High wind soaring
Ultralight Hike and Fly
and the ability to climb and glide
ALL IN THE ONE GLIDER !
The LiteSpeed is a highly versatile, lightweight mini-wing that features the latest in Shark Nose Technology and Ultralite construction. Its modern design incorporates the same technology that powers our highest performance XC and competition wings, packaged into a user-friendly intermediate mini-wing. The LiteSpeed is not just a light version of another wing. Although it began development as a lightweight Zero, the final result is a new design with significant improvements:
The LiteSpeed is equally comfortable in light or strong wind conditions, and is ideal for hike & fly, fun descents, and soaring / thermalling adventures. The 17m size weighs in at around 2.3kg, which will appeal to pilots looking for speed in the mountains, or wherever your travels may take you. The LiteSpeed’s weight and pack volume is incredibly low for a wing with this many cells, thanks to more than a decade of OZONE lightweight R&D.
The LiteSpeed is suitable for paraglider pilots of intermediate skill level and above when flown at moderate wing loadings. More experienced pilots who wish to fly at higher wing-loadings will enjoy the speed and precision of this wing at its full potential. Despite the LiteSpeed’s accessibility, it is not suitable for beginner pilots. The LiteSpeed is ideal for mini-wing pilots with some experience, who are looking for an elevated level of sensitivity and glider feedback.
Speed was a major concern during the two-year development of this wing, but our primary focus was on creating a cohesive platform with a large, usable speed range whilst keeping weight and pack-volume to a minimum. Optimised trimming, sail tension and arc, combined with intelligently used lightweight materials and Ultralite construction techniques have all contributed to the improved inflation characteristics and a more compact and agile feel in the air.
CONSTRUCTION AND DESIGN
Made with a combination of the well-proven Porcher Skytex 27gr and Dominco N20D sail cloths, the LiteSpeed’s ultralight character is not compromised in terms of durability. This wing will last for many years if cared for normally. It is equipped with trimmers and a speed system that can be used individually or together. The patented OZONE SharkNose profile is renowned for its performance at a wide range of angles of attack. Combined with the LiteSpeed’s trim and speed system, the result is a large, fast and solid useable speed range with high levels of stability at low angles of attack, along with improved stall / spin resistance at higher angles of attack. The SharkNose aides every aspect of the design with improved cohesion, handling, speed and glide performance. The end result is a unique, high-performance mini-wing that remains accessible and easy to use.
The LiteSpeed balances the high levels of efficiency necessary for soaring and thermalling flights, with the speed, agility and roll authority required for dynamic handling, diving turns and fun descents. We have enjoyed flying the LiteSpeed in a wide range of conditions, from coring thermals with larger standard paragliders on light days, to soaring in moderate to strong winds and carving down the mountain after a hike-up. Please note that we do not recommend flying any highly-loaded wing in accelerated configurations in turbulent or strong conditions, especially when near to the ground