BGD - KISS

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For rise-and-shiners, hike-and-flyers and mountain lovers, greet the day with a Kiss, a simple, fun and versatile mountain wing.

  • Twin B-Tabs
  • Triple finger diagonals
  • Variable Cell Widths
  • Weight-optimised ribs

INFO

The Kiss is an ultralight, small-packing wing for mountain adventures. Simple, safe and fun, its roots are in hike-and-fly but it’s an excellent soaring and thermalling wing for lighter pilots, or loaded up in the hands of more experienced pilots, it’s an agile, big-grin machine, perfect for strong-wind soaring.

PACK SIZE
The Kiss can be comfortably packed to the following dimensions:

16m: 30cm x 30cm x 13cm
18m: 35cm x 35cm x 15cm

TARGET

It’s 5:30am. The birds are singing and your sleeping bag is damp, speckled with droplets. The sun is just kissing the top of the cliffs above you; they are rimmed with gold. A few more minutes of snooze and it will start to warm your bivvy spot and dry the wet grass. Time for coffee. It’s a new day, the adventure continues!

The Kiss was made for pilots who love to wake up in the mountains with their paraglider; to hike hills or climb snowy peaks.

It’s mountain-hardy, made from light but durable materials with very wide weight ranges for maximum versatility. The smallest, 16m size can be flown by 50kg pilots with excellent passive safety; but it can also be flown at 90kg, where it will be fast and dynamic, the realm of experienced pilots.

BRUCE'S NOTES

The Kiss was initially conceived for a group of BGD Team pilots who needed a light but rugged mountain wing for a project in the Alps this summer. They needed something easy to carry and simple to use in wide-ranging conditions, that could handle tough mountain terrain and tricky launches.

The Kiss is a unique design, not based on any other BGD glider. We wanted a simple and elegant structure, to give it the uncomplicated launch and outstanding ease of use. For the project, 16m and 18m sizes were ideal – small to carry, light and versatile to cope with different wind strengths. The sub-70kg pilots in the team will fly the 16; 70kg+ will take the 18.

We opted for Porcher 27 cloth for the sail and ribs, with 32 for extra durability on the upper leading-edge, and designed the leading edge with minimal use of plastic reinforcements to achieve easy launch characteristics without compromising its packability.

The structure was optimised to save weight, with new Twin B-tabs, developed with help of our CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) analysis software. Narrow webbing risers with a speed system and weight-saving low-friction rings, and unsheathed Kevlar top and middle lines complete the spec.

Note: As standard the Kiss will be delivered with steel maillons, but pilots can shave a further 80g by replacing these with softlinks (which can be ordered separately).

TECHNICAL DATA

16

18

LINEAR SCALING FACTOR

0.94

1

PROJECTED AREA (M²)

13.5

15.23

FLAT AREA (M²)

16

18

GLIDER WEIGHT (KG)

2.3

2.6

TOTAL LINE LENGTH (M)

184

207

HEIGHT (M)

5

5.8

NUMBER OF MAIN LINES (A/B/C)

3/4/3/3

CELLS

36

FLAT ASPECT RATIO

4.9

PROJECTED ASPECT RATIO

3.5

ROOT CHORD (M)

2.3

2.4

FLAT SPAN (M)

8.8

9.3

PROJECTED SPAN (M)

6.9

7.3

MIN SINK (M/S)

1

BEST GLIDE

8

WEIGHT RANGE (KG)

50-90

50-110

CERTIFICATION

Load test

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