Vario Buying Guide

///Vario Buying Guide
Vario Buying Guide 2018-05-10T14:54:37+00:00

Varios are flight instruments which indicate your height whilst you are paragliding. They range from super basic beepers indicating ascending  or descending movement to onboard computers which can track your flights, sniff out thermals and even warn you of restricted airspace.

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Micro Varios

Micro varios are the simplest form of vario. They make a beeping sound to indicate rising and falling in altitude. They have no screens and don’t need any input from the pilot whilst flying, as such they are a great piece of kit for beginners, hike & fly pilots or as a backup vario.

 SkybeanSyride SYS’One V3Fairhaven Micro VarioRenschler Solario
  SkyBean micro vario micro varioSolario
Size62x28x15 mm5.3cm x 4.3cm x 1.4cm25mm x 25mm54 x 36 x 21 mm
Weight26g19g15g36g
Battery250hrs290 hrsUp to 7 daysSolar powered
RechargableYesNo – cell coin batteryYesN/A
MountHelmet, velcroWrist, helmetvelcro, riserhelmet
     
TargetBeginners, hike&flyhike&flyBeginners, hike&flyBeginners, hike&fly
Price£48£59£79£125
 
 

Standard Varios

Standard varios give an altitude reading as well as logging your flight time but do not have airspace or navigation features.

 

 Skydrop VarioSyride SYS’Alti V3FlyMaster Vario SDFlyMaster Vario LSFlytec Element Alto
  SkyDrop Sys'alti Flymaster vario sd Flymast er Vario LS 
Size28 x 62 x 15 mm10cm x 6.1cm x 1.7cm155 x 92 x 24 mm126 x 73 x 12 mm138 x 72 x 24 mm
Weight68g75g176g89g122g
Battery7,5-13hrs150hrs>30hrs~60hrs250hrs
RechargableYesYesYesYesNo – 2 AA Batteries
MountRisers, flightdeckRisers, flight deckSeparate velcro for risers, leg and flight deckSeparate velcro for risers, leg and flight deck Flight Deck
MemorySD card150hrsup to 248 flightsup to 248 flightsLogs takeoff and landing times
CompassYesNoYesNoNo
Can be plugged in to computerYesYesYesYesNo
BluetoothYesNoNoNoNo
*GPS based functions *YesNoNoNoNo
Design your screenNoYesYesYesYes
TargetBeginners, XC, hike&flyBeginners, hike&flyBeginners, hike&flyBeginners, hike&flyBeginners, hike&fly
Price£199£169£179£165£179

 

GPS Varios

GPS varios have the features of a standard vario plus the advantage of GPS tracking. Perfect for cross country flying as a GPS vario will also warn the pilot when approaching restricted airspace.

 Syride Sys’GPS V3FlyMaster GPS SDFlyMaster GPS SD 3GFlyMaster GPS SD+Ascent vario
Syride SYS’Evolution
  Syride Sys’GPS Flymaster GPSFlymaster gps 3G Flymaster SD+ Ascent Vario Sys'Evoloution
Size10cm x 6.1cm x 1.7cm155x92x24 mm155x92x24 mm155x92x24 mm83.4mm x 54.0mm x 14.9 mm
11.2cm x 17cm x 1.5cm
Weight83g212g232g232g83g<300gr
Battery40hrs>30hrs>30hrs>30hrs10hrs
Between 20 & 30h
RechargableYesYesYesYesYesYes
MountRisers, flight deckSeparate velcro for risers, leg and flight deckSeparate velcro for risers, leg and flight deckSeparate velcro for risers, leg and flight deckwrist, risersFlight Deck
Memory75hrs/30 flights**16GB SD card up to 248 flights**16GB SD card up to 248 flights**16GB SD card up to 248 flights999 flights +50hrs detailed tracklog
2000h flight (1pt/sec)
CompassYesYesYesYesYesYes
Can be plugged in to computerYesYesYesYesYesYes
BluetoothNoYesYesYesNoYes
GPSYesYesYesYesYesYes
*GPS based functions *YesYesYesYesYesYes
Design your screenYesYesYesYesNoYes
LivetrackingNoNoYesYesNoYes
Airspace warningNoYesYesYesNoYes
MapsOnly to calculate height above groundYes, downloadableYes, downloadableYes, downloadableNoYes
Send textNoNoYesYesNoYes
***Competition features***NoNoNoNoNoYes
****Live features****NoNoYesYesNoYes
Targethike&fly, XCXCXCXCBeginners, XC, hike&fly
XC, Gadget lovers
Price£299£369£539£499£299£599

 

NAV

Nav instruments are designed with competition pilots in mind.

 Digifly AIR BTFlyMaster Nav SDFlyMaster Live SDFlyMaster Live SD 3GOudie BasicOudie 4
  Digifly AirFlymaster NAVFlay master live SD  
Size156 mm x 93 mm x 19 mm155x92x24 mm155x92x24 mm155x92x24 mm156 mm x 93 mm x 19 mm
156 mm x 93 mm x 19 mm
Weight180g212g232g232g350g350g
Batteri30 hrs>30hrs>30hrs>30hrs>12hrs>12hrs
RechargableYesYesYesYesYesYes
MountSeparate velcro for risers, leg and flight deckSeparate velcro for risers, leg and flight deckSeparate velcro for risers, leg and flight deckSeparate velcro for risers, leg and flight deckLeg, flight deck
Leg, flight deck
MemorySD card**16GB SD card up to 248 flights**16GB SD card up to 248 flights**16GB SD card up to 248 flightsSD cardSD card
CompassYesYesYesYesYesYes
Can be plugged in to computerYesYesYesYesYesYes
BluetoothYesYesYesYesYesYes
AltitudeYesYesYesYesYesYes
GPSYesYesYesYesYesYes
*GPS based functions *YesYesYesYesYesYes
Design your screenYesYesYesYesNoYes
LivetrackingYesNoYesYesYes, with Oudie Live App
Yes, with Oudie Live App
Airspace warningYesYesYesYesYesYes
MapsYesYes, downloadableYes, downloadableYes, downloadableYes, rivers, roads lakes etc
Yes, rivers, roads lakes etc
Sends textNoNoYesYesNoNo
Download speedN/AN/AUp to 53.6 Kbit/sUp to 7.2 Mbit/sVia Oudie live
Via Oudie live
***Competition features***YesYesYesYesBasicYes
****Live features****NoNoYesYesYes, with Oudie Live App
Yes, with Oudie Live App
TargetXC, competitionXC, competitionXC, competitionXC, competitionXC, competition
XC, competition
Price£589£489£629£659£675£540

 

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