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Review- Swift

dzmanto 21-Jan-2015 15:49 Report this Review!
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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.
Rating: (out of 5) Rating of 4Rating of 4Rating of 4Rating of 4
Conclusion:

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

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Comments on Review

dzmanto 01-Dec-2016 22:41

Update:

I had my wing checked two years after the first check. The lines generally shortened approx 3  cm to 4.5 cm and B lines shortened somewhat less than A lines. Also, porosity decayed to 26.5 secs at the leading edge, to 24.4 secs at the top side of the wing and to 31.5 seconds at the bottom side of the wing. All in all, six years and approximately 250 flights after manufacture the wing is still good for flying.

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