Customer Reactions to The Dudek Snake

We’ve gotten feedback from our customers on the new Dudek Snake, here’s what we’re hearing about the most exciting reflex glider to hit the market in a long time –

I was blown away on the two short flights I had on the new Dudek 18m.  The 18m Snake had as much or more lift than any wing I currently own.   My first flight I was climbing while fumbling with my GPS and cameras.  Next thing I knew I looked down and thought WOW, how did I get this high up so fast?   I did a few hard asymmetric turns and dropped back down.   I started another climb and watched the GPS vertical speed peg 400 fpm consistently.   The next morning I got up and flew again for a second short flight to reaffirm my fun the day before.  This time I watched RPM on my Moster 185.  Level flight for me was around 6,200 rpm which is the same rpm’s required on my 22 GTR. 

 The 18 Snake easily climbed as good as my 22 GTR or my 23m EVO.   Order placed same day.  I think the 18m Snake will be a great fit in my wing collection.” 
– Eddie C
“You want to buy a LC18?  I’ll give you a good deal on it”
– Travis H

Introducing The Team Fly Halo Edition Parajet Volution

Introducing the new Team Fly Halo Edition Parajet Volution,  custom colors and graphics available only to customers of Fly Halo.


Earlier this year we set out to add our touches to an already great product, the Parajet Volution.  We worked with the PJ factory in the UK to come up with our own color and graphics scheme for our customers.

What makes up the Team Fly Halo Edition Volution?

Matte Black Finish

– Gunmetal Swing Arms

– Gunmetal PJ Throttle

– Gray Cage Netting

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Our edition is available with the paramotor engine of your choice.  The Vittorazi Moster is outfitted on the unit pictured above.

There are no additional costs passed onto customers for this special edition unit.

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Impressions on the Dudek Snake – Part 1.5 – Daily Dosage of Vitamin G

Update to the Snake If you haven’t read part 1 of my Dudek Snake review Click here


I woke up Monday morning with one thing on my mind – gotta get more airtime with the Dudek Snake.

It had now been a week since packing my paramotor up in Lake Whales, FL and sending it to my home in Utah. Thanks to Ryan Shaw, I was able to hold onto the Snake 20m demo to do further testing and verification of what I had found to be the perfect advanced motor wing.

My shipment wasn’t due to arrive until later that day, and the weather forecast was looking like a strong south wind all day long – not ideal for most of my motoring spots. However, as the windtalkers were reporting 19g22mph south winds at the Southside ridge at the Point of the Mountain, I figured I could try the Snake out as a high wind speedwing alternative.

The Southside is a world-famous ridge that is only about 300ft tall and ¼ mile long. It’s consistent winds have been the training grounds for so many legendary pilots over the years, that it is the perfect proving ground for free-flight tests of all types of wings. Laminar flow can be expected in the AM until about 10am, after which thermic activity picks up and it’s generally not as friendly to fly. It is, after all, a ridge soaring site; and a small one at that. Average altitudes are 20-50 ft on most days. On miniwing/speedflying days, small wing enthusiasts scratch the ridge only a couple feet while staying in the lift band.

I got there early, and only two hang gliders were flying. Pretty standard, as it was too strong for paragliders, and speedflyers aren’t exactly “morning people” in my experience. I had little reservations about inflating the Snake in a 20mph wind – after all, the “drag” should only occur in the zone between 30-60degrees of inflation. After that, I should theoretically be okay as the Snake trims at 28mph for me.

No surprises there, although I should note that the Snake comes up incredibly fast yet doesn’t have a tendency to overshoot like a high-end paraglider. Ground handling is a little strange with the tip steering lines being connected to the brakes, but you get used to it. The southside is typically a pretty difficult place to kite as you stand on the edge and get massive wakes challenging your ability to keep it open. This is why the “Point Rats” are comparatively really good at pitch control. Throughout the morning, the Snake was pretty idiot-proof on pitch stability. Neither myself or the other two pilots who flew the glider so much as took a tip fold despite the variety of traffic that tried to wake them.


