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Old, but sporty canopy with a flat glide. Not ground hungry. Doesn't drop a pile of altitude when in a turn, recovery arc is quick, but then again I only load it 1:1. Responsive turns with toggles and it's great for getting back from a long spot. It's one of those canopies that can be more aggressive if you want it to be and you choose to fly it that way, or you can opt for a more docile ride. Not a swooper by any means (due to quick recovery from a turn), but is very quick to sense when you want to turn and makes those turns quickly with toggles. Easy to pull on the front risers and hold them for a while, although I wasn't able to initiate any quick turns with front risers alone. Like I said, it could be due to my wingloading of only 1:1 on the Sonic 150. Good for someone light buying their first set of gear as long as they're not a timid jumper.

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  • 5
Sporty, can be used by intermediate flyer, easy to pack, gets back from long spots
Not a swooping canopy, it's an old canopy

Performs well for an old canopy. I've been told it's the predecessor to the Hornet. I like my Sonic so much I decided to stay with the same company for my 'new' Heatwave (new for me). I've never had a hard opening with my Sonic, even though it's old and very well used. Usually opens on heading, even though I know my lines are out of trim. Easy to keep on heading with the risers on the openings where it starts to head off course. Easy to pack cuz it's got Galvanor fabric and coloured tabs.

This is the only 150 I've flown, but comparing it to the 170's I've tried, I'd say it's incredibly more responsive than the rectangular PD 170 and it's more responsive than the Hornet 170, which I'd expect, because it's smaller (higher wingloading, shorter lines, etc.). It glides similar to the Pilot I checked out, not steep like the Sabre 1. I think someone with more balls and/or experience could easily see the horizon over the canopy during a turn if they wanted to. I haven't ventured that far yet. :)

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