Snake 1.2

Snake 1.2


Snake 1.2

You are an experienced paramotor pilot, who loves dynamic flying. Maybe the next step of your adventure will be a slalom competition and you want to hone your skills, or you just want to feel your freedom in full, with quick transitions, instant turning, climbing and diving...
You look for a fast, agile and turbulence-resistant wing with perfect handling.
Well, don't look any further. The Snake 1.2 will satisfy your needs.

Snake 1.2

The Snake 1.2 is a refreshed version of the original Snake, basing on its huge potential (combined with a large – for a competition wing – margin of safety), additionally featuring some of the Snake XX solutions. Most of all that means very effective riser mechanisms and efficient methods of the canopy stress distribution, related to newest sewing technologies.

Refreshment includes a new colour scheme in the Four Elements palette (inspired by the predecessor). The Dominico cloth has been exchanged for Porcher and the line colours have been altered to accommodate PMA standards. Aside of that, basic parameters of the wing did not change.

The idea of a lifting for the Snake emerged from the needs and opinions of pilots, who – while regarding the Snake XX as an uncompromising wing for the slalom winners – noticed its need for constant piloting attention and smaller margin of safety. Thus, for the less ambitious purposes, dynamic play and fast routes they would prefer to have the previous Snake, if only… and here came a wish list, that hopefully has been realised in the Snake 1.2.

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The Snake 1.2 is a safe wing for experienced pilots who want to fly actively for the sake of pleasure, love dynamic figures and abrupt speed changes. Nevertheless, pilots only starting their slalom experience will need this wing too, since it nicely fits in place of a transition wing, necessary on their way to the Snake XX.

For its 5,8 aspect ratio the canopy has relatively modest number of 58 cells, so that it fills up easily at launch, with good pressure distribution. The leading edge is stabilised with nylon rods (Flexi Edge Technology), that distinctly improve the launch quality and keep guard against deformations at high speeds.

The wing has an SL-type rigging (most of the lines sheathed, just some by the canopy are unsheathed).

The Snake 1.2 comes as standard with 2D and PA steering (Power Attack system, called also the Paap Kolar’s system). The 2D scheme is very well known to the sport pilots, who have already used it in our previous paramotor designs. It consists of two main steering lines per handle, that is inner line running through a pulley and affecting 2/3 of the central trailing edge, and an outer line, fixed to the outer 1/3 of the wing and running free of pulley.

Although the Snake was designed to retain classic paraglider features, the reflex profile on board adds some new traits to it. First of all, reflex profile means that the wing’s stability is no longer watched by the pilot only. Paraglider keeps a constant pitch, so that be it lift, sink or turbulence it doesn’t shift position over pilot’s head and does not require any intervention.

Beside change of the angle of attack, the trimmers and speed system allow for rising the rear part of the profile as well, thus decreasing its projected surface and chord by ca. 15%. This increases the wing load and airspeed of the paraglider. Additionally, the center of pressure is shifted forward, enhancing overall longitudinal stability. Such a change of loading gives the Snake 1.2  better resistance to collapses and increases its projected aspect ratio, so that pilot has much better performance at his disposal (especially at high speeds).

When trimmers are closed those reflex traits are much diminished. This is partly compensated for by its smaller size in relation to take-off weight, so that wing loading is greater.

Snake 1.2 is manufactured entirely in Europe at our Polish plant, so that we are able to exercise total control over its complicated production process (Laser technology).

Design solutions, technologies and other functionalities are listed below in the Technologies section.

Construction solutions

Technologies, concepts

DRA - Dudek Reflex Airfoil

DRA – Dudek Reflex Airfoil -applied in PPG wings fully autostabilised arofoil, based on long years of research and experience. In our variant we managed to get rid of typical flaws associated with these aerofoils.

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CSG - Canopy Shape Guard

CSG – Canopy Shape Guard – is our unique system controlling canopy coherence. It is because of this system that our wings are equally tensioned, smooth, stable and… simply remarkable.

