The Ozone Spyder is a peculiar glider... It is by it's nature an amalgam; a wing designed to launch easily... To offer EN-B intermediate passive safety.. To offer an incredible speed range... And to allow pilots to grow from their beginner level flying skills to pulse pounding wing tip drags and wing overs... All in one wing? All with safety and ease of launch as it's core fundamentals?
It seems that Ozone has finally found the balance point among all of these things... And sure, it's fantastic... But what will follow in this review is the good, the bad, and the things we hope they'll change for the next version.
As with all of our reviews, we must be fully open with our affiliations... We ARE Ozone dealers, but we are also dealers for many other brands. We do our best to test the heck out of each new wing we can get our hands on, and we refuse to write a single review based upon less than complete data. Our general rule of thumb is to test a wing or motor for at least 10 hours in various conditions before making an assessment. In the case of the Spyder, here are our statistics:
Wing(s): Ozone Spyder(s)
Type: Intermediate / Reflex / Ultra Light Weight Construction
Experience: Owned, 3 Spyders, Tested for 21.3 hours. 22M, 24M, 28M
Pilots: Travis Burns, Eric Farewell, Sebastian Van Heerden, James Farewell, Various Students
Conditions: ZERO wind to 17mph gusting 21mph, also some light thermalling and one tow flight.
Of course, performance is the first thing we have to talk about... The Spyder is based upon the Roadster 2... A proven design with quite a pedigree behind it. The major difference? The Spyder weighs MUCH less... Using Ozone's lightweight technology, they've been able to drop a lot of excess weight which makes the wing launch even EASIER in little to no wind. 1mph reverse launches are genuinely possible, it's nuts.
Inflation as stated above is easy as can be. It has a slight desire to hang for a moment at the 40 degree angle, but even if you release the A's at that point it CONTINUES to come over head. It's actually kind of interesting, we haven't seen such resilience of inflation in many other wings.
Turns on the Spyder begin tame and demure. Pulling up to 40% of brake instills confidence in intermediate students while pulling past the 60% mark shows this wing to be a powerhouse, easily capable of smooth rolls, wing overs, and other such maneuvers. The 24M seems to be exceptionally well balanced for pilots between 170lbs and 210lbs. It offers plenty of efficiency in intense maneuvers yet still builds energy well.
Collapse resistance offers yet another predictable outcome. The EN-B certification holds true and re-inflations are a breeze in every condition we have tested thus far. Thermalling in moderate conditions is easy and even in fairly rough stuff we have yet to see a major deflation from turbulent air.
Speed is the name of the game with a reflex wing. Going from EN-B certified trims in, to full reflex, full speedbar, offers an exceptional increase in speed... And while other wings like the Dudek Universal show a similar increase in speed, their efficiency drops a good bit more. The Ozone Sharknose ensures solid efficiency throughout the reflex profile and does a quite exceptional job of handling the needs of even the most demanding pilots.
Landing is one of our favorite things on the Spyder / Roadster... Put the trims out to the white line (clearly delineated) and wait to flare until you're lower than any non-reflex wing... The energy carried by the wing will make your flare smooth, and your touch down effortless. With a little practice, long foot drags will become the norm and easily help you move from an intermediate pilot to a more advanced one.
All in all, the Spyder is a joy to fly, just as the Roadster 2 was before it...But offering an even greater ease of use in low wind situations. Lightweight fabrics are definitely a solid part of the future of paramotor wings... Just as battons, reflex, and sharknose were before.
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-Eric, Travis, and the Aviator PPG team.