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SOL Impulse Paraglider

The SOL Impulse paraglider is an AFNOR Standard-rated wing which was released in 1999. With that rating, it is aimed at learners, or weekend pilots just looking for a very easy-to-fly and solid-feeling glider.



Construction

The Impulse has a slightly swept-back plan form. It is constructed with 29 double cells and big cross port vents to allow plenty of airflow inside the canopy. This provides good recovery from deflations without affecting the canopy profile too much.

The lines of this SOL paraglider are arranged in the 'cascade system' that is widely used now to reduce drag. In other words, plenty of attachment points to the canopy, but only a few relatively thick lines attached to the pilot via the risers. The exact numbers are 4 lines from the A risers, 4 from the B risers and 5 from the C risers.



Specs for the Medium-sized Version

take-off weight incl. glider 81-101 kg (179-227 lbs)
wing area (flat) 28.03 m² (302 ft²)
wing area (projected) 23.75 m² (256 ft²)
wing span (flat) 11.6 m (38 ft)
wing span (projected) 9.54 m (31 ft)
aspect ratio (flat) 4.80
aspect ratio (projected) 3.84
min sink 1.2 m/s (236 fpm, 4.3 kph, 2.3 knts)
best glide ratio 7.7:1
speed min (mid weight range) 22 kph (14 mph, 12 knts)
speed trim (mid weight range) 36 kph (22 mph, 19 knts)
speed max (mid weight range) 44 kph (27 mph, 24 knts)

also...

  • wing weight: 6.3kg (14 lbs)
  • pilot weight + gear: 75-95kg (165-209 lbs)



Handling

Now for some comments that reviewers, not the manufacturers, have made about this SOL paraglider. The inflation and launch characteristics are apparently very easy in all flyable conditions. The canopy is easily maneuverable, with real feedback to the pilot during the launch.

Brake pressures are medium, neither very light nor very firm.

Big Ears are easily pulled, and recover quickly when the outer A-lines are released. Flying fast through rough air is not a problem, the Impulse tends to pass on the bumps to the pilot without any undue swinging or twitching. Its ability to do this is also an advantage when flying in thermals, where turns can be precisely controlled despite lumpy air.



Colors

The SOL Impulse paraglider comes in six different colors, namely Fusia, White, Violet, Blue, Turquois and Red. The bottom surface is always White, as are the wing tips.



Pricing

The asking price for an as-new wing seems to be around 2,300 Euro, decreasing to about 1500 depending on usage.



Other Comments

Magnetic brake toggles are a handy feature, easy to attach and un-attach. The SOL Impulse paraglider also comes with a riser sock to prevent line tangling and possible abrasion of the risers, maillons, and carabiners.


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