- LIGHTWEIGHT PARAGLIDERS
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The R-light 3 is our lightweight version of the legendary Rook model series. Built just like the Rook 3 but using light materials and technology, it is a wing that is made for aerial adventure. It is the perfect tool for combining high-level XC paragliding with serious hiking – in the air, this wing will go everywhere a normal Rook 3 goes, and on the ground, it will go at least one place where the standard Rook doesn’t go – into a small backpack!
Because our emphasis with this wing is a full-on mountain and XC flying, we decided to equip it with standard risers. With this little touch, we have ensured that the wing will feel every bit like a standard Rook 3, except it may be even easier to launch due to the lower canopy weight, and it will be notably easier on your back while packed.
“Where we live is a para-alpinist’s wet dream; we can look out the window in the morning, start hiking at 9 AM, and be ready to launch somewhere exciting before noon. My brother and I really enjoy combining work, exercise and play in this manner – we’ve been doing it for years, and we often do it several times a week. This means we have a very good understanding of what it takes for wings from every class to excel; some hike& fly wings are mainly for quick up-and-down dashes, some are XC machines which are also a pleasure to carry, and most are somewhere in between. The Triple Seven lightweight glider range encompasses all of these categories, with the R-light firmly towards the XC side of the spectre. It has plenty enough performance to take you “anywhere” without overwhelming your senses along the way, and it’s such a pleasure to pack and carry we think you’ll be just about ready to set off on foot again moments after you have touched down.”
Urban Valic, R-light 3 designer
The ideal R-light 3 pilot is comfortable on performance EN B wings, comfortable with their speed bar, and either already comfortable on unfamiliar launches and in unfamiliar terrain, or working on getting there. They’re most likely already moving into hike& fly adventures, or at least planning to, and they appreciate the added versatility of the lower weight and reduced volume of such a wing as the R-light 3. They have a decent understanding of dynamic manoeuvres, not least the wingover, and cope well with turbulence when they encounter it during thermal flights. For such a pilot the R-light will be like frosting on a cake; you’d most likely be enjoying the experience even if it wasn’t there, but it does take the whole endeavour to a whole new level 😉
|Number of cells||61||61||61||61||61|
|Projected area (m2)||18.0||20.2||21.4||22.4||24.1|
|Flat area (m2)||21.3||23.8||25.3||26.5||28.5|
|Projected span (m)||8.6||9.1||9.4||9.6||10|
|Flat span (m)||10.9||11.5||11.9||12.1||12.6|
|Projected Aspect Ratio||4.1||4.1||4.1||4.1||4.1|
|Flat aspect ratio||5.6||5.6||5.6||5.6||5.6|
|Glider weight (kg)||3.31||3.57||3.75||4.02||4.20|
|In-flight weight range (kg)||60-75||70-85||80-95||90-105||105-119|
|CANOPY FABRIC CODE|
|Leading edge||Dominico 30|
|Upper surface||Skytex 27 Classic II (Double coated)|
|Bottom surface||Skytex 27 Classic II (Double coated)|
|Profiles||Skytex Porcher 27 Hard|
|Diagonals||Skytex Porcher 27 Hard|
|Mini ribs||Skytex Porcher 27 Hard|
|Suspension and main lines||PPSLS Liros, Edelrid A-8000-U|
|RISER FABRIC CODE|
|Fabric||13 mm Kevlar reinforced Nylon webbing|
|Pulleys||Harken P18mm ball bearing pulley|
Like the normal version, the R-Light S packs small and offers the best performance in climb and glide for the B category. The top speed is very good for the category. Ears are stable on this light S size and reopen smoothly without pilot control. It needs a sensible pilot to appreciate its thermal behavior. I found that flying it at max load is the optimum load to get it efficiently into the airmass. My test describes accurately only the ’S’ size flown at 85 all up. I really had a very nice time test flying it!
Congratulations to Lauris Pumpurs for another victorious win! Last week, he participated in the SRS Skywalk edition in Gemona, a renowned location known for its diverse tasks. With his R-light 3, Lauris impressively outscored the competitors by nearly 1000 points! Way to go! Big congrats once more! Congratulations to Lauris Pumpurs for another victorious win!
Congratulations, on your impressive performance with the #RLight3 at the Belgian Paragliding Open 2023 in Krushevo! 3rd place in the Leisure Class, alongside Anatole Fontaine (1st) and Thomas Schmidt (2nd). For more details, please visit: link 2nd place in the Lady category, with Karlien Engelen (1st) and Sofie Bonte (3rd) as fellow winners. For more
Exciting news from the SRS Gin edition competition! Lauris PUMPURS emerged victorious in the standard class, showcasing his incredible skills with the R-light 3! 🪂 The competition featured an exceptional group of pilots, including a talented bunch flying Triple Seven wings, who narrowly missed the podium. Congratulations to everyone involved for their impressive performances! Results
It takes a group of good pilots to fly and race together in order to see which wing is the best. Rook 3 and R-light 3 smashed it at Naviter open 2022. Big congrats to Jurij Kurnik for his first race and for already beating all to the first place in B class. Vijay Sony
Famous competition site, Buzet in Istria. A place where Rook 1 debuted in competitions and won ahead of open class at that time. Now, ten years later, we lend the R-light 3 to Oliver to compete at Croatia nationals. He finished 3rd overall among the two-liner wings! We want to congratulate you on fantastic flying