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SolVin Bretzel: The Future Of Canopy Tours?
Though the idea is centuries old, the SolVin Bretzel is a relatively new generation of canopy raft. Made from UV-resistant PVC pontoons that are connected by a net, the SolVin Bretzel provides a low-impact, earth-friendly 400m² viewing platform for people to ride in.
2003, scientists used a SolVin Bretzel in Panama to undertake research. Though considered a success, the SolVin required a helicopter to fly it into the area, which is not particularly sustainable. Before you "Aw, shucks" your chance to ride in a SolVin, note that SolVin also makes a Canopy Glider -- a large helium balloon that could ferry in a Bretzel.
Are helium balloons and giant netted pretzels the future of canopy exploration? I hope so.
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