Supair: the incredible story of a hang gliding instructor who became one of the leaders in the manufacture of paragliding harnesses

It all began at the end of the 1970's with Pierre Bouilloux, a hang gliding instructor and above all with his clients who regularly fainted in flight due to high compression points caused by the equipment. 

This was all it took for Pierre Bouilloux to buy his first sewing machine and start making his own harnesses. In 1980, he started to sell them to his entire school. He then set up a small production workshop at his home in the heart of Annecy to expand. Two years later he founded his own brand: Supair! 

 

But the brand's success was mainly due to the development of paragliding. Thanks to the experience acquired with hang gliding harnesses, Supair offered its first paragliding harnesses in 1985. The company grew and moved to its first premises in Haute Savoie.  

 

Always at the forefront of innovation, in 1988 the brand integrated the first rescue parachute inside the harness, then invented the first automatic buckles which would lead some time later to the first anti-forgetting safety systems. 

 

Next came the ABS (Anti Balance Systems) which improved safety in flight thanks to a better distribution of the pilot's weight on the load bearing side of the canopy in the event of an asymmetric collapse. Then Supair made another mark in the 90s by developing an anti-shock system integrated into the harness: the Airbag! 

 

Then came the time for international development in the 2000s and the creation of a Team Pilot Acro.

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But if the brand continues to improve its harnesses and to develop new technologies such as the Base System which allows the main wing to be released to go on a dirigible rescue, the time has come for it to diversify and to launch itself on a new department: the design of paragliding wings.  

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The very first Sora Tandem glider signed by Supair will be launched in 2014 and the first solo gliders in 2015 with the EONA (an En-A school glider) and the EIKO, a light mountain glider designed for Rando flying.  

And yes, if Pierre Bouilloux has been able to raise his brand to the forefront of the scene, it should not be forgotten that from 1990 to 1994 he was the French champion in distance paragliding, that he broke several FAI triangle world records and that he was above all a precursor in the world of bivouac flying. It is therefore not surprising that one of the first Supair gliders was dedicated to this practice. 

His tragic death on December 23, 2015 leaves a great void in the world of free flight but his respect for nature and the environment now lives on through his brand with strong values whose philosophy is simple and virtuous: to offer quality products with a maximum of reactivity while keeping production as localized as possible in France and in Europe, all distributed by a network of passionate retailers 

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All products of the brand Supair:

Supair Acro 4

Acro Weight: 5.9 kg The reference in the world of Acro. Very precise piloting, one-piece comfo...

1 060,00 €

901,00 €

Supair Altirando Lite

Hike & Fly Weight: 2,92 kg The Altirando Lite is a reversible, comfortable and light harne...

990,00 €

841,50 €

Supair Radical 4

Trekking flight Weight: 830 g Modular harness (simple or with an airbag) particularly adapted...

480,00 €

408,00 €

Supair Retractable footrest 20 mm

20 mm retractable footrest for pre-equipped harnesses. For Evox C3, Delight 2, Altirando 3, Acro...

35,00 €

29,75 €

Supair 45 mm automatic steel carabiner

45 mm automatic steel carabiner for the harness-lift connection - developed for tandem and acro

30,00 €

25,50 €

Supair Dynnema solo rescue risers

Lenght: 145 cm Weight: 60 g Dynnema solo rescue risers Supair

40,00 €

34,00 €

Supair 30mm carabiner

30mm automatic self-locking carabiner This carabiner is specifically developed for harnesses with...

23,00 €

19,55 €

Supair Access 2 Airbag

On-site flight - Progression Weight : 3,945 kg This school harness will accompany both the pil...

695,00 €

590,75 €

Supair Evolite

On-site flight - Progression Weight: 3.8 kg This is the ideal harness to progress safely towar...

930,00 €

790,50 €

Supair Pixair 2

On-site flight - Progression Weight : 3,270 kg An airbag progression harness for your thermal...

890,00 €

756,50 €

Supair Minimax 3

Tandem Weight : 2,9 kg The new generation tandem passenger harness, dedicated to professionals...

670,00 €

569,50 €

Supair Minimax Bump

Tandem Weight: 3.53 kg Robust harness for the two-seater passenger with BUMPAIR 17 XC damping...

570,00 €

484,50 €

Supair VIP Lite

Tandem Weight: 1.65 kg Very light and compact harness with leg straps for tandem passengers. A...

560,00 €

476,00 €

Supair Walibi 3

Tandem Weight: 3.41 kg The new generation tandem pilot harness, dedicated to professionals. Ro...

