Why the BiGolden 3?
Gradient development team had very uphill struggle target. The goal was to improve most successful Gradient tandem BiGolden2. Well, mission completed!
BiGolden3 – easy take off, quick launching, perfect turning and legendary Gradient handling. No matter if flying conditions are ideal or not. With BiGolden3 you will share the pleasure of flying with every passenger onboard.
The BiGolden3 feels very much like its predecessor, the BiGolden-XC. From the instant I launched I felt at home and had to look up a few times to remind myself it was not my old wing. This is a great thing because the handling of the BG-XC was fantastic and I was afraid something may be lost with the new wing.
BiGolden 3 Tandem Paraglider Characteristics
Launching is much easier than the BG-XC. It has a lot less tendency to overshoot. Probably to do with the lighter materials as much as anything. Regardless, this is a big plus for the wing as flying big XC flights often means you don’t choose the easiest of launches to start. Knowing it will need less brake input to stop an overshoot inspires more confidence on allows you to focus on other aspects more.
The slightly lowered aspect (vs BG-XC) is not really noticeable, but the improved performance definitely does stand out. The polar is much flatter and the wing is clearly faster. I would have liked to have flown it wingtip to wingtip with my old wing but didn’t get a chance. However having flown it alongside various other wings you can see the performance is there. I had a good week flying the wing alongside the British Championships tasks in Gemona, Italy last month, taking the cameraman up for good photos and video. A lot of comments were made by competitors as I managed to stay with the lead gaggle for a reasonable percentage of the tasks. On 10km glides it clearly lost out against the Enzo’s & Boomerangs, but the difference was surprisingly little and in thermic conditions, where they were not able to use the bar effectively, it was easy to keep up with them. The glide in smooth air was easily a match for Delta2’s and other mid end C wings, but with speed that surprised them all as I effortlessly matched their glide, but several kmh faster than them.
The wing is solid, even on full speed. I would happily fit a set of risers with several cm’s more travel if they were available. Although I am still not sure of the best way to fit a speed bar on a tandem, I miss the fact that the option is not available to explore. On full speed, like the predecessor, the wing has a ‘wobble’ to it, almost like it is breathing, but it remains quite solid.
In collapses of various sorts the wing behaves impeccably. I haven’t had chance to do a great deal of SIV on it yet but the wing is well behaved in asymmetric, full frontal and B-line. As with the prior Gradient tandems, this one remains one of the easiest tandems to perform a B-line on as the internal pressure is light enough to be able to break the back of the wing without any passenger input, which is very much my preferred decent method with young passengers rather than the scary G’s of a spiral.
|Projected aspect ratio||4.05||4.05|
|Number of cells||57||57|
|Weight of the glider||kg||6.9||7.3|
|Min. take-off weight||kg||120||120|
|Max. take-off weight||kg||190||220|
|Certification||EN B||EN B / LTF B|