Triple Seven Queen 2 EVO
|In-flight weight range (kg)||70-85||79-99||95-108||100-120|
|Flat area (m2)||23.6||25.3||26||27|
|Flat aspect ratio||6.3||6.3||6.3||6.3|
|Number of cells||73||73||73||73|
|Flat span (m)||12.1||12.6||12.8||13|
|Projected area (m2)||20||21.4||22||22.9|
|Projected span (m)||9.6||9.9||10||10.2|
|Projected Aspect Ratio||4.6||4.6||4.6||4.6|
|Glider weight (kg)||4.9||5.1||5.4||5.9|
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- Inner bag
- Glider strap
- Repair kit
Queen 2 Evo: the one to rule them all
The new Queen 2 Evo went through a further evolution compared to its hugely successful predecessor, the Queen 2. The goal was to bring another dimension of performance into the EN C class, and Triple Seven feel certain that this ambitious goal has been reached. The Queen 2 Evo excels in many ways, by bringing not only the best performance in its class but also by being a very well-mannered royal lady in the air. Triple Seven think of the Queen 2 Evo as a “mid-level” EN C glider which will fulfil and supersede the expectations of any pilots going big in this class.
Preserving the aspect ratio nearly unchanged compared to the predecessor, the Queen 2 Evo will inspire confidence in all the variable conditions which you may face during long XC flights.
Triple Seven built the Queen 2 Evo to win Sports class trophies in competitions worldwide. The Sports class is the new Serial class for pilots unwilling to accept the risk levels in Serial and Open class competitions. For these pilots, as well as for pilots wanting to go on big XC adventures, the Queen 2 Evo is the perfect choice. In spite of the very high performance of this wing, it's still a solid EN C wing, with only welcome surprises for sport pilots.
“The Queen 2 Evo is built with one very specific objective in mind; to be the highest-performing EN C wing on the market today! But it wouldn’t be a Triple Seven design if it wasn’t also a true pleasure to fly, and a very easy wing in its class too – just like all our other high-performance models. Triple Seven increased the number of cells, both to acquire a more sleek canopy shape and in order to build a more complex internal “space frame”. This new internal construction brings the torsion resistance of the wing to a level that makes it super solid above your head when needed. The new internal layout contributes significantly to the improved climbing ability, as well as the ability to convert bumps into energy during turbulent transitions.”
- Performance-wise the Queen 2 Evo is a high-end EN/LTF-C glider
- From a passive-safety point of view it is however much more comparable to the mid-level wings in this class – no hidden surprises!
- Great stability and neutral behaviour in strong thermals, for ease of piloting
- Clean canopy with complex, refined sail tensions and elaborate internal construction
- Direct handling with precise, intuitive control
- Improved 3D shaping (ballooning) on the leading edge
- Born with BC steering system - for fast, efficient gliding
- EN / LTF C
- VDO — Visual Design Optimization
- BPI — Back Position Intake
- LDO — Load Distribution Optimization
- LMO — Line Material Optimization
- STE — Smooth Trailing Edge
- OCV — Optimized Cross Vents
Visual Design Optimisation
There’s more to the design than meets the eye. Each and every seam has been placed precisely where it is for a reason, and there are no more seams in the canopy than necessary for the optimal panel tensioning everywhere. The reason we mention this is if you design for looks rather than for efficiency you often end up with many more seams than you should ideally have, and every single one will increase the total air permeability of the canopy. In extreme cases this may lead to porosity issues at readings that wouldn’t normally be considered critical – if too much air is escaping via the many seams, then smaller increases in porosity in the individual panels may cause the whole wing to fall over the edge of what is still flyable.
When flying a Triple Seven wing you can rest assured that none of the design elements have been incorporated out of vanity – there are only technical solutions. Fortunately, the discerning pilot will instinctively associate efficient with attractive!
Watch the Triple Seven VDO technology video presentation below.
Back Position (Air) Intake
On conventional paragliders, the location of the cell openings is always a compromise. The cell openings on paragliders must be located at the separation point (the place where the airflow separates into a part that travels OVER the wing, and another part that travels UNDER the wing) and because there is just one separation point, the cell openings must be either very large, or placed either at the separation point for trim speed, top speed or somewhere in between.
