airtime (kids, family,
work, other interests) I
qualified for the 'Who?'bit, At
heart I'm a total free-flying XC
addict and covet the recent
performance enhancements of
the higher-end gliders, But I'm
not at all keen on their potential
to scare the crap out of me in
turbulence or embarrass me on
launch, And let's face it, if you're
hungry for your first 100km
under a paraglider, you will be
flying in shit-or-bust turbulence
at some point.

Are these wings really capable
of a 100km or more XC?
Absolutely, and with
considerable ease! I'll tell you
how, but first a quick
description. Since the full tech-
spec and manual are available
online I won't bore you with a

detailed description, other than
to say that Ozone's Buzz Z4 is a
complete redesign from the
previous 23, There's a new
aerofoil section, semi-closed cell
openings supported by the new
(to this class) rigifoil plastic
leading-edge inserts, and a
three-riser system with the C
lines branching near the top to
connect to the D tabs,

Happily for those of us who
launch from gravel or rocky
areas, or occasionally tread on
our lines, they are sheathed
where they need to be, The
three-riser system does make
things simpler, when keeping
the wing planted on the ground
or attempting a B-line stall for
example, and the split As make
big ears a doddle, The
sophisticated internal structure
of the wing looks complicated
and I have no idea how it
works, but it results in a very
solid and compact-feeling wing
overhead, And the 2:1 speed
system is a joy to use,

Ground handling

Launching is so easy it can
catch you out if you're not used
to it, Forget about keeping it up;
keeping it on the ground is
what you'll have to re-learn.
Brake travel is quite long, and
this and the stand-up nature of
the leading edge makes it
necessary to use the rear risers
to keep the glider on the deck
in windy conditions., The wing
comes up straight and true
with little effort, passing the
drag phase easily to sit securely
overhead with no tendency to
hang back or overshoot, In this
respect I have often felt entry-
level wings to be a little more of

a handful due of their deeper
chord, but the Z4 is much
better than any of the older
wings I've tried in this category,

In the air

My first flight was at a very
familiar site near the coast with
strong and gusty (14 - 22 mph)
winds from out-of-phase wave, I
immediately felt at home, The
wing was very easy to control,
didn't skitter about in the
smaller stuff or rock back too
much in strong gusts,
Occasionally, pinned by strong
surges, I needed the bar to
extract myself and was pleased
to find the Z4 accelerated really
well, reminiscent of the higher-
performance Swift I'd put time
on few years ago,

0ther gliders on the hill
included a Vibe, a Swift and a
brand-new Delta 2, Although I
had to coneede speed to the
niftier Swift and Delta 2 my
sink rate was never matched,
and I consistently sat 200ft
above my nearest rival. Ozone's
Russell 0gden explained that,
like most wings these days, the
Z4 is trimmed to fly at max
glide, and with a little brake
you're at min sink, Trim felt
quite slow to me although at
99kg all-up I was in the mid-to-
top end of the 85 - 105 kg range
of the ML model, Obviously the
new aerofoil section is very
efficient, but probably
somewhat thicker than those of
its bigger brothers the Swift
and Delta 2,

Two days later I was setting up
on launch in Tre Pizzi, central
Italy, for a completely different
kind of flying. Conditions were
never that rough, but there
were occasionally some very
strong and tight climbs and I
never felt out of my depth, The
Z4 always did exactly as
commanded, with progressive
brake pressures building from
light to pretty heavy at the
extreme end, Ozone believe it's
important to prevent
inexp...





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