Gradient Aspen 6 Test (DotU-series)
The Aspen 6 is gradient ´ s C-wing for the year 2017/18. I've flown all Aspen so far, and after the 5th version, with light yaw but very good sliding ratio especially on top speed, here comes the gradient Aspen 6 test in size 24. (70-90)
The start goes for a C-wing with 6, 4-stretching at 90 kg moderate to simple. In the air, the gradient Aspen 6 feels as if you were flying a higher-rated wing. At 90 kg it feels quite good. Not really overweight... I think it's exactly the weight as it should be. 88 to 90 kg... but could also be nice at 92 kg.
In turbulent air, the gradient Aspen 6 needs a good and active piloting for a C-wing. He needs a little more pilot control than a Cayenne 5.
The braking distance is moderate to light. Much lighter than the Delta 3 and Sigma 10, which I also tested. The ability to circle the gradient Aspen 6 is not as dynamic as the S10, Delta 3, or the Cayenne 5. The gradient Aspen 6 needs a little guidance and more finesse to crank in a similar way. But you could describe him as "pretty agile."
The climb is very good compared to a Delta 3 MS! I noticed this in the common nebeneinder flying with other umbrellas, (Delta 3 MS at 94 and Aspen 6 24 at 90) that the gradient of Aspen 6 showed a "slightly" better climb!
I felt especially in weak conditions, the ability of the Aspen 6 Dahinzuschweben. But even in strong air the rate of gradient Aspen 6 was very nice!
A comparison of the sliding lines of the two wings showed me after a while that this gradient of the Aspen 6 24 can really approximate! Even at 5-7 km/h over trim.
Under the gradient Aspen 6 you have the feeling that you have a finely tuned 7-er glider with 6.4-er stretching... so it is just... in turbulent air there are no annoying Pitchbewegungen. But still some efficient. The Aspen 6 dances a bit in turbulent air...
... yet much more convenient than a poison 3 xs for example. Similar to a LM6 s in feeling, but with longer and lighter brakes. Large ears are stable and open on command.
Conclusion: The legendary swift handling is unfortunately no longer available in the shape with the gradient Aspen, as it was still on the Aspen 1, 2 and 3... That's just a fact. But it seems that gradient aims at performance efficiency as the main objective with honest handling.
Definitely, the gradient Aspen 6 as well as the Aspen 5 is a very efficient C-wing for this category. It requires more active flying like a Sigma 10 or even the Delta 3. But for a good pilot, this could be the limit to more efficiency. I did not try the 26 Aspen, (I think one flies here in the area + 105 kg), maybe he feels a little different... so I hope that many pilots will test him out and give me feedback as well.
Screen test and release by Ziad Bassil ()www.DustoftheUniverse.com)
Thank you Ziad for your support!
Source of Gallery Pictures: Www.gradient.cx
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