Quick update (April 29)
Here are the colours, at right, which will be offered as standard options. Custom colours are available, as with all of our wings, for a small extra charge. Cheers from all the Team!
At the moment we are working on 3 exciting new designs in the M5 series. First, the M5 3-Liner, which is now in the final stages of development. This 3-Line design has an Aspect Ratio of 6.9, a SharkNose Profile, and significant improvements over the M4 in almost every respect; the R&D Team reports that this new design has much nicer handling, with a more precise feel, a better climb, and increased stability in accelerated flight. The feeling, according to Dav Dagault, our chief test pilot, is “Delta-esque, rock solid, with excellent sail cohesion”, and even the standard version is lighter than the M4.
With Chrigel’s help, we have developed a wing that is designed from the ground up to perform in the world’s toughest adventure race, the X-Alps. The LM5 will be used by a record number of Ozone pilots in the 2013 X-Alps race. We chose this design based on its exceptional stability in turbulent conditions which the X-Alps pilots are forced to fly in. the 3L design is comfortable and easy to launch, even in difficult circumstances, and our current prototypes are exceptionally light!
After the completion of the 3L designs mentioned above, which is imminent, we will release a 2-Line Mantra M5 as well. This version is aimed at pilots who are looking to transition to the competition class of modern 2L designs. With a slight performance increase and the inherent benefits of a 2L design in flight (rear riser control, increased speed), the M5 2L is the perfect step for pilots looking to move up to the highest level of competition wings.
Many pilots will now be asking themselves, “Which M5 is for me?” We think that most M4 pilots will find the 3L best suited to what they need, whilst the most ambitious ones may opt for the 2 liner. On launch, the 3L is significantly easier to handle, and is generally a more forgiving wing. The comfort and ease of use of the 3L will yield the highest “True Performance” for many pilots. The 2L offers a performance advantage and more efficiency at high speed thanks to the precise rear riser control. In return, it requires more active and precise piloting in turbulence.
We will continue to post news here on the progress made with the M5 series. Please refrain from emailing us (The R&D Team in particular, please let them work) regarding this project as we truly need to dedicate all of our time to this project. We are later than we had hoped to be due to uncooperative weather in the south of France, but we’re very happy with the results so far and we are confident that you will agree it is worth the wait.
Cheers, from all the Team.