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Avax XC3

Avax XC3 - Gradient

Number of Reviews:  1  
Average Rating:  5.00 / 5  
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Suggested Retail Price:  No Price 
Timo 28-Jul-2010 08:26 Report this Product!
Year Launched 2010 from Gradient (if applicable)
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Avax XC3 Description

The Avax XC3 is the highest performance certified glider produced by Gradient.  It is has great performance while maintaining the great Gradient handling.  

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1 Review of Avax XC3


Timo   28-Jul-2010 09:55 Report this Review!
Your Flying Style: Cross country from USA
Purchased From: Atlanta Paragliding Enterprises
Period of Use: 1 month
Flying Experience: 500 hours
Similar Products Tested: Gradient Avax XC2
Current Flying Setup
& Clipped in Weight:
Woody Valley X-Rated 5 harness.
Strengths:

pGreat handling, nimble and communicative, with light brake pressure. nbspEasy launch and ground handling. nbspVery effective Speed system with easy activation and security while on bar./p

Weaknesses:

None noted

Build/Quality: Excellent
Review:

pspan style-font-family: Arial, Tahoma, Helvetica, FreeSans, sans-serif font-size: 13px line-height: 18pxdiv style-margin: 0pxMy hope was that the wing would retain the handling of the XC2 while displaying increased performance, and the guys at Gradient pulled this off magnificently. nbsp/divdiv style-margin: 0pxbr //divdiv style-margin: 0pxThe wing feels and responds to inputs much like the XC2 so much so that I felt very comfortable close to the terrain and flying strong, rough thermals over the flats of Eastern Washington, on my first flights of the Chelan PWC. nbspThe trailing edge is a bit firmer than the XC2 without that stiff-brake feeling exhibited by the Gin and Niviuk EN-D wings. nbspThe brake travel is about the same as the XC2 but I find the XC3 to have less spin tendency than even the XC2. nbspI still havent reached the spin point while flying the wing in very snotty tight thermals. nbspThe wing is very good at communicating the location of the bubble core of the thermal. nbspThe wing is very communicative while not being jittery or twitchy. nbspThe ride is pure Gradient - not stiff and rough - more cushioned but firm. . ./divdiv style-margin: 0pxbr //divdiv style-margin: 0pxThere have been reserve tosses every day in Chelan but my wing has been purring along with nary a tuck. nbspI was able to get the wing to frontal while flying at 3/4 bar on the practice day (my first real flight on the wing) and was able to save it by reducing the bar and a brief, sharp, tug on the C risers to keep the tips back. nbspThe frontal promptly popped out and away we flew, on heading and on speed again. nbspI love this wing -/divdiv style-margin: 0pxbr //divdiv style-margin: 0pxIll explore the corners of the envelope more when Im in better air amp less gaggle traffic -/divdiv style-margin: 0pxThe build of the wing is still very light but durable. nbspThe ribs at the leading edge are reinforced with partial mylar laminations with plastic strimmer lines about 3/4 from the leading edge of the wing, running from the top of the nose of the airfoil along the bottom edge to 5 or so beyond the A attachment points. nbspThere are gibus arches incorporated in the ribs along the B attachment points./divdiv style-margin: 0pxbr //divdiv style-margin: 0pxOn the third task of the PWC the conditions at launch were very light and fickle. nbspThe launch queue was moving very slowly as many were having fits coaxing their 2 and 3-liners into the crossed light winds. nbspI laid out and brought the wing up easily, built it on the way up and got off the hill easily - Much like the XC2 in its easy ground handling. nbspI used As and Cs alot on the XC2 but am using the brakes and As on this wing because it only has the 3-lines./divdiv style-margin: 0pxbr //divdiv style-margin: 0pxSpeed-bar is fully usable and very effective. nbspI can feel that beyond 3/4 bar the glide is affected quite a bit, but 3/4 or less is very effective in keeping up with comp ships. nbspI had many transitions where I was gliding with comp ships and getting to lift sources at the same altitude and time as they. nbspFlying this wing gives me the mind-set that Im on a competitive wing. nbspI dont have any direct comparisons against the few GTOs and Omega 8s, here in Chelan, but the Boom and R-10 pilots flying with me are indicating that Im getting excellent transitions with them. nbspClimbs are also very good. nbspThe sink rate has been improved from the XC2 and the handling is good enough that its possible tonbspemuse/emnbspthe rough lift more effectively than the less maneuverable ships.nbsp/divdiv style-margin: 0pxbr //divdiv style-margin: 0pxLanding is simple - enough said?/divdiv style-margin: 0pxbr //divdiv style-margin: 0pxThese are my early impressions, but I think that there is little lurking for me to discover. nbspIve been flying in rough conditions for 5 days now and am very happy with this wing. nbspHighly recommended for pilots with the experience to fly a high-end EN-D wing, especially recommend for pilots who like the gradient handling and/or have experience on the XC2./divdivbr //div/span/p

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Conclusion:

pA great high performance wing with lots of security and great handling. nbspThis wing has flight characteristics that allow the pilot to get the most from the conditions./p

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