BGD ECHO

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Model Status: Current model

EN Certification: EN B

LTF Certification: LTF B

SKU
BGD-ECHO
Bounce from one flying style to another, with a BGD ECHO.

Technical data

Sizes 

XS

S

M

ML

L

In-flight weight range (KG)

50-65 60-80 75-95 90-110 105-125

Projected area (M²)

17.9 19.6 21.2 22.8 24.5

Flat area (M²)

21 23 25 26.8 28.9

Glider weight (KG)

3.7 3.9 4.2 4.4 4.7

Total line length (M)

210 230 250 268 289

Height (M)

6.7 7 7.3 7.5 7.8

Linear scaling factor

0.96 1 1.04 1.08 1.12

Number of main lines (A/B/C)

3/4/3

Cells

42

Flat aspect ratio

5

Projected aspect ratio

3.6

Root chord (M)

2.6 2.7 2.8 2.9 3

Flat span (M)

10.2 10.7 11.2 11.6 12

Projected span (M)

8 8.4 8.8 9.1 9.4

Trim speed (KM/H)

38

Top speed (KM/H)

50

Min sink (M/S)

1

Best glide

9

Certification

EN/LTF-B

Colours

Standard colours are Emerald, Sapphire, Crystal

Package includes

  • Paraglider
  • Rucksack
  • Riser bag
  • Stuff sack
  • Speed bar
  • Repair kit
  • Compression strap
  • USB stick with manuals
  • BGD stickers
  • BGD t-shirt

 

ECHO: access all areas

Bounce from one flying style to another, with an ECHO.

  • Cord cut billow (CCB)
  • Progressive stability
  • Optimised line layout
  • Eyes wide-open safety
  • Triple finger diagonals
  • Weight-optimised ribs

Info

A resonance of the EPIC with a stripped-down line-set and a lighter mix of materials, the ECHO shaves 500-700g while offering extra performance and versatility for no compromise in safety. 

As with the rest of the BGD range, the ECHO profits from Bruce’s trademark sharp, easy handling. 3D CCB panel-shaping means a clean, high-performing aerofoil while lighter weight means less inertia, reduced shooting and increased roll stability. 

BGD strong shark nose adds stability to the leading edge at all speeds, and a silky-smooth Ronstan ball-bearing speed system keeps bar-action smooth on those long flights. The ECHO offers clear feedback with a relaxed feel in active air, and epic performance for its class!

Target

The ECHO is THE all-rounder in BGD range, created for just-out-of training newbies, avid hike-and-flyers, cross-country pilots, world travellers, soarers, vol-et -skiers, wagga/soaring dudes and vol-bivouacers. With a solid blend of performance and no-stress safety the pilot who loves every kind of paragliding will find one wing does it all with this little lightweight package. Stripped-down, open-minded, and dressed to impress, the ECHO will please every pilot it floats over!

Features

Impeccable Spiral Behaviour

Impeccable Spiral Behaviour of the BGD EPic

The spiral behaviBGD is astounding – spiral stability can be a problem with low aspect-ratio beginner wings, but BGDhave tested the paraglider extensively, with different inclinations and sink rates, and never, ever has it stayed in a spiral, once! This is very unusual for a school glider and is a big safety bonus.

Baby A-Riser

Baby A-riser on the BGD Epic

BGD has added a 'big ears' A riser which is also on a ½ ratio with the rest of the A lines. This facilitates easy use of big ears while helping speed and stability while on bar. The speed system is light and simple without reflex really helping glide at speed.

Snap Locks

Snap Locks on BGD Epic Paraglider

Snap Locks are lightweight, compact attachments that effortlessly connect the brakes to the risers. A small focused magnet inside the catch and an internal locking system hold the handle in place, releasing only if the handles are pulled down towards 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.

Progressive Stability

Progressive Stability of the BGD Epic

Progressive stability has been designed into all BGD gliders to help pilots feel turbulence and avoid it. This makes for safer and more comfortable flying.

Cord Cut Billow (CCB)

Cord Cut Billow on the BGD Epic Paraglider

Cord Cut Billow technology has been developed to improve the form friction, glider stability and overall performance of BGD 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.

Weight-Optimised Ribs

Weight Optimised Ribs on the BGD Epic Paraglider

BGD has maintained the strength and rigidity of the ribs while removing unnecessary material. This means less weight for no increase in cost or reduction in strength of the wing. The hole positioning and size depends on the loads taken locally by the sail, and it is thanks to recent developments in BGD software that it is now possible to accurately calculate this.

Triple Finger Diagonals

Triple Finger Diagonals on the BGD Epic Paraglider

Across the whole chord of the profile, BGD has designed three-piece diagonal supports that pass through the holes in other ribs. They ensure structural integrity by avoiding cloth bias from the ribs and creating a more solid wing even when the brake is applied. This is particularly important near the trailing edge since the profile is thin and the diagonal ribs are shallow supporting higher loads.

Optimized Line Layout

Optimised line layout of the BGD Epic

Over the years BGD has perfected BGD system of optimising the line layout of BGD wings. BGD use numerous equations, software, and the plain old guess-and-check method to build BGD line layouts. The result is simple: fewer lines making stronger, faster gliders

Eyes Wide-Open Safety

Eyes Wide-Open Safety on the BGD Epic Paraglider

Gliders that talk are safer. Safer gliders make pilots perform better. Better performing pilots fly further. Further flying pilots are happier pilots. Eyes Wide-open Safety produces happier pilots.

Designer's notes

Knowledge is power. To fly a wing well, I think it is important for a pilot to feel in control. Having an understanding of the air you are flying in is as important as the glider’s own passive safety. I design all my wings to give a reassuring level of feedback, to empower pilots with a good understanding of the conditions. I call it progressive stability, and my wings incrementally react to the different levels of turbulence, providing essential feedback, so the pilot can stay well within their comfort zone. Shielding a pilot from turbulence might make them feel safer initially, but they can be blissfully unaware of the risks they might be taking when the air is becoming more turbulent.

Fly safely, fly confidently, fly with progressive safety and know the air around you.

Flying style/level

BGD ECHO flying style-level graphic

Materials

TOP SURFACE Dominico D20 36g/m²
BOTTOM SURFACE Porcher Skytex 27g/m²
INTERNAL STRUCTURE Porcher Skytex hard finish 32g/m²
NOSE REINFORCING Plastic wire 2,4mm
RISERS 12mm Kevlar / Nylon webbing
PULLEYS Harken
TOP LINES Liros DC
MIDDLE LINES Edelrid 8000U
LOWER LINES Liros TSL
BRAKES Liros DC

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ConditionNew
EN CertificationEN B
LTF CertificationLTF B
Shipping DetailsWhen in stock, UK approx 2-5 workdays, other countries see shipping page
Model StatusCurrent model