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EPSILON 8 - True Friendship

Perfectly balanced with unmistakeable looks. The new EPSILON 8 conveys a distinctive feel-good factor and glows with an ideal mix of precision, performance and safety. Unique quality and an innovative inner life transform this ADVANCE classic into a robust lightweight. Enjoy the spellbinding experience of flying the EPSILON 8 – true friendship awaits.
  • Picture: Thomas Ulrich  // Location: Interlaken, Switzerland
  • Picture: Thomas Ulrich  // Location: Interlaken, Switzerland
  • Picture: Thomas Ulrich  // Location: Interlaken, Switzerland
  • Picture: Thomas Ulrich  // Location: Interlaken, Switzerland
  • Picture: Thomas Ulrich  // Location: Interlaken, Switzerland
  • Relax and enjoy the thermals

    The EPSILON 8 demonstrates a very successful combination of pitch and turn behaviour. Steering demands are answered directly and precisely. The EPSILON 8’s compact and stable canopy invites plenty of confidence from the beginning. Even in challenging conditions pilots feel calm and content, able to enjoy the thermals in a relaxed frame of mind.

  • comfortable
  • Long life thanks to a unique high quality light structure

    Not just very light, but downright robust as well: the EPSILON 8 gets attention with its unique choice of materials. Upper and lower surfaces are made of the normal strong European Porcher cloth. Inside the wing the latest technology from the OMEGA XALPS comes into play. Thus the EPSILON 8 weighs almost as little as a light wing, and even so has a long lifespan.

  • light & strong
  • Modern technology delivers great performance

    Many performance-enhancing new technologies are featured in the EPSILON 8. It was designed as a three-liner but has only one gallery level. This skimps on line metres and reduces drag. Precisely computed double-3D-shaping provides a super-smooth surface in the critical nose area, and supports the correct shape of the real-life profile.

  • high performance

Technology & Features

  • Sliced Diagonals: X-Alps research

    There are sliced diagonals inside the EPSILON 8 wing. This technology, created first by ADVANCE for the sensational OMEGA XALPS, minimises the area of cloth required for the diagonals, without compromising life or strength. The Ripstop yarn in each strip is exactly aligned along the local tension vector: this maintains canopy shape over a long lifetime.

  • Safer with a deeper airflow breakaway point

    Modern “Air Scoop Technology’ at the leading edge now applies to the EPSILON 8. Combined with the typical ADVANCE semi-circular intakes this feature results in a significantly lower separation point with clearly progressive brake loading. Brake travel is 15 % longer than the EPSILON 7 value, so passive safety is enhanced.

  • “Easy Connect System” for safer hook in

    The EPSILON 8 risers have a new Easy Connect System, which helps the pilot hook in correctly by using a coloured marking system. This reduces the probability of the nervous beginner connecting a twisted riser, or attaching the risers to the wrong carabiners. For maximum compatibility among ADVANCE products the same coloured markings will also apply, in future, to all ADVANCE harness.

  • Big Ear system with “Quick Snap”

    Big ears made easy. The EPSILON 8 outer A-line has its own easilyreachable riser, making it easy to pull effective big ears. Taking off with both A-risers in hand is also simplified by the “Quick-Snap” magnet system which holds them together on the ground. Line sorting remains child’s play. After pull up the risers separate and take up their flying position.

How to fly 100 km? You don't need a high-performance hotship. You don't need to take crazy risks. You just need commitment, a little faith, and a wing you trust.

Greg Hamerton, Flybubble Paragliding

FAQ

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Who is the EPSILON 8 intended for?

The EPSILON 8 is the ADVANCE thermaling wing, and was developed for improvers and recreational pilots to have thermal flying fun. Climbing up, gathering above the takeoff and setting off on first cross country exploits becomes child’s play with the EPSILON 8. An enormous performance potential means that experienced pilots, who value simplicity and maximum safety, can also fly 300 km or more with an EPSILON 8. A stable and very compact canopy ensures that pilots feel completely secure and comfortable under the EPSILON 8, even in challenging conditions. Thermals can be enjoyed to the full.

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Where does the EPSILON 8 fit in the ADVANCE range of models?

The EPSILON 8 takes the place of the previous Epsilon. This means that, as a basic-intermediate, it is positioned perfectly between the beginner’s ALPHA 6 and the high end EN B IOTA cross country wing.

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What are the differences between the EPSILON 8 and the Epsilon 7?

Enhanced feel-good factor
The EPSILON 8 is even better balanced and coordinated in its pitching and turning behaviour, resulting in very direct handling and reassuringly precise response to steering demands. These qualities contribute significantly to this basic-intermediate pilot’s sense of well-being in the air.

650 gms less weight
ADVANCE careful design and high quality lightweight construction saves around 650 gms for the EPSILON 8, depending on the size.

20% less line length
Even though, like its predecessor, the EPSILON 8 is also a three-liner, a new line concept has made possible a saving of 20% line metres. This massive reduction of line used, combined with the airflow advantages of double-3D-shaping at the leading edge, results in a marked performance advantage over the Epsilon 7, and very high performance for this class.

