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GRADIENT ASPEN 6 LIGHT - 22

£3,780.00

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Gradient Aspen 6

The development team started its design work on the Aspen 6 during the summer of 2016. Their development team kept in mind the recent success with the Nevada 2 glider which excels in great maneuverability, speed, and safe behaviour. The goal was clear but not easy! The aim was to transfer newly gained experience into a new generation of high performance glider within the EN-C category. After a month of design preparation, the team had chosen from several options the one that fulfilled the design spec to the fullest.

At first sight, it can be seen that this conceptually new glider is different from all previous Aspens. The Aspen 6 has a new frontal shape of the canopy which goes into a loosely released curve with minimal aerodynamic distortion that lowers the induced drag and improves the behaviour of the glider. With an increased flat aspect ratio and higher number of cells, it was decided to use three main lines suspension with optimised upper line forks. This concept in combination with its internal (diagonal ribs) structure allowed them to save some extra weight which is always important for the feeling of the glider as well as the glider's behaviour.

The three main line suspension system will be appreciated by pilots as the take off is easier, the responses of the glider is not that steep and the flight itself is smoother. The drag of the lines is crucial to the performance of a glider so they have prepared two options of suspension system with different line diameters so the smaller sizes of Aspen 6 would not lose their performance.

With the firm suspension of the Aspen 6 - 30 handles the load of 8G for a whopping 162 kg without any damage. This demonstrates just how strong the Aspen 6's structure really is. In the same time the Aspen 6 is a semi-light glider and in its standard version in size 26 (85-105kg) weighs only 4.65kg. We are also about to introduce the X-Alps light version for XC high level hike & fly. Shock and load test was made for both the normal and the light version.

The development team successfully fulfilled the set goals and Gradient proudly introduces the Aspen 6.

Technical Description

The ground plan of the Aspen 6 canopy is a thin ellipse with small positive distortion of the wing. At the wing tips, a new shape with minimum distortion was used for a minimisation of the induced drag. Together with Gradient VO system the design's approach ensures minimal aerodynamic drag, high performance and a low sink-rate at the whole range of speed.

The Aspen 6 canopy uses three line concept. For a perfect distribution of forces from the lines to the canopy the semicircle string stiffeners were used on the carrying ribs. Stretching string stiffeners were used for a perfectly clean cover in a C-loops area. In the area of ears on the trailing edge were used so-called miniribs, which make the shape of the trailing edge more smooth.

A new shape of the wing has been designed and optimised for our VO system which ensures perfect pressure within the canopy in the whole range of the pitch angles and usable speeds. The VO system designed by Gradient is used by the opening cells to utilise smooth and aerodynamically clean shape of the canopy. It decreases the aerodynamic drag which is significantly lower compared to other, more complicated shapes of the opening cells.

The suspension system has been created from the highest quality lines that are available. The main non-covered lines are Edelrid Magic Pro from Aramid and the upper level lines consist of the non-covered Liros DC from Dyneema. The lines are protected by a special anti-UV cover. The combination of Aramid and Dyneema materials ensures a high strength and durability of the suspension system.

To promote a long lifespan and shape endurance, an exclusive material, Skytex Everlast, with double coating has been used. This material was developed by Gradient together with Porcher Sport. The evidence of a gliders' long lifetime when using this material can be seen on commercially used gliders (e.g. tandem and school paragliders) which are, even after years of intensive use, in great shape.

Ronstan ball bearing pulleys for the speed system, thin straps of the risers, top-class materials, the guarantee of a lifetime, processing quality, the best service and the 100 % European product – These are all standard assets for the Gradient products.

Aspen 6

22*

24

26

Flat area (m2) 20.97 22.73 24.73
Projected area (m2) 17.44 18.93 20.56
Span (m)  11.64 12.12 12.64
Projected span (m) 9.33 9.72 10.13
Aspect ratio 6.46 6.46 6.46
Projected aspect ratio 4.99 4.99 4.99
Max. chord (m) 2.19 2.25 2.35
Min. chord (m) 0.63 0.66 0.69
Number of cells 66 66 66
Lines consumption(1) (m) 234.9 244.3 254.5
Weight of glider (kg) 3.70 4.00 4.20
Take-off weight range(2) (kg) 65-75 70-90 85-105
Certification EN / LTF C C C

(1) Line consumption is the sum of the lengths of all lines including brake lines

(2) Take-off weight is the weight of the pilot including equipment and a paraglider (approx 22-27kg)

* Aspen6-22 is available in light version only!

Please note that contrary to our normal shipping, gliders and related kit will, if in stock, be delivered in around 3 to 5 working days. Some popular glider models and colours can be out of stock with the manufacturer and can take several weeks to arrive. If you have any queries about stock, delivery times, or would like to book a test flight please contact Gareth either by E-mail gareth@v12outdoor.com or phone on 07493 419909. Please note that there is a shipping fee for orders below £3000.

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