THE STABILITY YOU NEED - THE PERFORMANCE YOU
The EN B class is turning into the
widest paraglider class there is, spanning the whole range from straight-out-of-school wings like the Makalu Series, over friendly performance wings like the Kantega Series, to all-out XC machines.
The new UP Summit XC3, UP's fourth current wing in the EN B class, is intended for cross country pilots who just cannot get enough performance from their EN B wing. It is UP's specific response to
those pilots who loved the glide performance of the Kantega XC2 in still air, but thought they needed more ooopmh when the going got tough - the Summit XC3 has the oomph, and an even more
impressive glide angle, in spite of having inherited much of the relaxed feel pilots have come to appreciate in the Kantega XC2. The Summit XC3 is not built to be a pilots' first introduction to
the EN B class however - we have the Makalu 3 and the Kantega XC2 for that - but if you're ready for the next level, yet you don't feel the need to head into the EN C category, then the Summit
XC3 is your wing.
who loved the Summit XC2 will feel right at home on the new Summit incarnation. It has the same reassuring feel, but being a completely new design it does offer a sharper handling and quite a
bit higher performance figures in real-life flying.
speaking of performance, the Summit XC3 is a wing designed with top performance in mind. The flat aspect ratio of 6.3 is high for this class, but with the design being quite a high-arc one
the projected A/R is less extreme, to the benefit of handling and safety. As usual with UP wings, the new design has no hidden vices which could jump out and bite you when you least expect it. The
handling has been refined until all our test pilots were happy, so that you can be sure to sit at the top of the stack, ready to glide out on new mile-munching adventures, every time you
Traditionally, high aspect ratio gives an advantage in light lift but is somewhat penalised in high-speed glides, since the extra lines needed to keep all that span in check add
parasitic drag to the configuration especially at higher speeds. Our R&D guys have addressed that oxymoron by refining the line layout so that the Summit XC3, in spite of the high A/R, has even
less lines than wings with much lower A/R - this translates into the best of both worlds; amazing thermalling properties AND top performance at high
R&D team has chosen a completely new aerofoil for the newest Summit Series incarnation. We call it the New Generation Aerofoil, and it excells through the ability to maintain internal pressure
constant at all angles of attack. This translates into more collapse-resistance and more solidity throughout the speed range.
high-performance wing, the Summit XC3 utilises unsheathed lines throughout (main brake line is the exception). The unsheathed lines are stronger and generate less drag than their sheathed
counterparts, an important consideration when building wings with class-bursting performance. The speed system has also been carefully designed to bring ease-of-use as well as considerable speed
increase at your, err, toe tips...
Summit XC3 comes in 3 all-new standard colour combinations (see below) and can be ordered in custom colours at a surcharge.
Need help finding the right size for
box: Ergonomic Backpack in size L except for the XS size, which comes with the M backpack as
standard, glider bag, compression strap, UP gift, UP sticker
New Generation Aerofoil - perfect
internal pressure at all angles of attack,
High A/R of 6.3 (flat) - awesome
climbing even in weak conditions, but due to high arc design still very manageable handling and safety,
New Brake Tensioning System (BTS2) -
perfect handling and great climbing ability,
BB pulleys used throughout on the
speed system - soft, efficient speed bar,
New speed system which changes the
AoA differently across the span - more stability at high speeds, collapses rare and more benign (hence the EN B rating),
3D panel shaping: less wrinkles in
the canopy - better performance and higher collapse resistance,
New low-drag line layout using just 2
lines/riser - minimum drag, better performance,
Swept-back wingtips - improved
handling, better climbing,
Mini ribs at the trailing edge -
perfect trailing edge definition for improved climb and more comfortable ride,
Optimised combination of Dyneema
(lower and middle lines) and Technora (all the rest) - stable AoA even in strong turbulence, no unwanted pitching upon thermal
Trango XC2 inspired "2-liner
technology" battens in the leading edge and over the C attachment points - perfect aerofoil definition, but easy packing due to shorter battens than on the 2-liners and the Trango