If I had to buy a wing today - 2016/12/8
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I would get a...
Criterion
Low B
  1. Nova / Ion 4
    Availability: Since February 2016.
    Unsheathed line: Top-level only.
    Special packing: No, use any method.
  2. Ozone / Buzz Z5
    Availability: Since end of December 2015.
    Unsheathed line: Top-level only.
    Special packing: Concertina recommended.
  3. Nova / Phantom
    Availability: Since October 2016.
    Unsheathed line: Top-level, mid-level.
    Special packing: No, use any method.
    Price: 50% more expensive than typical.
    Durability: Less than typical (Light weight fabric).
    Performance: Like high-end EN-C wing.
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.
Durable fabric (not light weight designed for hiking).
High B
  1. Skywalk / Chili 4
    Unsheathed line: TBD.
    Special packing: TBD.
    Handling: Better than Chili 3 (source).
  2. Nova / Mentor 4
    Unsheathed line: Top-level only (to be verified).
    Special packing: No, use any method.
    Handling: OK.
  3. Ozone / Rush 4
    Unsheathed line: Top and Mid level.
    Special packing: Yes, concertina.
    Handling: OK.
EN-B comparisons, Ziad Bassil.
If you cant wait...
  • Nova / Mentor 5
    Availability: Early 2017.
    Unsheathed line: Unknown.
    Special packing: Unknown.
    Handling: Unknown.
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.
Durable fabric (not light weight designed for hiking).

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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