Paraglider Review: 2008
Power Pluto Extra Small (21)
Updated Aug 6, 2009 | Ratings: 1 is bad, 10 is good | Para200
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This is an abbreviated review which is surprising since I liked the wing
enough to buy one. Having lots of time to do a review doesn't mean it will get done. At
this moment I'm buried deep in the production of Master PPG so
it's tough to find the time for full reviews.
The Pluto 21 m² is a reasonably efficient glider
meant for intermediate pilots that also seems suitable for capable beginners.
This extra small size is not certified but all the larger sizes are AFNOR Standard.
Most of my many flights were on a
Paratoys Blackhawk 172 and Miniplane Top 80 paramotor. At my 148 pounds
it does a very nice job.
Handling (8): Handling is good, much like a Silex but
with better efficiency and somewhat better inflation
I have now flown it in significant turbulence, including while fully
accelerated and it has handled the job exceedingly well, with no
collapses. In fact, I chose this wing over my Spice because it handled
flying through its own wake, with trims out and full speedbar, without
complaint or collapse. The tips are a bit "loose," meaning they fold inward
easily but without any affect on flight direction.
Brake pressures and travel a bit heavier than the Spice that I
normally fly but are responsive enough to enjoy the handling.
Inflation (8): Comes up very easily with no tendency to go sideways.
Lightweight fabric helps. It's among the top 3 easy-inflating wings I've
Efficiency (7): Takes less power than a Silex and more than a
Speed (-): It's a bit faster than a Spice
22 but not appreciably. It's not super speedy or sluggish, either. I haven't gotten to do
the GPS tests yet so can't really put a rating here. The trimmers have a
fairly small effect as does the speedbar but it's a very solid wing.
Construction (6): Seems well built on a casual inspection,
lighter than some which is why it inflates so nicely.
Certification & Safety (7):
It helps that the larger sizes are certified but that doesn't translate
directly to the smaller ones. Still, it's a good starting point. I
suspect this wing, at the loadings that we're flying it, is roughly equivalent to DHV 2. That suggests that recovery
from large collapses would probably be average.
Overall: The Pluto is a good wing for high level beginners
(PPG2) and experienced pilots. Handling and efficiency are good. Silex
fliers will love it and it looks great on camera!
In 2009 I chose this wing to compete in the World Air Games, taking
6th place. I chose it for its collapse resistance even when going
through my own wake, fully accelerated, in cloverleaf runs, and its good