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Swift - Ozone

Number of Reviews:  4  
Average Rating:  4.50 / 5  
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Swift Description

The Absolute Ultimate in Agility, Performance, and Lightweight Versatility…

A decade ago, Ozone’s wings immediately redefined ‘handling’ as they were released into the paragliding world. Years later, the Ozone HPP prototypes surpassed all previous paraglider performance records. And now the concept of agile efficiency and performance in paraglider design has been taken to a new level with the Swift.

Several different avenues of performance research have combined to create a unique wing that cannot be categorized with any other current paragliders. The Swift has perhaps the highest performance in the EN B class and an agile precision that has never been seen before in our sport.

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4 Reviews of Swift


dzmanto   21-Jan-2015 15:49 Report this Review!
Your Flying Style: Recreational from France
Purchased From: France
Period of Use: 3 years
Flying Experience: 10 years
Similar Products Tested: epsilon 5
Current Flying Setup
& Clipped in Weight:
I have now been flying the swift I for just over 3 years. I do around 70 flights and my airtime is something like 30 hours per year. I prefer to fly my epsilon wing during winter and my swift wing in summer.
Strengths:

  • precise control
  • stability
  • fast re-open after collapes, even after frontal collapses
  • easy to launch

 

Weaknesses:

  • Wing porosity decayed to 50 sec (centre) and to 70 sec (edge) from an initial 400 sec in 2011. My wing has approximately 150 flights.
  • Over the same period, the thin lines of my glider shortened by 4 mm - 5 mm. I actually noticed that something was out of order upon trying full speed bar. Maximum speed had dropped to 42 km/h.
  • The wing does shoot forward a bit after frontal collapses. Nothing to worry about, just a heads-up.

Build/Quality:
Review:
The swift I allows for precise control through its brakes. This means the wing really is fun to fly. Also, launch behaviour is so much better compared to my epsilon 5 wing. 
  • The wing does shoot forward a bit after frontal collapses. Nothing to worry about, just a heads-up.
  • Fun and safe wing, probably less durable than other wings.
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Conclusion:

Fun and safe wing, probably less durable than other wings.

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Swiftarf   22-Oct-2009 18:40 Report this Review!
Your Flying Style: Recreational from UK
Purchased From: Demo
Period of Use: Demo
Flying Experience: Pilot License
Similar Products Tested: -
Current Flying Setup
& Clipped in Weight:

Windtech Tempest, Woody Valley Peak

Strengths:

Read Review

Weaknesses:

disproportionate increase in sink towards full bar

durability

Build/Quality: nicely put together, light wei
Review:

It's nicely put together and suits light winds very well due to it's light weight construction. The leading edge stays open beautifully unlike that of my current glider (Windtech Tempest) which tends to fall forwards in light winds. This is not the the best comparison though, since the Tempest has a particularly heavy leading edge!

Before I received the glider, one of my concerns was about it's durability if it was to be a main glider. The lines are a mixture of sheathed (a few) and unsheathed (most) and for someone used to a 4yr old glider, the top lines are very fine indeed! They do tangle more than sheathed lines, but no more than expected. I was actually surprised at how robust the top surface seems to be, despite the lightness of the material. I think it would cope fine with the usual grassy UK hills, but I'm not too sure about North Wales slate or dusty Southern European launches.

Ground handling is predictably easy as is launching. It was nice and manoeuvrable during a scratchy flight in light winds followed by a TTB and, following a race to another launch, it was absolutely great in a decent thermalling flight over the Llanberis slate quarries. The glider has good, progressive brake pressure and also responds well to weight shift. Turns are well coordinated with beautiful control over the bank angle. Energy retention is high with wingovers and spirals extremely easy to initiate. I found that the glider bites into the thermals very positively and communicates nicely where the strongest lift is. The glide at trim speed is easily as good as my Tempest and the speed bar is usable -although I got the feeling that there was perhaps a disproportionate increase in sink towards full bar.

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Conclusion:

In conclusion- It's a great glider and I like it a lot! The Ozone guys are quite right when they say that it's not a lightweight wing in the usual sense. The weight and performance make it extremely tempting, but I need to have a good think about the durability since I tend to keep gliders for a while

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PARAVENT   22-Oct-2009 18:24 Report this Review!
Your Flying Style: Professional Paragliding Instructor from Abergavenny, UK
Purchased From: www.paraventure.co.uk/
Period of Use: Extensive Evaluation
Flying Experience: Chief Flying Instructor , flyi
Similar Products Tested: Sigma 7
Current Flying Setup
& Clipped in Weight:

Sigma 7

Strengths:

I have never flown a glider as aptly named as the Ozone Swift. Fast and changes direction in the blink of an eye. There is NO delay to pilot input; think about that for a while. It honestly makes my Sigma 7 feel like a truck (God, did I just really say that?) So easy to fly, so safe, so light on the controls, so relaxing whilst having a real arse kicking. This thing is unlike ANY DHV1/2 glider I've ever flown; I normally find them a little boring to be frank.

