The acro wing with the unbeatable handling! The story of success on the BLACKOUT is based on balanced canopy-harmony, which offers the perfect mix out of mistake-forgiving dynamic and precise handling. The BLACKOUT PLUS was able to achieve a clear improvement in terms of dynamics as well as the handling, without making the glider more aggressive. Much dynamic with easy handling, that is what makes the BLACKOUT PLUS equally suitable for hobby acro pilots and acro beginners as well as professionals.
FREESTYLE, ACRO AND MORE...
The Gangster 2 is an agile freestyle glider with a comfortable safety margin. Ideal for wagga sessions and working on acro skills, it’s also a wing that will let you thermal all day, or even go cross-country.
From freestyle to acro
The Gangster’s precise, agile character makes it ideal for freestyle and wagga. Playing with obstacles is effortless and fun, and despite the dynamic feel, the glider retains a comfortable safety margin.
The Gangster is also acro-ready. Brake inputs translate quickly and precisely into motion and all basic acrobatic manoeuvres are possible. SAT’s, helicopters and big wingovers have never been easier. The wing has a clearly defined stall point and a firm brake pressure, which helps you learn the timing for deep stall and helicopters.
From relaxed thermalling to thrilling manoeuvres
While some freestyle gliders can be difficult to thermal, the Gangster has excellent climbing characteristics – you can thermal comfortably all day long. Be free to choose your flying style according to your mood!
When it comes to manoeuvres, the deep stall is easier to achieve and the glider shoots less during recovery. With the Gangster 2, we took the lower sail vents from our acro wing, the Rage, and went a step further. The vents span between the B/C and C/D lines in the centre of the wing. This helps to enhance the internal pressure during negative manoeuvres.
Choose the size that suits your style
The Gangster 2 is available in 2 sizes. Size 22 is certified EN C, whereas the size 20 shares the same essential flying characteristics. Both sizes are load tested (EN 926-1) to over 12g with a load of 120kg. In fact, thanks to the latest state-of-the-art construction techniques, the load test was actually done until 14751N!
- Air vents on the bottom surface for better internal pressure in negative maneouvres
- Light but durable construction
- 4-line design for better support across the entire chord, especially the rear of the glider during deep stall manoeuvres
- Fabric selected for ideal compromise between durability and light weight: 38g/m2 front top and bottom and 32g/m2 rear top and bottom
The Rage is designed for advanced acro pilots wishing to perform helicopters, infinity tumblings, Rhythmic and McTwists with the maximum amount of power, control and stability. The Rage gives an incomparable feeling of power through the brake handles. It reacts very precisely to brake inputs and recovers easily from stalls and spins. This improves the safety and easiness of heli-connections, giving an overall feeling of efficiency.
The Rage is the product of a long period of constant testing and development by the GIN R&D team pilots.
The first Rage prototypes in 2012 introduced for the first time the “lower sail vents”. The vents are closed when the wing is flying normally, but in a stall, the vents open to increase the internal pressure in the wing. The wing is also highly supported by Rigifoils, which enables the smooth performance of even the most radical manoeuvres. The elliptical planform aids stability during stall manoeuvres.
The Rage dominated the three Acro World Cup competitions in 2013, taking first place in the synchro category in all three competitions.
Adrian Hachen and Michael Maurer (aka “Spälti Acro Team”):
“To perform the best synchro-manoeuvres, it’s important that the wing reacts predictably. Only when the manoeuvres can be repeated the same way, can they be synchronized and formed into a show. Thanks to the dive of the wing we can perform pitch-pendulum without speed bar. And with the precise and predictable stall behaviour of the Rage, we can push the limits of Acro flying.”
The Rage is available in 2 sizes. The Rage 17 is aimed at advanced acro pilots and competitors, and the Rage 19.5 is suitable as a first acro wing or acro glider for heavier pilots.
When I started to fly acro, the right way to learn was to take a low en B and practice the first maneuvers safely with it until you mastered them. Nowadays people tend to try and go too fast to a freestyle or acro wing; doing so, they waste time and lack safety within their acro progression. For several years, I have been advising pilots around the world to learn acro with an "easier" glider. And that is how the idea of the Xstyle came in. An easy, safe and reliable glider with which it is very easy to learn all the easy maneuvers from wing over, stalls, deep stalls to some more technical ones like the helico, tumbling and so on. I have been giving advice on how to learn acro for quite some time now (through tutorials, magazines or on take-off sites) so when we started to work on the Xstyle with the Gradient R&D team I had a pretty clear idea on how the glider should be behaving and what its characteristics should be. The ideas behind the Xstyle was to have a very safe glider which every pilot could fly safely while still being able to give the energy needed for the acro tricks. I tried to put all my knowledge and experience into trimming this glider so it could give the opportunity to every pilot to learn and train acro safely. The Xstyle has a precise but still long brake range, a custom-designed brake setting in order to have easier and more stable helicos and a huge passive safety during all the shoots and collapses that young acro trainees may encounter. I am confident that the Xstyle will be able to put smiles on the face of every pilot and help them go further into their acro career.
Théo de Blic, GRADIENT R&D Team
For more information on the Xstyle, visit Gradient's website.
The true potential of RAST has become apparent with the development of the TRINITY RS acro-glider
For the first time ever we have an acro-glider with EN-certification:
with normal loading, the TRINITY RS is the perfect freestyle wing,
which with high wing-loading becomes a classy acro-competition glider.
For more information on the Trinity RS, visit Swing's website.
CHANGING THE GAME
The JOKER redefines the rules of the game – the principle of pure dynamics brings uncompromising extra power with high rotation speed back to the paragliding acrobatics. Once again it is about a new touchstone. The professional wing combines performance-oriented dynamics with supremely precise handling - „all it takes is a little push“. The JOKER overrides the laws and keeps up the high pressure in the canopy in between maneuvers as well. Responsible for that are the valves in the bottom sail (PBV), developed by U-Turn, in combination with the pressure-optimized geometry of the leading edge. Despite the high dynamics the JOKER has got a balanced canopy-harmony which is why the reactions are accordingly soft as well.
For more information on the Joker, visit U-turn's website.
Gradient’s new Freestyle3 is your wing for everything paragliding is today. It doesn’t matter whether you’re launching into a strong wind, if you’re working on acro manoeuvres and transitions, or if you just love dropping its sharp-shaped winglet into the centre of a cracking thermal. With the Freestyle3 you’ll find your personal playground in the air, anywhere on the planet. It might just change your life as you jack in that fulltime job and head off to find the best place to perfect your skills, training as often as you can. The Freestyle3 hones your intuition into the perfect line in the sky, the perfect climb and the perfect, stylish acro run. At the same time the Freestyle3 will keep you busy. With its sensitive feedback it will clearly show off your skill level, while offering you room to perfect those skills. Training with the Freestyle3 will help take your flying to the next level – and will help you move on up to a dedicated Acro wing.
For more information on the Freestyle 3, visit Gradient'swebsite.