Three-liner | Cells: 51 | Aspect ratio: 5.17 | Weight: from 4.2 kg - size XXS (EN/LTF B)

ION 7 - Versatile by design

From local flying, XC to freestyle fun - everything is possible with the ION 7 (EN/LTF B). The reason for this great versatility combined with outstanding safety, is NOVA's new design software. Even before the practical tests, top speed and flight manoeuvres such as collapses can be simulated more accurately than ever before.

Absolutely multi-talented. The ION 7 was developed using NOVA’s new design software, which was already successfully utilised for the creation of the XENON and the MENTOR 7 (Light). The result is a top-notch all-rounder that covers all aspects of paragliding with ease. Proof is the easy launch, efficient cross-country flying, fun during dynamic flight manoeuvres and an elegant flare on landing.

Tried and tested meets innovation. The ION 7 uses tried and tested materials as well as a smart design. Our new Rod Loops mean fewer seams and from the moment of take off support the inflow of air (Air Scoop). With the Mid Cell Links, the stability of the leading edge is further optimised - which benefits performance, especially in accelerated flight.

Safer than ever before. The latest version of our design software can simulate flight manoeuvres such as collapses extremely accurately. In the ION 7 we have achieved an unprecedented combination of stability and benign collapse behaviour - even during accelerated flight. These flight characteristics mean stress-free initial SIV manoeuvres. And it is worth striving to improve, because as we all know, you never stop learning. We hope you enjoy constantly refining your skills with the ION 7!

XC at its best. In terms of design, the ION 7 is based on the MENTOR 7 (Light) cross-country wing. As essential flight characteristics, our team and test pilots emphasise the very high stability with exceptional top speed. So in this respect, the ION 7 offers what you usually only find in high-end EN B wings. In addition, there is very good glide performance, a user-friendly speed-bar and a thermalling sensation of "it takes all in its stride". Descent techniques such as big ears, B-line stall and spiral dive are also simple to perform. So nothing stands in the way of a safe and comfortable cross-country flight.

Freestyle fun as you like it. Thanks to its direct handling and high stability, the ION 7 makes it easy to get started with acro manoeuvres. The SAT can be flown cleanly; wingovers are agile. The glider stalls uniformly along the span, and helicopters work well. The brake travel to the stall point is very long, making an unintentional stall extremely unlikely. With the ION 7, you can safely enter the world of acro and hone your skills.

Pilot target group

The ION 7 (EN/LTF B) is suitable for enthusiastic beginners as well as advanced pilots who value the versatility of their paraglider, and who enjoy improving their flying technique. From local soaring, XC to freestyle fun - anything is possible without sacrificing comfort and safety.

New Features

Optimised collapse behaviour. The ION 7 exhibits unprecedented gentleness when it comes to collapses. During asymmetric collapses, the glider turns only minimally, and there is little loss of height. We have achieved these properties through simulations in our new design software, which offers us new possibilities in development. This means we not only select the virtual prototypes with the highest performance, but also those with the best collapse behaviour from a large number of simulations. The result is the stable and safe flying feeling of the ION 7.

Performance through stability. If you look at the leading edge of the ION 7, you will notice the new Rod Loops and Mid Cell Links. The former save on seams and assist the Air Scoop, while the latter ensure a solid leading edge, especially in accelerated flight, and also serve to optimise internal pressure. Both are smart solutions that deliver performance.

Standard riser or XC Riser. The ION 7 / ION 7 Light is supplied as standard with a 12 mm narrow and sturdy Kevlar riser. In addition, the riser features Ronstan pulleys for less effort when pushing the speed-bar and Fidlock magnets for uncomplicated fixing of the brake handles. Pilots who want to fly even more efficiently with the speed-bar can optionally purchase the ION 7 XC Riser. This requires greater care during launch preparations, but allows for improved pitch control.

Quote from...

… Philipp Medicus, Head of R&D at NOVA:

"My search space for optimisation has been increased thanks to our new design software. Now I can find solutions in the design that were previously outside the realm of possibility. For the ION 7 this means that a very high level was already achieved before we had the first prototype sewn to begin the practical tests."

Review Thermik Mag

Thermik Magazin has tested the ION 7 in detail. Their conclusion:

‘Nova has modelled the new Ion 7 on the Mentor 7, without wanting to push the low-end EN-B range to the limit. And the Ion 7 really is something of an all-rounder. If you are looking for a wing for your local flying spot, holidays, short to medium XC distances and also hike & fly, then you are in good hands here. The Ion 7 will also be of interest to pilots who only have limited flying time and therefore prefer a glider that is simple yet works well.’

Read the full article here (in German).

With the kind permission of Thermik Mag.


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Technical data

    XXS XS S M L
Number of cells  


Projected span m          
Projected area 18,30 20,20 22,20 24,30 26,30
Projected aspect ratio   3,86  
Flat span m 10,50 11,00 11,60 12,10 12,60
Flat area 21,40 23,60 26,00 28,40 30,80
Flat aspect ratio   5,17  
Line length m 6,31 6,63 6,96 7,27 7,57
Total line length m 198 209 220 230 240
Max. chord m 2,60 2,70 2,80 3,00 3,10
Weight kg 4,20 4,50 4,80 5,10 5,40
Certified take off weight kg 55-85 70-95 80-105 90-115 100-130
Recommended take off weight kg 70-80 80-90 90-100 100-110 110-125
Certification (EN/LTF)   B B B B B





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Thanks to NOVA's new innovative design software, the ION 7 (Light) offers an increase in performance and stability as well as more direct handling compared to its predecessor. There is also an advantage in terms of top speed as well as a further improvement in collapse behaviour.

The primary difference is the weight, because the ION 7 Light uses the lightest cloths in accordance with our "Intelligent Lightweight" motto. These materials offer both long durability and better profile shape. This also means a smaller packing volume. The ION 7 Light is perfect for hike & fly. Good to know: whether "Light" or not - we provide the same, comprehensive NOVA guarantee for both models of the ION 7.

To purchase the XC Risers, please contact your local NOVA dealer or our customer service team (E-mail: Perhaps the conversion can be cleverly combined with our "NOVA Trim Tuning" or the next inspection.

The ION 7 (Light) is certified as EN/LTF B and is therefore only approved for instruction in countries that allow EN B gliders for training. However, in the NOVA range it is positioned below the high-end EN B MENTOR and features large safety reserves. This makes it ideal for individual progression after basic training.

Yes - because with the ION 7, all common manoeuvres and descent techniques can be learned and executed within the comfortable safety of the EN B class. With our new design software, we can accurately predict the collapse behaviour of the ION 7, which is extremely good-natured. With the ION 7 (Light) you have the ideal glider for safety training.

Thanks to the new NOVA design software, we can test more intensively in the simulation on the computer even before the first prototype is sewn. This means that we have a much wider range of design possibilities and combinations. This makes it possible to identify exactly the "sweet spot" and go into the practical tests with an already very refined prototype.

The best way to pack your ION 7 is to use the Stuff Sack and Riser Bag, both of which are included. You will find step-by-step instructions with pictures in the manual. Alternatively, you can utilise our Concertina Bag Light, Compression Bag or Quick Pack Bag.

A place without major temperature fluctuations or direct sun is best. If possible, store the paraglider loosely folded in the stuff sack. Please avoid prolonged storage in a compressed state (in the Concertina Bag Light or Compression Bag). You can find more information about paraglider care in the manual.

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