Monday, October 15, 2012

Ozone Ultralight 3- Mini Review

Received an Ozone UL3 in a 25M late last week. Incredibly light and small. 

I laid it out against a S swift 2 and a MS Geo3 - looks to be the same size and shape as a small Element 2.  The size of the risers is sick - so small, thin and light!

Photo comparison of the UL3 on the left, compared to a Swift 2 on the right, along with the light risers:

I put about 4 hours flight time on the UL3 last weekend at Torrey Pines. It was all ridge lift with the exception of one climb in the house thermal on the south side. Glide is better than expected and because I am light on the wing, I was usually the highest glider on the ridge.

My all up weight is 79kg and I was flying the 25M size with an Advance Lightness harness.

The good:
  • launching is a breeze... very stable overhead too.
  • very responsive, once you learn to give it quick, deep inputs
  • surprisingly good glide - a bit less that 7.5:1 but I think I am light on the wing.
  • typical smooth ozone handling
  • love the light weight and packing size
  • love the light brake handles - very comfortable, especially with taking a wrap.
  • very easy to make a flat turn, without the need of outside brake
The not so good:
  • the light risers are a pain in the ass to sort
  • no brake line snap - just some velcro that doesn't work well. will be modifying that.
  • glider seemed very slow (but I am coming from an A2/Swift2 as my usual wing)
  • the speed system requires a good bit of pressure to engage
  • weighshift is not that great, but once you get in a turn initiated, its easy to keep it in the turn without needing brake
Love the glider, but I think I am going to sell it and get a 23M. I got the larger size because I intended to use it for vol biv trips and wanted a better glide, but I think the 23 will be just fine and also give me a bit more speed for mountain flying where there are high valley winds.

Here is a quick video of a short flight in very light conditions at Torrey... I top landed after a single pass rather than risk a hike up from the beach.  

UL3 First Flight from Rob Reynolds on Vimeo.

Saturday, July 07, 2012

Switzerland 2012 - Wrapup

Another great time in the Jungfrau - lots of flying and on the 2 days that were not flyable we did some hiking/exploring and rented downhill mountain bikes.  Loads of fun.

Here's some photo's from the week.


Rob C:

Launching at Mannlichen:

The crew, going for a hike:
 Hiking to the Lauberhorn:

 The crew, starting the muddy ride down:

 Post ride:

The town square slackline provided hours of entertainment... especially on the way home from the bar:

 Steve at the top of the Shilthorn:


Rob R:

Monday, June 25, 2012

Switzerland - Just a little taste!

We all made it to Switzerland - Jeff, Rob, Steve and I.  Today we took the train from Wengen to Niesen to fly this famous mountain site.

The valley winds were strong and we should have stayed in lea in front of launch.  We didn't.  Everyone had good flights but the landings in the valley were interesting.  Rob and I landed at the official LZ in a howling valley wind and lots of thermic bumps.  I was on full speedbar until about 6ft above the gound and barely penetrating.

Jeff and Steve landed in a tiny field near the train station.  They were about 2 miles up the valley and the winds were not as bad for them.  Rob and I got a nice workout hiking to meet them.

Looks like its gonna be a good week!

Sample from today's flying:

Thursday, May 10, 2012

A Peaceful Sunday Morning at Torrey Pines

Spent the weekend with Jeff & Rob in San Diego.  Got to put some hours on the new Swift 2 - very pleased.  Love this glider.  Handles great, good glide & excellent speed.  Glides really well at half bar too.

Can't wait to hit the Alps with my new ultralight setup - Swift 2, Advance Lightness harness & a  Plum ultralight reserve.

Here's a bit of video from Sunday morning.

Peaceful Sunday Soaring

Sunday, April 15, 2012

New GEO 3 for Sale.

UPDATE:  Glider is sold. Thanks!

Since the buyer I had lined up for my Geo 3 backed out at the last minute, its back on the market.

This is a custom color scheme Ozone Geo 3 in size Medium-Small. Colors are White/Light Blue/White/Blue and it has the standard risers.

Brand new, been out of the bag and flown for less than 6 hours from a grassy coastal ridge soaring site(Torrey Pines).

I purchased in December but didn't get the chance to fly it until this weekend. During that time, I lost weight and also went to a lighter weight harness and reserve. The result was I'm too light on this glider now. I am about 1/4 into the weight range.

Glider performed great but handling was sluggish. Once I added almost 10kg (21lbs) of ballast, it was a different glider.

I highly recommend flying this glider in the upper third of the weigh range (above 87kg - 190lbs or so - its a much better handling glider when loaded up.

Comes with inner stuff sack, speed bar, ultralight concertina pack. and light rucksack. Rucksack is brand new. I ordered a new one for this glider since the original rucksack that came with it got a bit scuffed from checking my kit on the flight out to San Diego.

Free ground shipping in the lower 48 US states.

Asking $2600 but make an offer, I need to move it fast as I have already replaced this glider with a smaller wing.

More info on the Geo 3 at:

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Weekend Trip to Torrey Pines

The DN's and I (Jeff, Steve, Rob) too a quick trip out to Torry this weekend to fly and go to the supercross races. Great time, got to fly Friday, Saturday & Sunday and had press box seats at the Supercross races thanks to Christina at RoostMX.

Take aways from the weekend:

- The Geo 3 needs to be flown at the top of the weigh range... handled very poorly with the light weight harness and reserve. When I backed 20lbs of ballast into the harness, WOW! Completely different glider.

- The Geo has a great sink rate for a EN B glider; until you push the speed bar. Sucker drops like a rock on full bar.

- Fared harnesses make all the difference. Jeff was on the top of the stack all weekend and we didn't know if it was because of his new Alpina or the fared harness (Impress 3). So he switched gliders with Rob C (Rush 3) and was still on top of the stack, even with moving down to a EN B glider. The drag reduction of the fared harness is significant.

- Rush 3 vs Alpina - hands up, the sink rate is about the same, but the Alpina is faster and turns better. Since this was Torrey, the air was smooth, so it will be interesting to see how the Alpina handles in the mountains.

Given the weight issue that I have with the Geo, I need a smaller size, so the I have a Medium-Small Geo3 for sale. Ping me if you want a great EN B hike & fly wing cheap.

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

New Gliders Take to the Air

A couple of new gliders took to the air this past week in Tampa. Scooter and Stinky received their new Ozone gliders, courtesy of their favorite Ozone dealer. A slick new Alpina for Scooter and a Rush 3 for Stinky.

Here's a video of them breaking them in with their paramotors.