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LR - Laser Technology

Capabilities of the laser cutter allow for serial cutting of complicated shape narrow elements in large numbers, their optimal placing in relation to structure of the textile and highest possible precision of cut.

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FET - Flexi Edge Technology

The leading edge is closed to the airflow, and its precise shape is kept with laminated cloth reinforcements, incorporating synthetic rods. The rods make the leading edge stiffer and smoother, bringing improvements in many areas – from easier inflation, through stiffening the canopy in flight to improved general airflow.

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ACS - Auto Cleaning Slots

Dedicated slots automatically removing dirt from the wing tips.

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Risers functionality

Used solutions

TCT - Triple Comfort Toggle

An easy conversion from hard through medium to soft brake handles. Equippped with a swivel adn Easy Keeper.
Available standard (bigger) and short (smaller) versions.

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EK - Easy Keeper

Indigenous way to hold the brake handles at the risers that keeps them firmly in place, while both attaching and releasing goes smoothly and easily. Used in most of our handles (TCT, ACT, SCT).

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TR - Trimmers

A trimming system for additional angle of attack regulation. Used mainly in PPG wings.
This system features replaceable trim straps. After prolonged or intensive operation they need to be replaced, as they get damaged by buckle edges.

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SS - Speed System

A system of lines and pulleys sewn to the appropriate straps, connected to the bar hanging under the harness. It enables smooth adjustment of the angle of attack during the flight.

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2D - Steering System

2D system is generally similar to the classic one – pilot has but two main steering handles to steer. However, it’s operation is significantly different.  Due to division of main steering lines (there are two for each side now, with one of them going outside of the pulley), an experienced pilot can modify steering progression according to his own preferences.

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ELR - Easy Launch Riser

Split ‘A’ riser makes for easier launch and ‘big ears’.

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TCL - Tip Control Line

TCL (Tip Control Line) allows you to make corrections and turns even at full speed, without too much interference with the reflex profile.

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PA- Power Attack System

The PA (also known as Paap Kolar system) merges speed system with trimmer operation. It is devised only for competitors, understanding its effects and all difficulties involved.

The general idea is simple: pressing the speedbar simultaneously releases the trimmers (and vice versa, releasing speedbar closes the trimmers).

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Size 16 18 20 22 24
Approval – ULM Identification yes yes yes yes yes
Number of cellsl 58 58 58 58 58
Wing area flat [m2] 16.00 18,00 20,00 22,00 24,00
Wing area projected [m2] 13.93 15.67 17.41 19.16 20.90
Wingspan flat [m] 9.63 10.22 10.77 11.30 11.80
Wingspan projected [m] 7.88 8.36 8.81 9.24 9.65
Aspect ratio flat 5,80
Aspect ratio projected 4,46
Sink rate [m/s] min = 1.2 +/- 0.2
Speed [km/h] min = 25 ; trim = 39-52 ; max = 65
Lines + risers length [m]] 5.97 6.33 6.68 7.00 7.31
Total lines length [m] 275.56 292.88 309.27 324.86 339.75
Total take-off weight [kg] 65-90 70-100 80-110 85-120 95-130
Max take-off weight – competition [kg] 105 120 130 145 160
Distance betwen risers [cm] 45 45 45 45 45
Canopy weight [kg] 4.43 4.74  5.08 5.46 7.78
Lines Technora: A-8000U: 050; Technora: 90  & 140 & 190 & 280 & 340
Cloth Porcher & Dominico

CAUTION: the paraglider considerably alters its behaviour depending on the wing load. Maximum loads require employing highest pilot skills.

**Due to the new requirements for the maximum paraglider load specified by the organizer of the 6th Paramotor Slalom World Championships in Qatar in 2024, we are establishing an additional specification applicable only to pilots/competitors taking part in slalom competitions.

Snake 1.2 – sizes 16 18 20 22 24
Max take-off weight for competition pilots** [kg] 140 160 170 180 190