Little Cloud's new mountain paraglider, A pure fun hike and fly wing, and more!. The Kagoo2
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The Kagoo2 is dedicated to pilots looking for a super fun wing to bring on for their Hike and Fly adventure.
Its great performance level will make it the perfect companion for soaring, thermaling, and carving the sky… pure Miniwing style!
- The Kagoo2 provides the ultimate fun factor, and the best way to find out is by flying it!
- Rather than the usual fancy gimmicks such as mini ribs, 3D leading edge shaping, etc…, we focused once again on the skin tensions to get the best balanced canopy. This way allows us to save a good amount of material, therefore not saving on what will make the glider durable in the time (reinforcements, risers…).
- Despite the great performance, the Kagoo2 remains pitch stable, a key in safety and ease of use.
- It’s designed as a pure Miniwing: with great speed range, incredibly precise handling, and very good glide ratio, even when flying in a headwind.
- Although you have to be an experienced pilot to fly the Kagoo2, as with any highly loaded wing, the Kagoo2 offers a high level of passive safety. Can be used in schools with the proper supervision.
Some characteristics are as follows:
- New airfoil with setback narrow vents to increase the venturi effect during inflation. The result is a fast, constant rise with no over-shooting and over powering behavior. It also helps reducing drag, increasing the headwing capacity.
- 34 cells, including our latest knowledge on skin tension. This offers a very precise handling and compact feeling.
- 3 rows per side line setup to get perfect rise on no wind take off.
- Unsheathed lines from top to bottom, increasing the speed of the glider.
- 12mm Kevlar webbing with speedbar system: the extra grams are compensating with a great ease of use, unlike dyneema risers.
- 27gr top and bottom and a mix of 27/32gr for the structure: for optimized weight and packing.
- Short nylon rods
- Light and compact backpack
- Any pilot with PG or Speedflying rating will be able to fly these.
Wingload around 3 (+/-20%)
- For varied use, suitable from 100% beginner pilots (learning/school, mountain flying, soaring, thermic, fly-downs, ski). It has virtually no pitch, is reactive during roll, moderate height loss during 360s, large brake travel. Similar speeds to a paraglider.
Wingload around 4.5 (+/- 20%)
- For varied use, as level 1. Good piloting skills should be able to maximise the aerological conditions. For pilots who already have experience of flight. Higher speeds than a paraglider.
Wingload around 6 and more (- 20%)
- Less versatile for thermic and mountain flights. More orientated to speed flying and soaring in strong conditions. It’s more reactive to roll and requires accurate piloting. For experienced pilots. A more dynamic wing, with much higher speeds than a paraglider. Much greater height loss when turning.
With tricky mountain launches in mind.
- The Kagoo was designed to be easy to use, to lay out the lines and to inflate. Thicker Dyneema lines but narrow risers make it easy to lay out, and the lines snag less than thinner ones. They form a pyramid at the wingtips, giving a compact feeling, and making for easy nil wind launches.
- The wing is made from 28g/m2 Dominico Tex fabric on top and bottom surfaces, which the company say is very durable and tear-resistant.
- The Kagoo is definitely not just for fly-downs, but has the performance to enable its pilot to maximise airtime and distance. Little Cloud say it performs well in thermic air, with a glide ratio of 8:1, and the controls are gentle yet precise, while trimmers mean it has a good speed range.
- At 18.5m2 Little Cloud say the Kagoo is an ideal size for most mountain pilots. It weighs only 2.9kg, so can be carried anywhere, and is ideal for traveling. We’re approaching vol-et-ski season in the Alps, and the company say the Kagoo is perfect for that too.
- It’s not the first, but this paraglider is actually named after a flightless bird! The Cagou is a grey, crested bird and the national emblem of New Caledonia. A ground-living bird, the Kahoo could do with learning to fly in order to escape its predators. Little Cloud have named the Kagoo in its honour, and with it they aim to give the opportunity of flight to people who need to escape and explore the world.