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Riot

EN/LTF-B

Lightweight, fun and performant, the RIOT is your ideal companion for vol-biv missions, overseas travel or home-site playtime.

  • Maximised unsupported cells
  • Optimised line layout
  • Post C-band
  • Cord cut billow (CCB)
  • Strong shark nose
  • Triple finger diagonals
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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) 3.7 3.9 4.2 4.4 4.7
Total line length (m) 204 224 243 262 282
Height (m) 6.7 7 7.3 7.6 7.8
Number of main lines (A/B/C) 3/4/3
Cells 54/102
Flat aspect ratio 5.4
Projected aspect ratio 4.1
Root chord (m) 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 2.9
Flat span (m) 10.7 11.2 11.6 12.1 12.5
Projected span (m) 8.5 8.9 9.2 9.6 9.9
Trim speed (km/h) 39
Top speed (km/h) 55
Min sink (m/s) 1
Best glide 10.7
In-flight weight range (kg) 50-65 60-80 75-95 88-108 100-125
Certification EN/LTF-B

Info

Around 20% lighter than our LTF/EN-B rebel PUNK, the RIOT is a fun-driven freedom-seeker of a wing. Under its vibrant chaos of wild pixel colours are some serious design features: Shark nose, Chord Cut Billow, Eyes Wide-Open safety and Progressive Stability make the RIOT a high-performing, informative glider with fun handling and great agility.

We’ve also extended the weight ranges of most sizes, so you can load up, head off and explore the skies on long adventures.

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Tech

Baby A-riser

We have added a 'big ears' A riser which is also on a ½ ratio with the rest of the A lines. This facilitates easy use of big ears while helping speed and stability while on bar. The speed system is light and simple without reflex really helping glide at speed.

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.

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

The line layout is carefully calculated using an advanced structural calculation program. Line loads, stretch, knots and angles are taken into account and every line is optimised to perfectly maintain glider shape and maximise performance.

Post C-band

We have added a Post-C band running along the top surface which seamlessly moves down to the bottom surface at the tip, connecting directly to the last line cascade. Instead of putting heavy plastic rods above the C lines we use this band to counter the common flip-up ripple caused when applying a little brake. The problem with paragliders is when a little brake is applied the cupping of the trailing edge creates lift which often buckles the profile near the Cs. We have solved this problem with the Post-C Band, an eloquent, lightweight, clean and volume reducing solution.

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.

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 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.

Strong shark nose

An ultra aggressive shark nose optimises stability at all speeds. Not all sharks are created equal and BGD’s shark noses are very aggressive, maximising the effects of the technology.

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 PUNK's lighter twin, the RIOT is for fun-seeking rebels looking to lighten the load for the ultimate freedom of the skies. The straight-talking RIOT tells you about the air, so you’re in control, while BGD handling, mid-B safety and high-B performance are the tools you need to be yourself and do your own thing.

Break free, explore the skies and carve your own path. Have a Riot!


Bruce's notes

I am very happy with the RIOT because I have managed to make it a real pilots’ glider. The lighter weight makes for lighter and even more direct handling and the pack size is also very low as we are one of the few brands not putting plastic reinforcing in the back part of the sail. Despite this the sail is super clean on top between the brakes, which is achieved by careful use of sail shape and straps, rather than heavy reinforcing.

Extended certified ranges are available on 4 sizes of RIOT and are XS=50-70, S=60-95, M=75-100, ML=88-113.

Extended weight ranges are there for insurance reasons. They enable pilots to fly above the ideal weight range and still fly insured. They should not be considered at all when choosing your correct glider size.

Flying Level / Style

Package includes

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

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