British outdoor specialist MONTANE has been developing innovative, lightweight functional clothing and equipment of uncompromising quality for multi-sport adventures, mountain activities and extreme environments for over 30 years. Their products are also highly suitable great for paragliding and hike & fly. Following the philosophy "less is more", MONTANE focuses on the essentials in its designs. NOVA team pilot Richard Binstead tested several styles at the Red Bull X-Alps 2023 and was thrilled. Ex-NOVA Pilots Team Captain Till Gottbrath, once editor-in-chief of the magazine "Outdoor", confirms these impressions. For this reason, MONTANE is not only a partner of the NOVA Pilots Team, but we also start offering selected items with co-branding from MONTANE and NOVA.
Further information at www.montane.com
CHARLY is a brand of the Finsterwalder GmbH, which has made a name for itself in the world of aviation since its establishment in 1974. With the lightweight "Bergfex" glider weighing only 11 kg, Finsterwalder laid the foundation for the Hike & Fly movement back in 1975. In 1990, when they acquired the Charly brand, Finsterwalder & Charly became the largest manufacturer of rescue equipment and harnesses in the paragliding and hang gliding market at that time, as well as the leader in flight sport helmets. Over time, the glider workshop evolved into an innovative development center for paragliding hardware such as harness buckles, control handle swivels, paraglider carabiners, and separation carabiners. Charly continues to achieve groundbreaking innovations, such as the first steerable cross canopy, to this day.
CRAFT was founded in 1977 in Borås (Sweden) and has specialized in technical sportswear (first layer, bike, run, and XC-ski). The company is famous as a pioneer in performance baselayers and is today one of the world's leading brands. At the NOVA Pilots Team we particularly like the baselayers for XC flying and the running wear for vol-biv and hike & fly.
GARMIN is THE specialist for navigation worldwide – on the road, in the air, on sea or for athletes. Although the company doesn’t manufacture special instruments for paraglider pilots, the InReach devices are of particular interest for XC-pilots, hike & fly or vol-biv. They provide live-tracking and two-way short messages communication via the reliable Iridium satellite network. Also recommended: the handheld GPS-devices and sports watches such as the Fenix series.
High Adventure was founded in 1994 by Urs Haari. Until today, Urs is one of the world’s best XC pilots. He and his team import NOVA and other paragliding brands into Switzerland. In addition, the develop their own great products. Among them is the famous reserve Beamer, which several team pilots use.
Julbo is a family-owned business based in the French Jura. Since 1888, the brand consistently added unique technical value to eyewear. A partner of the best outdoor moments, their photochromic Reactiv technology continues to amaze and convince the most demanding sportspeople, providing perfect vision whatever the weather. The attractiveness of Julbo’s sunglasses collection remains unrivalled as they continue to add innovations. The frames reinvent the concepts of field of vision, comfort, ventilation and performance for all types of discipline.
Since 1928 La Sportiva has been producing technical footwear for all outdoor activities, including niche mountaineering categories. The family owned business is based in Val di Fiemme (Italy) and can be considered world leader in the production and sales of climbing shoes and specialty, high altitude mountaineering boots. Today, the company has expanded into approach and mountain running, thus covering the full range from hiking to ski mountaineering.
NAVITER is at home in Slovenia and has been manufacturing software and hardware for glider planes since 2000 – and since a couiüle of years for paraglider pilots too. For comps and XC flying, many NOVA use the famous Oudie, one of the most modern "all-in-one" flight instruments on the market. NAVITER also developed the SeeYou planning and analysis software.
From now on Recco Advanced Rescue Technology supports the NOVA Pilots Team and equips the pilots with RECCO reflectors for their (cross-country) flights. Originally developed for the search of avalanche victims, the Swedish Company introduced a more powerful device a few years ago, that is operated from a chopper, the SAR Helicopter Detector. More and more rescue helicopters are now being equipped with it and allowing professional rescuers to perform rapid searches for missing people in the outdoors year-round at a speed of around 100 km/h. A real plus in safety for paraglider pilots too! Read how and where it works at
Thermixc is a really powerful online planning tool for XC pilots, created by our friend and NOVA Pilot Bernd Gassner. It unites all the features from the XC planner with thermal information from TherMap, KK7 and XC.DHV.de. Thermixc offers various useful filters, displays most legal launch sites and landings, it's free to use and has instructions in English and German. We love it!
Check it out and play with it on
The VIENTO Valley Wind Map is a project of NOVA Team pilot Werner Luidolt and his glider plane buddy Simon Lemmerer. Their valley wind map reaches from the eastern end of the Alps far into Switzerland (Aletsch Glacier), showing the usual valley wind systems, thermal hotspots and typical lee areas. A multitude of launch-sites including their take-off directions and important alpine passes with their altitude are also featured. on the map. It’s outstandingly useful tool for XC-pilots.
ZANIER is a family-business based in Tyrol, just like NOVA. The company has been manufacturing gloves for winter, summer and mountain sports since 1969. For a couple of years now they also make gloves for hang-gliding and paragliding. The glove specialist strives for high standards in innovation, materials, functionality as well as excellent workmanship. As a family-run company with a long tradition, ZANIER is deeply rooted in the beautiful mountains of the Austrian Alps and takes its responsibility for sustainability and environmental protection extremely seriously. The gloves for aviation are – just like all other ZANIER products and the company itself – 100% carbon neutral. The members of the NOVA Pilots Team mainly use the Aviator GTX (electrically heated - the dream on long cross-country flights!) and Tour models.