Once launched, the glider accelerated to it’s trim speed and started showing it’s merits as an efficient paraglider. To just fly back and forth after the hill became populated was a different experience than what I had flown before. I was faster than both a Little Cloud 18 and Firefly 16.5, yet constantly soaring 30′ high as opposed to their 5′ scratching. When I wanted to get low and scratch, I just jumped on the bar or let the trimmers out halfway.

I’ve never been into speedglider soaring. I don’t know why, but it’s not fun to me. What I’ve always enjoyed about paragliding/motoring is the swinging inertia you get from turns, and with a speedglider you just don’t get that. The nice thing about speedgliders is that they’re incredibly easy to fly because being a modified ram-air parachute they’re quite pitch stable.

This wing combined the efficiency and feel of a paraglider with the speed and stability of the speedgliders. Prior to this, you could only get that type of feel with a miniwing, but they lacked the pitch stability that speedgliders or reflex designs offer. Traditional reflex wings that I had flown at the Point prior to this had too high of a sink rate and too high of trim speed to be able to utilize the lift – it’s really embarrassing to sink out when the wind is blowing 22mph and you’re on a 24m wing. This was the right combination of dynamic handling, stability, speed, and efficiency.

I landed after a few passes, and let my friend Ric trade me for his 18m miniwing. He was 165lbs, and had a little trouble getting to the edge at trim speed. It turned into a hovering session, so we ended up having him soar with the trims close to full out. He loved it, super stable in reflex mode – yet still very responsive using the 2d steering. It was his first time flying a reflex glider – he should have had a 16m.

Next up was my 190lb friend DC, who was in a leg brace but still wanting to try it. He was able to launch okay with the trims slow, but his favorite setting was slightly out. He too enjoyed the dynamics and stability of the wing – but had never flown a reflex wing. Being a paramotor acro-star, he wanted to try the wing with a motor as well. He should have been on an 18m.

After a long morning of ridge soaring including flights well into 11am (thermal time), I concluded that the Snake was a supremely rad choice for those high wind days. Would it replace speedwings? Well probably not as it costs almost twice as much. But for those that have the means and a consistently blown-out free-flight site, it’s a viable option.


I thought that was the end of my free-flying experience for the day. I then found out that Justin Brim, proprietor of Cloudstreet Winch, was heading out to the West Desert to do some over-the-dirt towing. I headed out to the remote site and waited for the group to arrive while I made a slight adjustment to the brake line length to optimize it for free-flying. I was up first since my gear was already out, this is both a blessing and a curse. The first person to tow is generally the “wind dummy” who helps the tow tech figure out the winds aloft and find the best line for max altitude. Generally speaking, all tows after that get more altitude. Couple that with the fact that I was flying a reflex glider, and I wasn’t expecting to get much more than 2000′ to play with.

Wrong! Utilizing the 2D steering I was able to hold the glider at minimum sink during the tow, and actually got up to 3000′ before pinning off. I can’t say if the glider does actually climb that well, or if the success was just because I had the best winch operator in the US pulling me up.

Shane pulling an Asymmetric Collapse

Shane pulling an Asymmetric Collapse

I wanted to pull a couple asymmetric collapses, but over the dirt that was about all I was willing to try. This is, after all a super-dynamic and uncertified glider. The asymmetrics at trim speed were no more eventful than a high end EN B wing in terms of violence and heading change. The tips did tend to stick and needed a violent pop to pump them out. After a couple pulls, I found that the Snake had a descent rate of about 2500fpm in the hands of a pilot with an insatiable hunger for vitamin “G.”

A fast approach and landing to a dirt road proved that the Dudek Snake had great efficiency and flare authority, no surprises there. I spent the next ten minutes wadded up in the glider in the back of a pickup truck while getting a ride back to the launch spot, thinking about what this thing will do over the water when spring time rolls around.

Conclusion – For those who motor and free-fly, this can be an extremely versatile freestyle wing.

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Initial Impressions on the Dudek Snake – By Shane Denherder

After flying the Dudek Hadron for the first time a mere six months ago, my only question to Dudek was “Awesome – so when are you going to update it?”

