- ACCESS ALL AREAS -
Bounce from one flying style to another, with an ECHO.
A resonance of the EPIC with a stripped-down line-set and a lighter mix of materials, the ECHO shaves 500-700g while offering extra performance and versatility for no compromise in safety.
As with the rest of the BGD range, the ECHO profits from Bruce’s trademark sharp, easy handling. 3D CCB panel-shaping means a clean, high-performing aerofoil while lighter weight means less inertia, reduced shooting and increased roll stability.
Our strong shark nose adds stability to the leading edge at all speeds, and a silky-smooth Ronstan ball-bearing speed system keeps bar-action smooth on those long flights. The ECHO offers clear feedback with a relaxed feel in active air, and epic performance for its class!
The ECHO is THE all-rounder in BGD range, created for just-out-of training newbies, avid hike-and-flyers, cross-country pilots, world travellers, soarers, vol-et -skiers, wagga/soaring dudes and vol-bivouacers. With a solid blend of performance and no-stress safety the pilot who loves every kind of paragliding will find one wing does it all with this little lightweight package. Stripped-down, open-minded, and dressed to impress, the ECHO will please every pilot it floats over!
IMPECCABLE SPIRAL BEHAVIOR
The spiral behavior is astounding – spiral stability can be a problem with low aspect-ratio beginner wings, but BGD has tested the paraglider extensively, with different inclinations and sink rates, and never, ever has it stayed in a spiral, once! This is very unusual for a school glider and is a big safety bonus.
BGD has added a 'big ears' A riser which is also on a ½ ratio with the rest of the A lines. This facilitates easy use of big ears while helping speed and stability while on bar. The speed system is light and simple without reflex really helping glide at speed.
Snap Locks are lightweight, compact attachments that effortlessly connect the brakes to the risers. A small focused magnet inside the catch and an internal locking system hold the handle in place, releasing only if the handles are pulled down towards the pilot. This unique design feature means the handles don’t fall off while kiting, packing, or performing manoeuvres. The Snap Lock system solves many of the problems associated with press-studs and magnets.
Progressive stability has been designed into all BGD gliders to help pilots feel turbulence and avoid it. This makes for safer and more comfortable flying.
CORD CUT BILLOW (CCB)
Cord Cut Billow technology has been developed to improve the form friction, glider stability and overall performance of BGD paragliders. Two seams run chord-wise across the top panels of the leading edge to accommodate the panel ballooning that happens when the wing is inflated. Up to five centimetres of excess material is created on the sides of an inflated flat panel bending over a wing profile. Cord Cut Billow technology absorbs the material with a 3D panel resulting in fewer ripples and improved rib profile shape and stability.
BGD has maintained the strength and rigidity of the ribs while removing unnecessary material. This means less weight for no increase in cost or reduction in strength of the wing. The hole positioning and size depends on the loads taken locally by the sail, and it is thanks to recent developments in BGD software that it is now possible to accurately calculate this.
TRIPLE FINGER DIAGONALS
Across the whole chord of the profile, BGD has designed three-piece diagonal supports that pass through the holes in other ribs. They ensure structural integrity by avoiding cloth bias from the ribs and creating a more solid wing even when the brake is applied. This is particularly important near the trailing edge since the profile is thin and the diagonal ribs are shallow supporting higher loads.
OPTIMIZED LINE LAYOUT
Over the years BGD has perfected BGD system of optimising the line layout of BGD wings. BGD use numerous equations, software, and the plain old guess-and-check method to build BGD line layouts. The result is simple: fewer lines making stronger, faster gliders
EYES WIDE-OPEN SAFETY
Gliders that talk are safer. Safer gliders make pilots perform better. Better performing pilots fly further. Further flying pilots are happier pilots. Eyes Wide-open Safety produces happier pilots.
|LINEAR SCALING FACTOR||0.96||1||1.04||1.08||1.12|
|PROJECTED AREA (M²)||17.9||19.6||21.2||22.8||24.5|
|FLAT AREA (M²)||21||23||25||26.8||28.9|
|GLIDER WEIGHT (KG)||3.7||3.9||4.2||4.4||4.7|
|TOTAL LINE LENGTH (M)||210||230||250||268||289|
|NUMBER OF MAIN LINES (A/B/C)||3/4/3|
|FLAT ASPECT RATIO||5|
|PROJECTED ASPECT RATIO||3.6|
|ROOT CHORD (M)||2.6||2.7||2.8||2.9||3|
|FLAT SPAN (M)||10.2||10.7||11.2||11.6||12|
|PROJECTED SPAN (M)||8||8.4||8.8||9.1||9.4|
|TRIM SPEED (KM/H)||38|
|TOP SPEED (KM/H)||50|
|MIN SINK (M/S)||1|
|EN WEIGHT RANGE (KG)||50-65||60-80||75-95||90-110||105-125|
Standard colors are Emerald, Sapphire, Crystal
Knowledge is power. To fly a wing well, I think it is important for a pilot to feel in control. Having an understanding of the air you are flying in is as important as the glider’s own passive safety. I design all my wings to give a reassuring level of feedback, to empower pilots with a good understanding of the conditions. I call it progressive stability, and my wings incrementally react to the different levels of turbulence, providing essential feedback, so the pilot can stay well within their comfort zone. Shielding a pilot from turbulence might make them feel safer initially, but they can be blissfully unaware of the risks they might be taking when the air is becoming more turbulent.
Fly safely, fly confidently, fly with progressive safety and know the air around you.
Paraglider / Rucksack / Speed bar / Repair kit / Stuff sack / Riser bag / Compression strap / BGD T-shirt / USB stick with manuals / BGD stickers
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