Paragliding Gear for Beginners

My name is Patrick Eves. We are going to be
talking about what gear is needed for paragliding. A couple of basic obviously you need is your
wing (your instructor can pick out which one is right for you), your harness and most harnesses
now come with a back protection. You want to find one with foam back protection or nice
airbag back protection. A reserve parachute is another thing that is needed. Having a
nice reserve parachute is a good thing. Gloves, you always want to have gloves when you are
flying because some of the maneuvers you do when you go to stop your wing in case you
are dragging, the lines can really cut your fingers so you want to make sure you have
gloves. You want to have thin gloves that will protect your fingers but still allow
you to still have some dexterity. A hook knife is a good thing to have just in case you get
in an emergency you will be able to cut lines and usually I try to mount the hook knife
somewhere on my harness where I can get to it really easily. A helmet, you can get an
open face helmet or a full face helmet. I recommend getting a nice full face helmet.
You can buy one specifically made for flight and paragliding. A radio is a great thing
to have for emergencies and to hear what else is going on in the air. There is a two-meter
radio; this is what most paraglider’s use. You do need a license, a hand license to use
one of these radios for transmitting. It is real easy to get the license. Contact your
local club and they will help you pass the test. The other thing you can have is an instrument
panel. This instrument panel has a vireo. A vireo is an instrument that beeps when you
are going up and beeps when you are going down so you will know how fast you are going
up and how fast you are going down and will be able find thermals better. I also have
a GPS on here so I can see how far I have flown in a day. Another thing you want is
possibly a flight suit. Flight suits are awesome because a lot of times at launch it is going
to be real hot and you want to be warm. Once you get up high I guarantee it is a lot colder.
You should also have a sturdy pair of boots; something with stiff ankle protection that
will protect your feet in case of hard landings and something you are able to hike in. One
last thing I find is essential is a bag to put my paraglider in when I am sitting around
waiting. UV rays will damage your paraglider so anytime you are sitting at launch and not
quiet ready to launch yet, fold your wing up and put into one of those stuff sacks.
You don’t have to totally pack your wing but you will still have it ready and in a bag
protecting it from the sun. One last thing, avoid buying used gear unless your instructor
specifically recommends it.

4 thoughts on “Paragliding Gear for Beginners

  1. You're the expert but I got to tell you I think the industry charges way too much for a full face helmet that is stamped out of a mold and has some Styrofoam glued inside it. A ski helmet is ten times cheaper and just as safe if not more safe.  

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