GIN Atlas 2 / DotU test series
Five years ago, I also flew the first S-size atlas. I still remember the crisp and agile handling and the very good glide in wind. Now I have with the Gin Atlas 2 the new Atlas replacement to see what the changes are.
The start of the Gin Atlas 2 with a total weight of 92, under several conditions, showed me that I didn't have to hold back or underchallenge. It feels very balanced and is super easy to start.
The first thermal and rotation in the core takes place with 25-30 cm braking distance. The pressure on the brakes is neither light nor heavy, simply perfect. The Gin Atlas 2 S reaction is relatively fast and the turning ability is good for the low B category. The precision of the brakes is also good for the low B category. The Gin Atlas 2 has no tendency to alternate diving unless the pilot is aggressive on the brakes. It tends to flatten out the curves, but remains nice at the core. The braking distance is slightly longer than with the Ion 5 XSThe agility or sharper braking force is slightly lower, but still excellent for the low B category.
In the same turbulent air, the Ion 5 XS requires more active control than the Gin Atlas 2 S. I found out that all the movements coming from the Atlas 2 S are very comfortable and calming and exceed those of the old Atlas 1. The C control can actually control some pitching movements in turbulent air, the Atlas 2 in full speed mode. Overall, GIN made a paraglider more comfortable and accessible than the Atlas 1.
Gliding in turbulent air with a mix of paragliders, including one Buzz Z5 S, gave me an impression of the overall performance of the Atlas 2: First, the trim speed of the Atlas 2 S is slightly higher than that of the Buzz Z5 S, which is similarly loaded. In calm air, gliding is comparable to some low B paragliders. In windier or more difficult conditions, the Atlas 2 S could be placed on gliders in the middle of the low B category in terms of efficiency and buoyancy.
One profile of the atlas was more dynamic and could probably be a better "air mass surfer" at the expense of many more movements.
Climbing next to Low-B wings also showed me good climbing characteristics of the Gin Atlas 2 under several conditions with balanced and calm reactions in turbulent air.
The maximum speed is about 7 km/h above trim. Large ears are stable and easy to use. They reopen without the pilot having to intervene.
Conclusion Gin Atlas 2
It seems that GIN has developed an easier accessible Low-B glider than the Atlas 1, which behaves like a school glider. In fact, it seems that this paraglider could be a first paraglider for talented students.
All lines, including the complete brake lines, are sheathed.
A stress-free paraglider to enjoy the airfields with very nice, soft handling on a low B with an option for cross country when conditions are strong and constant.
That's just my opinion. Get your own picture!
Pictures, screen test and release for publication by ZiadBassil(www.DustoftheUniverse.com)
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Source of the videos: Youtube channel of Gin Gliders