Ozone Speedster 24 Review
Please note that before reading this review that this is not a beginners glider. Pilots need to have lots of training and flying time in order to properly understand how to fly an EN-C paraglider. If something goes wrong with an EN-C rated glider like the speedster, things can go wrong and happen very quickly!
All up weight 105 KG
Motor – Flat Top 185 Ninja (Vittorazi Moster)
Background on me – 100+ flying hours
Gliders flown – U-Turn Emotion, Sky Cima k2, K2 race, obsession 2 xl tandem, Ibex 15, gin airflex, u-turn speedmaster rocket 14 and now the ozone speedster 24.
Finally, we get a chance to review the Ozone speedster!!!
Location – Virginia Beach, USA
Upon first laying this glider out, it immediately stands out from the typical ppg glider due to its plastic rods in the leading edge. They angle around to the top of the leading edge of the glider and go back a few inches so the front end is ready to inflate in very light winds. It keeps the leading edge off the ground begging to be lifted into the air and is supposed to help with stability as well.
Winds were light and variable on take off but the glider came up fast and was easy to maneuver on the ground. I took off on the white trim line setting which is designed to be take off setting.
On take off trim settings (about 1.5 to 2 inches out) I was getting about 25 mph and flew this setting most of the time. I had to take a wrap while carving in this setting and found the response time a bit slower than my k2. Once it gets pitched enough you can throw down some decent wing overs but its harder to whip around. The k2 is more nimble in my opinion. Even with a wrap taken it was not the handling machine the k2 is. It was still a lot of fun though and I enjoyed doing a lot of low flying in the rare smooth air we had today. This glider is very smooth in all trim settings, it flies great.
Trims fast I was getting about 31-32 mph avg based upon my gps which is roughly 2 mph lower than what others seem to be getting. Throttle settings were about 40%. I am going to continue to check this as I do more flying with this glider. I was reading off my gps and having to convert to mph from kts. I’ve read how great the tip steering is on this glider and let me tell you – its no lie! You can pull off some huge wing overs with this thing in fast trim although I don’t know that I would. I don’t have a whole lot of reflex experience and still prefer to active fly. I flew most of the time at take off trim setting. On fast trim though it did absorb turbulence quite well and I enjoyed covering ground more quickly! After talking with Ozone, brakes can be used throughout the trim range as well as speedbar. This is great for pilots that want to fly low and have brake authority or pilots that still want to have control through rough air. Much different than the typical reflex glider on the market today!
I did not fly with speed bar but may try and hook it up for the next flight. I don’t fly very often with a speedbar attached.
This glider is a great all around glider, I really like it for its high cruise speed and slow thermaling speed. After just flying the speedmaster rocket, its definitely slower with trimmers but uses less fuel and has the ability for slow flight where it requires very little throttle – this glider has a very nice glide ratio.
For those experienced pilots out there looking for their next reflex glider- you need to check this thing out. Very efficient and easy handling. If your looking for a glider to whip around, stay heavy on the speedster or look into a different paraglider. This glider is going to really shine for XC flights. When I want to set out on a long cruise, as of right now the speedster is the glider for me. Its faster on trims out than my small k2 and provides an easy no wind take off just like the k2. I guess we’ll have to see how fast this glider is with speedbar thrown into the mix!
Please remember that the second this gliders trim range is let out, it is no longer certified. Therefore pilots need to be experienced pilots and know how to react should an issue arise. Always carry a reserve!
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