ZOOM X2C Wing Review

We had the opportunity to fly the ZOOM X2C extensively in the UK just before heading to Colombia in February. This gave us a chance to push the glider and get to know it well in various conditions. If you haven't flown in Colombia, the conditions are quite varied. It's like a really good day in the UK almost every day. We experienced everything from very light, scratchy conditions and a couple of cloudy, weak days to sporty climbs of 6-7 m/s, with some parts involving throwing reserves and having big collapses. This made for an excellent test of the wing.

Flying in a group, we were close to a pilot on a BGD Lynx 2, which we had also tested, and a couple of other pilots flying Photon. These pilots were very skilled, allowing us to make a good comparison of performance and behavior.

Ground Handling and Launching

Launching the Zoom X2C in various conditions was a pleasure. In Colombia, the winds are often light and fickle, with gusts coming through. Despite being on the heavier side due to its numerous rods designed for solid performance and handling, the glider inflates easily. It is relatively forgiving for this class of glider, even in tricky conditions. We found it capable of launching well in nil or slight tailwinds, and it excels in kiting.

In the Air

The Zoom X2C is a no-compromise, performance-oriented wing in the EN-C category. The designers have prioritized performance and handling, and it shows. Pilot demands are not at the highest end of the C-class, and the performance is top-tier. We never felt at a disadvantage flying this glider compared to other EN-C two-liners like the Ozone Photon and the Niviuk Artik R.

The Zoom X2C is quick on the bar and maintains excellent glide performance. It handles a variety of conditions well, from very light and scratchy to strong thermals. Its handling stands out; it can enter tight, punchy cores and turn efficiently despite its slightly higher aspect ratio of 6.5. 

Comparisons with Other Wings

While flying, We noticed that the Zoom X2C offers handling comparable to the BGD Lynx 2, with a slightly different feel but similar agility. It rarely feels lacking in turn capability. The brake travel is just right—neither too short nor too long—making it easy to handle without having to pull the brakes excessively.

In terms of performance, the Zoom X2C holds its own against top-performing wings like the Photon, the Artik R, and the Skywalk Mint. The glider's ability to convert energy efficiently makes it a joy for maneuvers like wingovers.

Construction and Design

The Zoom X2C features long plastic rods, adding to its weight but enhancing performance and handling. The designers opted for these rods for their durability and the softer feel they provide compared to alternatives like nitinol. This choice does make the glider less compact and trickier to pack, but it's a trade-off for superior performance. The main downsides are its weight and bulk due to the long, stiff rods, which make it less compact and light. However, the build quality is fantastic, with well-chosen materials and excellent stitching.

Flight Characteristics

The glider's stall point is well-defined, with brake pressure building up predictably. It's forgiving enough for experienced pilots but won't tolerate completely ham-fisted inputs. Using the rear risers is comfortable and effective, with moderate pressure and good feedback. The speed bar pressure is moderate, with a travel that feels just right, and the glider accelerates smoothly.

Descent Techniques

The Zoom X2C performs well with both standard big ears and B3 ears (tip stalls). Both techniques are effective, with big ears being easier to hold and tip stalls offering quick re-inflation. The X2C is a joy for performing wingovers, thanks to its energy conversion and solid construction.  

Sizing and Weight Range

We flew both the 95 and 105 sizes. The 95 felt best when flown near the middle of its weight range, while the 105 was floaty and comfortable even near the bottom. However, for thermic conditions, it's better to stay within the middle to upper parts of the weight range.


The Zoom X2C is a top-performing wing in the EN-C category, excelling in handling and performance. It's not the lightest or most compact wing due to its construction, but for pilots prioritizing performance and handling, it's an excellent choice. Its build quality is outstanding, with thoughtful design details that enhance the flying experience.

For pilots looking for a high-performance wing with great handling in the sports class category, the Zoom X2C is definitely one to consider. It competes well with the Ozone Photon, Niviuk Artik R, and PHI Scala 2, offering a balanced package with slightly lower pilot demands. However, it's not suited for those seeking a lightweight, compact wing. The long plastic rods require more careful packing but contribute to the glider's superior performance and handling characteristics.

Overall, the Zoom X2C stands out for its handling, performance, and build quality, making it a top contender in its class.

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