Esprit Model to Stock Opale Paragliders

R/C Powered Paragliders are making a big splash in the US. These are already very popular overseas, but now more US Vendors are getting on board and supporting this unique part of the hobby...

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Esprit Model Brings Opale Paragliders to the East Coast

R/C Powered Paragliders are making a big splash in the US. These are already very popular overseas, but now more US Vendors are getting on board and supporting this unique part of the hobby. Esprit Model is jumping in with the Opale brand products which are known for their high quality construction and great flying qualities.

The team pilots at Esprit Model took some out to the beach recently and made the promo video shown below. You can tell they are having a blast. They plan to offer combos, kits, and parts and you'll be able to get great support from a trusted US vendor. It's no secret that I love my two paragliders so I'm excited to see ZB and the gang get behind this category. I look forward to seeing more paragliders flying at SEFF and Joe Nall!

Check out the Esprit Model Opale product page here. The page is still under construction as they continue to add more items from the line.

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Old Jan 26, 2016, 09:56 AM
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The word on the street is that I will be reviewing one of these so keep your eye out for that as well!
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I really like these and this company looks to put out a very nice product, but I just cant get past the cost of entry into glider kits... very pricey.
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I wont EVER buy anything from Esprit, due to my personal issues with the owner, ZB, but anyone who does buy a powered parachute probably wont regret it. I have one, a Seabreeze, and love it!
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That huge Trike looks cool!
over $600
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Ah ... lucky guy! They are a nice setup.
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Pricey stuff!
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Too expensive...
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Why would anyone want to fly a paraglider over a glider
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I wont EVER buy anything from Esprit... but anyone who does buy a powered parachute probably wont regret it.
+1 for all of that ^!

I know the owner and designer of these amazing foils and he puts Love into each and every one. He has worked very hard in the design and testing of these for many years. They ARE expensive and absolutely worth every penny.
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Why would anyone want to fly a paraglider over a glider
Yes, me. Why, because I also like the capabilities and challenges of a paraglider.
And some days I'd pick up a glider instead of a paraglider... The two hardly compares...

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About the initial cost of any good rc-paraglider, though it might seem frighteningly high, it is not.
One has to realize the complexity, the build-quality and the numerous man-hours that goes into manufacturing these paragliders.
At its best (brands like Opale-paramodels, Hacker and a few smaller manufacturers like Speed-paramodels) offer an overall quality, that can be compared directly with what is in use for fullscale paragliding. With that in mind, the current prices are more than acceptable and not that high at all...
By analogy, these aeronefs would be more likely to be in the same league as some high end, high performance composite sailplanes, far ahead of any good foamie.
"You get what you pay for" and a paraglider requires a lot of work to make.

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Love mine! I have a Hacker version. Great for relaxing. They are worth the cost.
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Here is my video of the smallest model that was demonstrated at the AMA Expo this year. Mike Heer
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Yes, me. Why, because I also like the capabilities and challenges of a paraglider.
And some days I'd pick up a glider instead of a paraglider... The two hardly compares...

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About the initial cost of any good rc-paraglider, though it might seem frighteningly high, it is not.
One has to realize the complexity, the build-quality and the numerous man-hours that goes into manufacturing these paragliders.
At its best (brands like Opale-paramodels, Hacker and a few smaller manufacturers like Speed-paramodels) offer an overall quality, that can be compared directly with what is in use for fullscale paragliding. With that in mind, the current prices are more than acceptable and not that high at all...
By analogy, these aeronefs would be more likely to be in the same league as some high end, high performance composite sailplanes, far ahead of any good foamie.
"You get what you pay for" and a paraglider requires a lot of work to make.

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What do they do that a regular glider is not much better at? Complexity isn't a selling point, nor a good thing. These aren't even gliders, as any glider pilot would laugh at a 15 minute run time.
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What do they do that a regular glider is not much better at? Complexity isn't a selling point, nor a good thing. These aren't even gliders, as any glider pilot would laugh at a 15 minute run time.
IMO its not worth directly comparing the two.
Though both do glide, soar etc, the flying experience is quite different between the two, but one has to recognize that PG's are gliders and that their performance is appreciable.
It might be a question of personal taste whether one sees an interest.
But one thing PG's beat gliders at, would be how little space they require for transport and storage. None of my gliders will ever get into a small backpack (which also has to contain the Tx and some extra gear)... and be ready to fly immediately once pulled out of the backpack, no assembly. Try to do the same with a 3m wingspan glider...


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