Ozone Arc Review – Our Opinion
The Arc is made for speedriding, but it offers more glide than a classic speedriding wing. So it’s also well suitable for footlaunching, especially for steeper terrain. It can go quite steep if you undo the stitching on the trimmer-band.
It’s made lighter than a Rapido or Fazer, so you ride quite slow on it. But it doesn’t slow down as well as a Spitfire 2+ did. While riding it’s very easy to keep it inflated, even if lines go slack it’s very forgiving. If it does collapse anyway, it doesn’t collapse deep and recovers quickly by itself most of the times. Only when riding very slow you might have to pump it open. You can push it in front of you and many times it doesn’t even collapse and just flies up again like a reflex wing. It’s quite surprising since it’s not a reflex wing at all.
Take offs are very easy, it’s very forgiving. It’s much more easy than a Rapido or a Mirage. It’s more like a Spitifire 2+.
The Arc has a lot of roll, more than a Spitfire2+. And it reacts quickly to weight shifting. The brake geometry is also setup to be responsive, so all together it’s a responsive wing that needs sensitiv inputs. It’s not at all a wing for toggle monkeys like the Fazer Serie was. We haven’t tried the 12 yet do. If you pull the brake a little too much and you correct with the other one the wings moves around nervously above your head. We feel like it’s as responsive as a wing should get on the toggles. The stall point is lower than on a Rapido in the same size and you can feel it coming. But it doesn’t slow down as well and also doesn’t get as hard as a Mirage 2 RS or a Spitfire 3 does before it stalls. The brake pressure in general is lighter than on the Spitfire or the Mirage RS 2.
You can fly the wing well on the bridge and and on the C’s. Barrel rolls work great and need less effort than on a Spitfire. You can feel the wing has more flying performance than a Spitfire, much more than a Fizz and a ton more than a Fazer. It feels like a great mix between a Spitfire 2+ and Rapido 3, with qualities from both worlds. It’s THE speedriding wing with the best glide ratio still (when flying trims closed and pulling on the bridge)
The wing itself is lighter than Rapido, but not as light as Spitfire2+. Quality is amazing as always from Ozone. We are sure it’s gonna last very long and won’t get damaged quickly. The lines are all sheathed and very colorful. They are easy to sort and check. Very good color choice of lines (kinda ugly, but very useful).
The risers are well made and thin, like the Mirage 2 RS ones. But they still come with a wide trimmer and trimmer-band to be as durable as always. We don’t like thin risers for speedriding do, it’s very easy to get a brake line wrapped around the risers once. You have to be very careful when unclipping the toggles to not have it twisted!
What we like about the Arc
- Very easy to ride
- Very forgiving when lines get slack
- Very responsive on toggles
- Nice to fly and ride
- Easy to launch
- Good glide ratio still
- Can go very steep
- Big range from dive to max glide
- Very good built quality
Good to know
- thin fiddly risers
- very responsive on toggles
- Avaiable in size 6.5 / 8 / 10 / 12
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