Freedom. Every day.

Flying, extra light.

We have developed the MASALA3 for all Hike&Fly pilots, mountaineers and ambitious para-alpinists, who always want to carry their ultralight equipment with them. The lightest paraglider in our lightweight line can be folded as small as a bath towel and fits in the smallest backpack. But the MASALA3 is more than just a quick way for alpinists to get down the mountain. Its balanced flight characteristics carry you playfully from thermal to thermal and it’s so simple to fly that even student pilots will find it easy to enter the third dimension.

Five sizes with optimally designed weight ranges ensure that every pilot finds his or her MASALA3. We have extended the weight ranges of sizes XXS and XS (LTF / EN A) to expand their application range enormously: in the center of the weight range, lighter pilots will find the usual simple and playful MASALA flight characteristics, while para-alpinists and pilots who like to fly in strong winds can launch with high wing loading from tiny peaks, or coastal soar when the wind is blowing harder.

Whether you plan to fly in relaxed or extreme conditions with your MASALA3 – for us skywalkers, the MASALA3 is simply the paraglider for all pilots who want to rediscover freedom every day.

“Flying safely, even from the most difficult summits. With the MASALA3, I can enjoy my mountain adventures even more intensely”

Christin Kirst,

Hike&Fly expert, skywalk team pilot

HOW DOES THE MASALA FLY?

Our lightweight paraglider is so easy to fly, that even student pilots instantly gain confidence in the invisible medium of air. But we designed the MASALA3 especially for pilots looking for the ultimate paraglider for Hike&Fly, mountaineering and alpine adventures. Compared to its predecessor, the MASALA3 scores points with even finer handling and a clear boost in performance. This is due to a slightly increased number of cells as well as innovative technologies such as the new Shark Nose and the double 3D-Shaping at the leading edge, which enables perfect pressure distribution in the wing.

The Regular-Risers are clear and easy to manage, which makes preflight preparations especially easy. For weight fetishists, we recommend the lightweight Dyneema-Risers. But no matter which risers you choose, the MASALA3 is easy to launch even in difficult conditions. It doesn’t matter which way the wind is blowing. The MASALA3 climbs evenly and finds the right line almost by itself. Launching is playfully easy, so you can take off safely even in the most difficult terrain…
Once airborne, the MASALA3 feels solid in the air and is pleasantly damped. Its easy-going and playful handling will thrill you from the beginning. With high wing loading, the MASALA3 can be flown fast and dynamically. Touch and goes and wingovers are a pleasure. The enormous safety reserves of this lightweight A-glider help keep you safe, even in difficult terrain …

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JET FLAPS

Our JET FLAPS extend the green arc as you approach the stall point, which substantially increases safety and also improves climb performance.

C-WIRES

C-wires are nylon wires sewn into the glider over the anchor points of the C-level lines. Advantages: better load distribution, reduced drag, more performance.

MINI RIBS

Doubling the number of cells at the trailing edge increases its shape stability substantially. Advantage: fewer vortices improve the aerodynamics and with it the performance.

RIGID FOIL

The Rigid Foil nylon wires on the leading edge help maintain its shape and ensure constant ram air pressure. Advantages: better takeoff behavior, more performance and lower canopy weight.

3D-SHAPING

A precise calculation of the leading edge geometry and the installation of an additional strip of fabric reduce wrinkling in this sensitive part of the glider. Advantages: exact wing shape, more performance.

AUTOMATIC SAND RELEASE SYSTEM

Porous openings of the profile ribs at the trailing edge ensure that sand and dirt in the glider are automatically guided to the wingtip where they can trickle out. This helps preserve the material and “relieves” the trailing edge.

SHARK NOSE

Together with a corresponding wing design, the shark nose technology improves pressure distribution in the canopy substantially. Advantages: much more solid flying feeling and substantial performance gain, especially when gliding on bar.

SizeXXSXSSML
Cells3838383838
Area flat (m²)19,87
22,36
25,80
27,47
29,20
Area projected (m²)16,78
18,88
21,79
23,21
24,66
Wingspan flat (m)9,76
10,36
11,13
11,48
11,84
Wingspan projected (m)7,63
8,10
8,70
8,97
9,25
Aspect ratio flat4,80
4,80
4,80
4,80
4,80
Aspect ratio projected3,47
3,47
3,47
3,47
3,47
Glider weight (kg)
with Dyneema-Riser. Weight with Regular-Riser approx. +150 g
2,7
3
3,3
3,5
3,6
Regular certified weight range (kg)55-70
55-77
70-95
85-105
95-120
Extended certified weight range (kg)70-85
77-90
Upper sailPorcher Skytex 38g / Porcher Skytex 27g
Lower sailPorcher Skytex 27g
RibsPorcher Skytex 27g hard
BandsPorcher Skytex 27g hard
Main linesLiros PPSLS 180
Middle linesLiros PPSLS 125
Top linesLiros DC 60
BrakeLiros DFLP 200/32, PPSLS 65, DC 60
Regular-Risers
Güth & Wolf 12mm Webbing
Dyneema-RisersLiros 6mm Dyneema
  • MASALA3 flight test reports coming soon!
Do the Dyneema-Rizers need special handling?

