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Icon

 Paraglider Icon

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ICON - Great performance and advanced precision with style

The Icon provides a new perspective and challenge in the paragliding champions league. It is the perfect glider for pilots looking for excellent performance and stability to bring their flying to the next level. The Icon is a completely new Mac Para design that continues our challenge to perform on the top of the D-Class, that our successful Magus series did before.

 

Real EN-D spirit with great innovations

The Icon is designed for experienced XC pilots who enjoy the comfort, sportiness and performance of a 3-line EN-D wing. The glider is based on our revolutionary “leading edge technology” and we constructed a completely new wing with extremely high XC potential. It combines our know-how and experience from the successful Elan and Magus 9. The result is a light weight glider with the safety aspects of our EN-C Elan and the extraordinary glide performance of the competition wing, Magus 9.

 

Superior Construction for maximum performance

We have optimized the design in many ways. The perfect balanced canopy offers good feedback and a very sporty handling. With the new designed and very stable nose we achieved a glide performance in accelerated flight that is outstanding in its class. The canopy is also well flyable in bumpy conditions and comes with the easy launching and landing characteristics that is known from all MAC PARA  gliders. New airfoils combined with light weight leading edge reinforcements on the panels with shaped rigifoils makes the canopy clean and very performing. Unsheathed gallery lines and thin sheathed main lines decrease the drag significantly. Triple 3D shaping offers not only new color design on the canopy but also increased aerodynamic smoothness. Mini ribs on the trailing edge, higher arc, new design of the stabilizer all help to reduce the drag and increase the performance of the Icon.

 

Designed to last long

The Icon is manufactured from proven Skytex materials to warranty longevity. Skytex 40 hard finish is used for the main and diagonal ribs. Skytex 38 classic is used for external ribs, top surface. Skytex 27 classic is used for bottom surface. The upper lines are made from unsheathed Edelrid Aramid/Kevlar, main lines are made from sheathed Liros PPSL Dynema lines. Risers are made from narrow Kevlar/Polyester straps and are featured with high quality HARKEN ball bearing pulleys.

 

Are You in The Target Group?

The Icon is a high performance paraglider designed for experienced and ambitious XC pilots who spend more than 100 hours per year in thermal conditions. Although you'll appreciate the safe feel and the flight comfort this wing needs to be flown with the respect and full attention that any such wing deserves. For a good pilot, the Icon is the perfect tool to expand his list of extraordinary XC flights.

 

Make it Yours…

The hardest part is picking your favorite Color and Size. If you need help your local MAC PARA dealer will help you choosing the right size to maximize the performance of your new Icon. 

Sizes: The Icon is available in sizes 24, 26, 29
Serial Designs: The main base colors are Lime and White. 
Special Design: You can choose out of a wide range of different colors for additional contribution.

 

Review by Ziad Bassil

Test with Icon 24

The last Mac Para EN-D glider I test flew in February 2011 was the Magus XC2. I still remember a comfortable glider, with very good climb rate at the time, inside the D category.

After five years, Mac Para launched the ICON, with 7 aspect ratio, and with a clean 3 line configuration.
The Icon has a strong shark nose, and full unsheathed lines.

I flew the Icon 24 from 93 till 98 all up.
Launching the Icon 24 is very easy and smooth. The glider inflates as a block without any structure movement. In 5 km/h wind, a gentle and steady pull will place it quickly overhead. In strong wind, the pilot must control the surge, which is really easy for the D cat.

Flew the Icon in different conditions, from smooth thermals to turbulent ones, and surprisingly, the Icon strongly remind me of the feeling I got when I flew the Elan !
Of course the Icon needs more active piloting, but this ‘shock absorbent’ feel is present !

The Icon 24 has a similar comfort of the Mantra 6 but with a slightly softer feel in turbulent bumps!
Actually I found it best to fly the Icon 24 near the top weight for a more compact feel and enhanced homogeneity.

The trim speed is around 39 km/h and the top speed is at 57 km/h taken at 1000 ASL fully usable!

Applying bar, from the first half, to top speed, the Icon has a very good glide angle and an efficient usable speed range.

