This page explains a bit more about the equipment you will need to fly a paramotor. Specifically this is the gear I use.
There are a lot of different choice for paramotor equipment, each having their own style, technology, advantages and disadvantages.

The paramotor

My paramotor is a PAP 1300 model fitted with a corsair engine with an electrical starter.

 
PAP Engines are based on "low attachment" glider connecting points. Different models of paramotors come with "high attachment" or "low attachment" points. Which one you choose is interely up to you. Some people like "High" other ones like "Low".
The main difference between "high" and "low" attachement models is that "Low attachment" feels more like a normal freeflight paraglider (no engine). It allows you to have better feedback from your glider. Having better feedback results in better anticipation and reactions on the behaviour of your glider during ground-handling (take-off) and in-flight. Another big advantage compared to "High" hangpoints is that you can pilot the glider by shifting your weight from one side to another. This will result in the glider turning without actually pulling on the brakes. Although some "high" attachment models also have some weightshifting possibilities "low" attachment models tend to be much better at this.

Getting more feedback from the glider may in the beginning feel a bit uncomfortable since you will have bigger sensations when in turbulence then compared to "High" attachment points. This does not make it less safe (actually it is even safer), but it may be a bit scary in the beginning, especially if you were used to flying "high" attachment models.
The different models of PAP are mainly there to give the best model for everyone depending mostly on the pilot's weight. A paramotor engine is always constructed for usage within a certain weight range. The main difference between the models is: cage size, propeller size and engine thrust.
To know the best engine for your weight, consult your paramotor dealer.

The Glider

I fly an "Action-29" (Standard) glider from Paramania. Again there exists all sorts of different gliders. Choosing a good glider for you depends on several factors.
The most important factor is your weight. Gliders are made for usage between a certain weight range. So your primary selection criteria is the weight range. Then another important selection criteria is, what do you want to do with your glider. Some gliders are primarly used for paramotoring usage (they tend to be faster, but also sink faster) or you can also choose a freeflight glider. With a freeflight glider you can combine paramotoring and freeflight.
The action wing is a glider specially made for paramotoring. It is a fast, versatile and agile glider still within a very good safety range. The disadvantage of this glider is that it is primarly built for paramotoring, so if you would want to do freeflight, you would best need another glider. This does not mean you cannot use the glider for freeflight, it would however probably not be as good as a real freeflight glider.
Gliders also come with different certification levels, ranging from beginner, standard to competition glider. A wing with standard certification is the safest wing you can have. Should a collapse or another other event occur, the glider will restore the situation all by itself. As opposed to for example a competition wing. A competition wing will need input from the pilot in order to recuperate from an abnormal situation.

Generally, this is all the equipment you need to actually fly!



Cool, isn't it?


Other equipment

Athough the above is the minimum you need to actually fly, there are other pieces of equipment you can use during flight.

The variometer.

The variometer is an instrument which will indicate your height, ascending or descending rate. It is a good tool to know your height of course but is also an indicator whether or not you are flying at a stable height level or not.
It is a very good tool to show you if you are in a thermal (ascending) or not.

Variometer, Altimeter
Analog display - patented twin pass scale up to 1600 Ft/min
Digital Variometer Averager - users selectable between 1 - 35 seconds
2 Altimeters up to 30.000 feet.

Speed Measurement
True airspeed automatically altitude compensated
Stall alarm - user selectable (can be disabled)
Airspeed correction factor to correct sensor tolerance and placement

Temperature Measurement
Current ambient temperature in Fahrenheit or Celsius

Time Measurement
Real-time clock - Current time and date
Flight timer- keeps track of flight duration
Stopwatch- may be started, stopped and reset during flight

Flight Log
Automatically records 20 most recent flights
Peak values of altitude 1 and 2, lift and sink, flight duration and date of flight
Recorded flights and values may be displayed at any time
Flight memory data maintained if batteries are removed.


The GPS

A gps is a very handy piece of equipment which allows you to know exactly where you are during a flight. The GPS can help you to fly to a certain location or to even get you back to your landing spot.
The garmin Vista GPS allows you to store more then 500 waypoints. It is compatible with the Garmin mapsource maps to download local maps to the GPS.
It contains a real compass and baromatric pressure meter.
The cool thing about a GPS is that you can actually save your flight and export it to your PC. This will show on the map exactly where you flew. It can also be used to actually plan your flight. You can define several waypoints on the map and navigate to each of them during flight.
It is even possible to download avation specific map information. This is interesting to know you are not flying through a forbidden or controlled zone.



 

Cockpit bag

A cockpit bag is a bag mounted in front of you. It allows you to stow several things such as water, camera's etc...
The top of the cockpit bag has velcro on it, which allows you to mount several pieces of equipment for easy access during flight.

Helmet

 
Never forget to wear a helmet for your own safety.

Helmets can come with headphones to increase the noise comfort level during flight, or can even come with real headphones for connecting to a radio.
This helmet is equiped with radio headphones. You can swing the headphones to the back in case you for example cut your engine and do some freeflight. This allows you to have a better wind sensation. The sensation of the wind is also an important sense during freeflight.


The Radio

 

Boots

Boots are very important for your safety. You should always use solid boots when flying a paramotor. This is needed because you the landing zone may be composed of soft earth, bumps etc... A good shoe will decrease the risk of foot injury.
Any good mounting hicking boot will do. There are some boots specifically designed for paragliding such as the ones below.

 

Athough this equipment is all very nice, however the single most important thing to have and/or do
is a good paramotor training.
Never buy all of this stuff and try to fly all by yourself.
A good flight school is essential to practice this fantastic sport safely.
Having followed a solid training will minimize the risk of personal injury, broken equipment and will allow you to enjoy the sport much better.