Paragliders and Paragliding Gear
Well it starts with a wing. well duh. Its the largest piece of paragliding equipment and often the most misunderstood.
Paragliding wings vary remarkably in size, more subtly in shape and a lot in performance. Most notably, the safety of the wings decreases A LOT as performance increases.
Many people rush out and buy older performance gliders (because they are cheap) and hope to learn on them. Thats a good recipe for a trip to the hospital or worse. The reason that they are cheap is that those who know, wont buy them. Paragliding gear has a limited life, remember that your life depends on the gear. Sunlight and the stresses of flying degrades the materials over time. In particular, the fabric which was almost impervious to air when it was new, becomes porous. The porosity affects the flight characteristics, and eventually the wing becomes unflyable.
Performance gliders are just that FOR HIGHLY EXPERIENCED paraglider pilots only.
The newer beginner gliders perform very well, and have excellent safety. Notice the difference in aspect ration between a beginner paraglider and an advanced high performance paraglider above.
There have been various safety and testing systems over the years.
DHV, AFNOR, LTF, DULV and EN.
The most common ratings are the DHV for secondhand gliders, and the newer LTF, EN and DULV.
Beginners should aim for a DHV1 or LTF1 paraglider. Any deviation from this recommendation should only be made by a fully qualified and experienced instructor.
A paraglider wing will cost anywhere from $400(older second hand roughy) to between $2900 to $5000 for a brand new wing.
Paragliding wings come in many sizes. The size needs to be matched to your weight. Not just your bodyweight, but your all up weight with harness, reserve, backpack,flying clothes, boots, water, radios etc. After all, all that stuff is dangling off the lines. Some instructors also include the weight of the wing itself(because the wing also supports itself in flight).
To give you an example, I weigh about 80kg(176lbs) My all up weight with all the gear is 103kg (225lbs). Get(maybe borrow) gear and get on some scales before rushing out and buying a wing.
It is also best for your all up weight to be in between the middle and the top of the weight range of a paragliding wing.
Most paragliding wings are certified to an international standard, to view the tests and certification procedures done by the DHV in Germany visit: but be sure to come back here!!http://www.dhv.de/typo/Paragliding_and_Hang.651.0.html
The next important bit of gear is the harness. These should be comfortable, and have suitable back protection in the form of an encased foam pad, and many have a polycarbonate plate to help prevent penetration from sticks and branches(in the unlikely event that you fly that close to a tree)
The very cheap second hand harnesses again are usually the old ones with no back protection, or lightweight harnesses, again for very experienced pilots who do serious trekking with their gear.
It is a common misconception that a groundhandling harness does not need back protection. THIS IS DANGEROUS! Once you have done your paragliding course, you will become aware that you can (and frequently do) get lifted off the ground during paraglider ground handling practice. A hard return to earth without protection can result in a serious back injury.
Get a good harness with back protection, some have side protection as well(recommended)
Harnesses should also be fitted with some pockets that are accessible in flight for drinks, snacks, radios, safety gear etc, a storage section for your backpack, and a reserve parachute container.
There are several connecting systems for connecting the paragliding wing to the harness. The conventional and most popular carabiner system, and the Charly branded SIL(safe lock in system) both have advantages and disadvantages.
My opinion(and what I use) is keep it simple (carabiners)
Variations on the harness include a boot which covers your legs and the speed system. This improves aerodynamics and keeps you warm when flying in cold conditions.
Remember, it might be warm on the ground, but at 10,000 feet it can be very cold.
The next most important bit of gear for paragliding is the reserve parachute. It performs the function of a second chance should something go wrong with your main wing.
Once you start gaining proficiency, you will start flying high. It is a very good policy (I consider it mandatory) to carry one of these for the unlikely event of a system failure/unrecoverable collapse/entangled lines, colision etc.
For high performance gliders(which collapse much more easily) some pilots carry 2 reserve parachutes.
The style of these is personal preference. They are usually round, some with a pulled centre, and most cannot be steered in flight. These chutes have a limited useable lifespan, as exposure to sunlight(even in the bag) and degradation of the bag means that they require replacement every 10 to 20 years depending on regulations and recommendations of the governing body of the sport in your country.
Essential piece of gear to protect the noggin. Full face or open face helmets are available depending on pilot preference. Many pilots use a good quality hard shell bike helmet, but it is recommended to purchase a dedicated fibreglass or carbon fibre helmet specifically for the purpose. These are a one knock item. Bump it hard and replace it! remeber youve only got one brain. Look after it.
