BGD Base paraglider

The BASE carefully treads that thin line of maximum safety and impressive performance.

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Country France
Brand BGD
Class / homologation EN B


Quixada, Pokhara, Manilla, Piedrahita, Fiesch, Annecy, Govenador Valadares, Owens Valley, St. Andre-les-Alps... Are you constantly thinking of flying big sites? The BASE was designed to take you there. It will look after you as you push yourself to places you have never been, it will react the way you have always expected and it will perform really, really well. So, put on your speed arms, charge your batteries, and be the first to base with the BASE!


How can a few lines and some cloth be put together in a way that will fly us hundreds miles? For years we have been trying to build the perfect combination of these materials in an effort to fly further. Every year records are broken so we are definitely doing something right. We have gone through a lot of line and cloth to find our perfect combination in the BASE.
Bruce put his ‘all’ into this high performing EN/LTF-B rated paraglider. The BASE carefully treads that thin line of maximum safety and impressive performance. Bruce Goldsmith Handling, a unique nose design and Cord Cut Billow all make the BASE into a great package of stability and performance.

Bruce's Notes

Do you remember the Airwave Sport? It was one of my favorites. The BASE is loosely based off the Sport series with a whole bunch of new technology. I added Cord Cut Billow to clean up the leading edge and help with weight and stability.

Leading edge mini ribs create a solid leading edge on speed while making essentially 80 cells without adding the weight of full ribs. I put a lot of time into perfecting the profile to maximize performance and stability on speed bar. The BASE is fast, fun, and my new favorite wing; I hope you will feel the same.


Top surface: Dominico N30
Bottom surface: Dominico N30
Internal structure: Dominico D30 DFM
Nose reinforcing: Plastic wire 2,3mm and 2,7 mm
Risers: 13 mm black Kevlar/nylon webbing
Pulleys: P-18 Harken pulleys
Top lines: DC60
Middle lines: TSL 140
Lower lines: TSL 220/280
Brakes: DSL70


Technical data

Linear scaling factor0.9511.0281.05 
Projected area18.7220.7421.9222.87
Flat area22.5625.0026.4227.56
Glider weight4.
Total line length221245259270m
Number of main lines3/4/33/4/33/4/33/4/3A/B/C
Flat aspect ratio5.685.685.685.68 
Projected aspect ratio4. 
Root cord2.482.612.692.74m
Flat span11.2411.8312.1612.42m
Projected span8.719.179.439.63m
In-flight weight range65-8075-9590-105100-125kg
Trim speed39393939km/h
Top speed57575757km/h
Min sink1.
Best glide10101010