1 030,00 €

875,50 €

Supair Start

Round parachute Entry-level rescue parachute, easy to pack and very stable.

1 160,00 €

986,00 €

Supair Shine

Round parachute The Shine is a round Pull Down Apex parachute, developed by our in-house design d...

630,00 €

535,50 €

Supair Fluid Light

Square parachute New generation rescue parachute offering maximum safety with a low weight.

730,00 €

620,50 €

Supair Pilot

Paragliding certification (CE-EN 966) Weight: 380 g The PILOT helmet is specially developed by...

125,00 €

106,25 €

Supair Pod Start

Supair Start Rescue Parachute Pod

25,00 €

21,25 €

Supair Rigid STD tandem spreaders

Dedicated to professional and recreational tandem flying

110,00 €

93,50 €

Supair 2-bar light speedbag accelerator

Lightweight double bar speed system to be integrated in a speedbag. This is the accelerator that com...

25,00 €

21,25 €

Supair 2-bar light accelerator

Double bar accelerator for ultra light harnesses. Developed for lightweight equipment, this accelera...

25,00 €

21,25 €

Supair 3-bar standard accelerator

The accelerator for cocoon harnesses and competition harnesses. It fits on the Skypper 2, Delight 3...

45,00 €

38,25 €

Supair Freespee adjustable accelerator

In collaboration with paragliding accelerator specialist Freespee, this accelerator has a design tha...

60,00 €

51,00 €

Supair Connect Dyneema light

Ultra-lightweight harness-lift connector. Exceptional strength to weight ratio.

13,00 €

11,05 €

Supair Grivel light carabiner

Suitable for light harnesses and Dyneema risers Wide opening

15,00 €

12,75 €

Supair Neoprene radio Pocket

Neoprene pocket for radio

27,00 €

22,95 €

Supair Trek Light Bag

80 L Very light (350 g) and ergonomic, the Trek Light bag is completely dedicated to walking and...

180,00 €

153,00 €

Supair Compact Case Bag

Available in 2 sizes: S or L The Compact Case allows you to easily fold a sail into an accordion...

95,00 €

80,75 €

Supair Storage Solo Bag

Quick bag, tote type. Ideal for storing a corolla glider very easily. Quick to use.

75,00 €

63,75 €

Supair Pod Fluid

Supair Fluid Parachute Pod

25,00 €

21,25 €

Supair Pod Fluid Light

Supair Fluid Light Parachute Pod

25,00 €

21,25 €

Supair Pod Fluid Light Tandem

Supair Fluid Light Tandem Parachute Pod

35,00 €

29,75 €

Supair Pod Shine

Supair Shine Parachute Pod

25,00 €

21,25 €

Supair Delight 3 Handle and Pod

Handle and Pod for Delight 3 harness Select harness size

49,00 €

41,65 €

Supair Skypper 2 Handle and Pod

Handle and Pod for Skypper 2 harness Select harness size

49,00 €

41,65 €

Supair Olys ventral bag

Weight: 130g Very light and versatile parachute bag. Perfectly adapted to on-site flying as well...

75,00 €

63,75 €

Supair Touch gloves

Windstopper® gloves for free flight, flexible and precise (untangling, line and brake holding), warm...

65,00 €

55,25 €

Supair Cotton T-Shirt

100% Cotton Available in two colours: blue and grey Short-sleeved T-shirt to accompany you in...

25,00 €

21,25 €

Supair Hoody

80% cotton, 20% polyester Hoodie to accompany you in all your activities

50,00 €

42,50 €

Supair Everest 3

Hike & Fly Weight: 320 g The harness completely dedicated to mountain flying with an extre...

360,00 €

306,00 €

Supair Strike 2

Hike & Fly Competition Weight: 2.4 kg This is the competition walking and flying harn...

1 490,00 €

1 266,50 €

Supair Delight 3

Cross-country Weight: 3.7 kg The Delight 3 is a lightweight cross country harness designed for...

1 490,00 €

1 266,50 €

Supair 45 mm carabiner

Automatic 45 mm carabiner for harness-lift connection Specifically designed for harness-rise...

23,00 €

19,55 €

Supair Access 2 Bump

On-site flight - Progression Weight : 4,225 kg This school harness will accompany both the pil...

695,00 €

590,75 €

Supair School 2 Abs

Paragliding approved Weight : 550 g The School 2 Abs helmet is dedicated to paragliding school...

100,00 €

85,00 €

Supair Supair rescue handle

Rescue handle for Supair harness Select your harness model

25,00 €

21,25 €