Over the past
few years many pilots have asked GIN for an utra-light mountain glider
: the YETI is now ready!
During the past few seasons Gin has been working towards developing
lighter weight designs for all models in the GIN range. The R&D
Team have helped with the development, with GIN Team pilots Will Gadd
and Stefan Bocks involved in the preparation for last summer's big
event : Red Bull X-Alps. With the experience gained and a strong nostalgic
memory of the lightweight bags carried in the early days of paragliging,
the R&D team developed a wing weighing less than 4 kg for their
own private use and for a few GIN Team pilots climbing mountains
A Jeweler's Work
Refining and perfecting,
concentrating on small details, searching for new materials. Developing
new assembly techniques for the lines, panels, reinforcements and
risers. Testing the strength of each material, each assembly. Making
hundreds of flight tests and thousand of load tests,… in brief a real
work of art to obtain a 3.7kg (XS size) toy.
The Yeti is made by hand, with each unit assembled by one person,
and requires many hours in manufacturing.
The Yeti is built
using a totally new light fabric from PORCHER, with an environmentally
friendly coating (9017 E68A). Lines are heat treated and pre-stretched
from LIROS. Risers are constructed from dyneema webbing made by the
famous sailing supplier BAINBRIDGE.
All other materials used in the construction; tapes, reinforcements
and connectors etc. are chosen to achieve the highest performance
to weight ratio possible.
From the Bolero
The YETI is a
very lightweight version of the Bolero Plus. Hence the safety and
in flight bahaviour are like a DHV1 glider, with a bit more speed
and more dynamic handling than the Bolero Plus.
In brief, a really enjoyable glider to fly : The Bolero Plus has already
gained an excellent reputation one of the best gliders in its category.
inflation and take-off
The Bolero Plus
has a very easy take-off : it does not overfly and puts the pilot
in charge immediatly.
The Yeti retains these characteristics, but its ultra-light weight
makes inflation even better ! To enable take off from steep slopes
or snow, attachement points have been added to the top surface to
fix the glider to the ground.
Objective : 5kg,
ready to fly...
We are currently
finishing the develoment of a new lightweight harness. Coming soon!
The YETI will be supplied with a lightweight rucsac.
Objective : 5 kg total equipment weight (wing, rucsac, harness and
There are 2 options for the Yeti:
- YETI + LIGHTWEIGHT BAG
- YETI + CONVERTIBLE LIGHTWEIGHT HARNESS