Epic EN/LTF-B Live the Journey

The ideal paraglider for your first big flights, and a fun all-rounder for seasoned pilots.

paraglider Epic EN/LTF-B <em>Live the Journey</em> Bruce Goldsmith Design
paraglider Epic EN/LTF-B <em>Live the Journey</em> Bruce Goldsmith Design
paraglider Epic EN/LTF-B <em>Live the Journey</em> Bruce Goldsmith Design
paraglider Epic EN/LTF-B <em>Live the Journey</em> Bruce Goldsmith Design
paraglider Epic EN/LTF-B <em>Live the Journey</em> Bruce Goldsmith Design
paraglider Epic EN/LTF-B <em>Live the Journey</em> Bruce Goldsmith Design
paraglider Epic EN/LTF-B <em>Live the Journey</em> Bruce Goldsmith Design

Flying Style

  • Learning
  • Hike and Fly
  • Cross Country
  • Freestyle
  • SIV
paraglider Epic EN/LTF-B <em>Live the Journey</em> Bruce Goldsmith Design

Specifications

  XS S M ML L  
Linear scaling factor 0.96 1.00 1.04 1.08 1.12  
Projected area 17.86 19.56 21.24 22.81 24.54
Flat area 21.00 23.00 24.97 26.83 28.85
Glider weight 4.2 4.6 4.9 5.1 5.4 kg
Total line length 210 230 250 268 289 m
Height 6.7 6.979 7.3 7.5 7.8 m
Number of main lines 3/3/4 A/B/C
Cells 42/80  
Flat aspect ratio 5.01  
Projected aspect ratio 3.602  
Root cord 2.58 2.70 2.81 2.91 3.02 m
Flat span 10.26 10.73 11.18 11.59 12.02 m
Projected span 8.02 8.39 8.75 9.07 9.40 m
In-flight weight range 50-65 60-80 75-95 90-110 105-125 kg
Trim speed 38 km/h
Top speed 50 km/h
Min sink 1.0 m/sec
Best glide 9  
Certification EN/LTF-B  

Target

Once upon a time in a land far, far away (1989 on the Isle of Wight, UK), a younger Bruce Goldsmith toiled night and day, cramming all his ideas into the Black Magic. This paraglider was to fulfill his dreams and take him into the history books. Now, with the Epic, fellow pilots can follow on his flight path and embark on their own epic journey. If the passion for flight burns inside you, the Epic will set you free with, literally, flying colours. The Epic is ideal for pilots about to leave their house thermal for the first time, and a fun all-rounder for seasoned pilots.

Description

Designed to satisfy your uncontrollable urge for flying, the Epic is an intuitive, safe and graphically appealing paraglider. Bruce has packed lots of high-tech design solutions into the Epic so you can enjoy your journey at your own pace. Designed for peace of mind no matter what you meet on your journey, she will reassure while you slay that flaming dragon thermal, and see you safely past the snaking valley breeze. A shark nose, mini-ribs, light and efficient speed bar, elliptical tips and a safe but sharp brake range work together for optimal safety, handling, and performance. The Epic will give you the confidence to make your journey over the highest mountains, across the deepest valleys and to the ends of the earth and back.

Bruce's Notes

I know how privileged I am to have found such an extraordinary sport. During my own journey I have worked out exactly what a pilot preparing to embark on their own such voyage needs. I wrote a list of requirements and designed the Epic with this in mind. The easy aspect ratio of 5.0 is the perfect balance between safety and performance. With only 42 optimised cells the Epic is a simple, rugged, and very clean paraglider. I gave the Epic an easy pitch profile and arc for a high degree of passive safety, allowing the pilot to concentrate on the flying. I wish I could have had an Epic when my story began!

Materials

Top surface: Dominico N30
Bottom surface: Dominico N20
Internal structure: Porcher Skytex 40 hard
Nose reinforcing: Plastic wire 2,3mm and 2,7 mm
Risers: 13 mm black Kevlar/nylon webbing
Top lines: DSL70/110
Middle lines: DSL 110
Lower lines: TSL 190/280
Brakes: DSL70

Colour option



Package includes

  • Paraglider
  • Rucksack
  • BGD T-shirt
  • Speed bar
  • USB stick with manuals
  • BGD stickers
  • Repair kit
  • 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.

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.

Strong Shark

An aggressive shark nose optimises internal pressure at all speeds.

3D panel shaping

A very clean and accurate lower surface .

Three-riser system

Simple and efficient.

Dedicated big ears riser

Easy descent when you need it.

Triple-finger C diagonal ribs

Complicated stuff that goes on inside the wing.

Trailing edge mini-ribs

More positive braking.

Shattered colour scheme

Just so refreshing.

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