DOUBLESKIN – Minimalist hike & fly
The DOUBLESKIN is the lightest paraglider in the world* with top and under surface (2.1 kg / size 17) – very small pack size and a delight in the air thanks to better aerodynamics compared to a single-skin. With the DOUBLESKIN walking up is as enjoyable as flying and landing!
(*by same flat surface area, with EN-certification, with the Ultralight Riser and without taking single-skin wings into account. As: 06/19)
One for all. One for all. The DOUBLESKIN has been designed to allow a flying experience without any compromises. Due to the light construction it combines the advantages of a single-skin wing with the optimal flying characteristics of a glider with an under surface. Ultra-light fabrics and a highly weight optimised yet complex internal structure complete the package. The DOUBLESKIN gives you the opportunity to travel super light and enjoy your hike up the mountain – always in search for the next take off. Tip: Pilots with a take-off weight between 75-90 kg may fly the DOUBLESKIN in size 17 within the extended weight range as a dynamic EN/LTF B wing.
Every gram counts. Size 17 (55 – 90 kg Take-off Weight) weighs only 2.1 kg. Together with the MONTIS harness (320 gram), the DOUBLESKIN is an ideal base for a weight optimised Hike & Fly kit. The complex internal structure, including mini-ribs, vector-tape and the high number of cells, the wing has also an excellent performance and stability. Instead of our Light Risers you can choose our minimalistic Ultralight Risers at check out and carry another 60 grams less.
Into the Wind. The DOUBLESKIN is exceptional at maintaining directional stability as well as a good glide ratio allowing it to deliver when you are in ‘need for speed’. Here at NOVA we regard this as one of the safety features of the wing, since the wind does not necessarily adhere to the forecast on your hike & fly location. The DOUBLESKIN is a pleasure to fly in thermic conditions, thanks to its intuitive handling. Pilots who are looking for a super light yet playful wing, and who wish to travel the world, or simply complete a hike and fly challenge at their local flying site, find in the DOUBLESKIN the perfect companion for their next adventure.
Super relaxed. The short lines of the DOUBLESKIN make it much easier to spread the wing and launch, in particular in rough terrain – it simply requires less open space. Thanks to useful holding-pins the glider will stay in place even on very steep or snow-covered take-offs. All the main lines, stabilo lines and brake lines are sheathed and colour coded to increase durability and to facilitate take-off preparations. By the way: When buying a NOVA wing, and after registering it under myNOVA, it includes our unique one-off protection against accidents and mishaps for one year after purchasing. We exchange lines and replace damaged cells (excess: € 50 + postage and VAT). Is your wing beyond repair we offset the replacement value when buying a new one. You can use NOVA protect within the first year at most once. Please note: In order to benefit from NOVA-Protect it is necessary to register your product under myNOVA within 14 days of your purchase.
The DOUBLESKIN (EN/LTF A) features a high degree of passive safety (Flat Aspect Ratio: 4.4) but due to its agility, excellent performance and enjoyable thermaling characteristics, it is always ready to turn a top to bottom flight into an XC round trip. Pilots who enjoy the odd wing-over will enjoy the short and precise brake travel in combination with the benign reactions of the DOUBLESKIN. Pilots who enjoy an even more dynamic handling will benefit from the extended weight range of the size 17 wing – with a take-off weight between 75 and 90 kg the wing is certified as EN/LTF B. Despite being mainly EN-A rated – depending on the total take-off weight – we did not design this wing as a school glider. The Ultralight Risers require a certain routine in order to avoid riser twists when clipping in and the ultra-light fabric may be more prone to getting damaged during extensive ground-handling sessions. For those who wish to embark on their pilot training, our PRION or the light weight all-rounder IBEX are a more appropriate choice.
|Number of cells||33||33||33|
|Projected aspect ratio||3,3||3,3||3,3|
|Flat aspect ratio||4,4||4,4||4,4|
|Total line length||214||230||253|
|Recommended take off weight||55-75/ 75-90||75-105||90-120|
*Weight may vary up to 50g due to slight variations of the fabric and due to a variation of the fabrics moisture content.
“FLAT SURFACE AREA” – what does that mean?
In a nutshell the flat surface area is the area of your paraglider when spread out on the ground. In contrast the projected area equals the area of the shadow your wing would cast with the sun standing vertically on the horizon. The projected surface area of the DOUBLESKIN is roughly 85% of the flat surface area by the way. Unfortunately, there is no standardised definition of those areas. E.g. some ballooning effects will be considered differently depending on the design software used by different manufacturers. The definition of the flat surface area is generally better defined, so this is why we use the flat surface area to compare the weight of a wing to other gliders. Generally, a wing with a larger surface area will climb better in thermals. It also allows slower speeds and that can be an advantage in certain take-off and landing situations.
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Weight optimised fabric. All fabrics are of the highest standard. We have tested all materials with regards to resistance against aging (porosity, tear strength, UV and abrasive wear) and mechanical resistance e.g. stretch resistance. For quality assurance purposes we also test random samples out of the serial production in regular intervals. The DOUBLESKIN features the lightest fabrics on the market which also shines due to very small pack size and high UV resistance.
Mini Ribs. Mini Ribs increase the number of cells at the rear of the wing and produce an aerodynamically optimised trailing edge. The DOUBLESKIN mini ribs are particularly short – again, in order to keep the glider as light as possible.
Top-Surface Vector-Tape. The vector tape reduces the kink that is created when brake is applied. The result is an improved climbing performance and better handling characteristics. On the DOUBLESKIN the vector-tape passes just behind the, for weight optimisation extra short, mini ribs.
Risers with less weight. The Ultralight Risers sit comfortable in your hands at launch and are, like the rest of the glider, optimised to reduce the overall weight of your kit. Like with all ultra-light risers, we suggest to doublecheck for riser twists when connecting the wing to your harness. Alternatively to the Ultralight Risers, you can choose Light Risers (+60 grams) when purchasing the DOUBLESKIN.
Holding-Pins. Small loops on the top surface of the wing serve as mounts for wooden Holding-Pins in order to easily attach the wing onto slippery and steep terrain – e.g. on snow – this will prevent the wing from sliding down after it has been laid out before take-off. The Holding-Pins are self-releasing and will come out of the ground automatically when launching. Please consult the DOUBLESKIN handbook for a detailed description of the correct use of the Holding-Pins.