A-Wing XPS | Tech Talk with Armie
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Tune in as Armstrong Foils founder and head of design, Armie Armstrong, breaks down the all-new A-Wing XPS.
Whether it’s free-flying, wave riding or freestyle, Armstrong Foil’s all-new A-Wing XPS delivers next-generation performance, power and control. We recruited the worlds leading wing and kite designers to push this shape to the next level. Each aspect of the new A-Wing XPS was tirelessly thought out, tested, and finely tuned in a wide range of riding conditions.
An innovative cross-panel sail (XPS) design provides an outstanding level of connection when riding. This futuristic panel layout greatly reduces sail distortion by improving load distribution and frame rigidity. This gives all the wing sizes a very direct and controlled feel for easy and comfortable flying. Removable carbon fibre battens minimise trailing edge flutter and provide easy canopy tuning for varying wind strengths.
The XPSs airfoil section, combined with our pre-twist tip geometry, produces incredible speed with sublime upwind performance. This greatly benefits jump amplitude for freestyle manoeuvres and delivers plenty of hang time and float for smooth landings. This wing is also a wave rider’s dream, with little to no luffing or sail flutter and excellent stability, allowing the rider to focus less on the wing and more on shredding the wave.
A newly developed hybrid carbon handle (HCH) design has a rigid carbon interior skeleton and soft padded exterior. This combination offers the best balance of control, comfort and safety.
We tested hundreds of individual materials during the development of the XPS. We settled on the new generation high-quality lightweight Dacron, tried and tested polyester Dacron and Ultra PE woven laminate (ultra-high molecular weight polyethene) for key reinforcements. The result is a highly refined combination of materials which delivers impressive strength to weight, durability and overall performance.
Sizes: 2.6, 3.1, 3.5, 4.0, 4.6, 5.3, 6.1m2
Learn more about the XPS here.