What’s the BGD CURE 2 like in the mountains?

What’s the BGD CURE 2 like in the mountains?

Here I am in darkest Africa. we’re very
close to the natural habitat of the South African thermal. I’m told that they
traditionally like to mate in these gullies. it’s a little bit early but we
should be seeing them coming out later and when they get together you get this
powerful eruption of lift! it’ll be interesting to see what happens
when you put a beautiful delicate butterfly paraglider into these wild
African thermals perhaps we’ll see something we’ve never seen before… hey guys
UK just wasn’t working in the middle of winter so a bit of a scene change for
the channel: we are in the Western Cape South Africa and we’ve come to one of
the best sites for thermal flying at Kardoesie which is straight away from
Cape Town up the N7 and up the mountain pass and tadaa! a new launch
site made by the owner Hanri. it’s 11 o’clock it’s the last day of 2019 and
I’m sure we’re gonna find some thermals so this will be a good test for the Cure
– I’ve had some flights here but today my ambition is just to get up high and
thrash the glider around and let it get thrashed around and get a good testing
of how it handles strong summer thermic conditions we’ve got a ridge that way
I’m gonna try I think get up and go into wind which will give it a good test of
the glider, it’s gonna be hard, I’m gonna need to be on bar a lot, it’s hard
hitting because the prevailing wind comes in from there and we’ll see how
far we can get and then hopefully I get back here because my car is up here
and I’m on my Ace. The idea is to do an Out and Return and come back for a New Year’s
Eve under the stars of Africa. Testing in midsummer
thermic conditions here in wonderful Citrusdal in South Africa and it’s
given it a really good workout I’ve had some strong headwind to fight against
I’ve had an inversion layer five to six meters a second thermals and some
different airflow going back into the big mountains at the back then coming back into the valley. great! A good test of the glider. so what do I think? very cool. I
really like it I think it’s one to definitely have a look at right now in
the C-class. performance is apparently right at the top of the class I had not
a single soul to test against here I was just flying on my own I had all the
mountains to play in. so all I can tell you about the wing is more about the handling, which is great! really sweet, a very light brake pressure, soft and sweet turn but
it’s responsive it’s not spongy you know you don’t need a lot of brake and you
can even fly delicately you can put in a lot of brake if you want to it doesn’t
have any kind of tendency to spin there’s a lot of protection in the
corners and I found it was agile. one of those gliders that if you’re blasting
along on bar and you hit a strike of something you can immediately come off
the bar and hook it around and it gives you a really nice responsive turn, you’re
getting your turn going you can turn tight you can get it to
accelerate a bit it doesn’t drop the wing a lot just enough to give you that
freedom of movement and it’s the way that it moves through the air that I
think really makes it outstanding. so this is Kardoesie on the top of the N7 pass. what an awesome place! so the launch is up there. I just have a good flight and yeah what
can I tell you about the Cure 2 – ideal for pilots that It gives you that free flow
feeling so surfers will love this glider it’s kind of perfect for the C-class
in my mind I think in the C-class glider designers have got the freedom to do
what they want with a wing they don’t have to trim it back and hold it back so
that it passes through a B certification which means they can just tweak the
aerofoil and make it perfect to make it a really nice flying wing and not worry
so much about reining it back and I think this Cure 2 hits the sweet spot
in that C class. I think this is a fair test of the cure 2. what a beauty! great
glider if you are stepping up to the C-class. kind of mid C I would say in pilot
demands maybe towards the top end in SIV situations where you’ve got quite a bit
of energy to deal with. it really comes alive when the thermals are strong punchy, conditions are full-on summer conditions mountain conditions. I did find in the UK where it’s all sort of very light and mincy mincy sort of
stuff that isn’t its forte. it just comes alive when the conditions are stronger
and then you get an advantage I think. the other advantage that I noticed was
that the wing was very calm and comforting so I was flying around and
it was probably pretty rough I mean I think other pilots might have said it was
really rough; I wasn’t getting that from the wing. the wing was making it easy to
fly in those conditions and I wasn’t finding that I had to manage the glider
much. the active flying demands are quite low something to do with the way the
wing is just a little bit behind from vertical. that’s the feeling. it’s like
