OZONE returns to the competitive acro scene with the all new Trickster. Developed during a long collaboration between Felix Rodriguez and the OZONE R&D Team, the Trickster is a completely new wing and represents a new direction in acro wing design for our team.
Although the Trickster is “Felix’s” wing, during the development process we released prototypes to pilots from around the world in places such as Organya, St Hilaire, and at many locations across the Alps. The feedback was all the same; “Forgiving, solid wingtips, responsive but gentle”. We are confident that the Trickster is one of the easiest and most precise acro wings that we (and many of our friends) have ever flown.
A carefully moderated sail tension, higher volume and highly-tuned wingtips, a more efficient profile, and a specially reinforced leading edge all combine to make the Trickster very stable across the entire range of modern acro maneuvers. Whether you are just learning the Infinite Tumble, or perfecting longer sequences for competition on the Acro World Cup, the Trickster will allow you to execute your tricks cleaner and with less effort than ever before.
The OZONE Team’s years of advanced paraglider design experience, Felix’s intensive testing in the field, and everything that we have learned about performance profiles in recent years has been aptly applied to this exciting new wing. Although the Trickster is designed especially for the most serious acro maneuvers, Felix’s final testing included a flight to the summit of Mt Blanc (4810m), where he top landed and then re-launched to fly out over Chamonix, and set a new foot launch world record for Infinite Tumbles.
The Trickster is available in 17m, 18.5m, 20m sizes, and comes standard with our new Acro Brake handles.
TRICKSTER 2014 LINE SET
Felix and the OZONE R&D Team are constantly working to improve our range of acro wings. When the Trickster was released, we did not stop working on development, and over the past few months we have improved the behavior of the Trickster in terms of trick-performance and ease of use by making some adjustments to the line set. The new Trickster 2014 Line Set is now available at a team-pilot pricing for pilots who have already purchased this wing, and all Tricksters ordered from now on will come with this new line set.
Felix says of the new line set: “It has improved everything about the wing, there is even less shooting [meaning better recoveries] which makes exiting and transitioning from all maneuvers easier. The ease of the infinite and heli maneuvers stays the same, so we have now the same great performance in tricks, but with an easier feeling overall.”
Your OZONE wing is delivered standard with the following accessories:
You may choose to add something to your order, such as: Saucisse Bag (video) (concertina packing bag), Glider Backpack, Easy Bag (quick stuff sack), or OZONE Clothing and Accessories.
|Number of cells||50||50||50|
|Projected area (m2)||14.5||15.8||17.1|
|Flat area (m2)||17||18.5||20|
|Projected span (m)||7.7||8.1||8.4|
|Flat span (m)||9.7||10.1||10.6|
|Projected Aspect Ratio||4.1||4.1||4.1|
|Flat aspect ratio||5.6||5.6||5.6|
|Root Chord (m)||2.18||2.27||2.36|
|In-flight weight range (kg)||70-90||80-100||90-110|
|Load Test||140 kg||140 kg||140 kg|
Modern paragliding acrobatics has has evolved: The new Trickster is a next generation acro wing.
Felix’s expectations were high, and this wing represents a start from zero, with a completely new wing.
The Trickster has fewer cells than the FLX series. This means we could use less lines, which means less drag.
The cells are slightly wider and associated with a thicker airfoil, for more chord-wise stability which is crucial for stability during the most extreme manoeuvres.
The leading edge is reinforced with webbing sewn along the top of the intakes. This webbing reduces stress caused by high-G manoeuvres and guaranties a greater lifespan for the wing.
The planform is swept further forward than before, for a better distribution of span-wise tension. This translates to less sail movement during tumbles and helps immensely to keep speed during rotations. The infinity tumble has never been so infinite…
New airfoil. This new profile has more camber, generates more lift, is more dynamic in pitch, and is more stable chord-wise.
The shape of the intakes has evolved for efficiency.
No more closed cells, except at the wingtip. Alternately fully sized open cells, with reduced size and carefully positioned open cells for the ideal air pressure in every configuration.
Overall line length has been increased. It gives more stability during helis and is more dynamic in rotations.
Line geometry and line material are also completely new. The aim was to reduce the line drag for two reasons:
1. The more performance you have, the higher you’ll be able to start your show.
2. The less drag you have, the more dynamic and clean the tricks become.
3 sizes are available, for a wide range of pilot weights, but a wide scale of pilot level.
We have a new and dedicated brake handle, constructed from aluminium, foam, and neoprene for a more precise and powerful feel.