Performance at your fingertips (discontinued)
Building the replacement for a very popular wing is, in some respects, an thankless endeavour. On the one hand you can be fairly certain that it will be a success, on the other hand there's a good chance that finding things to actually improve is going to be really hard. This was very much the case during the development process of the Trango XC3.
Basically, the predecessor is still at the very top of its class in terms of gliding performance and climbing ability today, some 3 years after its introduction. This isn't to say that our pilots haven't sent feedback, they have, but it has almost exclusively been about top speed - so we started right there. The new Trango is many things, but it is first and last a more stable, faster wing, built to race even when there is no one around to race but the clock.
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Our R&D team has been hard at work improving every aspect of the new Trango family member, always with top performance as their ultimate goal. Among other things, this means that the handling had been optimised for performance as well, with the new wing being easier to turn flat in the weaker thermals while still responding well to full-on control input in strong, narrow cores.
Although it will come across as pure hype to most current Trango XC2 pilots, the new generation is actually even more stable at speed - and since the top speed is higher, this translates into a significantly higher average speed around the course, all while transmitting a very secure and reassuring feeling to the pilot. The new aerofoil converts turbulence into altitude much better than the previous one, meaning glide performance in rough air has gone up significantly as well - so you can race faster, and connect higher, than ever before - all while being even more relaxed about it.
The new design has 68 cells to keep canopy integrity as close to the theoretical ideal from the aerodynamic design software as possible, and sports the by now ubiquitous nylon battens, together with a small amount of Mylar, to keep the aerofoil shape in check. The design of the batten layout is a direct inheritance from our 2-liner prototypes, with two integrated battens; one to maintain the shape of the leading edge, and distribute the load from the A and B lines, and another somewhat shorter batten above the C line level, to maintain the loads there under control and maintain the rear section of the top surface.
For the speed bar, the design team have opted for a very efficient layout. The centre, with the greater chord, is accelerated more than the wingtips, thus contributing greatly to the canopy stability at speed. The pulleys are sleek and racy low-friction affairs from BB, and contribute to the user-friendliness of the speed bar - you'll be on it whenever you're not thermalling anyway, even if you aren't actually racing, just because it feels so good... And since ease of handling must always come before creature comforts in a thoroughbred racing machine we have opted to forego the swivels on the brake lines, because that saves us 50 precious millimetres to put you in better touch with your wing.
The canopy is sewn from a combination of NCV Porcher Sport 38g Universal and 27g Classic for the top surface. The bottom surface is 27g Classic, and the ribs, diagonals and mini ribs are cut from a combination of 32g and 27g Hard Finish from the same manufacturer.
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In the box: Ergonomic UP Backpack in size L (size S is delivered with an M backpack as standard), Parasleeve, UP Gift, UP Sticker
|Surface area flat (m2)||21,7||23,1||25,1||27,1|
|Surface area projected (m2)||18,5||19,7||21,4||23,1|
|Flat span (m)||12,3||12,7||13,2||13,7|
|Projected span (m)||9,8||10,2||10,6||11,0|
|Flat aspect ratio||6,9||6,9||6,9||6,9|
|Projected aspect ratio||5,3||5,3||5,3||5,3|
|Total line length incl. Brake (m)||232||239||249||259|
|Total # of lines incl. Brake||198||198||198||198|
|Glider weight (kg)||4,5||4,7||4,9||5,2|
|Takeoff weight (kg)||63-85||78-100||90-115||105-130|
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|Top surface front||Porcher Skytex 38 Universal|
|Top surface thin stripe||Porcher Skytex 38 Universal|
|Top surface broad stripe||Porcher Skytex 38 Universal|
|Top surface rear||Porcher Skytex 27 Classic|
|Bottom surface front||Porcher Skytex 27 Classic|
|Cell walls||Porcher Skytex 32 Hard, Skytex 27 Hard|
|Gallery lines||Edelrid 8000U-090/070/050 (Aramid unsheathed)|
|Middle lines||Edelrid 8000U-130/070 (Aramid unsheathed|
|Main lines||Liros DC200 (Dyneema unsheathed), Edelrid 8000U-230/130Â (Aramid unsheathed)|
|Brake lines||Cousin 989-1,5 (Dyneema sheathed)/ Edelrid 8000U-090/070/050 (Aramid unsheathed)|
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