it’s just a little bit limited, as it’s going through the different lift and
sink I didn’t find that the wing was jumping ahead much, I didn’t have to catch that dive and constantly manage that energy so it gives you
a really chilled out, calm easy ride through active sky without being dull.
the wing has got some feedback and I’d say there it was on the muted side the
feedback from the air was very subtle I could feel it but it definitely wasn’t
a talkative glider with like lots of information it’s fairly muted. occasionally
you get a flap from the wingtip, it bangs out in the corner and
I got one or two asymmetrcs: they didn’t bang out, they went in and
I had to pump them out. but it didn’t disturb the glider much —
the central section seems very solid. I’ve been riding on bar mostly half bar
sometimes full haven’t felt like it’s on edge. yeah, it’s sorted! this one’s a winner! this is my happy place. it’s the last day
of 2019. join me for sundowners! we’ve got a bottle of the wolf trap and we’re up
on the pass overlooking the Swartland what a beautiful part of the world. this
place is awesome. it’s flyable most days and I think I was
the only one flying today in this whole valley. There’s nobody around. Who is it for? A pilot that is ready for
the c-class. if you’re not sure stand a high B for another season. when you you
feel like you’ve mastered the high B class you’ve got everything out of it
that you can and you’re looking for that next step, when you’re ready for the
c-class … you definitely should be doing an SIV course before
you’re going up to the c-class I would say you should be on about 150 hours that’s a good place maybe 200
hours we’re talking thermic flying not just ridge soaring. it depends on your
ability and where you fly and how much airtime you get but that’s a ballpark
figure for a good place for getting on to the Cure 2: SIV course, 150 thermic hours of flying, you’ve probably got two or
three years of flying experience, it depends on how much you fly … and you’re looking
for something that’s going to give you good glide, the ability to stay
accelerated and still have good glide, and a good trim speed, and something
that’s got a really wonderful flow feeling in the air … then you’re looking
for the CURE 2. it’s also suited to pilots that have become a bit
overwhelmed with a high D 2 liner that needs a lot of active flying and
active input and they just want to have fun again and chill out but still be
able to do the search, glide, climb up, race. it’ll give you all of that in a
very comforting package so it’s very nice for more experienced pilots wanting
to downgrade to the c-class you won’t feel limited but you will get that
Comfort and sweet feeling on the wing. I could fly for hours and hours more
in mid-summer full-on conditions and I wasn’t getting tired so it’s a very good
glider for long days strong conditions big climbs big mountain flying it holds
itself together very well it’s got a nice kind of tension in it that keeps
itself open I didn’t feel that it was particularly prone to collapses it’s got
a nice resistance and a nice tension that allowed me to feel confident in
sporty and rowdy air it’s also a beautiful design I love the color scheme
it just pops anyway that you film it so if looks are important, the Cure 2 is
for you! thanks guys I hope you enjoyed this
review – I know I did. it’s been awesome coming to South Africa. 20:19 is done! 20:20 here we come! cheers to 2019, thanks for watching,
thanks for all your support on our channel, thanks to our patrons, thanks to
flybubble, thanks to the guys that bought stuff in the shop and I’m gonna
see out the end of 2019. looking forward to 2020 when I’ll see
you again. Cheers! that is the cure.

21 thoughts on “What’s the BGD CURE 2 like in the mountains?

  1. Just gatting my licenza… And dreaming a lot hahaha I'v a question… How is it to fly in The Namibian desert? Just dreaming of a parapending-jeep tour hahaah😬😂😂💪

  2. I wonder how the AirDesign Volt 3 compares to the BGD Cure 2. Can we also expect a Flybubble review of the AD Volt 3?

  3. Looks like you had some good fun making this video ! 🙂 Having grown up in the Cape it is nice to see some of that landscape.

  4. Finally a BGD review by FlyBubble! Thank you Greg!
    Awesome Awesome review!!
    Too bad it is a bit late to review the Punk :

  5. Everything I needed to know about this glider. I'm at 150hrs but ready for another season on my Base. After that I hope for a secondhand market on these. Ooooosh

  6. Hi Greg, excellent review as always, bodes well for 2020! Are there manufacturers who typically make talkative gliders and others who keep them on the mute side? If so, who are they in each category? Cheers. Mat

  7. Lucky you… no flycation for me. Whaaa!! Looks really sweet. Funny edit, love the pool sequence. Hey by any chance was this shot on a Hero 8 using default GoPro color?

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