The next piece of essential gear is a variometer/altimeter.
A Vario is used to determine your altitude, but more importantly your rate of sacent or descent. Are you rising or sinking. Most varios beep in two different tones depending if you are gaining altitude or sinking. This helps determine if you are flying in a thermal, and when you pop out of the thermal.
This piece of equipment is also used by hang glider and glider(the airplane type) pilots.
There is a host of additional and optional gear for paragliding which is required depending on where you are flying and the local weather and climate.
Gloves– protect hands from the cold and potential line burns during ground handling.
Flying suit – weather protection again. Air temperature decreses with altitude at the rate of about 3 degree per 1000ft
Hook knife or V-knife – for flying over or near water, to cut yourself free in case of water landing. Can be helpfull in other situation too.
Boots – these should really be in the essential gear category. Good high boots to protect the paraglider pilots ankles. It also helps if they dont have protrusions that will catch on lines and possibly damage your gear etc.
Radio – required if you go on longer flights, or during training so that your paragliding instructor can talk to you. Many pilots have a UHF radio to communicate with each other and VHF for flight services contact.
Allways remember we are flying a real (albeit slow) aircraft.
The information in this guide is of a general nature only. Paragliding is a potentially dangerous sport. Get professionally qualified instruction before buying any gear and flying. Your professional advice superceeds anything on this site.
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Paragliding / paramotor wing Dudek Universal 1.1 wing
25.5m in size, 10 hours flying time, can be used as a paragliding wing or a paramotor wing, selling due to Ill health, need to get a trike and a bigger motor and wing! After I learn to walk properly again. Open to reasonable offers, will deliver my
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Dudek Globe Light 135 reserve chute. Fitted with an external carrier, comes with bridal and attachments, also selling my Dudek 25.5m universal 1.1 – 15% discount if bought together. Will deliver myself for inspection if needed. If not posted track
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TWO APCO HILL WINGS, ALSO CAN BE USED AS PARAMOTOR WINGS. Plus one airways wing, hill only. These wings were used for paramotoring. ALWAYS COVERED WHEN NOT BEING USED, thats why they are in such good condition! With all up weight, on paramo
I sell this paragliding because I do not use any more and I live in Spain. A friend of mine can show it to you with no problem. Please feel free to ask any thing you need. Whatssap welcome. Negotiable price. Thank you for your interest.
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2x Paragliding/ paramotoring wings for sale. I’ve used both for kiting. No recent services but in Very good shape One comes with 1x stuff sack Green one 110 pounds Blue one 250 Both together 300 pounds
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Oxygen2 Paraglider Harness
Hi this is my Oxygen2 paraglider harness in size medium for sale. The harness was made in 2018, label shown and the harness is in excellent condition. I have shown the carabiners and seat plate and all are in excellent condition. I can post the
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Ozone Atom L Paragliding wing
Ozone Atom L paragliding wing (blue) Purchased in 2000 for £2k. Flown less than 50 hours. It has been in storage since 2005. In fine condition. Requires full professional service prior use.
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Paragliding harness – as new
Paragliding harness. Has not been used for a long time, but in absolutely ‘as new’ condition. £100 ono
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Paragliding boot’s in good condition size small 7 plenty of grip email me for more details
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TWO MEDIUM APCO PARAMOTOR WINGS, ALSO CAN BE USED AS HILL WINGS. PRICE IS FOR EACH. EACH HAS OWN ORIGINAL RUKSACK, NO DAMAGE REALLY CRISP ALMOST AS NEW. 1.RED, MORE TWITCHY. < 25 HRS 2. BLUE, RED , WHITE, MORE FORGIVING. VERY BRITISH COL
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PARAGLIDER DUDEK NUCLEON WRC
PARAGLIDER NUCLEON WRC , SIZE 29 Year of manufacture 06.2015. Wing has been serviced on 15.12.2021 at DUDEK PARAGLIDING FACTORY IN POLAND . Certificate of inspection valid until 14.12.2023 . Wing in very good condition
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FOR SALE: Paramotor Skymec HPR 180
…plus shipping. Condition excellent – 30 hours, location: Krapina – Croatia [ HR ].
Other item info: Paramotor model is HPR 180 with 3 blade propeler made of carbon, 30 hours used, frame is Vortex Aero 140 pro with Apco harness with zipper to change size.
☯ Negotiable a bit.
