The Explorer is a lightweight sports performance wing aimed at seasoned XC pilots who want to fly a wing that’s comfortable, responsive and performant.

Comfortable yet responsive

The handling of the Explorer has an alluring balance of smoothness and lightness.  The wing is supremely well co-ordinated. It’s damped and forgiving in pitch, yet the precision in the turn makes it a first class climber in thermals. Take-off and landing couldn’t be simpler and the wing has an uncanny ability to seek out the best thermal cores.


The Explorer is also made for comfortable high speed gliding during cross country flying. Direct C-riser control works very well and the lack of uneccessary C handles keeps everything simple and lightweight.


Naturally, the Explorer is light, at under 4kg for the M size. In fact, it’s one of the lightest wings in its category, as a result of optimisation of the internal structure and the careful selection of canopy and line materials. The wide range of sizes and extended weight range offers flexibility in sizing choice according to your preferred wing loading.

Extended weight range

Even when highly loaded, the Explorer shows good performance and excellent recovery characteristics. For this reason, we decided to certify the wing with a +5kg extended weight range for more experienced pilots who may sometimes want to fly with a higher wing loading. For general flying, the Explorer is best flown within the normal weight range according to your preference.

Certified with Cocoon

The Explorer has been through additional testing and certification with the Genie Lite 2 cocoon harness. You can fly with peace of mind!

Technical details

  • 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 and line attachment points to maintain even sail tension
  • Mini-ribs on the trailing edge improve handling and performance
  • Speed system with Harken pulleys
  • Gathering (reefing) system on the trailing edge

Canopy cloth

Top surface: Porcher Skytex 32 / 27

Bottom surface: Porcher Skytex 27

Ribs: Porcher Skytex 27


Main/upper/middle: Edelrid 8000- 050, 070, 090, 130, 150, 190, 280, 360


Technical Specifications
 FLAT  AREA 20.1m2 21.6m2 23.6m2 25.5m2 27.6m2
 SPAN 11.07m 11.48m 12.00m 12.47m 12.95m
 A.R 6.1 6.1 6.1 6.1 6.1
 PROJECTED  AREA 17.11m2 18.39m2 20.09m2 21.71m2 23.41m2
 SPAN 8.85m 9.18m 9.59m 9.97m 10.35m
 A.R 4.58 4.58 4.58 4.58 4.58
 CHORD 2.2m 2.3m 2.4m 2.5m 2.6m
 CELL NUMBER 59 59 59 59 59
 GLIDER WEIGHT* 3.2kg 3.4kg 3.7kg 3.9kg 4.1kg
 WEIGHT IN FLIGHT 55-75kg 65-85kg 75-95kg 85-105kg 95-115kg
 EXTENDED WEIGHT RANGE 75-100kg 85-110kg 95-120kg


* – weight with light Dyneema risers (200g less)


Colours: Blue, Orange

Explorer Colours Orange/Blue

Included with your glider:

The Lite rucksack. Alternatively, the Classic rucksack or XXL rucksack can be specified at time of ordering.

GIN GLIDERS Explorer user manual

Stock code: GP-E-size

If you would like to know more about the GIN Gliders Explorer, arrange a test flight with your local dealer, please send a message using the ‘Contact us’ tab above. Alternatively please telephone us on 01768 779800.


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