If I had to buy a wing today - 2016/1/27
© 2000 by Jérôme Daoust ( E-mail )

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EN
I would get a...
Criterion
Low B
  1. Nova / Ion 4
    Availability: End of February 2016, can order now.
    Unsheathed line: TBD.
    Special packing: No.
  2. Skywalk / Tequila 4
    Availability: Since February 2014.
    Unsheathed line: None, all sheathed.
    Special packing: Concertina recommended.
  3. Ozone / Buzz Z5
    Availability: Since end of December 2015.
    Unsheathed line: TBD.
    Special packing: Concertina recommended.
Low minimum sink rate, max L/D, accelerated glide.
Good handling for thermalling, ignoring acro-ability.
Good collapse resistance and recovery.
Must have a regular (mostly sheathed) line set.
High B
  1. Nova / Mentor 4
    Unsheathed line: Top-level only (to be verified).
    Special packing: No, use any method.
    Handling: OK.
  2. Skywalk / Chili 4
    Availability: April 2016.
    Unsheathed line: TBD.
    Special packing: TBD.
    Handling: Better than Chili 3 (source).
  3. Ozone / Rush 4
    Unsheathed line: Top and Mid level.
    Special packing: Yes, concertina.
    Handling: OK.
  4. Swing / Nyos
    Unsheathed line: Unknown amount.
    Special packing: Unknown.
    Handling: Unknown.
  5. Niviuk / Ikuma
    Unsheathed line: Unknown amount.
    Special packing: Unknown.
    Handling: Unknown.
  6. Advance / Iota.
    Unsheathed line: All unsheathed.
    Special packing: To-Be-Determined.
    Handling: OK.
EN-B comparisons, Ziad Bassil
Low minimum sink rate, max L/D, accelerated glide.
Good handling for thermalling, ignoring acro-ability.
Good collapse resistance and recovery.
Must have a regular (mostly sheathed) line set.
Avoid need to fold with a specific method to protect leading edge.

Why do I maintain this table?
Because I am often asked "What would you buy?" and I can simply refer to this page. This should only be considered as a starting point for your own selection process. It corresponds to what I would buy for myself, without considering the purchase price. I may choose to gamble on a wing I have not yet flown. My selection process is not influenced by the advertisers or people making donations. I reserve the right to change my mind at any time (men can do that too). Unsheathed line versions are not represented for a fair comparison of base models.

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