The EN B class is turning into the widest paraglider class there is, spanning the whole range from straight-out-of-school wings like the Makalu Series, over friendly performance wings like the Kantega Series, to all-out XC machines. The new UP Summit XC3, UP’s fourth current wing in the EN B class, is intended for cross country pilots who just cannot get enough performance from their EN B wing. It is UP’s specific response to those pilots who loved the glide performance of the Kantega XC2 in still air, but thought they needed more ooopmh when the going got tough – the Summit XC3 has the oomph, and an even more impressive glide angle, in spite of having inherited much of the relaxed feel pilots have come to appreciate in the Kantega XC2. The Summit XC3 is not built to be a pilots’ first introduction to the EN B class however – we have the Makalu 3 and the Kantega XC2 for that – but if you’re ready for the next level, yet you don’t feel the need to head into the EN C category, then the Summit XC3 is your wing.

Summit XC3 colors

New Features on the Summit CX3

•  New Generation Aerofoil – perfect internal pressure at all angles of attack,
•  High A/R of 6.3 (flat) – awesome climbing even in weak conditions, but due to high arc design still very manageable handling and safety,
•  New Brake Tensioning System (BTS2) – perfect handling and great climbing ability,
•  BB pulleys used throughout on the speed system – soft, efficient speed bar,
•  New speed system which changes the AoA differently across the span – more stability at high speeds, collapses rare and more benign (hence the EN B rating),
•  3D panel shaping: less wrinkles in the canopy – better performance and higher collapse resistance,
•  New low-drag line layout using just 2 lines/riser – minimum drag, better performance,
•  Swept-back wingtips – improved handling, better climbing,
•  Mini ribs at the trailing edge – perfect trailing edge definition for improved climb and more comfortable ride,
•  Optimised combination of Dyneema (lower and middle lines) and Technora (all the rest) – stable AoA even in strong turbulence, no unwanted pitching upon thermal entry,
•  Trango XC2 inspired “2-liner technology” battens in the leading edge and over the C attachment points – perfect aerofoil definition, but easy packing due to shorter battens than on the 2-liners and the Trango XC2

Surface area flat (m2) 22,1 24 26,1 28,2
Surface area projected (m2) 18,3 19,9 21,6 23,4
Flat span (m) 11,8 12,3 12,8 13,3
Projected span (m) 9,0 9,4 9,8 10,2
Flat aspect ratio 6,3 6,3 6,3 6,3
Projected aspect ratio 4,5 4,5 4,5 4,5
Chambers/cells 56 56 56 56
Total line length incl. Brake (m) 198 207 215 224
Total # of lines incl. Brake 196 196 196 196
Total canopy weight 5,0 5,3 5,6 5,9
Category EN B B B B
Takeoff weight (kg) 60-79 75-98 90-115 105-130