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BGD Dual Lite Tandem

If you have a lightweight tent (for two), two -10 degree sleeping bags, a gas burner, a couple of reversible harnesses, a GPS tracker and two flexible jobs, the Dual LITE is for you.

BGD Dual Lite Tandem

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£4,099.00

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The Dual LITE is designed specifically for adventurous teams. Its performance, safety, and weight have been optimised for long vol-bivouac flights and hike-and-fly.

Extra water, food or wine could make up for the almost 1.1 kg of weight we have skimmed off the Dual (without losing much durability). With a mix of carefully allocated 27, 34, and 40 gramme cloth the EN-B certified Dual LITE feels like its parent – power steering, loads of feedback, and efficient characteristics.

Bruce's Notes

Just after Tyr was born I was trying to convince Arna that paragliders are as nice as hang gliders. I wanted to charm her into the sport with a lovely XC flight. We took off one sunny morning from Séderon, France and headed into the heart of the Vercors. It was a glorious flying day. We soared low and slow along cliffs and over grazing deer. We caressed the cumulus clouds with our wing tip. I wanted to show her that flying a slow aircraft could be really rewarding. She enjoyed it so much she was constantly attempting to back/front-seat-pilot the tandem. She soon realised it was best to just let go and enjoy the strong thermals.

80km and five hours later, slightly sore but glowing, we landed in La Chapelle-en-Vercors next to a perfect little restaurant where we had dinner. Arna now flies an EN-B Wasp and is a part owner of BGD. I think I convinced her.

I designed the Dual LITE to help convince friends/partners/spouses that paragliding is a convenient, adventurous sport. Whether it is a simple hike and fly or a long Vol-bivouac expedition the Dual LITE delivers.

Like the Dual, the Dual LITE is a wing that has a very clean leading edge (Cord Cut Billow) making the low cell count (50 cells) feasible thus reducing the weight, line consumption and complexity of the paraglider. I think the Dual LITE really benefits from the Dual’s renowned light handling. Its launching characteristics even surprised me – the wing floats up with very little effort from the pilot.

Materials

  • Top surface front: Dominico D30 soft
  • Top surface rear: Porcher 7000 Universal 27g/m²
  • Bottom surface: Porcher 7000 Universal 27g/m²
  • Ribs: Porcher 70032 hard 32g/m² hard finish
  • Internal: Porcher 70032 hard 32 g/m² hard finish
  • Nose reinforcing: Plastic wire 2.5mm and 2.0 mm
  • Risers: 20mm black nylon
  • Top lines: Liros DC100 & 160
  • Middle lines: Liros TSL140, 220, 280
  • Lower lines: Liros TSL 500, 380, 280, 220
  • Brakes: Liros DSL70, PPSL120, DSL350

Specifications

  Tandem  
Projected area 34.33
Flat area 40.00
Glider weight 6.35 kg
Total line length 450 m
Height 9.39 m
Number of main lines 3/4/3/2 A/B/C
Cells 52  
Flat aspect ratio 5.3  
Projected aspect ratio 3.88  
Root cord 3.46 m
Flat span 15.56 m
Projected span 11.50 m
In-flight weight range 120 - 220 kg
Trim speed 42 km/h
Top speed 52 km/h
Min sink 1.0 m/sec
Best glide 9.0  
Certification EN/LTF-B

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