I'm carrying it all with Ozone's 62 L backpack, which is barely enough room to fit in this harness,
|Hiking up to launch with everything on my back.|
But it's not enough that it's light and small and I can carry it up a hill. Can I fly it and will it work for me? And that's a YES to everything. I'll start with the harness, which I love. The Ozium is similar to the Advance Lightness, which I liked except for the fact that I had to have a front mount reserve. With the Ozium, I can mount my reserve underneath (see red handle in photos), and not worry about it. I like the harness for the fit as well...right out of the box it was really comfortable and I haven't adjusted anything. Yesterday I had a 5 1/2 hour flight in the Ozium, and never got stiff. In fact, I've just flown 17 hours in 4 days, and it felt comfortable the whole time! I have added a bungy cord to the pod (connected to my shoe) for getting into the pod easier after launch. It's a definite must so you're not kicking around looking for the footbox while hanging in the harness. The speed system seems to push pretty easily and with one rung I can go to either 1/2 or 3/4 speed bar.
Lightweight harness or not, there is still a small deck, which I am easily able to adjust to see my GPS screens. I love the side pockets for radio and camera, and there is enough room in the storage areas for extras...I hate having to cram everything in and the Ozium has plenty of room. As long as you don't bring the kitchen sink. I think even a Vol Biv would be possible if you are very good at packing your kit into small spaces.
As for the wing, I love the Alpina 2 as much as I love the Delta 2. I can't really tell the difference between the two wings in the way they fly, which is fine with me as I am flying great in both of them.
My first 3 flights in the Alpina were 68 km, 72 km and 84 km....I think those numbers speak for the
|My first flight in the Alpina 2....with some gentle rainstorms in the background!|
|I added the tiger tail to the zipper pull, don't worry that's not standard :)|
|Jim flying his new Delta 2 in front in front of the rainstorm...|
|....Believe it or not, this was the view looking the other direction from the rain in the mountains!|
|Photos (aside from selfies) taken by Matt Beechinor|