Gin has been a long time respected maker of
wings and has even made models for other companies. The Vantage is a
beginner/intermediate paramotor wing with modern features to improve
inflation and efficiency. I flew it in August, 2012 at about 10:30AM.
They call it intermediate but it's certified as an EN-B, at least in the
free flight version, and felt like it would be appropriate for newer
This wing is larger than what I'm used to
so the handling is dampened accordingly. My flight was during somewhat thermally
conditions in late morning and I had great success thermaling.
A note on size. I've discovered that it can
be hard to distinguish wings in the same class and size. A few have
standout characteristics but most are more alike than different. This
feels like other modern soaring gliders of the same size that I've flown
but then so do many other "paramotor" wings. You'd be as comfy on a hill
with this glider as you would on the motor which is just like my Pluto
(which I've also soared) but the Vantage will almost certainly sport a
lower sink rate.
Flying was done on a Miniplane Top 80
with 135 pounds of me, 55 pounds of motor, including fuel, and a 15
pound wing. That 205 pounds is below the placard weight of 95-118
kg (209 - 260 pounds) which guarantees that I will experience relatively
sluggish handling. Heavier pilots will enjoy the wing quite a bit more.
See video of the wing flying below.
Handling: It had decent for a larger
wing and would have been plenty sporty with more weight. At my light
weight I was not able to get it to dive into a steep turn without doing
a small wingover in the opposite direction first. A heavier pilot would
not notice this.
Inflation: It was easy to inflate in
the 6 to 8 mph wind that I had and I estimate that it would be
reasonably easy to inflat in zero wind although you'd probably need to
stay on the A's until it's past 60 degrees. It was easy to kite and very
Risers: Standard 4 riser system
with trimmers with no split A's. The
speedbar travel and trimmer travel was about average for a non reflex
wing. The brake toggle comes on an adjustable pulley, allowing pilots of
either high or low hook-in machines to set it correctly.
Efficiency: It has the same
efficiency (glide and sink rate) as you expect of this class. It feels
like a soaring wing with motor risers so it is likely better than
average in this category.