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Davinci Classic 2: progression glider

The Classic 2 is listed as Davinci’s low-B glider, but it’s actually certified EN A in all four sizes. For school to XC use it has “Smart Double Layer” tech

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Little Cloud Grasshopper Mk2 pod harness

Little Cloud’s Grasshopper Mk2 is a step-through, hammock-style lightweight pod harness with an inflatable protector and back fairing

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Apco Karisma II – lightweight EN A

The Karisma II is Apco’s new lightweight EN-A paraglider. It weighs 4.5kg in M, and Apco say it is confidence-inspiring with top-level safety

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Latest issue

Cross Country 234 (October 2022)

Join Tom de Dorlodot and Horacio Llorens as they soar the world’s highest peaks with the latest issue of Cross Country Magazine

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Features

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Gin’s whale-inspired leading edge explained

When Nature Meets Engineering is a real insight into the amount of work that goes into designing high performance paragliders and the people that do it.

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Peter Fay: Kilimanjaro Calling!

Kilimanjaro in Tanzania is the world’s biggest top-to-bottom – a 90-minute glide with 5,000m (17,000ft) descent. Peter Fay did it in 2021

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Dealing with risk in paragliding

Paragliding, like many adventure sports, is enormously rewarding but also carries high risks. Cedar Wright talks about finding the balance

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Skills and learning

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Understanding katabatic flow

Cross Country’s meteorologist Honza Rejmanek tells us how to read downslope winds – and whether it’s safe to make those end of the day sled rides

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How to Deal with Valley Winds

Caught out by the valley wind? Here are some tips to help you get down safely – hopefully without being blown back

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Flying in the Lee

Flying in the lee is commonplace for cross-country pilots, but there are a few things you should consider before diving in

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Reviews

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Gin Genie X-Lite review: lightweight pod harness

“A light harness that is still suitable for everyday use” – Marcus King tested Gin’s Genie X-Lite pod harness

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Ozone Switch review: lightweight modular harness

Ozone’s modular harness for speed flying, speedriding, and hike-and-fly comes in two modes – slick and complete. Lawrie Noctor tries it out

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Skywalk Cruise review: Paragliding harness

Bastienne Wentzel tested Skywalk’s Cruise, a “compact comfort harness” aimed at beginners and sports pilots preferring a seat harness instead of a pod

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