Ozone is one of the largest manufacturers of sails, whether for paragliding, kite or speed.
So we expect a lot when Ozone presents a speed-flying wing for experienced pilots.
The Rapido is sold in 13 m² – 11 m² and 9 m².
We had the opportunity to test the 11 and 9.
Elevators are serious and of good quality. Rigid, they stand up well and are easy to untangle.
The controls are the classic Ozone handles which, for a speed wing, are not the most suitable. They are fastened securely to the lift with a push button.
The trims are quite high and therefore easily accessible. The strap does not have any adjustment notches and slides easily during handling. Most of the time, we’ll tend to open them wide open.
The line is sheathed in the lower part but completely drawn and very thin in the upper part, to limit drag.
Since the wing is designed without an internal diagonal reinforcement, a large number of lines are required to distribute the weight and maintain the profile.
This is not very practical for detangling, and the risk of leaving with a key is present. On this type of wings, and with such small surfaces, taking off with a wrench can really be dangerous.
The lengthening, of almost 4, is big enough for this type of sails, without being unreasonable.
The leading edge is neat and profiled by a combination of rushes and mylars, as already seen on the first Swing Mirage.
The trailing edge is also very neat, it is quite rare on this kind of wings. Thanks to a return system as it exists on the wing tips of paragliders, the trailing edge is deformed uniformly along its entire length.
The 35g/m2 Dokdo 20 fabric is in the middle, quality level and service life.
It makes it possible to have a reasonable weight that is also in the average relative to the competition.
When inflating, trimed, the wing rises slowly and does not tend to overhang.
The tempo can be made with smoothness and precision because you feel the wing above the head, even in 9 m², which is quite rare with such small surfaces.
Slackened, the wing will rise faster and require a more frank tempo, as one might expect.
The treatment is very good after a straightforward run-up and without hesitation.
Don’t look for lift by pushing the brakes as with some speed-riding wings, the Rapido wants above all speed!
Speed is precisely what this Rapido is all about, with its performance. But nothing extreme or surprising.
The glide is immediately obvious, the finesse very good. Even in 9m2, we approach the 5 of maximum smoothness with a PTV of 80 kg, playing with softness on the rear risers (be careful with the risk of stalling).
The turn under this Rapido is a real joy, the curve is beautiful and we really have a feeling of carving.
The rate of fall during cornering is progressive and easily controllable once you skillfully combine riding with harness and control.
The control is soft and very light, maybe a little too much! It’s nice not to have to stuff the controls, but you don’t feel like you know too much about the travel, even if it’s long enough.
Despite this lightness, the controls do not give a fuzzy feel to the steering.
The reactivity is very good, the wing is precise and reacts quickly.
The resource worked out is not very frank and the lightness of the controls does not help to give the feeling of confidence in a generous resource that would save us from a rather delicate situation.
Depressed, the behaviour changes radically!
The piqué, hitherto little present, becomes very interesting.
Unfortunately, orders do not gain much in hardness and the resource is still not much more frank.
It is while driving the rear risers that you will appreciate the best driving this Rapido. The resource at the rear is good and the glide comes back quickly as soon as you shoot it, allowing you to play close to the ground with the finesse of the wing.
Once again, the steering is precise and the turn is pleasant.
However, we would like a resource as impressive as the piqué. It is present, but we must anticipate it more than on some wings with a strong resource.
The ride is very cleverly managed on this Rapido. It is very present when you want it, both at the control and fifth wheel and without ever surprising or interfering with the piloting.
Probably because the yaw is well controlled, despite the quite pronounced lengthening.
Experienced pilots may see a slight lack of character.
The barrel is clean and precise but lacks a bit of energy. For the 9th, we expect something more nervous. Don’t worry, it’s still running very well, especially if we send a little roll ahead!
Laying on foot will be easy for pilots used to this type of sail, even in 9m2.
For others, don’t forget that the Rapido likes speed. And whether you lay low or low, wait until the last moment to make a progressive rounding that will make you tangent the ground, until the speed fades and you can lay down while trotting.
The enthusiasts of the long senses will be able to enjoy themselves on great atteros by sending down and posing in the back.
Taking off and skiing with the Rapido will be a breeze and you’ll enjoy playing on the ground in fast curves in open spaces.
However, its lack of tolerance for low speeds may not be an advantage in the ski phase, or it may be often unloaded and unwilling to stay wisely above the head.
The rapid care it offers will also not be an advantage for staying in contact with snow on steep slopes.