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Base 2

EN/LTF-B

More distance, more fun, the Base 2 inspires the confidence to fly further and expand your limits. It’s a cross-country wing you’ll feel at home on right away – love at first flight!

Size

21 23 25 27 29
XS S M ML L

Specs

  XS S M ML L
Linear scaling factor 0.92 0.96 1 1.04 1.08
Projected area (m²) 17.8 19.5 21.2 22.9 24.6
Flat area (m²) 21 23 25 27 29
Glider weight (kg) 4.5 4.8 5 5.4 5.7
Total line length (m) 222 243 265 285 306
Height (m) 6.9 7.2 7.5 7.8 7.8
Number of main lines (A/B/C) 3/4/3
Cells 57
Flat aspect ratio 5.7
Projected aspect ratio 4.4
Root chord (m) 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8
Flat span (m) 11.1 11.6 12.1 12.6 13
Projected span (m) 8.8 9.2 9.6 10 10.3
Trim speed (km/h) 39
Top speed (km/h) 54 55 55 55 55
Min sink (m/s) 1
Best glide 10.5
Weight range (kg) 55-75 65-85 75-95 88-108 100-125
Certification EN/LTF-B* EN/LTF-B* EN/LTF-B EN/LTF-B* EN/LTF-B*
* pending certification

Info

Crazy about flying and looking for a thermalling, soaring and cross-country partner? Look no further, the Base 2 is a dashing suitor. Its colourful Aztec-inspired attire reflects its fun-loving nature, and it will instantly put you at ease. But don’t underestimate its serious side. You won’t tame its sporty, competitive streak and it’s proud to be top of the class when it comes to speed and performance. The Base 2 will work with you to achieve your shared goals, and then set new ones, expanding your potential while keeping you safe.

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Tech

50 million iterations fluid/structural analysis

The future of glider design depends largely on simulations. Instead of designing and producing prototypes one by one, we can now accurately simulate hundreds of paragliders using our own unique structural/aero simulation program. In effect we are now able to test virtual prototypes using this program, and on our paragliders we make over 200 virtual prototypes and analysing these involved in total 50 million iterations of the structural/aero calculations.

Airflow Tufts

During development, many small tufts of fabric attached to the top surface of the glider can help us to visualise the airflow over the surface. By filming their movement and playing the film back in slow motion, we can study the airflow over the surface.

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.

Eyes wide-open safety

Gliders that talk are safer. Safer gliders make pilots perform better. Better performing pilots fly further. Further flying pilots are happier pilots. Eyes Wide-open Safety produces happier pilots.

Multi-reefing system

An intricate brake-reefing system reefs both symmetrically and asymmetrically, to give the glider really sharp handling and a neat, clean trailing edge.

Maximised unsupported cells

Optimised unsupported cell groups are designed to match the span-wise load distribution influenced by the line layout. Coupled with a strong internal structure, the line layouts that create more span-wise tension can support more unsupported cells. While maintaining a homogenous wing, this helps to minimise line consumption reducing drag thus improving performance.

Optimised Line Layout

Over the years we have perfected our system of optimising the line layout of our wings. We use numerous equations, software, and the plain old guess-and-check method to build our line layouts. The result is simple: fewer lines making stronger, faster gliders.

Progressive stability

Progressive stability has been designed into all our gliders to help pilots feel turbulence and avoid it. This makes for safer and more comfortable flying.

Speed riser C-Steering

The risers are equipped with a new ‘speed riser’. This is an extra riser that is attached to the back of the speed system. This speed riser is also attached to the front of the C steering handle. The idea is to balance the load on the C-steering handle, giving you more control over the glider when using the C-steering. This makes a lighter, simpler, and easier system, and also avoids a design where the pilot hangs from a pulley.

Triple finger diagonals

Across the whole chord of the profile we have designed three-piece diagonal supports that pass through the holes in other ribs. They ensure structural integrity by avoiding cloth bias from the ribs and creating a more solid wing even when brake is applied. This is particularly important near the trailing edge since the profile is thin and the diagonal ribs are shallow supporting higher loads.

Target

The Base 2 is a cross-country paraglider with the perfect balance of performance, handling, comfort and safety. In short, it is utterly confidence inspiring. Its performance will guide you onwards across that tricky crossing and upwards in that weak lift, inspiring further confidence in your own performance. The Base 2 will flatter your flying, and help you get the best out of the day. Its clear feedback about the air and conditions makes it easy to fly actively, and it will respond quickly and precisely to your inputs. It’s the perfect partner for XC adventures!


Bruce's notes

The new arc design and technologies in the Base 2 have allowed us to make big increases in performance, but without losing that all-important direct, playful BGD handling. We’ve upped the cell count to 57 and increased roll stability, while the sail and line tension are fine-tuned to achieve a perfectly balanced feel in the air.

Many R&D hours have gone into perfecting the smallest details. By developing a new multi-reefing brake system, we’ve sharpened the brakes in the first part of the range to give precise control with small brake movements, while the overall brake range remains long for safety.

We’ve remodelled the risers to improve the C-steering, with an additional 'speed riser’ that links into the speed system. We’ve been careful to avoid the pilot hanging from a pulley, which can be an issue for some C-steering designs.

The Base 2 has the double leading-edge design that we used in the Cure 2 which ensures the leading edge stays solid, even when you’re on full bar. Cord cut billow panel shaping means a clean, smooth and crease-free top surface. We combined our high-tech airflow simulation software with low-tech tufts and a camera, enabling us to refine the wingtip ribs for optimal aerodynamic performance.

Flying Level / Style

Package includes

Paraglider / Rucksack / Repair kit / Stuff sack / Riser bag / Compression strap / BGD T-shirt / USB stick with manuals / BGD stickers

Material

Top surface Porcher Skytex 38g/m²
Nose reinforcing Plastic wire 2,0 / 2,4 / 2,7mm
Bottom surface Porcher Eazyfly 40g/m²
Internal structure Porcher Skytex hard finish 40g/m²
Risers 13mm Kevlar / Nylon webbing
Pulleys Harken / Riley / Sprenger
Top lines Edelrid 8000U
Middle lines Edelrid 8000U
Lower lines Liros PPSL
Brakes Liros DC/DSL

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