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Anda

EN/LTF-A

“Breathe, breathe in the air … long you’ll live and high you’ll fly” Pink Floyd

Size

XS S M ML L
21 23 25 27 29

Specs

  XS S M ML L
Linear scaling factor 0.96 1 1.04 1.08 1.12
Projected area (m²) 17.7 19.7 21 24.5 26.3
Flat area (m²) 21 23 25 27 29
Glider weight (kg) 2.78 2.99 3.22 3.36 3.54
Total line length (m) 227 233 244 254 263
Height (m) 6.7 7 7.1 7.5 7.8
Number of main lines (A/B/C) 3/4/3
Cells 37
Flat aspect ratio 4.8
Projected aspect ratio 3.6
Root chord (m) 2.6 2.7 2.9 3 3.1
Flat span (m) 10.1 10.5 10.9 11.4 11.8
Projected span (m) 7.9 8.2 8.6 8.9 9.2
Trim speed (km/h) 38
Top speed (km/h) 50
Min sink (m/s) 1
Best glide 9
Weight range (kg) 50-70 65-80 75-95 85-108 100-125
Extended weight range (kg) 70-80 80-90 95-105 108-117 125-130
Certification (EN/LTF) A

Info

‘Anda’ means ‘breathe’ or ‘spirit’ in Icelandic. It’s our lightweight, life-loving little soul, a companion spirit of hike-and-flyers, travellers and escapees of the nine-to-five. The Anda is light and compact enough to be carried in hand luggage, safe and comfortable so you can confidently unpack in new places and go exploring. It’s for grabbing life by the horns, taking the leap and finding adventure where you can.

The two smallest sizes come in under 3kg and the five sizes accommodate all-up weights from 50kg to 130kg.

The ANDA has extended weight ranges. This means it can be flown at a higher wing loading than “standard”, useful if you want to carry extra equipment to camp in the mountains etc. It is EN/LTF A in the standard and extended weight ranges with the inherent safety this implies, but it will have slightly different flight characteristics:

In the standard weight range you will have a good sink rate and thermalling ability, turns will be easy and predictable with the ability to float and turn flat in weak conditions.

In the extended weight range the wing loading is higher so the glider will be faster and more dynamic. Handling will be more reactive and it will be hard to stay up in weak conditions. This is typically used for mountain descents or soaring in higher winds.

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Tech

Remarkably Lightweight

Kind to your shoulders and your luggage allowance, the Anda is light … the smallest two sizes are under 3kg. Your water will be nearly as heavy!

ALULA Simulation Software

The future of glider design depends largely on simulations. Instead of designing and producing prototypes one by one, our unique in-house structural / aero simulation program, ALULA, enables us to accurately simulate hundreds of virtual prototypes. We test over 200 virtual prototypes for each paraglider, using 50 million iterations of the structural / aero calculations.

Surprisingly good glide

Means more options, more fun. Take it XC, or fearlessly tackle that mountain whose landing option is a “good glide” away. You have a good glide!

Small packing volume

Leaves room for the rest of your luggage if you're traveling, and fits in a small rucksack for hiking.

Very easy launch

Really easy to launch in all wind conditions, from stronger blows to light tailwinds. The light sail just floats up, and sits above your head in the slightest of breezes. Easy-peasy.

Chord Cut Billow (CCB)

Chord 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. They accommodate the panel ballooning that happens when the wing is inflated. Without CCB, up to five centimetres of excess material is created on the sides of an inflated flat panel when it bends over a wing profile. This results in wrinkles. Chord Cut Billow technology removes this excess material and the 3D panel has fewer ripples and improved rib profile shape and stability.

Dyneema / Kevlar Risers

Designed for functionality and easy handling as well as low weight, the load-bearing A and B risers are made from stretch-resistant 12mm Kevlar-reinforced webbing; the baby A and rear riser are lighter Dyneema.

BGD Feedback

Gliders that talk are safer. Safer gliders make pilots perform better. Better performing pilots fly further. Further flying pilots are happier pilots. BGD Feedback produces happier pilots!

Integrated Line Layout

The line layout of our gliders is fully integrated into the wing design. Sail and lines are designed together, holistically. The cell widths and the internal straps that transfer the load though the sail are all designed according to the line layout. Even the panel shaping is matched with the line layout though detailed CAD simulation. The result is simple: fewer lines and stronger, faster, safer gliders.