I was late to the party. The wing that was a “game-changer” for me had come out nearly three years prior to my first flight on it. The only model of it’s type, the Hadron had a high aspect ratio (5,9) providing efficiency that rivals modern traditional paragliders, with nearly the speed and stability of the fastest of competition reflex wings. I loved this combination – as a heavy guy who rocks high altitudes, I love the launch ability and climb rate that an efficient wing provides. Aside from that, high efficiency provides an added safety margin for low flying, a conceivably better life span for your engine, and of course my favorite; energy for maneuvering.

Over the past six months of being blown away by the Hadron; I didn’t know that Dudek had developed a more solid, maneuverable, and faster sequel – slithering through the grass slowly and waiting to bite the paramotor community.

We were perhaps first introduced to the Dudek Snake when the Polish Paramotor Team posted a somewhat crudely-edited video of them training with the 16m Snake on a barren, frozen wasteland in January of this year. Everyone’s reaction in the US community seemed to be the same – unimpressed, as these were not known athletes, and they were not demonstrating any measurable capabilities over other slalom wings.

Boy were we wrong.

Their early season training paid off, as five of the top 10 slots in the 1st FAI World Slalom competition were taken by their team, and seven of those 10 slots were on the Dudek Snake. Skill plays the largest role in any competition, but when seven-tenths of the leaderboard in a 60 pilot competition is one particular model – it warrants a look.

Looking at the data of the Snake, it’s interesting to try to imagine what it flies like. A 5,8 aspect ratio suggests that it should have near-Hadron efficiency with slightly more maneuverability. It also claims an impressive 65km/h accelerated speed, but that’s also what a Paramania GTR claims – so it’s top speed is nothing revolutionary. Where Dudek wins is in having usable speed, thanks to high efficiency.

Looking further at the data published by Dudek we see that they are achieving a 25km/h minimum speed, which is impressive because it tells us that this wing has the highest published speed range of any dedicated “slalom” wing. Now you have a tool that can smoke other gliders in the turns and win the slow/fast tasks and make picking up / dropping objects easier. Practical benefit: Easier to launch and land.

Speed isn’t everything, especially when it comes to this wannabees usability.

What allows Snake pilots to dominate the leaderboard is the maneuverability, speed, and stability of the best “slalom” gliders while not trading off it’s glide ratio for pitch-stability. Sure, your reflex wing can do 42mph in a straight line, but how far can you bank it while accelerated and not lose altitude? That is something that only a higher aspect ratio (or an insane amount of power) can help you with. Also with increased efficiency comes the ability to launch and fly a smaller size than you could in another model. Higher wing loading = more than published speed.

Top-tier reflex speed and precise handling make it great; but the efficiency to retain energy while exercising those traits is what makes this wing special. I predict that the Snake will dominate the comp scene as well as “advanced glider” market for the next few years. After pilots fly it and “see the light” about how important high-efficiency is, other manufacturers will hopefully shift focus onto what will essentially make their gliders more usable for every pilot.

This is a good thing for the industry.

My initial flights on the Snake were conducted at the Wings Over Winter fly-in over the course of a weekend where conditions made testing glide ratio and speed incredibly difficult. However during a flight with winds aloft gusting to 20mph, I was able to fly a few circuits with my variometer and come to some initial numbers that were extremely impressive.

I was consistently pulling 37mph at fast trim in level flight – cool. The stunner was my initial l/d test showing a 7.55:1 glide ratio. That’s 7.5:1 with a paramotor on my back at idle. That would be incredible. I don’t believe it either, maybe I was too sleep deprived. So I insisted that I take the Snake home with me and try the test a few different ways in smooth air.

What follows these initial impressions will be a comprehensive test of the Snake showing it’s most important innovations. Where hard data is not available to demonstrate traits e.g. “maneuverability,” I can only call upon my experience and give the most objective opinion while trying to use measurable substance wherever possible.

The next installment of this test will also include in-depth descriptions of the features of the glider, their intended application, and wether or not they are all they’re cracked up to be. Then we will get to the important stuff – the glider’s characteristics during advanced maneuvering!

If the winter temperatures warrant, I’ll try a third installment after completing a three-gallon cross country flight focusing on the features that will help go the distance.

I will be sure to record as much as possible with video, and publish the test procedures. I would also welcome any open discussion about the merits of this wing and how it may potentially change the industry.

By Shane Denherder

Continue reading part 1.5 –  “Daily Dosage of Vitamin G”