Pi 3 (Glider)
LIGHT VERSATILITY: HIKE & FLY PARAGLIDER
For years the PI series has offered the best Hike & Fly package in terms of lightness in combination with a lot of performance and a definite fun factor. The “Light Versatility” motto will carry even higher significance in this third generation: there are two additional 21 and 25 sizes for the PI 3, and it is even lighter and more compact.
In the thermaling range of up to 4.5 kg/m2 projected wing loading the PI 3 with its well balanced canopy is easy to fly, offering maximum passive safety. In this range the PI 3 is suitable for beginners and leisure pilots.
Hike & Fly Range
The Hike & Fly range – projected wing loading between 4.5 and 5 kg/m2 – is the right choice for those who like to walk up with light equipment and have some dynamic fun on the flight down.
Mini Wing Range
In the Mini Wing Range with a projected wing loading of 5 kg/m2 and up, the PI 3 is clearly an action wing. It requires a very experienced pilot who flies actively and can sort out wing disturbances almost before they happen. The extremely compact wing is also suitable for Climb & Fly projects.
RANGE OF USE
Depending on its wing loading the PI 3 makes different demands on the pilot. The higher the loading the more challenging the flying characteristics and handling skill requirements become. Small wings are fundamentally more agile, lively, and demanding to fly, even when flown at their normal wing loadings. You can see the different piloting requirements as a function of wing loading in the adjacent table.
THE LATEST EDELRID PRO DRY LINES
The PI 3 is the world’s first paraglider to have Edelrid Pro Dry lines. Pro Dry is a further development of the very well-established 8000 Aramid line and has 60% higher water repellency. The line is extremely stable in length and demonstrates above average resistance to failure after long use.
DIFFERENT DEMANDS DEPENDING ON SIZE
The 16 and 19 sizes are more directed towards extreme Hike & Fly and Climb & Fly adventures – they have been uncompromisingly optimised for minimum weight and volume. Nitinol wires at the leading edge and extremely light Dominico 10D cloth make minimalistic weight a reality. From the 21 size the focus is more on ease of use and durability, and here we employ well-tried Porcher Skytex 27gm cloth and use Nylon wires.
HOLDING PIN LOOPS
To prevent the paraglider from slipping off in steep or slippery terrain (Snow), "Holding Pins" can be attached to the new loops on the PI 3 using a short string. To avoid damaging the paraglider, we recommend removing the "Holding Pins" before packing it up. "Holding Pins" are not included in the delivery package, and you must arrange them yourself. We recommend golf tees.
NEW LIGHTPACK INCLUDED
The new rucksack is part of the LIGHTPACK line and is available for the PI in two sizes: 24 Ltr (368 gm) and 32 Ltr (430 gm). It is even lighter and more effective than before. New breathable shoulder and hip straps of Ultra-Light-Mesh, a detachable helmet net and an ice axe holder put the finishing touches to this product. 16 and 19 sizes come with 24 Ltr bag, the others with the 32 Ltr version.
|Weight range EN/LTF A||kg||-||-||60-85||70-95||80-105||92-115|
|Weight range EN/LTF B||kg||-||50-95||85-100||95-110||105-120||115-125|
|Weight range EN/LTF C||kg||50-90||-||-||-||-||-|
|Certified takeoff weight||kg||50-90||50-95||60-100||70-110||80-120||92-125|
|Ideal range thermal||kg||-||50-65||60-75||70-85||80-97||92-110|
|Ideal range Hike & Fly||kg||50-70||65-85||75-90||85-100||97-110||110-125|
|Ideal range miniwing||kg||70-90||85-95||90-100||100-110||110-120||-|
|Projected aspect ratio||3.5||3.5||3.5||3.5||3.5||3.5|
|Number of cells||38||38||38||38||38||38|