Buying Your First Paraglider

The DEFINITIVE Guide to buying your first paraglider (and harness, reserve parachute, helmet etc) in 2020

Time to get kitted out! ….but how to choose the right equipment?

So you’ve decided paragliding is for you. Perhaps you’re part way though your first paragliding course; or maybe you’re newly qualified.  In any case, you’ve decided to take the plunge.  Congratulations!  It’s time to get kitted out!

Splashing out on new (or second-hand) paragliding equipment is a big investment and making the right choice can seem daunting, especially as a beginner when you might feel at the mercy of a school trying to push only specific brands.  It can be hard to find advice that you can trust.

In this guide we’ll explore how to choose your first paraglider and what’s available and suitable for you as a new pilot in 2020.  We’ll also discuss what you really need (and what you could do without),  how to save money and some things to consider if you go second-hand.

This is the complete and definitive guide to buying your first paraglider so you can make an informed choice.

Disclaimer:   The school that I run are dealers for all major brands so I have no particular axe to grind. That said, I do have a few favourites and I won’t shy away from sharing my thoughts on what I believe to be the best choices for beginner pilots in 2020.