The handles on the C have lots of pressure and slightly harder to pull than the M6, even at full speed, but usable to dump some surges if the pilot is used to that method.

The glide angle at trim and especially accelerated is competitive in the middle of this very competitive D category.

The strong point of the Icon, is the float ability and the climb rate especially in weak conditions.
A good pilot can stay endlessly in weak cores waiting for a stronger lift !
The Icon doesn't dive in turns. The brake pressure is moderate, with 25 cm to steer the glider and nice agility in smooth cores. It gives the D pilot an efficient flat turn, with smoothness and efficiency.

The Icon 24 has moderate to good agility in disorganized thermals, slowing the turning ability a bit, and giving the impression of a solid homogenous glider.

Entering the moderate thermals the Icon 24 slows a bit and enters smoothly with a positive vario without any excess in pitching.
Strong thermals and bumps needs a loaded Icon, with some bumping and back pitch presence, but fairly small and quite manageable.

Big ears are stable and stays tucked, in smooth air. In turbulence they have tendency to reopen. The structure stays solid, with no wobbling or shaking. They are efficient and applying bar during ears give a better sink rate.

Conclusion :

Any pilot who flew the Elan for Mac para, will find that same pillow feel under the Icon, with of course more pilot control.
The performance over the Elan is obvious, logical and well targeted. The Icon will inspire confidence to any D pilot, and has enough overall performance to keep him well satisfied.
It seems again that the “fly in peace” motto, of Mac Para is not just some marketing words, rather than a true commitment towards the pilots in our small, but magical flying community:-)

Update: After later attempts on glide with an M6 SM, I think the Icon 24 has the edge in head wind efficiency with a slightly faster trim speed.

This is again a fun video showing the gliders in the air. Those three gliders are really nice and each one gave me plenty of flying pleasure. Some favor climb, other favor glide, but they are indeed really nice and balanced EN-D wings, for experienced XC flying pilots.

Ziad Bassil

materials

 

Surface Top Leading Edge:Skytex 38 Classic - E25A, 38 g/m2
Surface Top Trailing Edge:Skytex 38 Classic - E25A, 38 g/m2
Surface Bottom:Skytex 27 Classic - E71A, 27 g/m2
Main ribs:Skytex 40 Hard     - E29A, 40 g/m2
Diagonal ribs:Skytex 40 Hard     - E29A, 40 g/m2
Minor ribs: Skytex 38 Classic - E29A, 38 g/m2
Upper lines:Edelrid Aramid/Kevlar 8000/U
-50 kg; -70 kg; -90 kg; -130 kg
Main lines:PPSL 160; 191

 

The Icon is manufactured using the paragliding industries well established lightweight material with excellent durability; Skytex 38 Classic, from Porcher Sport (NCV). For the supporting and diagonal ribs we use Skytex 40 Hard with “hard finish” coating E29A. This gives the advantage of a sail that is both lightweight and very durable.

specification

 
Icon
24
Icon
26
Icon
29
Zoom flat [%]95100104.5
Area flat [m2]23.8326.428.83
Area projected [m2]20.2722.4624.53
Span flat [m]12.8313.514.11
Aspect ratio flat6.96.96.9
Root cord [m]2.32.422.53
Cells717171
Weight [kg]5.55.96.3
Weight range [kg]*78-9890-112100-125
Weight range [lbs]*172-216198-247220-276
Min. speed [km/h]24-2624-2624-26
Max. speed [km/h]39-4039-4039-40
Top speed (accelerator)[km/h]55-5855-5855-58
Glide ratio+11+11+11
Min. Sink rate[m/s]1.051.051.05
CertificateLTF/EN-DLTF/EN-DLTF/EN-D

 * pilot equipped = weight naked + cca. 20 Kg (44 lbs)

 

 

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design

 

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Custom Special Design ICON

CLICK HERE you can printed special design on paper, or print to pdf. 

 

Skytex range
Value 8/8 is most resistant to UV

 Skytex Blue  Skytex Red  Skytex Yellow  Skytex Lime
 Skytex Orange  Skytex Violet  Skytex Gold  Skytex Bordeaux
 Skytex Black  Skytex White  Skytex Grey  Skytex Bronze

 

 

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