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Ultra-weight gliders aren't just for descents nowadays. Fabric technology and paraglider design has advanced so much that, despite its light weight, the Alpine is a fully functioning, soarable paraglider capable of cross country flight.


The standard Alpine is based on the DHV 1 Gecko beginner wing. The two designs share the same sail, line configuration and certification.


To create the Alpine the Gecko was analysed in every detail to reduce its weight. The sail was changed from 39 g/m, with a 45 g/m, leading edge, to 27 g/m, with a 35 g/m,  leading edge, the Mylar edging tape has been changed to a lighter nylon tape, the line attachments have lighter weight reinforcing, the risers change to super lightweight Dyneema webbing and the removable speed system has been redesigned to be effective, yet light-weight. On the Alpine even the seams are sewn differently to reduce weight. The Alpine weighs 3.2 Kg in the S size, 3.5 Kg in the M and 3.9 Kg in the L.


The Alpine Extreme was designed as an ultra-lightweight glider and is only 17.5 m (flat) and is both fast and manoeuvrable. It can be used as either a lightweight for small pilots, or as a mini glider for when the wind's too strong to fly a normal wing.


The Alpine Extreme is a one off design without certification. The Alpine Extreme weighs in at a lightweight 2.7 Kg. This is a very small and lightweight all purpose glider. Designed as a small, fun and safe glider of just 17.5sq meters, this wing is both fast and stable. Launch is very easy in everything from nil wind to very strong winds. Landing in no wind is fast but as the glider slows up nicely on the brakes it is possible to make a nice landing even in nil wind.


With a trim speed of 43km/h with a total flying weight of 90kg, the 'Alpine Extreme' will penetrate in a strong wind when most other paragliders have to stay on the ground. Top speed with speed bar is 55km/h. The minimum sink rate with an all up weight of 60kg is around 1m/sec. With a flying weight of 90kg minimum sink is around 1.6m/sec. Best glide is between 7 and 8 depending on wing loading.


The wing can also be flown by small pilots of weight as low as 35kg and the design target for safety and stability, is as a lowend 1-2 class glider, though if you fly this wing heavy the reactions will be much more dynamic than a 1-2 wing.
Price in 2009 EUR 2300.

ALPINE S
Projected area: 20.10 sq.m
Flat area: 23.58 sq.m
Weight excl bag: 3.2 kg
Total line length: 390 m
Height: 7.10 m
Number of main lines: 3/4/3
Cells: 34
Flat aspect ratio: 4.99
Root cord: 2.66 m
Weight range: 60-85 kg
Trim speed: 35 Km/h
Top speed: 45 Km/h
Min sink: 1.0 m/sec
Best glide: 7.5
Certification: EN B/ LTF 1

ALPINE M
Projected area: 22.27 sq.m
Flat area: 26.12 sq.m
Weight excl bag: 3.5 kg
Total line length: 416 m
Height: 7.44 m
Number of main lines: 3/4/3
Cells: 34
Flat aspect ratio: 4.99
Root cord: 2.81 m
Weight range: 80-105 kg
Trim speed: 35 Km/h
Top speed: 45 Km/h
Min sink: 1.0 m/sec
Best glide: 7.5
Certification: EN B/ LTF 1

ALPINE L
Projected area: 24.55 sq.m
Flat area: 28.80 sq.m
Weight excl bag: 3.9 kg
Total line length: 441 m
Height: 7.80 m
Number of main lines: 3/4/3
Cells: 34
Flat aspect ratio: 4.99
Root cord: 2.95 m
Weight range: 100-125 kg
Trim speed: 35 Km/h
Top speed: 45 Km/h
Min sink: 1.0 m/sec
Best glide: 7.5
Certification: EN B/ LTF 1

ALPINE Extreme
Projected area: 15.05 sq.m
Flat area: 17.53 sq.m
Weight excl bag: 2.7 kg
Total line length: 297,5 m
Height: 6.86 m
Number of main lines: 3/4/3
Cells: 34
Flat aspect ratio: 4.99
Root cord: 2.29 m
Weight range: 55-100 kg
Trim speed: 38 / 42 Km/h
Top speed: 55 / 60 Km/h
Min sink: 1.0 m/sec
Best glide: 7.5
Certification: load test

Himalaya
Projected area: 16.89 sq.m
Flat area: 20.00 sq.m
Weight excl bag: 2.1 kg
Total line length: 205 m
Height: 6.56 m
Number of main lines: 3/3
Cells: 34
Flat aspect ratio: 4.86
Root cord: 3.62 m
Weight range: 65-105 kg
Trim speed: 42 Km/h
Top speed: 50 Km/h
Min sink: 1.2 m/sec
Best glide: 7.5

 

 


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