|Total line length||224||238||m|
|Number of main lines||3/4/3||A/B/C|
|Flat aspect ratio||6.25|
|Projected aspect ratio||4.68|
|In-flight weight range||65-90||80-100||kg|
If you have a lightweight tent, a -10 degree sleeping bag, a gas burner, a reversible harness, a GPS tracker and a flexible job, the Tala LITE is your paraglider.
The Tala LITE is designed specifically for the adventurer in you. Its performance, safety and weight are ideal for those long isolated vol-bivouac flights. High up on an alpine summit, the Tala LITE will be your best companion.
Extra water, food or beer could make up for the almost 1.1 kg of weight we have skimmed off the Tala (without losing much durability). With a mix of carefully allocated 27, 34, and 40 gramme cloth the EN-C certified Tala LITE feels like its parent – a reassuring three-liner with safe, fun and efficient characteristics.
In 1985, Brian Milton and I founded the 444 Club. We wanted members to attempt to follow migratory birds for 444 km across the Alps. Nobody accomplished the goal with the early hang gliders but I have always wanted to design a paraglider that could. The Tala LITE is the tool for the modern-day 444 Club member.
Like the Tala, the Tala LITE is a wing that has a low cell count (Simple Cells) and a very clean leading edge (Cord Cut Billow) making the low cell count (50 cells) feasible thus reducing the weight, line consumption and complexity of the paraglider. The Tala LITE is a true three-liner from top to bottom. It has three main lines in the span-wise direction and only two levels of lines on the first and second main lines. The third main lines split twice making big ears easy and effective. The Tala LITE only has 238m of total line, which is close to most two-liners.
Designed from the already very lightly constructed Tala, the Tala LITE is an ultra light mountain version. It is constructed with lighter materials, light Dyneema risers and sheathed lower lines for those rocky terrains.
The risers are made from 4mm diameter Liros Dyneema line. The risers are fully spliced and covered with PU coated nylon wrap to protect against UV and abrasions. We have used soft link connections covered in neoprene instead of heavy carabiners.
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.
Over the years we have perfected our system of optimizing the line layout of our wings. We use numerous equations, software, and the plain old guess and check method to build our line layout. The result is simple: fewer lines making stronger, faster gliders.
Normally gliders of this performance have 60 to 75 cells. We have only recently discovered how to make a wing of this efficiency with very low cell count.
The four cell groups and large cell widths in the Tala means the distance between the tabs is huge! Flight tests have shown the gliders have and increased performance and speed without sacrificing collapse behaviour or cravat tendencies.