BGD Epic, EN/LTF-B
BGD Epic, EN/LTF-B
Once upon a time in a land far, far away (1989 on the Isle of Wight, UK), a younger Bruce Goldsmith toiled night and day, cramming all his ideas into the Black Magic. This paraglider was to fulfill his dreams and take him into the history books. Now, with the Epic, fellow pilots can follow on his flight path and embark on their own epic journey. If the passion for flight burns inside you, the Epic will set you free with, literally, flying colours. The Epic is ideal for pilots about to leave their house thermal for the first time, and a fun all-rounder for seasoned pilots.
|Hike And Fly|
Designed to satisfy your uncontrollable urge for flying, the Epic is an intuitive, safe and graphically appealing paraglider. Bruce has packed lots of high-tech design solutions into the Epic so you can enjoy your journey at your own pace. Designed for peace of mind no matter what you meet on your journey, she will reassure while you slay that flaming dragon thermal, and see you safely past the snaking valley breeze. A shark nose, mini-ribs, light and efficient speed bar, elliptical tips and a safe but sharp brake range work together for optimal safety, handling, and performance. The Epic will give you the confidence to make your journey over the highest mountains, across the deepest valleys and to the ends of the earth and back.
I know how privileged I am to have found such an extraordinary sport. During my own journey I have worked out exactly what a pilot preparing to embark on their own such voyage needs. I wrote a list of requirements and designed the Epic with this in mind. The easy aspect ratio of 5.0 is the perfect balance between safety and performance. With only 42 optimised cells the Epic is a simple, rugged, and very clean paraglider. I gave the Epic an easy pitch profile and arc for a high degree of passive safety, allowing the pilot to concentrate on the flying. I wish I could have had an Epic when my story began!
Cord Cut Billow (CCB)
Cord Cut Billow technology has been developed to improve the form friction, glider stability and overall performance of our paragliders. Two seams run chord-wise across the top panels of the leading edge to accommodate the panel ballooning that happens when the wing is inflated. Up to five centimetres of excess material is created on the sides of an inflated flat panel bending over a wing profile. Cord Cut Billow technology absorbs the material with a 3D panel resulting in fewer ripples and improved rib profile shape and stability.
Snap Locks are lightweight compact attachments that effortlessly connect brakes to the risers with a small focused magnet inside the catch and an internal locking system that holds the handle in every direction except down toward the pilot. This unique design feature means the handles don’t fall off while kiting, packing, or performing manoeuvres. The Snap Lock system solves many of the problems associated with press-studs and magnets.
Strong Shark Nose
An ultra aggressive shark nose optimises stability at all speeds. Not all sharks are created equal and BGD’s shark noses are very aggressive, maximizing the effects of the technology.
3D panel shaping
A very clean and accurate lower surface .
Simple and efficient.
Dedicated Big Ears Riser
Easy descent when you need it.
Triple-Finger C Diagonal Ribs
Complicated stuff that goes on inside the wing.
Trailing edge mini-ribs
More positive braking.
Shattered Colour Scheme
Just so refreshing.
|Linear scaling factor||0.96||1||1.04||1.08||1.12|
|Total line length||210||230||250||268||289||m|
|Number of main lines||3/3/4||A/B/C|
|Flat aspect ratio||5.01|
|Projected aspect ratio||3.602|
|In-flight weight range||50-65||60-80||75-95||90-110||105-125||kg|
|Top surface:||Dominico N30 42g/m²|
|Bottom surface:||Dominico N20 36g/m²|
|Internal structure:||Porcher Skytex Hard 40g/m²|
|Nose reinforcing:||Plastic wire 2,3mm and 2,7mm|
|Risers:||13mm black Kevlar/nylon webbing|
|Pulleys:||Ronstan/Harken P18 pulleys|
|Top lines:||Liros DSL (Sheathed)|
|Middle lines:||Liros DSL (Sheathed)|
|Lower lines:||Liros TSL (Sheathed)|
|Brakes:||Liros DSL (Sheathed)|
- BGD T-shirt
- Speed bar
- USB stick with manuals
- BGD stickers
- Repair kit
- Stuff sack
- Riser bag
- Compression strap