At Triple Seven, ALL their wings have been incorporating dual separation point aerofoils since the very first model – they call it the Back Position Intake. On Triple Seven wings the cell opening is located right between the two separation points, allowing Triple Seven to make it smaller while maintaining maximum inflow and thus maximum internal pressure at all angles of attack. With smaller cell openings and greater internal pressure, the collapse tendency at all speeds is significantly reduced, and the brake authority is increased – a big brake input from behind momentarily increases the pressure at the leading edge because the air cannot escape through the small openings, and this makes the leading edge more solid, less collapse-prone for the experienced pilot.
But due to the nature of the BPI even inexperienced pilots benefit from the BPI technology – the stall characteristics are significantly better, and the wing collapses much less in the first place. Triple Seven has also found that BPI aerofoils have better energy retention, making them more efficient in turbulent air – they aren’t as susceptible to being stopped in their tracks by sudden surges, something that makes them convert bumps along the way into altitude much better than conventionally designed paragliders.
Triple Seven was the first manufacturer to employ BPI technology to the full model range, and their extensive experience with this game-changing technology is just one more reason why they believe that a Valic-designed wing will make your flying more rewarding every time you take your wing out of its bag. At the end of the day, this is precisely what paragliding is about – getting the most out of every flying opportunity, regardless of your own personal goals!
Load Distribution Optimization
One of the main challenges in paraglider design is to make the aircraft, sewn from soft materials and filled with nothing but air, into a “solid” wing that will maintain its optimal shape even while flying through midday thermals and wind shears. Making this even more complicated is the fact that in order to improve performance there is no way around reducing drag; after all, Triple Seven all know that the common name for gliding performance of unmotorised aircraft is L/D – lift to drag ratio. As lift for a wing equals aircraft weight, the only way to make it go further is by cutting drag, so Triple Seven keep reducing external things which help the wing maintain its shape, not least by reducing line consumption.
Drag is also caused by canopy wrinkles; just one more reason to make canopies as wrinkle-free as at all possible.
Enter the Triple Seven Load Distribution Technology
Consisting of a thin Nylon “rod” sewn into each cell wall in a carefully designed wave pattern, the Load Distribution Technology distributes the loads from each line level across the whole chord of the wing, making the wing so much more true to its shape regardless of what the air is doing around it. This translates into a higher resistance to collapses, better energy retention and not least significantly improved gliding performance through turbulent air – and the best part is, with the very thin diameter of the “rods” it doesn’t impede the packing of the wing at all.
Smooth Trailing Edge
The paraglider’s trailing edge is a critical part of the design for both glider handling and performance, and one where Triple Seven invest a lot of effort into perfecting it. As the paraglider is inflated, the pressure inside makes the cells billow, and the Triple Seven STE technology is there to control the billowing near the trailing edge. Too much billow in this region shortens the trailing edge in a spanwise direction and may make the canopy pitch unstable in combination with pressure changes. Besides, too much billow at this critical part of the canopy adversely affects performance, because it may cause the airflow to separate in an uncontrolled manner.
With the Triple Seven STE technology, the designers have managed to completely eliminate excessive billowing, making for a much more coherent and sharp trailing edge. This is great news for performance and handling because the solid trailing edge transmits brake line input into turns much more readily.
Optimised Cross Vents
As paraglider canopies grow increasingly complex inside, the number of components in each wing grows as well. If you sometimes wonder why the prices seem to always take a small hike upwards with each new model range, this is the reason for it – a modern canopy is simply far more complex to put together than a five-year-old model was.
But with increasing complexity, one would normally expect the weight to go up as well, and one of the main challenges the Triple Seven designers face when working on new products is to make sure this isn’t the case. A heavier canopy is bad on just about every level, from the basic premise that you still have to carry it on your back, to the fact that heavy canopies launch less readily, and have less enticing handling once in the air. So the challenge is to include all the extra elements inside the wing, but make sure they are as minimal in every way as at all possible. When you look through the (small) cell openings of a Triple Seven wing you’ll notice that all the ribs, and the diagonal ribs, in particular, are very elaborately designed and shaped, the cross ports following the stress lines very accurately, and also that they’re split up into several smaller sections. Through this extra complexity, Triple Seven has managed to get the best of both worlds; the lightness that Triple Seven feel is essential for obtaining the handling and safety characteristics Triple Seven want, and the rigidity and form-wise integrity that gives Triple Seven wings their hallmark class-bursting performance under real, active flying conditions. It is not a very visible brand characteristic when you see a Triple Seven glider in the air or on the ground, but it is VERY easy to recognise the resulting performance and handling benefits as soon as you take to the air!
