BGD Punk Test / DotU Test Series
Punk is BGD replacement for Base in the high-lvl B category.
I had to fly a friend's wing for the test.
With an aspect ratio of 5.4, the BGD Punk has a nice line configuration and width that corresponds to the current High-B gliders. The overall construction with the Sharknose is well done.
The start of BGD punk is easy for a high-lvl B. It fills up pretty fast at zero wind, without getting stuck. The launch will take place immediately.
I flew the BGD Punk M (75-95) from 90 to 94. It's quite airworthy in 90 minutes under moderate conditions. I found it best to be in the upper weight range in small, powerful updrafts in order to cut through the air masses and turn immediately on command.
Tax control is very nice with moderate pressure. The handling and the way to control the BGD Punk M with 93 is really nice for the category. It gave me more beautiful and fluid curves than a Rush 5 or a Mentor 5.
I can describe the handling as more linear within a curve, and the BGD punk is quite obedient to place it quickly in turbulent small up winds when loaded.
The brake control is similar to that of a Rush 4 (four), but with a little more pressure.
Flying the BGD Punk M at different locations with some near the sea (turbulent at this time of year) to the Cedars Range at 3000m, which brought some strong conditions with it, showed me that the punk movements in the air are somewhat more than a Rush 5 or a Mentor 5, but quite controllable and easy to understand. For a high-lvl B glider I found out that the punk is an overall comfortable paraglider to fly.
Comfort will also improve if the brake control on a paraglider is good, especially for the enthusiastic pilot who will have good control due to the brake length the punk offers.
The BGD Punk M at 90 steps into strong air and gets a little slower before it enters, while the Rush 5, Chili 4, just goes through.
Loaded in the upper weight range, the BGD Punk M reduces speed changes and thermal entry is "somewhat" more efficient.
Aside from a similarly loaded Rush 5, I found out that the BGD Punk M's climbing ability is really good. When entering the thermals the Rush 5 could slip faster if it surfs a bit better in the air, but when it's inside the punk has a very good and competitive climb with the best high B's. The control over the brakes, as I mentioned before, will allow the pilot to place the BGD punk exactly where he wants when it is properly loaded.
I flew the BGD Punk M with an X-rated 6, next to a Rush 5 MS with an Ozium harness loaded up, and also found out that the paraglider tip to tilt on seven long paragliders in tricky air and calm air next showed the slightly faster trim for the Punk and the same top speed (updated). For the high B category, I could place the punk slip angle in the middle plus. I'll update my B-comparison soon.
Mentor 5, Chili 4, CumeoIota 2 is at the top of this category, with an advantage for the Rush 5.
The pressure on the accelerator is moderate and easy to use.
The C-control has a moderate control like all B-screens in this category.
The ears are stable, efficient and reopen quite quickly. Induced side collapses are very easy to counteract. The paraglider remains on course even without counter-braking.
Wing overs are pretty dynamic, build up fast, are high and fun.
Conclusion BGD Punk
Punk is a pleasant paraglider to fly in the high B category. Excellent climbing ability, good gliding characteristics, very good braking competence and good comfort for the category.
That's just my opinion. Just make your own!
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