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Mac Para Pitbull RX



Wrinkle-free

This glider has a very thorough construction: With 63 cells, most with rods on the leading edge + intermediate rods, it boasts a particularly clean top surface which, coupled with the aspect ratio of 5.83, gives it a well well-proportioned appearance. The trailing edge is well defined thanks to mini-ribs and a brake system with pleat. The risers are simple, with trimmers that are easy to handle and do not require special effort to pull in. The brake system is "dual", which allows you to slow down the center or the tip of the wing depending on how you pull. The handles have magnetic clips.

Mac Para Pitbull RX

Weight range
We did 23 flights with the Mac Para PitBull RX of 23m2 for this review, mostly short sportive flights with touch-and-gos, banked turns and ground skimming, with different paramotors and load configurations, plus a couple of navigations.
Foot-launched, I had total loads in flight close to 140 Kg, using the following machines: Airfer Moster 185, PAP PA125 and PAP Thor 200EVO. With all, including the 125, the take-offs were very comfortable and short; this wing has –undoubtedly– good performance.
I also flew with a paratrike Airfer Diamond Thor 250, with a total load in flight of nearly 180 kg. With such load the glider is quite solid and flies very fast, but it tends to drift in the turns; I think that it is too much for the size. For this weight, size 25 or 28 would be better.
In short, if you want a very agile and fast glider, try to be on the top the weight range; but if you want a more versatile and tranquil wing, still sportive but with an accent on performance (navigations), you can go on the first half of the weight range.

Mac Para Pitbull RX

Definition: few gliders can show this cleanness on the lines.


Mac Para Pitbull RX

You can see the tuck on the rear third of the outer sail, characteristic of paragliders with reflex profile.

Mac Para Pitbull RX

This small glider of 23m2 gives back confidence, it is live and responds agilely but without being nervous, and it can perform very good maneuvers.

Mac Para Pitbull RX

Dual control
The brake handle is attached to the main line –that controls most of the wing– and also to a thinner line that pulls only the tip. When you fly the RX in reflex mode at the top of the speedbar, you must brake only the tip of the wing to correct the course and draw wide tracks, for that you pull the handle to the front of your face. After releasing the bar, when you reach a pylon for example, we can use the brake in all its breadth, even pulling the handle away of the pulley (open arm), which allows you to further curb the center of the wing and amplify the effect of the surge to achieve a direct 180° turn. You have to exit in the desired direction and counter the climb by stepping on the speed bar. This turning technique is usually done in slalom flying and with this glider, without a doubt, you can develop and enjoy it to the fullest.


Mac Para Pitbull RX

These photos clearly show how the lines reach the brake handle and how they affect differently if the input is with closed or opened arms.

Mac Para Pitbull RX

Conclusion:
This is a paraglider with reflex-type profiles, of sporty conception and settings. It is aimed at experienced pilots. It is not a dedicated slalom paraglider but it revolves and can be handled very well. It is solid and fast to navigate and, as it offers good performance, it can be flown with small paramotors. The best of the Pitbull RX is its character, and a very pleasant handling.

The+: A well-balanced, sporty wing
The-: Lively inflation, it asks for precise inputs.

PitBull RX

19
21
23
25
28
Weight range - total weight in flight (Kg)
77-110
89-127 100-140
113-140
140-195
Cells
63
63
63
63
63
Flat Area - m2
19,38
21.1
22.9
25.06
28.22
Projected Area - m2
16,93
18,43
20
21.88
24.64
Span
10.63
11.09
11.55
12.08
12.82
Aspect ratio
5,83
5,83
5,83
5,83
5,83
Glider weight (Kg.)
5
5,2
5,4
5,65
5,9
Minimum speed
25-27
25-27
25-27
25-27
25-27
Max speed
62-65
62-65
62-65
62-65
62-65
Maximum glide
8,7
8,7
8,7
8,7
8,7
Min sink rate
1.2
1.2
1.2
1.2
1.2

+ Info: www.macpara.com

Clean and elegant, the Pitbull RX is a very sporty wing with refreshing handling and sensations. With top speed of nearly 65 Km/h, it offers precise reactions and direct steering. It also turns amazingly well, offers top performance, and has an effective, easy to use trimmer and controls system.

Mac Para Pitbull RX

Light inflation
Thanks to the leading edge with rods, the profiles of the Pitbull RX are preformed and the glider climbs easily. It has very light inflation and it can even be lively, so it is best to be quick to hold the wing on your head. The good news is that this glider asks for little brake and it is intuitive to handle; if we have speed, just some gas will be enough to take us airborne. We must note that these profiles are very efficient when it comes to restore the energy, so we'll have to manage /extend the 'flare' at the time of landing.

Mac Para Pitbull RX

Cruiser
The RX has four risers, with split "As" to pull ears, as well as speed and trimmer systems. For take-off it is enough to release one or two cm of trimmer; once airborne you can leave it on "neutral fast" position, which is approximately half opened. From there you can step on the speed bar to the top and reach about 61-62 Km/h. If you then open the other half of trimmer you can still go up to 65 km/h!
The good thing is that at that speed the Pitbull RX feels with a lot of pressure, keeps the course, and you don’t have to crush the engine!
The long speed system runs smoothly but it is a bit hard by the end, so it is good to use a pair of blocking pulleys if you are going for long raids. Interestingly –as I did not expected it– the Pitbull RX can navigate very straight: it does not suffer the torque effect much so it is enough to counteract by weight-shifting or with a bit of trimmer.



Mac Para Pitbull RX

Solid
As soon as you're flying, this small paraglider keeps high internal pressure: in all the flights I did with it I did not have any loss of pressure or anything strange.
The RX crosses wakes and turbulences very smoothly, and this quality gives you confidence when flying low; besides, it also allows you to keep high speeds – stepping on without extra stress...

Mac Para Pitbull RX
Mac Para Pitbull RX

In calm flight the Pitbull RX flies precisely and elegantly, drawing perfect lines without effort, which makes it hard to imagine what a spectacular sporting side it has and all it can offer to the pilot, before trying it. The handling is superb and direct, making the RX a very fun glider, especially if we make good use of the dual control and the speed bar actively.

Mac Para Pitbull RX

Large and strong risers with split As.

Color schemes Macpara Pitbull RX

Colores Pitbull

Test by Daniel Crespo
Daniel is a long time pilot and competitor both in Paragliding & Paramotor.

Posted: April 14th, 2014

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