U Turn Bodyguard Paraglider

Specs, test data and other useful information on the U Turn Bodyguard.

Canopy of the U-Turn Bodyguard paraglider.
Breathing the pristine chilly air above the Alps, suspended from a U Turn Bodyguard paraglider. What a view! Photo by U Turn, used with permission.

Year of Manufacture 2005
Certification DHV 1
Size Designation S

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Note: The international prices below are only a guide, being Oct 2006 currency conversions from the 2005 price in Euros!
Euros 2250 EUR
U.S. Dollars 2900 USD
United Kingdom Pounds 1500 GBP
Australian Dollars 3700 AUD
South African Rand 21200 ZAR
South Korean Won 2710000 KRW
Indian Rupees 129100 INR

Numerical Data

pilot take-off weight 65-90 kg (144-199 lbs)
wing weight 5.1 kg (11.3 lbs)
wing area (flat) 26.5 m² (285 ft²)
wing area (projected) 23.3 m² (251 ft²)
wing span (flat) 11.5 m (38 ft)
wing span (projected) 9.3 m (31 ft)
aspect ratio (flat) 4.9
aspect ratio (projected) 3.6
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 46 kph (29 mph, 25 knts)

Non-Numerical Data, from DHV

take off handling easy
roll damping high
control travel average
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 U Turn paraglider was flown at max weight.

Color Schemes

The simple graphics below represent the available color schemes for the U Turn Bodyguard. Upper and lower surfaces are identical. Most paragliders have a basic wing color plus something different adorning the leading edge.

red leading edge, white trailing edge

red leading edge, blue trailing edge

silver leading edge, orange trailing edge

yellow leading edge, blue trailing edge


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