Crafted for adventure
The Explorer is a lightweight sports performance wing aimed at seasoned XC pilots who want to fly a wing that’s comfortable, responsive and performant.
Comfortable yet responsive
The handling of the Explorer has an alluring balance of smoothness and lightness. The wing is supremely well co-ordinated. It’s damped and forgiving in pitch, yet the precision in the turn makes it a first class climber in thermals. Take-off and landing couldn’t be simpler and the wing has an uncanny ability to seek out the best thermal cores.
The Explorer is also made for comfortable high speed gliding during cross country flying. Direct C-riser control works very well and the lack of uneccessary C handles keeps everything simple and lightweight.
Naturally, the Explorer is light, at under 4kg for the M size. In fact, it’s one of the lightest wings in its category, as a result of optimisation of the internal structure and the careful selection of canopy and line materials. The wide range of sizes and extended weight range offers flexibility in sizing choice according to your preferred wing loading.
Extended weight range
Even when highly loaded, the Explorer shows good performance and excellent recovery characteristics. For this reason, we decided to certify the wing with a +5kg extended weight range for more experienced pilots who may sometimes want to fly with a higher wing loading. For general flying, the Explorer is best flown within the normal weight range according to your preference.
Certified with Cocoon
The Explorer has been through additional testing and certification with the Genie Lite 2 cocoon harness. You can fly with peace of mind!
- Optimized airfoil with Equalized Pressure Technology (EPT) for stability and performance
- Unsheathed aramid lines with optimized diameters
- 3 risers / 3 lines spanwise
- Colour-coded stabilo line for easy identification
- Optimized internal construction and line attachment points to maintain even sail tension
- Mini-ribs on the trailing edge improve handling and performance
- Speed system with Harken pulleys
- Gathering (reefing) system on the trailing edge
Upper surface leading edge: Porcher Skytex 32 g/m²
Upper surface: Porcher Skytex 27 g/m²
Lower surface: Porcher Skytex 27 g/m²
Upper: Edelrid 8000-U 050, 070, 090, 130
Middle: Edelrid 8000-U 070, 090, 130, 190
Main: Edelrid 8000-U 190, 230, 280, 360
|Flat area (m2)||20.1||21.6||23.6||25.5||27.6|
|Flat span (m)||11.07||11.48||12.00||12.47||12.95|
|Flat aspect ratio||6.1||6.1||6.1||6.1||6.1|
|Projected area (m2)||17.11||18.39||20.09||21.71||23.41|
|Projected span (m)||8.85||9.18||9.59||9.97||10.35|
|Projected aspect ratio||4.58||4.58||4.58||4.58||4.58|
|Number of cells||59||59||59||59||59|
|Glider weight (kg)||3.2*||3.4*||3.7*||3.9*||4.1*|
|Certified weight range (kg)||55-75||65-85||75-95||85-105||95-115|
|Extended weight range (kg)||-||-||75-100||85-110||95-120|
|Certification||EN B||EN B||EN B||EN B||EN B|
* Quoted weight with optional light Dyneema risers (200g)