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Base 2 Lite

EN/LTF-B

The Base 2 Lite has the same performance, fun factor and handling as its sibling but it is up to 22% lighter. It’s high on performance, easy and intuitive to fly and perfect for XC, vol-bivouac or soaring, with the safety of EN-B certification.

Size

XS S M ML
21 23 25 27

Specs

  XS S M ML
Linear scaling factor 0.92 0.96 1 1.04
Projected area (m²) 17.8 19.5 21.2 22.9
Flat area (m²) 21 23 25 27
Glider weight (kg) 3.5 3.7 3.9 4.1
Total line length (m) 204 224 243 262
Height (m) 6.9 7.2 7.5 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
Flat span (m) 11.1 11.6 12.1 12.56
Projected span (m) 8.8 9.2 9.6 10
Trim speed (km/h) 39
Top speed (km/h) 55
Min sink (m/s) 1
Best glide 10.5
Weight range (kg) 55-75 65-85 75-95 88-108
Certification EN/LTF-B

Info


“Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery, none but ourselves can free our minds!” Bob Marley

Feeling tethered to the nine-to-five or crushed by the daily grind? You need some lightness to free your mind. Grab your Base 2 Lite, hike up to a launchable place and take to the open skies.

The Base 2 Lite is a high-performance sports class paraglider that is easy to handle and a joy to fly. It has the same great handling and feel as the standard Base 2, and pilots say they feel at home on it straight away. It speaks your language with clear, understandable feedback and ‘feely’ wingtips that tell you about the air. It’s relaxing to fly, leaving plenty of mental bandwidth for you to be working out where the next thermal will be, or whether that grassy ridge would make a good camping spot.

Its light sail makes for an even easier launch than the standard Base 2, and the brake pressure is slightly lighter. Base is in the name and the nature of this wing. It thermals beautifully, is smooth and relaxed in the turn, and will get you up to the wispies in no time. For gliding on bar, the C-steering handles are light to operate for effective steering.

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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.

Lite Speed-Risers/C-Steering

For lightness, easy handling, and resistance, the Base 2 Lite’s risers are made with a careful mixture of Dyneema and Kevlar webbing. The risers are equipped with a new ‘speed riser’. Using an extra riser, our new "speed riser"attaches the back of the speed system to front of the C-line steering handle thus balancing the load on the C-steering handle making a lighter, simpler, and easier C-line steering system, and avoiding a design where the pilot hangs from a pulley.

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.

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.

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.

Soft Links

The Base 2 Lite comes with soft links as standard. They are lighter than maillons, easy to use, reliable and safe.

Speed Bar Attachment

The Base 2 Lite is a high-performance EN-B paraglider, yet it weighs under 4kg in size M. We saved weight where we could without compromising functionality, and one of the ways is that there are no metal Brummel hooks on the speed bar. But it's just as easy – easier, maybe – to attach your speedbar without them.

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.

Unsheathed Lines

The Base 2 Lite features only lightweight, drag-reducing unsheathed micro-lines that have been manufactured at the highest standard by Edelrid and Liros

Target

A lightweight sports-class EN-B, the Base 2 Lite is the perfect match for cross-country pilots who enjoy the hike to launch, for vol-bivouac adventurers looking for high-end safety, or anyone who wants a fun, performant lightweight wing. Pilots stepping up from low-B category will not find it too taxing to fly, yet its performance will impress XC distance seekers.


Bruce's notes

The Base 2 Lite keeps all of the design features that make the Base 2 such a great wing. It has the new arc design, double leading edge, and the fine-tuned sail and line tension that make it so well balanced in the air. But we have optimised weight wherever we can without compromising functionality. It has been a labour of love!

It is made from Porcher Skytex 27 with 32 on the upper leading edge for durability, and unsheathed Edelrid lines throughout, which brings benefits in terms of both weight and performance.

We created new lightweight hybrid risers. We chose narrow webbing for its handling, nd mixed Dyneema and Kevlar to play to the strengths of each material. Dyneema is lvery ight but it can stretch, so we used it for the C-risers and C-steering which don’t take heavy loads. For the load-bearing A and B risers we opted for Kevlar, which holds its shape well. Soft links have come of age now, and for the first time we have fitted them as standard on the Base 2 Lite. (Maillons can be ordered as an option for pilots who prefer them). They are light and user friendly, and the riser feels nice and cohesive without the metal link in the middle.

The speed-riser C-steering is similar to that on the Base 2, but the handles are slightly smaller and we’ve reducing the padding to save weight. Even the brake handles are optimised: they are still padded and comfortable but we’ve reduced the stiffening. We kept the snaplock keepers but did away with the brake swivels.

Designing the Base 2 Lite has been a lot of work and effort focussed on many small details, and we are very happy with the result. We hope pilots will love it as much as the BGD team do.

Flying Level / Style

Package includes

Paraglider / BGD Giveaway / Rucksack / Repair kit / Stuff sack / Riser bag / Compression strap / manuals / BGD stickers

Material

Top surface Porcher Skytex 27g/m²
Top surface Porcher Skytex 27g/m², 32g/m²
Nose reinforcing Plastic wire 2,0 / 2,4 / 2,7mm
Bottom surface Porcher Skytex 27g/m²
Internal structure Porcher Skytex hard finish 27g/m²
Top lines Edelrid 8000U
Middle lines Edelrid 8000U
Lower lines Edelrid 8000U

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