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Hopper Envelopes

Hopper Envelopes

Hopper Envelopes

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The perfect solo flying experience

Both the Cameron Hoppers the Z-types and the O-type are perfect for those pilots that are serious about enjoying the freedom of flight and experiencing an enhanced adrenaline high. With unequalled reputation for quality, a Cameron Hopper offers exciting opportunities for leisure, sport and commercial teams.

New Hoppers are made from our stunning Superlight RipStop (38gsm) - that's nearly half the weight of standard computer paper.

At a glance


  • Twelve horizontally cut bulbous gores creates this classic balloon envelope.
  • Large proportioned mouth.
  • Ideally suited for those pilots who like a retro feel and style to modern hot air ballooning.
  • Our balloon envelopes use a combination of fabrics; a Nomex, heat resistant base panel, Superlight Nylon or Regular Ripstop Nylon and/or Hyperlast options, in a choice of 26 colours including shiny silver and shiny gold.


  • Horizontally designed panels make the surface of this balloon near-smooth and ideal for artwork.
  • Our balloon envelopes use a combination of fabrics; a Nomex, heat-resistant base (mouth) panel, Superlight Nylon or high-tenacity Ripstop Nylon and/or silicone-elastomer Hyperlast options, in a choice of 26 colours including shiny metallic silver and gold.

All Hopper Envelopes models

All envelopes are delivered with envelope karabiners, envelope bag and relevant paperwork.

Z-31 HopperZ-42 HopperO-26 HopperO-31 HopperO-38 Hopper
Size cu.ft31,45042,00026,00031,45038,000
Size cu.M8901,1907368901,076
No. of gores1624121212
Passenger no.PilotPilot + 1Pilot onlyPilot onlyPilot only
Nomex optionScoopScoopScoopScoopScoop
Dimensions15.4m / 12.4m17m / 13.8m14.5m / 11.7m15.4m / 12.4m16.3m / 14.1m
Typical enevlope weightSuperlight - 32kgSuperlight - 42kgSuperlight - 26kgSuperlight - 31kgSuperlight 39kgs
Deflation systems optionsParachuteParachuteParachuteParachuteParachute
Turning ventsOptional extra *Optional extra *Optional extra*Optional extra*Optional extra*
Design ChartDownloadDownloadDownloadDownloadDownload

Envelope options

Fabric colours

    • Superlight fabric option is available at no extra cost.
    • Internal Load-tape construction available.
    • Envelope ‘windows’ in Cameron see-safe fabric can be positioned to provide sight of the sky or balloons above.
    • Additional registration marks and country flags can be applied.

Why not consider Superlight?

By far the greatest weight saving can be made by using a lighter envelope fabric. For the same price as our regular ripstop, the weight of your balloon can be up to 30% depending on the type and size of balloon required. 

Other specifications like flat-webbing tapes, 3mm diameter flying wires and lightweight crown-line will all compliment your choice.

Why not include Kevron load tapes? they are immensely strong and very light weight, offering a further 4% reduction in weight from our standard envelopes. These 'tapes' are encapsulated within the seams, to protect them from damaging UV rays.

Envelope Options

  • Superlight fabric is an available option for all balloons and can be used in conjuction with our Ripstop Nylon and Hyperlast.
  • Internal load-tape construction is an option.
  • Envelope ‘windows’  made from Cameron Balloons "see-safe" fabric - can be installed into the envelope to offer a view of the sky above.
  • Further aircraft registration marks and country flags can be applied in addition to the regulation sets required.

Why not consider Superlight?

Due to a large percentage of a hot-air balloon envelope being fabric, a fundamental weight-saving can be made by using a lighter Ripstop Nylon. This can often save up to 30% of the envelope's fabric weight depending on the type and size of balloon built.

Other changes in envelope specification for example; flat-webbing tapes, 3mm diameter flying wires and lightweight crownline can also help to save kilos.

To continue with the weight-saving theme, why not consider Kevron load tapes? These tapes while also immensely strong and very light-weight, offer a further 4% reduction in weight when compared to other tapes. Cameron Balloons encapsulates these 'tapes' within the seams, to protect them from potentially damaging UV rays. Any Kevron load tape that can not be protected within a seam is housed within a tubular, outer tape to ensure its longevity.

We are very pleased to announce that our Superlight fabric (38gsm) is currently being offered at the same price as our Ripstop Nylon (69gsm). A range of 49gsm Ripstop Nylon fabric is also available, subject to a small supplement charge.

Why not chat with our Sales Team about which fabric is right for your balloon or project, we would be delighted to provide ideas, suggestions, case-study experience, customer testimonials and fabric samples.

Telephone +44(0) 117 963 7216 or email our Sales Team for further details -

Optional equipment

  • Lightweight polyester loadtapes are available
  • Kevron loadtapes are available
  • Kevlar flying cables are also a lightweight option to consider in place of stainless-steel flying wires.
  • Shaped banners with or without artwork are available, tailor-made to hug your balloon envelope’s surface in a range of sizes and materials.

What people are saying…

Customer promise

Excellence really is our lowest standard; exemplary quality, proven reliability and attentive service are some of Cameron Balloons' key and constantly striven for company goals. 

Our range of complete balloons, airships and lighter-than-air craft are all fully certified and approved. 

Each balloon envelope is built from individual “blocks” of fabric called panels, which are grouped into vertical “segments” known as gores. Beautiful and elegant, the Z-Type shape is horizontally cut making the surface of this balloon near-smooth, creating the perfect display space for the most imaginative promotional designs. The O-Type shape has a bulbous surface creating a wonderfully classic balloon that so many adore.

Cameron Balloons fabrics have anti-mould, anti-mildew and anti-UV degradation agents added to them to prolong the life and colour of all Bristol built balloons. Fluorocarbons are also added to the outside face of the fabric to defend the fabric from moisture, dirt and debris.

All hot-air balloons require regular maintenance and servicing (a bit like a car) to keep the balloon-systems working reliably for years of happy flying. Maintenance usually takes place after 100 flying hours or 12months whichever is sooner. Cameron Balloons also offers, with over five decades of experience, aftersales support and assistance with everything from flight and maintenance manuals to airworthiness inspections and spares.

Cameron Balloons also offers assurance – An ESCROW account is available – guaranteeing that your deposit payment is safe with us.

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