You love mountains, snow and speed. You would like to combine skiing with paragliding, thus extending your free-ride joy with shorter or longer hops on the way down hill. You like improving your ground-handling too.
We've got a wing for you then. Whether you are a speedriding expert or a novice, you will find what suits you best among three sizes available. It's for you that we've created the ZigZag2!
ZigZag2 is a free-riding or speed-riding canopy, depending on its size it can be used both by the professionals and amateurs. It was designed and tested by Jean Baptiste-Chandelier, an expert on this kind of paragliders. Final shape and design were refined at Dudek Paragliders.
Main features of the ZigZag2:
steep diving capability, allowing to ride steep slopes
long steering paths
four-way risers with trims
exceptionally robust design
Canopy size selection regarding pilot's skills:
9m2: EXPERT - for very advanced speedriders, able to cope with technical aspects of fast descent. May prove dangerous for less experienced pilots. Dynamic reactions possible.
11m2: INTERMEDIATE - for medium-experienced speedriders, seeking a small and agile wing with a lot of fun.
13m2 : BEGINNER - for novices, on the easy side (smooth banking, steadier steering).
With trim closed, it is nice canopy for 80% of the normal use (robust design, pitch stable, softer controls, better capacity to fly, already nice steep diving capacity). It's recommended to release the trims only if you have enough experience, when you want to fly less and ski more on the steep slopes, or to be faster (more dynamic pitch, less capacity to flare out).
To begin a speed riding run, you don't need to take the A risers, just keep a small pressure on the controls and start to ski. The wing will come over the head easily, without yawing and pitching around.
Skiing under the wing:
The wing offers good steering precision for easy combination the ski and the wing direction. It is equally easy to radically change the direction, for best evolutions you can do. With a "nose" reflex (special profile develped for speed riding only) the wing stays solid even in case of sudden unloading.
Once you have enough speed, you are ready to take off, just apply the brakes (symmetrically!) and off you go. You can easily change the flight angle with your brakes. Put the hands up for speed and low perfomance flying, or use the brakes for slower flight with better performance (optimal brake position is some 30cm pulled).
You can shape your turn however you like, to be slow or dynamic. Just be careful about the altitude, as in sharp turns you can go down fast. The wing has long break travel, so that you won't risk producing some unwitting spin or stall.
For good, soft landing on this canopy it is really important to use the full length of available brake travel. A good idea is to build some extra speed on approach, so that you can have a nice flare.
ZigZag2 should not be used for pure flying, including aerobatics.
A beginner starting his speedriding career ought to execute his first runs on 13 m2 canopy with closed trimmers. In such setting the canopy will behave predictably, with manageable speed and foreseeable reactions. During the ride it follows steering inputs and readily aligns its heading with the skis. There shouldn't be any problems in turns either, with no tendency to overtake the skier.
With growing experience you can gradually open the trimmers. It should gradually get you higher speeds, requiring precise steering (especially in turns while skiing). More steering force is required too, but there are no problems in the air. Finally, when you feel you have mastered current settings, open the trimmers fully. Take care, as this is where you will go to the limits - ZigZag2 forgives no mistakes when skiing at full speed. Small wonder: perfect tools call for skillful users.
In general ZigZag2 is similar to standard paraglider. Its inner structure features V-shapes, supporting otherwise free ribs and resulting in smooth upper surface, with unhindered inner pressure propagation. Sizeable cell openings ensure easy inflation and starting your ride. Four-way risers come equipped with trimmers.
ZigZag2 remains stable during gusts, thus offering a nice alternative for polishing your groundhandling skills when use of a standard paraglider would be dangerous or not possible at all.
For additional comfort we've equiped the paraglider with ACT steering handle (Adjustable Comfort Toggles) with the ball and line.
Speedriding to zjazdy na nartach (lub snowboardzie) z wykorzystaniem skrzydła o zredukowanych osiągach, które jest w stanie od czasu do czasu unieść narciarza na krótko w górę, pozwalając mu wykonać "księżycowe skoki". Gdy narciarz przypnie się do skrzydła o lepszych osiągach, będzie odrywał się od ziemi na sporo dłużej. W efekcie podczas "zjazdu" ma spore szanse spędzić więcej czasu w powietrzu niż na śniegu - to już jest speedflying.
Speedriding is basically skiing (or snowboarding) enriched with use of a reduced-performance wing, time to time capable of lifting the rider for short hops. If the rider gets a better performing canopy, he will make much longer hops. In the effect he will spend a lot more time in the air than skiing, thus becoming rather a speedflyer than speedrider.
CAUTION: Both speedriding and speedflying are technically difficult and potentially dangerous sports. They require good skiing and at least basic paragliding skills. You are expected to keep all safety procedures stemming form both skiing and paragliding. Performing these sports on regular skiing slopes is by all means discouraged, as they can be dangerous for other skiers. Try to find some instructors in order to make your training both safe and effective.