Triple Seven Q-LIGHT paraglider review


so the glider held itself together
really well it’s pretty solid and taut and it feels quite rigid in the way that
it doesn’t yaw, it doesn’t bend and flex it sits there nice and planted and fairly
steady on the roll axis I found if you are flying along fast and you want to
just quickly whip the wing over it’s not that kind of wing it likes to resist
a little bit and it likes to keep it’s heading whatever it’s doing it likes to
keep its heading but then if you give it a roll and a reasonable amount of brake
you can get it to come around pretty tight. it’s
quite adequate enough for flying in grotty conditions. The advantage is that
it’s fairly balanced because it’s not particularly agile and whippy it’s
pretty balanced and calm and you don’t have to manage the glider much
particularly in pitch, it’s pretty calm that way and I felt there’s some kind of
genes in the glider that come from the Icepeak 6 or even more the Peak 4. I
felt if I was to make a comparison of the glider that would be the closest
wing that I’ve come to: the Peak 4. it has that competition glider feeling
about it sort of a two liner feeling even though it’s a three liner it feels
powerful it feels like a competition glider to a certain extent: a lower
aspect version. what I liked is I didn’t find I had to manage the energy at the
tips, where you go on a higher aspect wing you get more of that kind of surge
and energy that you’ve got to manage and this didn’t have any of that, it was just nice and trimmed. it’s light but it’s semi light, it’s still got pretty
long reinforcing rods inside the wing with that kink in the middle and
and quite a bit of reinforcing around the trailing edge.
well that long rod runs pretty close to the trailing edge, it’s a very
long rod and then up on the leading edge making the whole wing I think around
about 4.2 kilos for this one which isn’t ultralight you know it’s not
like an X-ALPS racing wing it’s got a little bit more meat which means that
it probably lasts a bit longer it’s got more stability it doesn’t deform as
easily and it still packs up fine. I find I’m using a strap, I roll my harness up
and squish the air out of it so it gets it nice and tight and then I roll the
wing around that so it’s a reasonable curve on the rods and that’s fine. I’m
getting it into my my Supair Trek 350 bag which is a pretty small racing hike and
fly bag. It goes in there without any problem so packing not a problem. for
ground handling it’s definitely a high C in terms of pilot demands there you need
to know your ground handling you’ve got to have good skills there because
similarly to the peak 4 it seems to come up and want to shoot a bit at the
top, it wants to shoot forward you have to hold it back and then when you do that
it’s fairly easy to stall the wing at a fairly high angle on the ground.
so the combination means that there’s a limited window where it’s easy to
control and then it falls back and it will tend to rotate so it’s a little bit
challenging for a pilot that’s matched with a high C class no problem if you
are used to flying high aspect wings you really won’t have a problem but if
you’re stepping up into this class let’s say it’s your first EN C wing that you’re
buying yeah um thermic launches and on steep
launches you’re gonna maybe be a bit challenged and you need to spend some
time doing ground handling just to get that dialed in. once in the air felt very solid it’s not
a bulldozer I certainly had a few tips go when the
conditions were lively and the wing went ahead and sometimes the wing does tend
to roll you out of a turn if you get a strong strike of lift you tend to get
tipped a little bit out and then your outer tip will go in. so a little bit of glider management is needed. I didn’t feel like it was super
demanding I felt it was cool for the C class it’s a nice high performing C it’s
for those that are wanting wanting to try your hand at competitions and you
are wanting to at least keep up with the other guys and I think this will give
the other guys a good run for their money. on full bar was getting about
54 km/h from about a 38 trim speed so it’s a good
acceleration it felt solid on bar the rears the the bridge the B-C bridge is
very nice it’s very easy and simple there’s no balls or things to grab you
just slot your hand in between the B and the C and you pull down that gave me a
very strong sturdy feeling with lots of pressure so you can use that to give you
some sort of secure feeling when it’s getting rough and when you’re
accelerated and you’re wanting to rein the glider back a little bit
spot on everything else I think is really good with the glider.
I found very efficient flat turns when you keep a speed up just use a bit of
brake and get a little bit of rolling I felt that was very efficient and I think
on glide and on bar you’re probably looking at the top of the class here and
now with the lightweight version this is quite a impressive wing. I mean if you’re
a volbiv pilot and you like exploring big mountains and you want to
have the speed and the stability to get out of trouble but you also want to have
some kind of ease of use and a glider that’s not too much management, the Q-LIGHT is definitely worth checking out. thanks for watching keep in touch I’ll
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7 thoughts on “Triple Seven Q-LIGHT paraglider review

  1. Did you experiment with the loading at all? I've read in some other reviews that the Queen 2 (and Q-light) likes to be flown very close to the top. I'm thinking about getting this glider, but am right in between MS and ML at around 95kg all-up. Also, how would you say this glider compares to the UP Trango X-race?

  2. The Queen 2 loves to be flown near or at the top of the weight range, I would love to know where Greg's all up weight was, as some of the comments seemed like he was flying on the lower end

  3. Hi Greg,
    Could you please state the size and the total weight you were flying ?
    My Q-light S is super agile at 85 all up. Thank you.
    Cheers,

  4. How i it compared to the Niviuk Artik P? I'm currently flying a Skyman Crossalps which I really like. Maybe want to upgrade in future because the performance is not up to date. Or would you step up to a 2-liner? Really interested in the OXA and the upcoming "Zeolite+" (4kg version). Hope in future there will be more C class 2-liners.

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