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Re: 2022 New Wings Thread
« Reply #30 on: May 19, 2022, 07:10:40 AM »
Review of the KT. Like that long front strut handle in a similar way I like the RS front handle in having another option for flagging the wing out.

https://youtu.be/AGXbDZugO5M
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Re: 2022 New Wings Thread
« Reply #31 on: May 19, 2022, 05:59:52 PM »
Here's a nice overview of some of the new wings on the market (solid vs. soft handles):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UQhkM98WMJ4

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Re: 2022 New Wings Thread
« Reply #32 on: May 25, 2022, 04:08:49 PM »
In this video the wing appears to be a full boom Gaastra "Poison" wing -- probably a prototype.  It will be interesting to see if we ever see a production one.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tSRlFs5ZctU

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Re: 2022 New Wings Thread
« Reply #33 on: June 17, 2022, 09:10:07 AM »

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Re: 2022 New Wings Thread
« Reply #34 on: June 17, 2022, 11:01:13 AM »
My RSs have been delayed, along with the whole European shipment apparently. An issue with the bladders that needed sorting. Current ETA is end of the month but I'm not getting my hopes up!
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Re: 2022 New Wings Thread
« Reply #35 on: June 17, 2022, 02:47:51 PM »
In the meantime, Gong have released their 2023 wings which look pretty good to me (all lighter, better etc etc) with the Neutra reminding me of the F1 wings. Still 5 models, but a more thoughtful range of sizes, within each model.

What really caught my eye was their new wing tip batten system, which they're calling the LDS (Low Drag System). The batten takes some wing tip load so the inflatable wing tip can be much thinner, meaning less drag.

They claim a world first, but that wing tip batten idea looks familiar! (Hint - check out the Takuma RS)
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Gong Fluid L-S, XXL-S on 85cm and 65cm mast
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Re: 2022 New Wings Thread
« Reply #36 on: June 18, 2022, 12:17:53 PM »
There's a new Slick SLS -- new materials, full carbon boom and shaped more like the new Units. Supposedly it will be released in the next couple of weeks.  The Slick will still be available.  The SLS will be more expensive but maybe you can buy it without the boom (buy one with a boom and the others without as you can with the current Slick).

When it comes to new wings it's the fast and furious!

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Re: 2022 New Wings Thread
« Reply #37 on: June 19, 2022, 08:39:57 AM »
I saw the new Slick at BigWinds yesterday. Looks slick. But having just purchased a 4.5 D-Lab my wallet is feeling a bit empty.

I like the D-Lab a lot, though it's taking some time to get used to. The front hand pull seems to be a thing with newer wings. I bought a Reedin X thingy, and the front-hand pull was so extreme that I gave up on it. the D-Lab isn't that unbalanced, but it's taken some fiddling to get comfortable. I moved my harness lines forward so one end is on the fake mid boom I added and the other end is on the middle of the front handle.

I've also shifted my grip forward, both hands near the front of their respective handle. I also dropped the inflation to 7 pounds when the wind is strong enough. the little bit of taco bend (it isn't much) loosens the canopy enough to shift the center of effort a bit back. I expect as this wing ages the canopy will bag a little and get more comfortable.

Power is excellent, it pulls more like a 5+. The weight is amazing, and the wing jibes on autopilot. I've been just doing my thing jibing the foil, switching my feet, and letting the wing take care of itself. As I complete the jibe the wing goes overhead to pretty much the perfect position. Swap hands and yer done. It also downwings very nicely, there hasn't been enough swell to flag it in the low position, but the weight makes it comfortable to luff it high, let it swing so it's going tail first overhead, and generally single-hand it, reaching up to grab the middle bar and tug on it when I need a little power. I tried that with my 7M F-1 CWC and the strut hit the water, followed closely by me.
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Re: 2022 New Wings Thread
« Reply #38 on: June 19, 2022, 10:40:31 AM »
The front hand pull seems to be a thing with newer wings.


With the smaller D/labs, the draft moves “forward” in a gust. I only went for one D/lab, the 6.5m, so never felt this.

My thoughts were the Dacron version is so freaking good, I’ll just replace mine when the canopy bags eventually, rather than make the big spend on all D/labs. I won’t have to take the huge $$$ hit replacing D/labs, when the canopy bags.

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Re: 2022 New Wings Thread
« Reply #39 on: June 19, 2022, 10:43:33 AM »
I’ve had a few sessions on the d lab 6, more on the normal ones. I also came from the x wings, but I feel like the handles are perfectly balanced unlike the x wings. I also feel like the range on my one dlab seems insane, and had me thinking about a 4.5/6 dlab quiver of two, if I could sell my SWX quiver maybe I would!
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Re: 2022 New Wings Thread
« Reply #40 on: June 20, 2022, 10:57:46 AM »
There's a new Slick SLS -- new materials, full carbon boom and shaped more like the new Units. Supposedly it will be released in the next couple of weeks.  The Slick will still be available.  The SLS will be more expensive but maybe you can buy it without the boom (buy one with a boom and the others without as you can with the current Slick).

When it comes to new wings it's the fast and furious!

I have two days on the Slick SLS 4.0.  My daily driver is 3.5 D/LAB (with also a 4.5 Unit v2 for lighter days)

First day on the SLS 4.0 was light wind where there were some larger wings out there in the 6m range and other wingers on 4m.   Yesterday which was day 2, most wingers were on ~3m

The feel and range on the SLS 4.0 is great... flies similarly to the Unit v2.  Speed and upwind are also great.... logged 10 second 23.5knots

Feels super light, and there is literally nothing I do not love about this wing.  So far flags as well as my D/LAB

The new window configuration is also great, I feel I can see a lot more.

One improvement on the Unit v2, the SLS wingtip drag is almost imperceptible... it's like you hear it but don't feel it in your hands.  I ride with the wingtip really low to the water, so this is one of the things that really surprised me... I've never ridden a wing does this.

I have some stock now if anybody in the USA is looking for some.

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Re: 2022 New Wings Thread
« Reply #41 on: June 21, 2022, 02:13:24 PM »
Little animation on the Gong Low Drag System (wing tip batten allowing smaller diameter wing tips). Interesting theory with some potential in my view. No idea on the significance or real world benefits.

https://youtu.be/GUfHezEcUdw
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Gong Lethal 4'6 65L
Axis ART 799, 899, 999,1099, US fuse, 85cm mast
Gong Fluid L-S, XXL-S on 85cm and 65cm mast
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Re: 2022 New Wings Thread
« Reply #42 on: June 23, 2022, 10:58:52 AM »
Here's a good look at the Slick SLS (supposedly available in early July although some shops have them now):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sumxLc-MBCs
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Re: 2022 New Wings Thread
« Reply #43 on: June 25, 2022, 09:38:11 AM »
Nice comparison of the SLS to the original Slick:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RnHvunSwBWg

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Re: 2022 New Wings Thread
« Reply #44 on: July 03, 2022, 10:50:20 AM »
Nice comparison between the SLS and new Unit:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8gQ1Paid7pw

 


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