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Coupe Icare 2015 Roundup

The Coupe Icare is the biggest festival of the international paragliding community. The exhibition is held in St. Hilaire du Touvet, an alpine hamlet near Grenoble, France.

All the major brands vie for attention with dazzling displays, exciting new releases and news of promising developments.

The Flybubble crew spent a productive weekend with our trade partners finding out what’s new in the world of freeflight manufacturing.


Syride SYS'Nav gets clever

The Syride SYS'Nav V3 now offers C-Records!

For XC hounds chasing points in xcleague.com this is great news, because it means you can score the multipliers for declared tasks just by following our quick guide to setting up a task on your instrument >

Naviter Oudie 3 Tips

The Oudie 3+ is a powerful all-in-one flight instrument, specially designed for freeflight. Although it can be used straight out of the box, to get the most out of the Oudie 3 you need to spend time reading the manual and learning how it works - just like any other flight instrument or software!

The following tips, compiled by the Flybubble crew, are meant as a supplement (not replacement) to the manual.

Team pilot test: Gin CARRERA+

The Gin Carrera was recently modified by a new lineset that supposedly tames its nature while retaining the original performance. Is it an upgrade?

Team pilot Simon Steel reports >

Competition Report: Ruth at the Nordics

Flybubble Team Pilot RUTH CHURCHILL-DOWER reports from the Nordic Paragliding Champs in Gemona, Italy where the cu-nims are bubbling...

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Big XC? No Hotship Required

Although having more performance helps, you don't have to fly an Advanced or Competition wing to achieve your Big XC dreams. The gliding and climbing ability of the modern Performance Class (mid EN C) is now remarkable! 

Nothing demonstrates this more clearly than Carlo Borsattino's recent performance on his Artik 4. 

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XC Tales: Cracking 200km in the UK

Carlo Borsattino has been flying XC for over 20 years, and has a reputation for his ability to stay aloft for hours even in the weakest conditions. But it takes more than patience to fly over 200km in the UK.

He analyses the technical challenges, tactical moves and saved mistakes that helped him to achieve his personal best distance.

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Niviuk Skin P Review

The Niviuk Skin P is an incredibly light single-surface wing with some technical innovations that help to keep its shape intact. But does it really work as a paraglider, or is it just a gimmick?

Greg Hamerton tries it out ...

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XPYRIENCE: A volbiv adventure

What's it like taking on the mountains with nothing but an aircraft that runs on air?

Greg Hamerton attempts a solo traverse of the Pyrenees via paraglider and discovers the magnitude and magic of a road less travelled.

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XC Secrets: Cloudsuck

In the UK we often fly near clouds, because the airmass is usually moist and the cloudbase is low. Small cumulus clouds can be fun, but large ones can become a problem.

How can you tell the difference?

Greg Hamerton analyses a recent XC flight that became a little too lifty. 

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