The new Light-Racer is a latest generation two-liner, made for the greatest demands under extreme conditions. No less than X-Alps Serial Winner Chrigel Maurer, Aaron Durogati, Toma Coconea and Patrick von Känel have contested the toughest paraglider race in the world with the OMEGA XALPS 3. Its exceptional performance and compact light build also makes the OMEGA XALPS 3 the first choice for ambitious cross country pilots.
During the last two years the ADVANCE development team have built more than 30 prototypes and tried out countless new concepts. Chrigel Maurer himself, together with ADVANCE test pilot and X-Alps first-timer Patrick von Känel, has been part of the project – testing and assessing the project from an athletes point of view This extensive R&D has paid off, and previously insurmountable technological boundaries have been swept aside.
The OMEGA XALPS 3 is special as a two-liner because of its heretofore unattainable mix of performance, simplicity and minimal weight. With aspect ratio of 6.95 and a mere 63 cells it is very simple and compact to live with, and delivers an exceptionally agreeable feeling in flight: but this with massively better performance and the same weight as an equivalent three-liner. These are exactly the qualities that not only X-Alps athletes desire, but also ambitious cross country pilots.
For weight-saving the OMEGA XALPS 3 not only has the signature Sliced Diagonals Technology inside, but also ultralight High-Tech Nitinol Wires around the profiles. These new high grade alloy wires are not only much lighter than conventional Nylon versions, but virtually cannot get bent out of shape. This is a great advantage for fast and compact packing in the X-Alps.
The advantages of this latest two-liner generation are convincingly clear. Its handling is much easier and the weight is the same as earlier three-liners, but it gives you an unbelievably splendid feeling in flight.
The OMEGA XALPS 3 is absolutely the easiest two-liner that I’ve ever flown. And all that with impressive performance. For me that is a decisive X-Alps criterion.
I wanted to prove that I could evolve from Running Man to Flying Man. I am proud that I managed to do this on the X-Alps 2019, also thanks to the OMEGA XALPS 3.
The OMEGA XALPS 3 provides simplicity – not only in flight, but for packing. The Nitinol Wires make it very compact to pack, and it keeps its shape.
|OMEGA XALPS 3||22||23||24|
|Certified takeoff weight||kg||75-87||85-97||95-110|
|Projected aspect ratio||5.29||5.29||5.29|
|Number of cells||63||63||63|
|Number of risers||2+1||2+1||2+1|
|Certification||EN/LTF D||EN/LTF D||EN/LTF D|
|Leading edge||Skytex 32 universal, 32 g/m2|
|Upper surface||Skytex 27 classic 2, 29 g/m2|
|Lower surface||Skytex 27 classic 2, 29 g/m2|
|Designstripe||Skytex 32 universal, 32 g/m2|
|Profiles||Skytex 32 hard finish, 33 g/m2|
|Unsuspended profiles||Skytex 27 hard finish, 29 g/m2|
|Main lines||A-8000U-360, -280, -190, -130, -090, 25|
|Galery lines||A-8000U-190, -130, -090, -070, -050|
|Brake lines||A-8000U-070, -050|
|Steering lines||A-7850-240, A-8000U-190|
|Risers||Dyneema, 10mm, 13.5kN|
|Softlinks||Softlink DC 500|
Testing the OMEGA XALPS 3
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