The ingredients are classically simple, even unremarkable: 59 cells, A.R. 6, 3 main lines, well proven profile. Yet the finished dish is unexpectedly exquisite.
The Explorer 2 simply allows the pilot to reconnect with the pure joy of flight. No more struggling with the wing. No more niggling doubts. Just the direct experience, like a scene snapping into focus. The Explorer 2 offers concrete improvements over its predecessor whilst retaining the best loved aspects:
improved climbing ability in all conditions
improved glide performance
exemplary pitch stability for even better take-off characteristics and collapse resistance
smart riser for improved C riser control
increased maximum speed (2cm longer travel)
greater compressibility thanks to nitinol reinforcements
wider “sweet spot” across the weight range
To the top!
Perhaps the most notable characteristic of the Explorer 2 is the way the refined yet compact handling translates into a superior climbing experience. The wing bites enthusiastically into thermals, yet settles quickly overhead. Brake pressures are light yet progressive, giving you just enough information to effortlessly maximise your climb.
(Still) in a class of its own
Thanks to the slight increase in surface area and other gains in aerodynamic efficiency, the Explorer 2’s glide performance surpasses that of its predecessor.
An unflappable character
The Explorer 2 has an innate pitch stability. Even on windier take-offs, the wing comes up progressively and waits obediently above your head. When conditions get rowdy, it’s more well behaved than ever.
Improved speed system
The Explorer 2 features a new smart riser with a control toggle and a Harken pulley for extra smooth operation. Push half bar, take the riser and enjoy the view! The Explorer 2 also has an extra 2cm of speed bar travel for increased max speed.
A small footprint
Nitinol (Nickel titanium) rods make for a more compact packing, help maintain a clean top surface, and keep the weight down.
Strategic mix of new formula plastic rods and Nitinol (Nickel titanium) wire for dimensional stability, performance and more compact packing
3 risers / 3 lines spanwise
Unsheathed aramid lines with optimized diameters
Speed system with C riser steering
Gathering (reefing) system and mini ribs on the trailing edge
Upper surface leading edge: Porcher Skytex 34 g/m²