Gradient Bright 3 Paraglider

Specs, test data and other useful information on the Gradient Bright 3.

A Gradient Bright 3 paraglider in flight.
A Gradient Bright 3 paraglider flying high over a coastal site, with some company. Photo from the manufacturer.

Year of Manufacture 2006
Certification DHV 1
Size 28

Ever Flown This Wing?

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Note: The international prices below are only a guide, being December 2006 currency conversions from the 2006 price in Euros.
Euros 2600 EUR
U.S. Dollars 3400 USD
United Kingdom Pounds 1740 GBP
Australian Dollars 4350 AUD
South African Rand 23800 ZAR
South Korean Won 3150000 KRW
Indian Rupees 152000 INR

Some Specs

pilot take-off weight 90-110 kg (199-243 lbs)
wing weight 5.8 kg (12.8 lbs)
wing area (flat) 29.9 m² (322 ft²)
wing area (projected) 26.0 m² (280 ft²)
wing span (flat) 12.0 m (39 ft)
wing span (projected) 10.1 m (33 ft)
aspect ratio (flat) 4.8
aspect ratio (projected) 3.9
min sink 1.2 m/s (236 fpm, 4.3 kph, 2.3 knts)
best glide ratio 7.7:1
speed min 22 kph (14 mph, 12 knts)
speed trim 36 kph (22 mph, 19 knts)
speed max 48 kph (30 mph, 26 knts)

Some DHV Test Results

inflation evenly, immediately
rising behaviour immediately comes over pilot
take off handling easy
roll damping average
control travel high
agility average
front collapse opening behaviour spontaneous, quickly
asymm. collapse course change < 90 degrees
asymm. collapse loss of altitude slight
asymm. collapse opening behaviour spontaneous, quickly
spiral dive entry easy
spiral dive exit spontaneous
B-line stall entry easy
B-line stall recovery spontaneous
big ears entry easy
big ears recovery spontaneous, quickly
landing behavior easy
All the above were recorded when this Gradient paraglider was flown at max weight.

Color Schemes

The simple graphics below represent the available color schemes for the upper and lower surfaces of the Gradient Bright 3 canopy. Colors are only approximate, and so is the outline of the wing. But it gives you some idea.
name upper lower
Blue (alt)
Red (alt)


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