Progressive Stability

Using ALULA, BGD gliders are designed to have a stable and solid centre with progressively softer tips. This teaches pilots to predict and avoid deflations and stay aware of the air.

Reinforced Leading Edge

The Anda’s leading edge has 32g/m2 cloth in the central cells, to add durability and support where it’s needed, but only where it’s needed. We kept it lighter where we could.

Softlinks

Softlinks are strong and light and avoid the hard points in the link between pilot and wing. Maintaining flexible materials from the riser though to the lines and up to the wing simply makes sense. It is both lighter and more elegant. It’s not often you’ll need to undo the soft links, but we made a video (below) to show how quick and easy it is if you need to

Snap Locks

Snap Locks are lightweight, compact attachments that 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.

Triple finger diagonals

Triple Finger Diagonals create a more solid and durable wing. Across the whole chord of the profile, three-piece diagonal supports pass through holes in the ribs. They ensure structural integrity by avoiding the cloth being loaded in the bias direction. This is particularly important near the trailing edge where the profile is thin and shallower diagonal ribs supporting high loads.

Universal Links

The speed bar attachments are Universal links rather than Brummel hooks. We find them just as easy and they don’t come undone when you don’t want them to.

Weight-optimised ribs

We have 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 our software that it is now possible to accurately calculate this.

Target

The Anda was developed as a lightweight EN-A wing that’s beginner-friendly. It’s a hike-and-fly wing that anyone can fly, and packable for travelling with. It has good performance and fun handling, so you can ride the early-morning thermals, soar the sunset cliffs or launch from a high mountain safe in the knowledge you have a good reach to the landing. It would be a good first wing for a careful new pilot who enjoys hiking, but as with all lightweight wings, it needs to be treated with care.


Designer's notes

It’s been quite a journey for the R&D team, exploring materials and techniques to make a wing that is light, easy and safe, with soaring and thermalling performance. All the materials were selected so the Anda has the best balance of light weight and usability; we kept it light, but a little extra weight was accepted if we felt it really improved handling or durability.

The sail is double-coated Porcher Skytex 27, with now-proven longevity. The unsheathed Kevlar lines are the latest Edelrid Pro Dry, whose new treatment makes them 60% more water repellent.

The Anda comes with softlinks as standard – they are strong and light and avoid the hard points in the link between pilot and wing. Maintaining flexible materials from the riser through to the lines and up to the wing simply makes sense. It is both lighter and more elegant. It’s not often you’ll need to undo the soft links, but we made a video to show how quick and easy it is if you need to. (Just to the right of this text, or below on mobiles)

The risers are easy-handling 12mm Kevlar with lightly-padded handles and our snap locks for the brakes. Snap locks have now become industry standard since BGD introduced them back in 2016. Like the Base 2 Lite, the speed bar attachments are Universal knots rather than Brummel hooks. They are universal so attach easily to either loops or fist knots or Brummell hooks and they don’t come undone when you don’t want them to.

The unsheathed Kevlar lines on all BGD gliders are now the new Edelrid Pro Dry 8001 lines. These have been specially treated to make them 60% more water repellant

Launch on the Anda is outstanding in all conditions, from tailwind to strong wind. Our testers particularly commented how easily the Anda sits above your head on launch in light winds, and we’ve made sure it’s forgiving of over-zealous pulling on the A’s to make the launch super easy for beginners. the Anda’s slow stall speed and hard brake pressure as you approach stall are real safety assets. It would be difficult to accidentally spin or stall the Anda, but if you do manage to, it will fly again very quickly.

We are fans of stress-free packing, so we made a smaller compress bag just for the Anda. It means the glider is very easy to pack, and you always end up with a sleek and compact package that slides into your rucksack of choice.

Flying Level / Style

Package includes

Paraglider / Compression bag / Giveaway / Manual card / Stickers / Speed bar / Repair material / Riser bag

Material

Top surface Porcher Skytex 27g/m², 32g/m²
Bottom surface Porcher Skytex 27g/m²
Internal structure Porcher Skytex hard finish 27g/m²
Nose reinforcing Plastic wire
Risers 12mm Kevlar / Nylon webbing
Pulleys Low-friction rings
Top lines Edelrid Pro 8001U
Middle lines Edelrid Pro 8001U
Lower lines Edelrid Pro 8001U
Brakes PPSL, Edelrid Pro 8001U

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