Triple Seven BC system
The Queen 2 Evo has risers equipped with our BC system as standard. In brief, it's a rear-riser control system which engages both the B- and C- risers, to make it more like rear-riser control on a 2-liner. To learn how to use this system properly, watch the video below in which Triple Seven's Matjaz explains and shows how to use the BC system, and get the right grip on the risers.
|Leading edge||Dominico 30D MF|
|Upper surface||Dominico 20D MF|
|Bottom surface||Dominico 20D MF|
|Profiles||Porcher Skytex 40 Hard 9017 E29|
|Diagonals||Porcher Skytex 40 Hard 9017 E29|
|Mini-ribs||Porcher Skytex 40 Hard 9017 E29|
|Main Lines||PPSL Liros, Edelrid A-8000-U|
|Fabric||13 mm Kevlar reinforced Nylon webbing|
|Pulleys||Harken P18mm ball bearing pulley|
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- Triple Seven Queen 2 German Manual
Triple Seven Queen 2 paraglider reviews
"On my first flight on the Queen 2 it was very soon clear to me that this is a totally different--and quite superior--wing to the original Queen which, I must be honest, I wasn't really a big fan of. After several thermic and XC flights on the Q2, I dialled into its mild yet fairly responsive handling and feedback. Comparing the Queen 2 against other wings of all levels, I was extremely impressed by its performance in the Sports class; the glide, speed and sink rate are all excellent. The wing somehow has a 2-liner feel about it - in a good way, not so much of the bad parts i.e. it feels efficient, solid and powerful, not highly-strung and like it might bite you on the bum if you turn your back at the wrong moment. The pilot demands of the Queen 2 are more towards the higher end of the EN C spectrum, particularly on the ground--i'ts not the easiest wing to ground handle in the Sports class--but a pilot with suitable skills to fly this class of wing should be fine. For the right pilot, the Queen 2 is an awesome XC flying machine!"
- Carlo Borsattino @ Flybubble
"You can see me having fun on the Queen 2 in my Cloud video. After reaching cloudbase over Brighton I had a huge into-wind return glide to get back to my car, and the Queen 2 produced an amazing performance on full speedbar. It reminded me of the Icepeak 6 two liner which I loved, but with a more compact and manageable feeling. Due to the solidity of the aerofoil it is a little stiff in tighter turns and sudden direction changes but it keeps itself together very well in turbulence."
- Greg Hamerton @ Flybubble
"The Queen 2 is... accurate to pilot, maintains its focus and solidity even in turbulent cores, and goes round like it’s on rails. These are all characteristics shared by other wings in the Triple Seven range, and are the DNA of its design team, the Valic brothers." "The turn radius is obviously better than most higher-aspect wings – I found myself nipping inside Zenos on climbs." "... the wing is very stable on bar. At one stage I was pushing hard on bar through 3-4 m/s of consistent strong lift under a hefty cloud to escape getting sucked into airspace, and it was absolutely solid." "If you’re after a high performance three-liner, you’ll be really happy with this 6.3 aspect-ratio wing. The climb is excellent, with lovely feedback, the ability to turn inside two-liners, and an efficient sink rate. On glide, I felt more confident to push more bar than I have with some other Cs..." "I can categorically say that... Triple Seven wings are definitely worth trying – I’m convinced their test team put in as many hours’ development and flying as any of the other bigger brands, and the end products are sorted, convincing gliders that have a unique feel and character."
- Hugh Miller, Cross Country magazine (full review)
"The Queen 2 loaded at top, is relatively a moderate C glider, that could be flown quite efficiently in XC competitions and will satisfy almost any performance and speed seeker in the C class especially for its high (overall package) of climb, glide and top speed."
- Ziad Bassil, Dust of the Universe (full review)
|Model Status||Current model|
|EN Certification||EN C|
|LTF Certification||LTF C|
|Shipping Details||When in stock, UK approx 2-5 workdays, other countries see shipping page|