yesterday i fley the brand new ozone rush5 for the first time in nice and strong spring thermals. unfolding the rush5 you will mention the shark nose on the leading edge and also the webbing bands between the cells (see video). these bands stabilize the rush5 while flying with speedbar and avoid flapping sails and will lead to more performance. the rods are build only in the first third of the trailing edge so packing is way easier than on a delta3/alpina3 but of course ozone recommends a saussice bag.
Setup: Independence Logo Freestyle M / Advance SQR120 / Skytraxx 3.0 / Rush5 MS / take off weight: 91kg
Take off: I took of with slight backwind but even there the rush5 came up nicely and smooth without tendency to overshoot but i have to check take off again in nicer conditions.
Flight: in flight first thing you feel is: „this glider is rock solid“ and a compact system. the new concept of alpina3 and delta3 is downgraded to the rush5. same feeling in strong turbulences. the rush5 gives you a safe feeling and is really damped in strong turbulences. climbing rate is excellent and very efficient. brake pressure is moderate in the beginning but gets really hard in the second part so i would say overall it has a hard break pressure. due to its excellent agility you dont need a lot of break. the rush5 turns with just small break input efficient without diving a lot. even on full speed (55km/h+) performance looks really good and is for sure one of the best high end b´s at the moment. even on full speed the whole sails is stable and no flapping bottom surface or leading edge.
Manouvers: break pressure is getting hard but not as hard as on the alpina3/delta3 while you do stalls so the pilots as to be sensitive and listen carefully to the break pressure increasing. you should practice stall points on a professional safety course. the break way is long enough. fullstall is really easy to fly for a advanced pilot and new school technic. really stable and not much shooting at the exit. i couldnt mention a tendency for cravattes. front collapses without speed bar produce a hard rocking back but open nicely without a stable front or cravattes. a hard pump at the right time helps to reopen faster and avoids turning, cravattes and deformations but be carefull, this has to be practiced before. a pump at the wrong time leads to fullstall.
asymmetric collapses have been very easy non accellerated without a lot of pitching and turning. easy to stabilize without tendency for cravattes. wingovers are pure fun. the glider is really damped while flying in thermals with that „cruiser mode“ from the delta3 but if you apply some brake you will be thrown over your glider very fast with this wingover machine ;-) the big ears are not flapping and efficient. releasing the outer a the ears stay in and the pilot has to reopen them with asymetric slight pump on each side. once i had a small cravatte on the right side. this is not a big deal, just relax, watch your flying path and reopen it with the stabi line attached to the c riser (green)
Conclusion after one longer flight: perfect high end b glider with outstanding performance and a easy handling. the test pilots from ozone compared a lot with other wings like the Iota2, Mentor5 and Chilli4 and where really really happy with the comparison and the results the rush5 achieved. for sure its one of the best high end b´s at the moment. the glider is built for experienced pilots who do cross country flights and handle a high end b glider. for all the others we recommend the BuzzZ5/Geo5 which has enough performance for relaxed thermal and xc flights with a lot of passive safety.