The handling is not different to any other risers. You just need a little bit of time to get used to the thin risers.

Is the deterioration on light-cloths higher than on a regular glider cloth?

Light-cloths are thinner than conventional glider-cloths and therefore less resistant against mechanical strain. That means you need to pay more attention on small rocks and bushes. Please avoid any unnecessary contact to the ground. With this strict observance you will have the same durability as with a conventional glider-cloth.

Why do the XXS and XS sizes have a wider certified weight range?

These two sizes offer a wider certified weight range in order to allow more pilots to fly a smaller paraglider. This is perfect for cases where every gram counts, or if you like fast and dynamic flying. Both sizes also have a LTF/EN A rating.

When do i choose a MASALA3 size which offers extended certified weight range (XS and XXS)?

For “normal” use, you should go with the same size glider that you would when flying the MESCAL. However, if you prefer a faster and more dynamic glider, then choose the XS or XXS size, both of which offer a wider certified weight range.

What are the glide ratio (L/D), trim and maximum speeds?

We know that these data are interesting for you as a pilot, but for us to publish them would be a bad idea for the following reasons:
1) Performance data are highly dependent on the drag of the pilot and are thefore related to sitting position and harness. The difference between aerodynamically favorable and unfavorable harnesses and sitting positions can be as much as a whole L/D number.
2) Performance increases with the size of the glider. A large glider will always outperform the same glider in a smaller size. So a question about the performance of a glider is always also a question about the size.
3) There is no normed method of testing the performance of paragliders. For example, speed varies with altitude and the associated different air pressure, but also with the total weight of the system.
That means that there simply isn’t THE speed or THE L/D that would allow a serious comparison with another glider. Performance data are dependent on the harness, the size of the glider, on the air mass and the total weight.

How do I calculate my takeoff weight?

Takeoff weight is calculated by adding the weight of the pilot including clothes to the weight of the equipment. The equipment consists of the harness, the reserve chute, the paraglider itself, and any flight instruments and other baggage you may carry (e.g. rucksack, etc.).

Is it OK for me to shorten the brake lines on my skywalk paraglider?

Changing the length of the brake lines can have a negative effect on the flying characteristics and extreme flight behavior. The paraglider needs a little more lead when flying on speed bar, otherwise the glider could be braked unintentionally, leading to a loss of performance. When performig extreme flying maneuvers, shortening the brake lines too much can cause complications during recovery from collapses, parachutal stall, etc.

Am I allowed to make modifciations to my skywalk paraglider?

No, because the glider is certified the way it is delivered to you. Even the brake line length is part of the trim and must not be changed.

Why shall I not navigate my glider through the C-level

As opposed to gliders with two line levels with which you can change the angle of attack by pulling the rear risers, doing the same on a glider with three line levels causes the profile to deform. This results in a crease forming between levels, which makes the glider more susceptible to collapses. In an emergency, control deflections of several centimeters are possible.

Do the nylon wires in the glider near any special attention or packing method?

Our nylon wires are flexible and kink resistant, so they won’t break under normal circumstances. But due to the packing volume it is a good idea to lay the Rigid Foils in the leading on top of each other on both sides.

What are JetFlaps and how do they work?

Jet Flaps are a so-called split flap like those seen on a large airplane. When the glider is braked, the airflow is routed through the glider, restoring smooth airflow. This extends brake line travel and softens the stall behavior.

What advantage do the JetFlaps on my skywalk paraglider offer?

Lower flyable minimum airspeed. The speed range is wider and easier to control. The pilot has more time to react when flying near the stall point.

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Your MASALA package

  • the ultralight allrounder MASALA comes with:
    • 1x Glider backpack (HIKE or ALPINE)
    • 1x Compression strap
    • Risers (Regular or Dyneema)
    • 1x Innerbag for glider
    • 1x Riser bag
    • 1x Manual
    • 1x Bandana
    • 1x Repair Kit
    • 1x Sticker sheet
  • optional accessory:
    • Bottle holder for HIKE backpack