Airscoop Technology
Airscoop technology and characteristic ADVANCE semi-circular air intakes make the most of internal wing pressure, and this enables a high angle of attack to be sustained for longer. In practice this contributes to a 15% lower stall point with clearly progressive brake loading.

With Easy Connect and Quick Snap Systems
The EPSILON 8’s “Easy Connect” markings for safer clipping-in, and the big ear “Quick Snap” system have made great improvements to riser handling. These especially help a pilot in potentially stressful pre-takeoff situations. See Description of Features.

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How can the EPSILON 8 be so light compared with other paragliders which also use standard wing fabric?

At 4.45 kg for size 25 the EPSILON 8 is virtually a light glider for its class - though its top and bottom wing surfaces do not call for lightweight cloth – in fact European manufacturer Skytex robust 38g Universal cloth is used! EPSILON 8 weight reduction comes from the inside, with “Sliced Diagonal” technology. These innovative diagonal Ripstop strips are a direct result of the OMEGA XALPS project. The yarns of each Ripstop strip are exactly aligned with the local tension force: this maintains canopy shape and provides a long-lived wing.

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Which size EPSILON 8 should I choose?

EPSILON 8 sizes have become smaller than previous Epsilons. ADVANCE take into account the simple fact that equipment is becoming lighter – and personal takeoff weights are reducing – just a bit. Each EPSILON 8 size has a 10 to 15 kg extended weight range, which widens the area of use, quite a lot. For a dynamic wing you would probably prefer a size that puts you in the extended weight range (high wing loading). For best climbing performance you should consider being somewhere in the recommended range (medium wing loading).

  • Picture: Thomas Ulrich // Location: Interlaken, Switzerland
  • Picture: Thomas Ulrich // Location: Interlaken, Switzerland

Technical Data

  • EPSILON 8 23252729
    Flat surfacem222.525.027.029.0
    Projected surfacem218.921.022.724.4
    Recommended takeoff weightkg55-7570-9080-10595-125
    Increased takeoff weightkg75-8590-100105-120125-140
    Glider weightkg4.154.454.955.15
    Spanm10.7511.3511.8012.25
    Projected spanm8.258.709.059.35
    Aspect ratio5.155.155.155.15
    Projected aspect ratio3.603.603.603.60
    Number of cells45454545
    Number of risers3+13+13+13+1
    CertificationEN/LTF BEN/LTF BEN/LTF BEN/LTF B
    Accelerator travel max.cm14.515.516.016.5
  • Leading edge Porcher Sport Skytex 38 Universal
    Upper surface Porcher Sport Skytex 38 Universal
    Lower surface Porcher Sport Skytex easyfly
    Designstripe Porcher Sport Skytex 38 Universal
    Profile line Porcher Sport Skytex 40 hard finish
    Profile without line Porcher Sport Skytex 40 hard finish
    Steering line Liros DFL 115
    Edelrid A-7850-240
    brake lines Liros DSL 070
    main lines Edelrid A-7343-340/280/230/090
    galery lines Edelrid A-8000U-190/130/090/050
    Risers Polyester / Technora 13 mm
    Carabiner Peguet for strap 12mm, SS (#30017)

The weight of the wing can vary by up to 100g due to unavoidable manufactured fluctuations in the density of such light fabric.

Despite the good “sensitivity” of the wing everything points to a generally mild extreme flight behaviour; perfectly suited to the Basic Intermediate segment

Franz Altmann, Thermik Magazine test report

Colours

Standard colours
orange
aubergine
lime
pacific

Special colours
White bottom sail
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White bottom sail
Bottom sail: with this combination only a white bottom sail is possible

Reviews

    • The Epsilon 8 is a wonderful wing! It is easy and instinctive to fly, almost turns by itself and, despite huge pitch damping is very manoeuvrable – this makes it really good fun.”

      Franz Altmann,
      Thermik Magazine, Edition 5_2016
      Review PDF

    • This eighth generation of the EPSILON line demonstrates even more simplicity in use, and more genuinely flyable performance than ever.

      Cédric Nieddu,
      Parapente Mag, no 165

    • The EPSILON 8 has to feature in the choice of a second level wing when you consider its combination of passive safety, uncritical acceptance of piloting skills, and a rewarding ability to both climb and glide.

      Jean-Gabriel Thillard,
      Parapente+, no 448

    • The Epsilon 8 is a recreational 'mid' EN B wing, intended for pilots with a year or more of flying experience but who still want security and simplicity in their flying.

      Greg Hamerton, Flybubble
      Link Review

    • It’s a great wing to suit a wide variety of the public, and is very easy to fly.

      Chris Geist, Paragliding Academy, DHV certified SIV centre
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    • The EPSILON 8 has everything a low B pilot wishes. From a nice handling to a comfortable ride in turbulence and a good glide angle to begin cross country safely.

      Ziad Bassil,
      Dust of the universe
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