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The design of the BION is characterized by a rather low aspect ratio, which leads to a very gentle collapse- and launch behavior. The short line length improves the launch behavior even more and also leads to a well balanced handling characteristic.
To ensure, that all those properties can be enjoyed for a long time, the BION doesn’t only have a very strong line setup, but we also chose a canopy design with many suspension points, to keep the load and the deformation of the ribs low.
The BION stands out for its very steady and reliable launch behavior. Due to the short lines, the BION doesn’t tend to „dive“ after take off.
The ultimate cross-country machine
A high-performance glider with a genuine character
A wing that soars above its class: the new Triton 2 (EN C – TBC) In terms of pilot requirements the Triton is similar to the old DHV 2-3 class – and at the same time it has the performance of a fully-fledged high-end glider. This makes the Triton 2 the ultimate cross-country flying machine.
Small 80-100 kg.
Medium 90-110 kg. +5 kg. extended weight range
Large 100-120 kg. +10 kg. extended weight range
After finishing the MENTOR, the direction of development for our new wing in LTF 2 / EN C segment was quite clear. The MENTOR already offers superior performance combined with high damping. This enables recreational pilots to use the performance potential of the wing.
When developing the FACTOR we wanted a more dynamic handling with less damping. Further more we were looking for a predictable and safe behaviour, which should not overstrain any pilot of the FACTORs target group. Of course we wanted considerably more performance on the FACTOR – especially when flying accelerated.
To reach our ambitious goals we expected a long development process and many prototypes. We were quite surprised when one of the first prototypes already met all our requirements. We had time to do some fine tuning, especially to optimise the handling characteristics.
The Ion 2 Light:
The main difference between the Ion 2-Light and the Ion 2 is the weight: We have reduced the weight by about 1.3 kg compared to the Ion.
Performance for All. The Ion 3 is a big leap forward: it outperforms the Ion 2 by more than half a glide ratio point and even performs better than the Mentor 2, which set the standard for cross country wings in the high-end EN-B class up to the end of 2012. How is this possible? Using increasingly sophisticated and comprehensive simulation software we are able to use the computer to make very detailed predictions as to how the wing will perform in the air. This allows us to manufacture simple wings with ever increasing performance. No other wing combines the characteristics of low aspect ratio, easy flight behaviour, performance and safety like the Ion 3. The Ion 3 offers unimaginable possibilities but at the same time it is remarkably gentle in its reaction to collapses. This is the reason we feel the Ion 3 is our most efficient paraglider so far: beginners, old hands, recreational pilots and cross country hounds can equally take advantage of this revolutionary concept. Simply, performance for all.
Enjoy flight. Paragliders with a low aspect ratio are not only safer – they are more fun too. Why? Because of the greater turning moment and the large span, high aspect ratio can mean more demanding handling. And with a higher aspect ratio the chord is smaller and therefore the brake travel to the stall point is reduced. It is a fine art to match wing geometry to brake adjustment in such a way that safety and fun are in perfect harmony. With the Ion 3 we have achieved exactly that: long brake travel, but simultaneously it is agile and willing to turn when applying a small amount of brake, without being too demanding for the pilot. In comparison to the Ion 2, which set a number of standards in its class, the Ion 3 is the logical next step in our aim to combine performance with fun. Brakes that stay efficient even in lively thermic air were particularly important to our test pilots. The Ion 3 carves a smooth turn. It greedily bites into the turn even in the roughest thermal; at the same time it is even more stable in roll than its predecessor.
Simplicity and Innovation. From our foundation it has been our mission to produce paragliders which are as simple, but also as powerful, as possible. In many ways simple ideas are an advantage, especially in the air. The reactions of the wing are more predictable. The pilot knows what to expect. The Ion 3 follows this tradition of innovative simplicity. It gains its advantages not primarily from increasing complexity, but from increased knowledge – in other words, real innovation. This includes our know-how in analysis and simulation processes, which permits us to better develop paragliders as a whole. One visible result of this analytical work is SmartCells, a new innovation in paragliding. The cells are of variable width, depending on their load. This has a positive impact on performance and handling. As already featured on the Mentor 3, the Ion 3 has double 3D-Shaping. Air Scoop was included in the Rookie and has been further developed to increase the internal pressure during accelerated flight – this increases performance and resistance to collapses. Therefore the Ion 3 is a big leap in progress.
For videos and additional information visit the Ion 3 product page.
Development and design
Besides the stronger cloth (on the bottom sail), the IBEX 2 differs from the IBEX 1 with its nylon rods, which are replacing the mylar reinforcements on the leading edge. In combination with the new vector strap we could considerably increase the stability of the front section of the glider. Therefore the take-off behaviour got even better. The performance, especially accelerated got better as well.
The Ibex 2 is not just fun and uncomplicated to fly. The small pack volume and the light weight makes it very easy to reach any destination you like.
Idea and Development
After the big success of the Ion 2 in the “low-level B segment” we continued our path and developed an EN-A glider with similar qualities: This means a very high level of easily usable performance, high stability in turbulent conditions, and pleasant handling characteristics.We could use a lot of the knowledge which we had gathered during the development of the Ion 2 and also of the Mentor 2. For instance the airfoil is the same on all three wings, which leads to high performance, high stability, though with a very soft collapse behaviour.
“SuSi Q” stands for “SuSi Quick “, which is what we call the small and lightweight version of SuSi.
The simple design of SuSi offers ideal characteristics for a lightweight wing: there are only 28 profile ribs (which means less fabric and materials) and no diagonals or bands. The weight that we save with this type of construction is invested elsewhere in the wing design, resulting robustness and convenient, easy handling.
SuSi Q is constructed using the ultralight 10D fabric (weighting 25g/m²), but only on the bottom sail. Conversely, the top sail, the primary lines as well as the 12mm wide Kevlar risers are built to last. This makes SuSi Q a very lightweight wing, but leaving her longevity almost uncompromised.