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There are already so many tow releases on the market. What was the motivation to develop the G-Link?

  • I was always a bit annoyed of fiddling around with the usual two string releases.
  • I also found the mounting to the harness a bit awkward and a bit stressful when preparing to the towing (we have a very efficient winch operation; o).
  • The decisive factor however was, that I experienced repeated unwanted releases with my last tow release. All it took was a light touch with the knee when searching for the pod.

Some simple research on the internet has revealed that an alarming number of systems have a potential to cause security problems. At the same time I also found simple (apparently proven) solutions from the hangglider area with pin and release sleeve (s) e.g.  UL-Flash-Competition and Instinct Windsports. Since I saw no reason why a similar system shouldn't be used for paragliders, I built a first prototype.

Many other versions followed in order to find the optimal splicing method and to develop special CNC milled parts made of high resistance alloy. The evolutionary steps of the attachment loop can be seen in the following image (initial version still with parachute pin, sawn aluminium tube and embroidered splice at the top, productive version at the bottom).

 G-Link prototypes

The flight tests were very convincing and the device proved to be extremely practical and comfortable. I have therefore decided to have the tow release certified and make it available to other pilots.

The splicing of the ropes is very time-consuming and is lovingly handcrafted in switzerland.