The Camino will suit pilots who not only like to fly far, but who also love adventure, whether that’s hike ‘n fly, vol biv’ or simply just travelling fast and light.
The Camino is agile in the air, smooth to inflate on take-off and naturally damped in pitch and turbulence. Like its counterpart the Bonanza 2, the Camino offers great climbing ability. The lighter fabric increases precision, which makes climbing as efficient and enjoyable as ever. The Camino seems to have a sixth sense to sniff out thermals by gently guiding you towards the lift.
The Camino has an internal construction optimised for stability and performance rather than absolute lightness. Most of the three cell blocks are connected with “cross-beams”,which help keep a perfect arc even when the speed bar is pushed to the maximum. This helps the wing accelerate rapidly and smoothly whilst also offering good damping. In addition, the upgraded smart riser system — by removing the bridging between B and C risers — makes rear
riser control even easier. Effective speed bar operation and performance is key for long XCs, and the Camino makes short work of long, fast glides.
As lighter fabric means less inertia, the Camino has excellent natural pitch damping characteristics. The wing smoothly absorbs turbulence, increasing your performance and decreasing your workload. Inflation on takeoff is smooth and progressive even if you pull a little over-enthusiastically. Overall, the Camino is easy to fly compared to the level of performance on offer.
DESIGNER GIN SEOK SONG EXPLAINS THE PHILOSOPHY OF THE CAMINO
“Our target was really to combine the agility of the Explorer (EN B) with the performance at speed of the Leopard (EN D) and offer it in a light package.
As we spent more than two years developing the Bonanza 2, we already had much experience with this airfoil, planform and internal construction. For the Camino, we made carefully considered changes to fabric weights, line diameters, plastic reinforcements and the risers. In the end, we found the core design concept translated extremely well to the lighter material.”
- Optimized airfoil with Equalized Pressure Technology (EPT) for stability and performance
- Unsheathed aramid lines with optimized diameters
- 3 risers / 3 lines spanwise, Colour-coded stabilo line for easy identification
- Optimized internal construction with “cross- beams” to give better stability and performance
- Improved sail tension on the leading edge
- Mini-ribs on the trailing edge improve handling and performance
- Speed system with Harken pulleys
- Gathering (reefing) system on the trailing edge
- Fabric selected for the lightest weight: 34g/m2 front top surface and 27g/m2 top surface rear and bottom surface
- Smart riser system for effective rear (C) riser steering
- Also available with optional dyneema risers
Upper surface leading edge: Porcher Skytex, 34 g/m2 (water repellent)
Upper surface: Porcher Skytex, 27 g/m2 (water repellent)
Lower surface: Porcher Skytex, 27 g/m2 (water repellent)
Upper: Edelrid 8000 / U-050 / 070 / 090 (unsheathed aramid)
Middle: Edelrid 8000 / U-050 / 070 / 090 (unsheathed aramid)
Main: Edelrid 8000 / U-070 / 090 / 130 / 190 / 230 / 280 (unsheathed aramid)
|WEIGHT IN FLIGHT||55-75kg||65-85kg||75-95kg||85-105kg||95-120kg|
|EN / LTF||C||C||C||C||C|
Quoted weight with optional light Dyneema risers. Standard nylon risers will increase the weight by 200g
Colours: White, Red
Included with your glider:
The Lite rucksack. Alternatively, the Classic rucksack or XXL rucksack can be specified at time of ordering.
GIN GLIDERS camino user manual
Stock code: GP-CAM-size
If you would like to know more about the GIN Gliders Camino, arrange a test flight with your local dealer, or place an order, please send a message using the ‘Contact us’ tab above. Alternatively please telephone us on 01768 779800.