by Daniel Kofler
Hybrid Hike –Alpinism combined with freedom of flight
With the Hybrid Hike, SWING presents a light version of their successful miniwing Hybrid Sport.
With the Hybrid Hike, SWING presents a light version of their successful miniwing Hybrid Sport. Starting at 2.3 kgs it is available in sizes 15, 17 and 19 sqm. Despite its small weight it is not only built as a descent instrument for alpinists and mountain runners. In fact it also serves those that conquer summits in order to experience on the way down the “go-cart-feeling” provided by speedflyers combined with the safety of an all-round wing, especially designed for foot launch. The perfect compromise between lightweight construction and durability discloses a whole set of new possibilities to mountaineers as well as hike & fly paraglider pilots.
Which alpinist has not yet dreamed of conquering a mountain and gliding back down close to its outline? The Hybrid Hike, based on its lightweight construction and the Hybrid Sport’s philosophy, is just the right tool to experience mountains in a new way. The small weight of the canopy makes for a comfortable way up, on which the climber will be near oblivious of the wing in the backpack. On launch, the light canopy combined with short lines is brought above the pilot even in the least updraft. This secure behavior makes for easy takeoffs and enables experts to master difficult terrains. If however conditions do not allow a flight, the wing can be carried down without effort. Hence, it does not tempt to take unnecessary risks.
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