Reach for the Clouds

paraglider Base EN/LTF-B Bruce Goldsmith Design
paraglider Base EN/LTF-B Bruce Goldsmith Design
paraglider Base EN/LTF-B Bruce Goldsmith Design
paraglider Base EN/LTF-B Bruce Goldsmith Design
paraglider Base EN/LTF-B Bruce Goldsmith Design
paraglider Base EN/LTF-B Bruce Goldsmith Design
paraglider Base EN/LTF-B Bruce Goldsmith Design
paraglider Base EN/LTF-B Bruce Goldsmith Design
paraglider Base EN/LTF-B Bruce Goldsmith Design
paraglider Base EN/LTF-B Bruce Goldsmith Design


  S M ML L  
Linear scaling factor 0.95 1 1.025 1.05  
Projected area 18.72 20.74 21.79 22.87
Flat area 22.56 25.00 26.27 27.56
Glider weight 4.8 5.3 5.6 5.8 kg
Total line length 221 245 257 270 m
Height 7.10 7.24 7.40 7.80 m
Number of main lines 3/4/3 A/B/C
Cells 80/46/90  
Flat aspect ratio 5.68  
Projected aspect ratio 4.09  
Root cord 2.48 2.61 2.68 2.74 m
Flat span 11.24 11.83 12.13 12.42 m
Projected span 8.71 9.17 9.40 9.63 m
In-flight weight range 60-80 75-95 85-105 100-120 kg
Trim speed 39 km/h
Top speed 55 km/h
Min sink 1.0 m/sec
Best glide 10  
Certification EN/LTF-B  


Quixada, Pokhara, Manilla, Piedrahita, Fiesch, Annecy, Govenador Valadares, Owens Valley, St. Andre-les-Alps... Are you constantly thinking of flying big sites? The BASE was designed to take you there. It will look after you as you push yourself to places you have never been, it will react the way you have always expected and it will perform really, really well. So, put on your speed arms, charge your batteries, and be the first to base with the BASE!


How can a few lines and some cloth be put together in a way that will fly us hundreds miles? For years we have been trying to build the perfect combination of these materials in an effort to fly further. Every year records are broken so we are definitely doing something right. We have gone through a lot of line and cloth to find our perfect combination in the BASE.
Bruce put his ‘all’ into this high performing EN/LTF-B rated paraglider. The BASE carefully treads that thin line of maximum safety and impressive performance. Bruce Goldsmith Handling, a unique nose design and Cord Cut Billow all make the BASE into a great package of stability and performance.

Bruce's Notes

Do you remember the Airwave Sport? It was one of my favorites. The BASE is loosely based off the Sport series with a whole bunch of new technology. I added Cord Cut Billow to clean up the leading edge and help with weight and stability.

Leading edge mini ribs create a solid leading edge on speed while making essentially 80 cells without adding the weight of full ribs. I put a lot of time into perfecting the profile to maximize performance and stability on speed bar. The BASE is fast, fun, and my new favorite wing; I hope you will feel the same.


Top surface: Dominico N30
Bottom surface: Dominico N20
Internal structure: Dominico D30 DFM
Nose reinforcing: Plastic wire 2,3mm and 2,7 mm
Risers: 13 mm black Kevlar/nylon webbing
Pulleys: P-18 Harken pulleys
Top lines: DC60
Middle lines: TSL 140
Lower lines: TSL 220/280
Brakes: DSL70

Production film

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Package includes

  • Paraglider
  • Rucksack
  • BGD T-shirt
  • Speed bar
  • USB stick with manuals
  • BGD stickers
  • Repair kit
  • Break handle inserts
  • Stuff sack
  • Riser bag
  • Compression strap

Design features

Cord Cut Billow (CCB)

Cord Cut Billow technology has been developed to improve the form friction, glider stability and overall performance of our 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.

Leading edge mini-ribs

Situated along the leading edge are reinforced mini-ribs, designed to help produce a rock solid profile while on speed bar.

46 enhanced cells

Cord Cut Billow and new leading edge mini-ribs allows us to lower the number of full cells while gaining the characteristics of a high cell count paraglider.

46 enhanced cells
Low line consumption

Over the years we have perfected our system of optimizing the line layout of our wings. We use numerous equations, software, and plain old experience to build our line layout. The result is simple: fewer lines making stronger, faster gliders. The Base has a very low line consumption at 245 meters on the M size.

Low line consumption
Light and durable

The Base is constructed with a mix of lightweight but robust, proven, materials and only weighs in at 5.2kg(M).

Snap Locks

Snap Locks are lightweight compact attachments that effortlessly connect brakes to the risers with a small focused magnet inside the catch and an internal locking system that holds the handle in every direction except down toward the pilot. This unique design feature means the handles don’t fall off while kiting, packing, or performing maneuvers. The Snap Lock system solves many of the problems associated with press-studs and magnets that every pilot faces.

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