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We’re often told that “it isn’t the wing, it’s the pilot”. And while it is true that no wing will make a bad pilot great, it’s also true that an extraordinary wing WILL seriously improve your flying! The Rook 3 (EN B) is that wing; a paraglider to make the very most of YOUR skills.
The look is made to support the Triple Seven philosophy: Performance and safety optimisation above all. The new design uses the smallest number of seams possible. Just about every stitch in the canopy is there for performance purposes; only the contrast-coloured panels create this beautiful, racy look.
With the reduced number of seams we ended up with canopy with significantly reduced pressure leakage. Put simply, the canopy is pressurised to the maximum at every angle of attack.
“Pilots in this certification bracket (the top end of the EN B class) tend to be ambitious and hungry for more, but also quite sensible when it comes to assessing their own skill level. So when designing for them we need to figuratively stuff new models with performance in spades while making sure that the new wing has no hidden vices.
We knew even before we began this project that it would be a hard call to improve the Rook 2 in enough ways to make it a worthy successor – so instead of starting with the original, we based the new wing on the Queen 2, our class-bursting EN C wing. The trick was to preserve the Queen 2’s great performance and handling characteristics but to make it suitable for EN B pilots, who are likely to have a slightly lower comfort threshold in rowdy air. After lots of prototyping, testing and trimming we can now say that we’re there.”
The original Rook was the first product from Triple Seven to hit the market, and it made a big splash already then. Now in its 3rd and much-improved incarnation, the Triple Seven Rook 3 is still a high-end EN B wing. It is made for ambitious leisure pilots, perhaps with a desire to do more ambitious cross-country flights, provided this can be done on a wing with a sound passive safety margin.
You’ll get the most joy out of a wing in this class by being current, with probably 50+ hours in active air each year, and with some XC skills to your name. Your style is quite assertive; you generally know where you want to go next and why, and you are happy to use the speed bar to improve your overall performance and safety levels. You are familiar with quick descent methods and with large, coordinated wingovers, or at least you’re working on this compartment in your free-flying toolbox, out of a desire to improve, to the benefit of safety and performance alike.
If this sounds like you then you’ll have buckets of fun on the Rook 3 – it’s a wing practically custom-built for you, and it’ll take you places you have previously only been dreaming of. Welcome on board!
|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)||4.3||4.6||4.8||5.1||5.5|
|In-flight weight range (kg)||60-75||70-85||80-95||90-105||105-119|
|CANOPY FABRIC CODE|
|Upper surface||Dominico N30 DMF|
|Bottom surface||Dominico N20 DMF|
|Profiles||Skytex Porcher 40 Hard|
|Diagonals||Skytex Porcher 40 Hard|
|Mini ribs||Skytex Porcher 40 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|
An article from Cross Country Magazine with some insights from our designers on: WHY CELL OPENINGS ARE SHRINKING Higher performance wings generally look racier on the ground, but one of the outliers is the Triple Seven Rook 3 (high EN B) which sports incredibly narrow cell openings in comparison to most wings — including the
Pilots who want their wings packed small on their way to the top. Look no further; Triple Seven designed a compress concertina bag that will accommodate your wing. We’ve also created a chart, so it is easy to pick up the right size for your Triple Seven wing. More details about it HERE
We’re happy to announce the certification of the Rook 3 ML size (90-105 kg). The wing is now ready for orders. You can place one with your local dealer HERE
Miguel Angel Vazquez Yeves flew the Campeonato España Velas B, a version of nationals for the wings in the B category. Miguel was sole one pilot with Rook 3 but managed to place first in the field of 46 pilots. What an epic result that is! Congrats from the whole Triple Seven team! Overall results
Ziad from Dustoftheuniverse tested the new Rook 3: I have flown in the past Triple Seven high-B gliders, the Rook1, and the Rook2. In 2020, here is 777 latest high B glider the Rook 3 with an aspect ratio of 5.6 flat and 4.1 projected which is pretty conservative and well-targeted for a High B