Dudek Paragliders - ZakoSPEED
ZakoSpeed is Dudek Paragliders answer to new, trendy needs of speedriding & speedflying. It is not a paraglider, so the Zako must not be used for altitude or aerobatic flying. On the other hand, there is nothing against its use in groundhandling.
The border line between speedriding and speedflying is rather vague - and that's exactly the zone where the ZakoSpeed dwells, allowing for incredible mix of three-dimensional winter experience.
The ZakoSpeed is available in 3 specialized species, better equipped to conquer its realms:
ZakoSpeed-V (12m²,14m²,16m²) - Design and performance of these models is similar to standard PG wings. The inner wing design features partial v-ribs, that lend support to classic free-floating ribs and make for regular upper surface, while not hindering internal pressure propagation (in other words - good performance with great security).
Speedflying / Mountain Paraglider:
ZakoSpeed-V light (14m²,16m²) - Similar design as in V series, the only difference being application of superlight Skytex fabric 27 and 36 (classic).
ZakoSpeed (10m²,12m²,14m²) - These models are produced without v-ribs. In this way their finesse is slightly lower, making them more suitable for speedriding. In this group there is also the smallest ZakoSpeed to be found - a 10 m2 size.
Design and characteristics of ZakoSpeed are derived from standard flying wings. It's big cell openings make for flawless launch, without any overshooting in strong winds. Suspension lines are relatively short, attached to every second rib. Inner-wing design features diagonal v-ribs (reduced to tapes, as the wing does not need to be bullet-proof). This is an adequate solution that ensures right positioning of the free-floating ribs, smooth upper surface and free propagation of pressure inside the wing. All that translates into good performance at full safety. Because of its small surface ZakoSpeed retains good stability even in strong gusts, so you can get on kiting it when employing normal paraglider would be dangerous or outright impossible. A & B and C & D rows are gathered into two main suspension lines rows. This simple organization allows for simplified double risers too, making frontal collapses at launch impossible.
In order to increase user comfort Dudek included their DCT (Double Comfort Toggle) system.
- makes it possible to have your brake handles just as you like them, in a stiff or soft configuration. A simple idea using a short rod which can be removed from the inner core of the toggle loop when a wrist loop is required or left in place to make a grab bar loop.
- Cleaning Slots - Located at both wing tips make removal of dirt/sand etc. much easier.
There are two kinds of risers designed specially for the Zakospeed: traditional and light ones.
Instead of traditional risers, light set features lines finished with bare loops (no qucklinks). Light steering handle is held by a plastic buckle. Steering line goes through a guide.
Classic Zakospeeds are equipped with traditional risers including Easy Keeper, steering line pulleys and quicklinks.
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