Weaknesses:

let down a little by L/D at speed

Build/Quality: great but, lightweight materia
Review:


Trim speed is fast; I was catching Chris White on his Magnum tandem. It feels too precise, almost acro'ish, to compete against the DHV2 cruisers yet the performance in the air seems to speaks for itself. I've personally not flown anything that is capable of getting to cloudbase faster than anything else in the air, purely down to its turn ability and being able to use silly sized tiny thermals. If you are thinking about a Swift, I hope you like a wing with feed back.

To finish the flight yesterday, I took one last climb to around 600-700ATO and glided all the way back to the Keepers Pond car park which was pretty impressive if you know this site. On top of this, my full kit is now 10.5kg with a lightweight Kortel harness. Very different to my normal 18kg. I have never been so instantly impressed with any wing I've flown and I've tested a little over 200 in my time. I need to get more airtime to check that yesterday wasn't some sort of fluke. It is unusual for me to feel at home on a wing within 10mins of getting it out of the bag; the last was my old Sigma 6.

Being able to pack it up like in the old days was great, none of this concertina nonsense

 

I did 2 hours on the Swift at Rhosili with 20 other gliders in the air for an excellent comparison. I still think the handling and turn rate are exceptional as is its spin resistance. But the sink rate wasn’t good against some of the other gliders at my max up all weight and it almost fell out of the sky on full bar, although up to 50% speed bar it was pretty good. Even though I was down on sink rate, I did spend a lot of time as the second highest glider on the site due to the fact that the Swift was able to utilise the light sea thermals that we were flying on.

Turn reversal ability is breathtaking and wingovers are a total scream. Ground handling is simplicity and reinflations very soft and instantaneous. The wing gives a very strong feeling of stability and trust.

One of the best LTF ½’s available but let down a little by L/D at speed. You would also need to confirm is all its positives out weigh the possible sacrifice of longevity due to it lightweight construction considering the glider is €3100.

For now I will be sticking to my Sigma 7 as I could not live with out its energy retention, incredibly flat glide at speed and excellent stability in the rough stuff whilst on full bar. I just wish the bugger weighed 4kg to save my poor ankle…

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Conclusion:

A beautiful light weight, light handling machine, born for rough aggressive thermaling, best flown at the middle of the weight range for a more normal sink rate but still with a good trim speed. Or fly it heavy for a very sporty experience but greatly then at the expense of sink rate.

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victor   02-Aug-2009 22:12 Report this Review!
Your Flying Style: Cross country, bivouac from Nice, France
Purchased From: Tested once only (7h flight)
Period of Use: July 2009
Flying Experience: 7 years
Similar Products Tested: UP Kantega, Sky Paragliders Cima
Current Flying Setup
& Clipped in Weight:
Strengths:

- Agile but without too much pitch and roll,

- Light (< 4kg for the S) and compact,

- Very good perfomance (almost like Aspen & Brontes I flew with),

- Easy to fly.

Weaknesses:

- Do not get the light risers unless you already have some experience.

Build/Quality: Very good
Review:

As I plan to fly a vol bivouac, I have taken a test flight.

I have tried the SWIFT S (I weight around 85kg equipped).

The first impression when I got the wing from Aerogliss in Saint-André is that the wing is very light and compact. That's 2 very good points to start with.

Ground handling and take-off are easy as most wings in this category I think. Some thermals got very strong this day. The SWIFT is lively and you can really feel what is happening but it never goes too far in both pitch and roll. In this way it is really safe.

I flew with the SWIFT for 120km back and forth to Dormillouse (my greatest distance ever). I flew alongside with Aspen II and Brontes. The SWIFT should almost have the same performances (can't see the difference in speed nor GR). You can really use the speed bar with a good speed increase and still good performances but sorry I don't have numbers here (I used to fly an UP Kantega as a DHV 1/2 and speed bar decrease the GR a lot).

Some would find the wing not "fun" enough because it would not take enough pitch and roll but it could be good: I was quite fresh after my 7h flight!

The commands seem a bit lighter than on my sigma 6. The SWIFT I have tested had light risers. I would not advise them unless you already have some experience. Pilots with less experience should go for the normal risers.

I know Luc and David (the designers) well, they have built a very good wing that I will probably use for a coming vlo bivouac.

You can see the track and some pictures & comment [sorry, french only] on my web site (www.victorb.fr)

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Conclusion:

Very easy to fly (I usually fly a Sigma 6) but still has top perfomances (best 1/2 I had to the opportunity to fly with) even on speed bar.

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