Gin Explorer

£3,399.00

Product code: GIN-EXPLORER

Stock status. Shipping estimate from item in stock. To order, 2-6 weeks

1-3 workdays

Status: Current model

Condition: New

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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.

Performant

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.

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!

Technical details

  • 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

Canopy cloth

  • Top surface: Porcher Skytex 32 / 27
  • Bottom surface: Porcher Skytex 27
  • Ribs: Porcher Skytex 27

Lines

Main/upper/middle: Edelrid 8000- 050, 070, 090, 130, 150, 190, 280, 360

Technical Specifications

SIZE

XXS

XS

S

M

L

 FLAT  AREA 20.1m2 21.6m2 23.6m2 25.5m2 27.6m2
 SPAN 11.07m 11.48m 12.00m 12.47m 12.95m
 A.R 6.1 6.1 6.1 6.1 6.1
 PROJECTED  AREA 17.11m2 18.39m2 20.09m2 21.71m2 23.41m2
 SPAN 8.85m 9.18m 9.59m 9.97m 10.35m
 A.R 4.58 4.58 4.58 4.58 4.58
 CELL NUMBER 59 59 59 59 59
 GLIDER WEIGHT* 3.2kg 3.4kg 3.7kg 3.9kg 4.1kg
 WEIGHT IN FLIGHT 55-75kg 65-85kg 75-95kg 85-105kg 95-115kg
 EXTENDED WEIGHT RANGE - - 75-100kg 85-110kg 95-120kg
 EN / LTF B B B B B

* - weight with light Dyneema risers

Colours: Chilli, Topaz

Certification

 DHV test reports:

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Gin Explorer reviews

"The Gin Explorer is certainly not dull! For me it has fun factor... being lighter gives a real benefit to the launch characteristics and the handling in flight; the weight and the smaller volume is such a bonus for packing and carrying! I felt confident on it, it was giving me good feedback and wasn't too hot to handle. It's a nice positive wing that feels sorted, everything feels nicely put together and well finished. The glider feels solid, agile and communicates well... " "... the Explorer is at the top of the XC class in terms of pilot demands. ... for those with experience, it is a positive, balanced and confidence inspiring lightweight beauty." - Nancy Elliott, Flybubble full review

"Take off is super easy... " "The Carrera plus overall performance is slightly higher but with more pilot workout. The Explorer felt much easier, safer, and more comfortable. Flying the Explorer at full speed is very usable." "... the margin at full speed is fully usable even in turbulence, with the ability to steer the glider efficiently while on bar, with the C risers in moderate turbulence. Big ears are very efficient, stable." " ... the Explorer is a super easy and fun glider to fly! The glide performance is really nice for an easy 6.1 aspect ratio B glider." "... the Explorer is a successful, light, easy to fly, XC glider, and I liked it’s nice handling, good climb, and glide." - Ziad Bassil

“The Explorer is a wing that left me with a grin on my face … I can see it appealing to more experienced pilots who still want dynamic, sharp handling in a safer wing.” - Marcus King (all smiles)

Additional Information

Condition New
EN Certification EN B
LTF Certification LTF B
Shipping Details 1-3 workdays
Model Status Current model

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