M6: THE ULTIMATE 3-LINER
The newest addition to the Mantra series is by far the most advanced 3-line wing that we have ever produced. Designed for experienced XC/competition pilots who enjoy the comfort, safety and performance of ‘classic’ EN D, the M6 will have M4 pilots feeling at home straight away but with obvious and significant improvements.
The M6 is an evolution of the LM5, the wing which swept the top 5 spots of the 2013 X-Alps Race and took Chrigel to goal in record time. Over the course of our testing and development, we have taken the 3-line concept to its absolute maximum, incorporating the best design elements of the LM5 whilst increasing the number of cells, modifying the planform and optimising the line plan. The M6 has the extra performance that was not possible with the LM5 due to the serious weight restrictions demanded by the X-Alps.
Fully optimised for comfortable performance flying and featuring OZONE SharkNose technology, the M6 contains all of the features that have made the modern OZONE range renowned for stability and comfort. With an aspect ratio of 6.92, an efficient pitch stable profile, a 23% total line drag reduction and a highly refined internal tension the M6 offers improved performance relative to the M4. We have measured a 0.8 glide improvement at trim speed and a full 1 point at full speed!
Comfortable and intelligible feedback is provided by the M6’s 3-line system which allows for effective pitch control through the C risers. This tight, compact and controllable sail behaviour further improves glide performance in turbulent conditions, the wing steps up through wind shear converting energy into height like a competition wing. Through the brakes the wing is extremely precise and responsive to inputs producing an incredibly compact feel which makes it easy to turn tightly and efficiently, even in the smallest most turbulent cores. This coordinated feel, combined with the high aspect ratio translates to superb climbing characteristics and high levels of efficiency.
The M6 is suitable for experienced and competent XC pilots who spend more than 100 hours per year in thermal conditions. We are confident that the comfort and solidity of this wing will make it a favorite amongst existing M4 pilots and other experienced Performance-XC class pilots, as well as Sport-class pilots who are looking to move up to a wing which forms an excellent transition to the competition class. It is however a high performance paraglider that needs to be flown with the full attention and respect that any such wing deserves. An M6 pilot must have a solid understanding of best practices for recovery from incidents in flight.
OZONE offers a range of backpack choices when you order your wing. To change the type of backpack that will come with your wing, please speak with your OZONE Dealer.
Your OZONE wing is delivered standard with the following accessories:
Competition Glider+ Pod pack, Special “Folding Pillow” to aid preservation of plastic reinforcements, Inner Bag, Glider Strap, Speed Bar, OZONE Stickers, Repair Cloth and OZONE Keyring.
You may choose to add something to your order, such as: Saucisse Bag (video) (concertina packing bag), Easy Bag (quick stuff sack), or OZONE Clothing and Accessories.
|Number of cells||66||66||66||66|
|Projected area (m2)n||18.6||19.6||20.8||22|
|Flat Area (m^2)||22||23.3||24.6||26|
|Projected Span (m)||9.7||9.97||10.25||10.55|
|Flat Span (m)||12.35||12.69||13.04||13.43|
|Projected Aspect Ratio||5||5||5||5|
|Flat Aspect Ratio||6.9||6.9||6.9||6.9|
|Root Chord (m)||2.25||2.32||2.38||2.45|
|Glider Weight* (kg)||5.1||5.35||5.55||5.85|
|In-flight Weight Range (kg)||65-85||80-95||90-105||100-120|
|EN / LTF||D||D||D||D|
It’s the “ultimate” 3 Liner.
We questioned whether or not the replacement of the M4 should be a 2 liner or a 3 liner. Developing the LM5 for the X-Alps helped us making the decision. The 3 liner option was more appealing in many ways.
We are confident that the M6 is going to be a classic: It is our best ever 3 liner for keen XC and competition pilots.
- A completely new structure; based on the architecture of the Delta2, but adjusted to work on a sail with a higher AR.
- The higher flat AR of 6.9 gives better climb performance. We used a high arc to help the sail’s tension in order to give the wing more cohesion and very importantly to keep good roll authority in the turn. The result is precise handling, without the feeling of flying a wing with more AR than the M4.
- The M6 features SharkNose technology. The forgiving nature of the profile at low and high angles of attack sharpens the handling and gives a high level of spin resistance. This allows the pilot to make deep brake inputs when necessary to adjust the turn and bank angle as required.
- At low angles of attack the SharkNose profile gives more solidity or collapse resistance than a ‘classic’ profile as used in the M4. This improves the True Performance making it more useable in turbulent conditions and due to the stability of the chord, the pilot will be able to fly more efficiently.
- Flying the M6 on the rear risers is also more intuitive than with the M4. The feeling on the Cs is more linear and the effect on the wing is more progressive and effective.
- Thanks to the good stability and the good testing behaviour, we were able to extend the top speed by a few kph.
- Line drag optimisation: 22m total line length and 19% saved, compared to the M4.
- Max glide improved by 0.7-0.8pt and the glide at the max speed of the M4 has been improved by at least 1pt!
- Advanced 3D shaping, to improve the airflow on the LE, and MiniRibs to reduce the drag at the TE.
Your M6 and SIV
The M6 was certified with the use of additional collapse lines for accelerated manoeuvres only.
The M6 is a new generation wing which incorporates our latest technology from the LM5 and Enzo2. Alongside the SharkNose, one of the developments we have incorporated is moving the A tabs further away from the leading edge and deeper into the chord. This makes the wing more collapse resistant; more solid, stable and confidence inspiring.
It is possible to perform SIV training with the M6, in fact we strongly recommend it. Trim speed symmetric and asymmetric collapses using the A risers to deflate the wing as normal are possible. However, we strongly recommend to not perform full speed symmetric and asymmetric collapses with the A risers alone. All other manoeuvres however, are possible.
Pulling the A risers or collapse lines is an artificial way of simulating real life collapses. In real-life collapses the M6 behaves in a similar manner as any other wing in the same category, however, to induce a full speed collapse that conforms to the EN certification requirements it must be done with the use of additional collapse lines. When you induce a full speed side collapse without using collapse lines the results may be different than during certification because the canopy pre-accelerates*, further increasing the artificiality of the test. Using collapse lines reduces the amount of pre- acceleration, this makes the collapse more in line with certification requirements. Collapse lines need to be mounted accurately, with attachment tabs sewn into the nose of the wing, but since they are not supplied with the wing we strongly recommend to not induce full speed symmetric/asymmetric collapses at all.
*Pre-acceleration is when the glider accelerates before collapsing. Imagine flying at full speed and pulling an A riser to induce an asymmetric collapse (remember using the A riser is already an artificial way of simulating real life collapses). With the A’s further back in the chord, instead of deforming and folding immediately, the side that you pull actually accelerates first (because of the reduction of AofA), thus momentarily causing a turn in the opposite direction. Therefore, at the point of collapse because everything is not in line – slight turn, slight roll/yawing action in the other direction – collapses are even more artificial, with potentially a greater kink angle, more chance of shock re-inflations and possibly more dynamic reactions. Such collapses are outside of the requirements of EN certification and do not represent the majority of real life collapses.