Paraglider Review: 2010 MacPara Velvet 23 (Flat)
Reviews, Added Oct 4, 2010, flown July 2010 | Ratings: 1 is bad,
10 is good |
| About the Testing
I've flown the Velvet before but never this
size and boy what a difference size makes. in this case, great things
come in small packages, I loved the handling. For anyone that likes
carving about in 3-D, the Velvet is a good choice.
Conditions were: Miniplane Top 80 55 Lbs,
me at 150 lbs for a clip-in of about 205 Lbs. Flown at Delphi, IN.
The Velvet is advertised as a semi-reflex
wing but I can't really tell much difference from a standard glider. At
least it feels and flies more like a standard glider than what I think
of as a reflex.
It has typical lightweight MacPara
Construction and comes up easily like their others. I frequently grouse
about the magnetic clips that get clogged with metalic sand but this
wing also had velcro clips. At least until the velcro gets gunky, this
is a great solution. As with the rest of their gliders I've flown, it
has split A's.
Handling (7 trim in, 7 trim out):
Handling is conventional and crisp with trimmers in or out. There is no
tip steering nor is any needed. It takes more pressure than the Spice but
probably less than an Eden. My favorite characteristic was how well it
would yaw into a dive if you wanted. Again, it's easy to turn flat just by
applying appropriate outside brake, but it's nice to dive when you want it
Inflation (8): Comes up quite easily,
more than you would expect of a glider with much reflex. Being small made
it that much easier.
Efficiency (7): My brief test did not
get to include GPS data with speeds and sink rates so I don't have any
hard data here. It felt very efficient, though, judging from the power
required and energy on landing. Quite unlike the Muse (one of MacPdara's
beginner wings), which leaves very little energy for flaring, this had a
Speed: There's not a long trimmer
range so speed will probably be like a conventional paraglider of similar
size. I'll defer to the maker's numbers here.
Construction: Lightweight and
Certification & Safety: It is
certified as EN-D meaning that it's appropriate for high-end PPG2 or PPG3
pilots. It won't have the passive collapse resistance of a reflex glider
so you should be comfortable with active flying before taking it out on
the dance floor of thermally air.
Overall: Loved flying the Velvet,
especially this size. For good handling with decent speed but without the
complication of a full reflex, this seems like a great choice.