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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.

  Skybean 2 Syride SYS’One V3
   SkyBean  micro vario  
Size 62x28x15 mm 5.3cm x 4.3cm x 1.4cm
Weight 26g 19g
Battery 250hrs 290 hrs
Rechargable Yes No – cell coin battery
Mount Helmet, velcro Wrist, helmet
         
Target Beginners, hike&fly hike&fly
Price £67 £65
 
 

Standard Varios

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

  Skydrop Vario Syride SYS’Alti V3 FlyMaster Vario SD FlyMaster Vario LS Flytec Element Alto
   SkyDrop  Sys'alti  Flymaster vario sd  Flymast er Vario LS  
Size 28 x 62 x 15 mm 10cm x 6.1cm x 1.7cm 155 x 92 x 24 mm 126 x 73 x 12 mm 138 x 72 x 24 mm
Weight 68g 75g 176g 89g 122g
Battery 7,5-13hrs 150hrs >30hrs ~60hrs 250hrs
Rechargable Yes Yes Yes Yes No – 2 AA Batteries
Mount Risers, flightdeck Risers, flight deck Separate velcro for risers, leg and flight deck Separate velcro for risers, leg and flight deck  Flight Deck
Memory SD card 150hrs up to 248 flights up to 248 flights Logs takeoff and landing times
Compass Yes No Yes No No
Can be plugged in to computer Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Bluetooth Yes No No No No
*GPS based functions * Yes No No No No
Design your screen No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Target Beginners, XC, hike&fly Beginners, hike&fly Beginners, hike&fly Beginners, hike&fly Beginners, hike&fly
Price £220 £184 £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 V3 FlyMaster GPS SD FlyMaster GPS SD 3G FlyMaster GPSLS Ascent vario
Syride SYS’Evolution
   Syride Sys’GPS  Flymaster GPS Flymaster gps 3G    Ascent Vario  Sys'Evoloution
Size 10cm x 6.1cm x 1.7cm 155x92x24 mm 155x92x24 mm 126x73x12 mm 83.4mm x 54.0mm x 14.9 mm
11.2cm x 17cm x 1.5cm
Weight 83g 212g 232g 110 gr 83g <300gr
Battery 40hrs >30hrs >30hrs 35 hours 10hrs
Between 20 & 30h
Rechargable Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Mount Risers, flight deck Separate velcro for risers, leg and flight deck Separate velcro for risers, leg and flight deck Separate velcro for risers, leg and flight deck wrist, risers Flight Deck
Memory 75hrs/30 flights **16GB SD card up to 248 flights **16GB SD card up to 248 flights Storage for around 150000 trackpoints 999 flights +50hrs detailed tracklog
2000h flight (1pt/sec)
Compass Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Can be plugged in to computer Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Bluetooth No Yes Yes Yes No Yes
GPS Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
*GPS based functions * Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Design your screen Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Livetracking No No Yes Yes No Yes
Airspace warning No Yes Yes No No Yes
Maps Only to calculate height above ground Yes, downloadable Yes, downloadable Yes, downloadable No Yes
Send text No No Yes No No Yes
***Competition features*** No No No No No Yes
****Live features**** No No Yes No No Yes
Target hike&fly, XC XC XC Beginners, XC Beginners, 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 BT FlyMaster Nav SD FlyMaster Live SD FlyMaster Live SD 3G Oudie Basic Oudie 4
   Digifly Air Flymaster NAV Flay master live SD    
Size 156 mm x 93 mm x 19 mm 155x92x24 mm 155x92x24 mm 155x92x24 mm 156 mm x 93 mm x 19 mm
156 mm x 93 mm x 19 mm
Weight 180g 212g 232g 232g 350g 350g
Batteri 30 hrs >30hrs >30hrs >30hrs >12hrs >12hrs
Rechargable Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Mount Separate velcro for risers, leg and flight deck Separate velcro for risers, leg and flight deck Separate velcro for risers, leg and flight deck Separate velcro for risers, leg and flight deck Leg, flight deck
Leg, flight deck
Memory SD card **16GB SD card up to 248 flights **16GB SD card up to 248 flights **16GB SD card up to 248 flights SD card SD card
Compass Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Can be plugged in to computer Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Altitude Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
*GPS based functions * Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Design your screen Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Livetracking Yes No Yes Yes Yes, with Oudie Live App
Yes, with Oudie Live App
Airspace warning Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Maps Yes Yes, downloadable Yes, downloadable Yes, downloadable Yes, rivers, roads lakes etc
Yes, rivers, roads lakes etc
Sends text No No Yes Yes No No
Download speed N/A N/A Up to 53.6 Kbit/s Up to 7.2 Mbit/s Via Oudie live
Via Oudie live
***Competition features*** Yes Yes Yes Yes Basic Yes
****Live features**** No No Yes Yes Yes, with Oudie Live App
Yes, with Oudie Live App
Target XC, competition XC, competition XC, competition XC, competition XC, competition
XC, competition
Price £589 £489 £629 £659 £675 £540

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