Pro Design Thesis Paraglider

Specs, test data and other useful information on the Pro Design Thesis.

The Pro-Design Thesis paraglider in flight.
Another great lower-surface shot. Hope the pilot kept the brakes off, otherwise the photographer might have ended up being hit with a Hanwag boot!

Year of Manufacture 2005
Certification DHV 1
Size Designation 80

Ever Flown This Wing?

If so, feel free to share anything you like about the experience here. What were your first impressions?

Please state your experience level, just to put your comments in perspective.

For example, you might be a low-time pilot flying a new wing for the first time and loving it!


Note: The international prices below are only a guide, being Oct 2006 currency conversions from the 2005 price in Euros!
Euros 2600 EUR
U.S. Dollars 3300 USD
United Kingdom Pounds 1700 GBP
Australian Dollars 4400 AUD
South African Rand 25600 ZAR
South Korean Won 3120000 KRW
Indian Rupees 149300 INR

Numerical Data

pilot take-off weight 80-105 kg (177-232 lbs)
wing weight 5.5 kg (12.2 lbs)
wing area (flat) 27.9 m² (300 ft²)
wing area (projected) 24.2 m² (260 ft²)
wing span (flat) 11.2 m (37 ft)
wing span (projected) 9.0 m (30 ft)
aspect ratio (flat) 4.5
aspect ratio (projected) 3.4
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 37 kph (23 mph, 20 knts)
speed max 46 kph (29 mph, 25 knts)

Non-Numerical Data, from DHV

take off handling easy
roll damping high
control travel high
agility average
spiral dive entry easy
spiral dive exit spontaneous
landing behavior easy
B-line stall entry easy
B-line stall recovery spontaneous
big ears entry easy
big ears recovery spontaneous, quickly
All the above were recorded when this Pro Design paraglider was flown at max weight.

Color Schemes

The simple graphics below represent the lower surface color schemes for the Pro Design Thesis. The upper surface color is the same as the lower surface leading edge in each case. I hope this approach is useful for getting a good idea of the colors when quickly comparing wings. Most paragliders have a basic wing color plus something different adorning the leading edge.

'TS1' - mainly red, with white lower surface trailing edge

'TS2' - mainly yellow, with white lower surface trailing edge

'TS3' - mainly blue, with white lower surface trailing edge


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