Niviuk Koyot 4 (60-80 kg)
FOR SALE: Niviuk Koyot 4
size: 24, purchased: August 2021., weight range: 60-80 kg.
Price: 2000 EUR / 2060 USD / 1755 GBP.
Shipping is extra cost. EN A certification, pure beginner wing regardless if you are a free flyer or motorhead. Condition is excellent – 35 hours, colors: orange/green/black, location: Girona – Spain [ ES ].
Other item info: Bought in August 2021. Ultimate beginner wing. Rock stable, durable Niviuk materials. This paraglider is made to protect you on long term. No repairs as far as I know.
The price is negotiable.
Ozone Alpina 3 (75-95 kg)
FOR SALE: Ozone Alpina 3
size: MS, produced: Januar 2018., weight range: 75-95 kg.
Price: 1450 EUR / 1455 USD / 1275 GBP.
✅ Shipping is extra cost. Certified as EN C, fantastic ultralight paraglider for hike and fly and easy cross country flying. Condition: excellent – 50 hours, colors: white/purple/black/blue, location: North Macedonia.
☯ Other item info: No damage sto report to the best of my knowledge. It comes with concertina only.
Skywalk Chili 4 (70-95 kg)
FOR SALE: Skywalk Chili 4
size: XS, manufactured: May 2017., weight range: 70-95 kg.
Price: 1200 EUR / 1175 USD / 1045 GBP.
Buyer pays for shipping. EN B certification, excellent condition for paraglider taht is used 48 hours, color: petrol, location: North Macedonia.
Other item info: Perfect little glider for your perfect day on the hill. No damages worth mentioning to the best of my knowledge. No concertina or rucksack.
Negotiable price. Text me for more info.
Niviuk Ikuma (95-115 kg)
FOR SALE: Niviuk Ikuma
Shipping is extra cost. EN B level, very easy to fly, fantastic handling. Condition mint, but with 10 hours, we could say it is as good as new. Color: sunrise, location: Croatia [ HR ].
Other item info: Glider is in perfect condition, as good as new. No damages to report. Hence the price. Concertina and rucksack are included.
Skywalk Chili 5 (105-135 kg)
FOR SALE: Skywalk Chili 5
size: L, purchased: February 2022., weight range: 105-135 kg.
Price: 2850 EUR / 2790 USD / 2485 GBP.
Shipping is extra cost. This fantastic paraglider is certified as EN B. Very forgiving flyng charactristics will bring the pieace of mind duong your flight. Condition is as good as new, color: official yellow, location: North Macedonia.
Other item info: Paraglider is unpacked. Period. It comes with inner bag only, no rucksack.
*(Photos are not the actual glider).
Negotiable price a bit. Let me know if you have any questions.
Phi Allegro (90-110 kg)
FOR SALE: Phi Allegro
size: 22, manufactured: June 2020., weight range: 90-110 kg.
Price: 2500 EUR / 2470 USD / 2150 GBP.
Buyer pays the shipping. EN C certification, ondition is mint – 25 hours of flying, colors: purple/white, location: Portugal [ PT ].
Other item info: Superb handling and stability. No damages to report to the best of my knowledge. It comes with concertina and rucksack shown on photos.
Gin Genie Lite 3 (M)
FOR SALE: Gin Genie Lite 3
size: M, bought: February 2022.
Price: 1200 EUR / 1185 USD / 1030 GBP.
Shipping is extra cost. Condition is excellent – 16 hours of flying., colors: dark gray, location: Serbia [ RS ].
One of the best supine harnesses. Light enough for hike and fly, comfortable enough for XC flights. Traces of use present on the bottom, small patch applied at the nose cone. Check photos for better insight.
Price is negotiable a bit.
Tandem Swing Twin 4
FOR SALE: Tandem Swing Twin 4
size: 37,5; purchased: 2014., weigh range: 140-220 kg.
Price: 1500 EUR / 1490 USD / 1290 GBP.
Shipping is extra cost. EN B certification, veey easy to launch and fly. Tandem is in superb condition, with only 6 hours. So mint condition. Colors: blue/gray/white/lime, location: Ljubljana – Slovenia [ SI ].
Other item info: Tandem is in fantastic condition. Unfortunately, not used much for all this time, but one thing is sure. New owner will be very happy. Even if you consider some minor “issues” like metal buckle missing on trimmer, small cut on Ozone bag (I don’t have original inner bag or rucksack) or small stain, everything else is perfect. Please, check photos. Porosity measured few days ago and it reads over 1000 seconds. Text me for more photos and questions.