Our Opinion – Ozone Photon
We flew the Photon not many times, but always far:-) It’s the most comfortable EN-C 2-Liner on Bar. It’s amazing collapse stable and also rollstable. You can comfortably let to the toggles on valley crossing for a snack. It keeps it’s heading nicely, without rolling around. You can totally feel the effect of the winglets (we believe at least it’s the winglets;-)) We assume the Photon has quite a „lot“ of reflex to be so stable on bar. You really don’t need much experience to be comfortable pushing bar in thermals on the photon. However once you pull the brakes, the photon looses it’s very high stability quit a bit and one needs to be active on the brakes to keep it open in strong strong turbulence. This is where the Photon earns it’s upper-C ranking we think. Easy on bar, more demanding on toggles. What is a little special is the brake travel. You can pull very low before it stalls and it get’s crazy hard before it does so. But you also need to pull down surprisingly far to steer and to fly active. If you have a harness with low attachment points, your hands will be quite low, often in the „push“ not „pull“ zone anymore. The Photon doesn’t give you much feedback on the toggles, it all comes through the lines. We miss this feedback a little. One can’t feel the glider very well and it feels a bit like the brake doesn’t have much authority on the wing. We think one needs to get a little used to this. For sure it has the best performance in the C-Class, it’s fast, it turns well, it climbes well and it’s unbelievable stable on bar. Only get a Photon if you dare to push speedbar in turbulence. If you only push bar in calm air, there are other wings that suit you more. The Photon is made to fly on bar all the time when not circling in thermals…
The leading edge looks exactly like the one the Zeno2. Also the Photon has no stabilo line anymore, just like the Zeno2. But that’s about the only 2 similarities we found on those wings. They fly and feel completely different!
What we like about the Photon
- Glide performance
- Max speed on bar
- Extremely stable on bar
- Climbs really well
- Ozone build quality
- Very stall resistant; stallpoint is very hard and very low. Spinning unintentionally while thermalling will not happen!
Good to know
- Comes with normal rods, not Nitinol
- Long brake travel one needs to get used to
- High-C Wing, there are easier En-C 2-Liners
- An Niviuk Artik R is 650.- cheaper here in CH and comes with Nitinol rods
Tech specs and marketing text
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